Meet MGA Students


The Keough School’s master of global affairs program includes 72 students from 32 countries:

Afghanistan, Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uganda, the United States, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

The students bring a wealth of professional experience in international development, education, peacebuilding, environmental conservation, human rights, humanitarian assistance, journalism, and other fields. All students in the class have received fellowships thanks to a number of generous families, as well as foundation support and funding from institutes and the University more widely.
 



<strong>Babajide Adebiyi</strong> 

Babajide Adebiyi 

Sustainable Development, 2020

Nigeria

Babajide Adebiyi is a former partner at Talentstone Africa Partners, where he led a team advising corporations, institutions, and African government officials on risk management, financial services, energy, and infrastructure financing projects. With experience traveling and working on transactions in over 25 African markets, he has served as a consultant to multilateral institutions including the African Development Bank, where he managed and developed the private sector facility’s investment analysis and portfolio management framework focused on renewable energy, transport, port infrastructure, mining, agribusiness, trade finance and small- and medium-sized finance projects. He also has worked as risk manager for the sub-Saharan African region for Renaissance Capital, an emerging markets investment group, overseeing six offices and transactions in over 20 African markets, where he managed operational, credit, and investment risk for the bank’s African portfolio covering equities, bonds, real estate, private equity, hedge funds, and derivatives across investment banking, asset management, securities trading, and private equity businesses. He also played a key role in co-founding and leading nonprofit volunteering initiatives such as Y-IMPACT (Young – Inspiring Minds Perceptions & Attitudes to Change Tomorrow), Slum to School, and Move Back Africa Network.  A chartered accountant, financial analyst and risk manager, Babajide also serves as a board member of African Capacity Building Foundation, a specialized agency of the African Union. Babajide is a recipient of a McKenna Center Fellowship.

<strong>Karis Ailabouni</strong>

Karis Ailabouni

International Peace Studies, 2020

United States

Karis Ailabouni is a second-generation Palestinian immigrant and refugee who was born and raised in the U.S. After graduating with a BA in music, psychology, and French from Valparaiso University, she served in Madagascar as an English teacher, co-founding an English club that equipped 200 youth with language skills for future employment. Karis then lived in Jerusalem for three years designing, implementing, and managing a study abroad program for Notre Dame. In this capacity, she formed strategic partnerships with local nongovernmental organizations, educational institutions, and religious organizations. She was also involved in grassroots resistance efforts such as Right to Movement, Christian Academic Forum for Citizenship in the Arab World, and the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music. Karis speaks Palestinian Arabic and French, and is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

<strong>Abeera Akhtar</strong> 

Abeera Akhtar 

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2020

Pakistan

Abeera Akhtar graduated from the Lahore University of Management Sciences, majoring in sociology and anthropology. After graduation, she was a corporate social responsibility officer at Reckitt Benckiser, a British multinational company. She has led grassroots efforts for nuclear disarmament in Pakistan, working for the Nobel Peace Prize-nominated movement Global Zero. Abeera also worked to make the Sustainable Development Goals more accessible to youth, working for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s Youth Initiative. She is the co-founder of FATE – From Apathy to Empathy, an organization she has represented at forums organized by the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Special Operations Command, the UN, Facebook and Stanford University. Through her work, she aims to use intercultural dialogue and social entrepreneurship as a driver for social change. Abeera is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

<strong>Rana El-Behairy</strong>

Rana El-Behairy

International Peace Studies, 2020

Egypt

Rana El-Behairy has worked as a field officer for an interreligious peacebuilding project that was implemented across five countries through Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Rana also served as monitoring and evaluation assistant for an interfaith action program that addresses sectarian violence in rural areas in Upper Egypt and, worked as a volunteer in a CRS program that provides Syrian and African refugees access to schools. She interned with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and worked on improving Syrian refugee conditions in Egypt. Rana developed a passion for Peacebuilding integration, conflict prevention, youth empowerment, and vulnerable populations. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Cairo University. Rana is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

<strong>Ephraim Bassey Emah</strong>

Ephraim Bassey Emah

International Peace Studies, 2020

Nigeria

Ephraim Bassey Emah has worked as an intern with Mennonite Central Committee, where he served as a peace activity researcher, documenting conflict occurrences in northern Nigeria. He worked with the Centre for Peace Advancement in Nigeria as a community engagement program officer, engaging youth groups involved in substance abuse, gang violence, and identity conflict escalation in Nigeria’s Plateau State. Most recently, he worked for the United States Institute for Peace, working in Nigeria to establish of platforms for collaborative problem-solving and prevention of insecurity and crime in conflict-affected communities. Ephraim is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

<strong>Mayra M. Garcia</strong>

Mayra M. Garcia

Sustainable Development, 2020

United States

Mayra Garcia served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru, collaborating with nongovernmental organizations, local authorities, families, and students to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene practices in their communities. Mayra also has worked as a consultant at a private engineering firm and provided transportation design solutions to regional clients. She holds a BS in civil engineering from the University of Washington and speaks Spanish fluently. Mayra is the recipient of a Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship.

<strong>Christine Germann</strong>

Christine Germann

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2020

United States

Christine Germann volunteered with the WorldTeach organization as an English teacher in the public education system in American Samoa during the 2016-2017 academic year. Prior to earning a BA in global studies with a concentration in international development in 2016, she conducted independent research in Tanzania, examining the current perceptions of child marriage in a rural region. Christine is interested in language of instruction research, gender equity in education, and program implementation in educational systems within developing nations, specifically sub-Saharan Africa. She is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

<strong>Anthony Guidotti</strong>

Anthony Guidotti

Sustainable Development, 2020

United States

Anthony Guidotti triple majored in economics, international studies, and justice and peace studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. After graduation, he spent a year serving abroad as a humanitarian missionary in 11 countries. He is passionate about the fusion of economic development and the peacemaking process within international policy making and hopes to help implement development processes that de-escalate conflict and improve the living conditions of their targeted populations. He has spent the last three and a half years as a lay minister in a diverse urban community north of Seattle. Anthony is the recipient of a Coca-Cola Global Affairs Fellowship.


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