Meet MGA Students


Current students and alumni from the master of global affairs program in the Keough School of Global Affairs represent more than 50 countries including:

Afghanistan; Argentina; Bangladesh; Belarus; Belize; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Canada; Chile; China; Colombia; Costa Rica; Democratic Republic of Congo; Ecuador; Egypt; El Salvador; Ethiopia; Finland; The Gambia; Ghana; Haiti; Honduras; Hungary; India; Indonesia; Iran; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Mali; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Morocco; Nepal; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Pakistan; Palestine; Peru; the Philippines; Russia; Sierra Leone; South Africa; South Korea; Taiwan; Tajikistan; Trinidad and Tobago; Turkey; Ukraine; Uganda; the United Kingdom; the United States; Uzbekistan; Vietnam; and Zimbabwe.

Our 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.



Haleemah Ahmad

Haleemah Ahmad

International Peace Studies, 2023

Nigeria

Haleemah Oladamade Ahmad was most recently a senior research associate and chief editor with the Da’wah Institute, part of the Islamic Education Trust in Nigeria. She is part of a team that compiled and responded to more than 200 narratives and arguments used for recruitment into violent extremist groups in the Lake Chad Basin. Haleemah has facilitated advocacy sessions focused on eliminating violence against women and girls, doing so from an Islamic perspective.

As a young peacebuilder and human rights defender, Haleemah has shared her experiences internationally, including at the Carter Center in the United States, and her work has been published in an essay collection by the Tony Blair Institute for Change. As a fellow of the Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace, Haleemah worked with youth leaders on reducing electoral violence during the 2019 general elections in Nigeria. She is passionate about gender justice, interreligious peacebuilding, and preventing violent extremism carried out in the name of religion. As a master of global affairs student, Haleemah is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Oneile Baitlotli 

Oneile Baitlotli 

Sustainable Development, 2023

Botswana

Oneile Baitlotli graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in political science and minors in international development studies and peace studies. Her interests in peace and development prompted her to participate in the Madrasa Discourses Immersion in Qatar, an initiative of the Keough School’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. She also worked with Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns through a McNeill Fellowship, a program for students dedicated to active, local citizenship.

As an undergraduate, Oneile interned in the early childhood education department at Afrika Tikkun in South Africa. She then worked with the Rusalia Resource Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Kenya that empowers girls from western Kenya with school tuition scholarships and mentorship. Oneile’s most recent internship was in the secretary-general’s office at Religions for Peace, an opportunity made possible by the Keough School’s Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion. These experiences deepened her interest in peace-centered development that recognizes and prioritizes human dignity. As a master of global affairs student, Oneile is the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.

Catherine Bruno

Catherine Bruno

International Peace Studies, 2023

United States

Catherine Bruno served with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in southern Peru, where she taught English and established a reading club for primary school students at Colegio Fe y Alegria. She also led a girl’s group, meeting weekly with young teens to discuss challenges and facilitate activities to promote independence and empowerment

Catherine also volunteered with Encuentros Servicio Jesuita de la Soldiaridad, supporting Venezuelan migrants in Peru through access to stable housing, job training, education, and legal and health services. After returning to the United States, she worked as the resettlement case manager for the Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia, providing essential support services to refugees during their first ninety days in the United States. Catherine holds a BS in international studies and French and a concentration in peace and justice from the University of Scranton. She also is certified in trauma-informed case management. As a master of global affairs student, Catherine is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Marla Cansino

Marla Cansino

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2023

Belize

Marla Magaña Cansino holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Belize. She is a fellow in the GOBelize Alumni Association, an nongovernmental organization focusing on sexual and reproductive health leadership. She has served as vice president of the board of directors and as a key facilitator for the Youth Empowerment Project for HIV Prevention, a project funded by the United Nations Development Programme. 

Marla worked for several years as a research associate for the Belize Vector and Ecology Center. In this role, she was responsible for rearing and maintenance of mosquito colonies, development and implementation of study protocols, data analysis, and public health outreach. Having collaborated with local and international partners in research, education, and outreach, Marla hopes to continue participating in positive change and inspiring others to do the same. As a master of global affairs student, she is the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.

Nicolas Chehade

Nicolas Chehade

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2023

Lebanon

Nicolas Chehade is a clinical psychologist-in-training. He has worked for the past seven years with humanitarian organizations dedicated to alleviating the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon. His past work has focused on gender-based violence protection, child protection, and mental health, and he has worked with children, youth, and adults from Syria, Palestine, and Iraq. Nicolas is co-founder of MomAdvice, a telephone-based application that connects parents with child counselors, speech therapists, and child psychiatrists. 

For the past two years, Nicolas has worked as a humanitarian research coordinator at Médecins du Monde in France, focusing on a clinical trial testing telephone-based psychotherapy for children. Following the August 2020 explosion in Beirut, he worked as a mental health program manager for a community center in one of Beirut’s most affected areas. Nicolas aims to support the formation of global health and mental health-focused policies that serve the needs of diverse communities. As a master of global affairs student, he is the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.

Christine Chun

Christine Chun

Sustainable Development, 2023

United States

Christine Chun is a proud daughter of Korean immigrants and is currently pursuing an MGA/MBA dual degree. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, she worked in the nonprofit sector leading service-learning programs in low-income Chicago public schools. For the past eight years, her passion for culture and community has led her to unique opportunities in education, international development, advocacy for refugee and immigrant populations, and corporate social responsibility across Latin America, Uganda, and major US cities.

Christine holds a BS in elementary education with an emphasis in international development and she speaks fluent Korean and Spanish. Her current professional interests include leading strategic, people-centered teams and identifying sustainable economic development opportunities alongside marginalized communities, especially small-scale coffee farming in Ecuador. As a master of global affairs student, she is the recipient of a McKenna Center Fellowship.

Aidé Cuenca Narváez

Aidé Cuenca Narváez

Sustainable Development, 2023

Ecuador

Aidé Cuenca Narváez has worked in both public and faith-based community nonprofits and higher education in her home country of Ecuador and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has experience facilitating educational workshops on youth leadership, community organizing, and immigration as well as managing programs. Aidé is interested in education access, community development and sustainable agriculture, and their intersection with bridging the inequality gap and funding allocation.  

Aidé has lived and worked alongside under-resourced communities in Ecuador and immigrant communities in Philadelphia. She is committed to leveraging the grassroots work of communities who are already working for social transformation through collaborative partnership, empowerment and mutuality. Aidé holds a master’s degree in leadership from Cabrini University and a BA in sociology from the University of Guayaquil. As a master of global affairs student, Aidé is the recipient of a Kellogg Institute Fellowship and a Rev. Robert Pelton, C.S.C. Fellowship.

Mariama Dampha

Mariama Dampha

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2023

The Gambia

Mariama Dampha is a public health professional who recently worked for The Gambia’s Ministry of Health in West Africa. Driven by her strong desire to improve health conditions in the developing world, she has interned at the Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, served as a public health officer at Bafrow Medical Centre, and as a gender consultant for the Health Star Association in The Gambia.

Mariama graduated cum laude from the University of The Gambia with a bachelor of science in public and environmental health. At the Keough School, she is pursuing her master of global affairs while specializing in global health. She plans to research connections between life-threatening health issues and health policies in the developing world. As a master of global affairs student, Mariama is the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.


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