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.

Mongalla Ngbabare

Mongalla Ngbabare

International Peace Studies, 2023

South Sudan

Mongalla Ngbabare, a native of South Sudan who grew up in East Africa, holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Before coming to Notre Dame, he was an assets and warehouse officer for Star Trust Organization, a South Sudanese-founded organization that focuses on rural development. He has worked for South Sudan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, World Vision, and Action Africa Help. 

Mongalla is the recipient of a two-year sponsorship from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and a six-month government scholarship to Kenya Cooperative University College. As a child growing up in a country shaped by war, he is passionate about saving lives and serving communities affected by extreme poverty. His research interests include sustainable peacebuilding and justice, human rights activism, and conflict analysis and transformation for inclusive political change and leadership. As a master of global affairs student, Mongolla is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.