Mathilda was born and raised in Bethlehem, Palestine. Since graduating from Roanoke College with a BA in international relations, she has served in several peacebuilding capacities. In Palestine she worked for Tent of Nations, a grassroots peace project that strengthens intercultural relationships between Palestinians and visitors from around the world. She later served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine, where she taught English, coordinated summer camps, and wrote and implemented a USAID grant for community trainings on resume writing, public speaking, and project design and management. Mathilda speaks Arabic and Ukrainian. As a student, she was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
The Keough School’s master of global affairs program, a two-year program, includes 74 students. Current students and MGA alumni 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; the Gambia; Ghana; Haiti; Honduras; Hungary; Indonesia; Iran; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Lebanon; Mali; Mexico; Mongolia; Morocco; Nepal; Nigeria; Pakistan; Palestine; Peru; the Philippines; Russia; Sierra Leone; South Africa; South Korea; 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.