Meet MGA Students


Current students and alumni from the master of global affairs program in the Keough School of Global Affairs represent more than 60 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; Guatemala; Haiti; Honduras; Hungary; India; Indonesia; Iran; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Mali; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Morocco; Myanmar; Nepal; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Pakistan; Palestine; Peru; the Philippines; Russia; Sierra Leone; Singapore; South Africa; South Korea; Syria; Taiwan; Tajikistan; Trinidad and Tobago; Tunisia; Turkey; Ukraine; Uganda; the United Kingdom; the United States; Uzbekistan; Venezuela; Vietnam; Yemen; 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.



Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver

Sustainable Development, 2022

United States

As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, Lauren worked to reduce food insecurity and increase household income by promoting sustainable agricultural methods to local students, farmers, and women’s groups. Lauren graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in civil engineering, focusing on water resources engineering. As a student at Santa Clara, she worked closely with the university’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, first as a global social benefit fellow and then as a program assistant. As a fellow, Lauren conducted research for an education-based enterprise in Uganda and as a program assistant she helped scale the impact of early-stage enterprises in Africa, India, and South America. As an MGA student, Lauren looks forward to using her background in engineering, entrepreneurship, and human-centered design to innovate climate-resilient, culturally appropriate solutions to the global water crisis. She is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.