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.

Nicoleta Paladi

Nicoleta Paladi

Sustainable Development, 2023


Nicoleta Paladi graduated magna cum laude from the American University in Bulgaria with BA degrees in political science and international relations and also in European studies. She was the presidential medalist in her graduating class. As a student, Nicoleta completed three high-level internships, led student clubs, represented Moldovan youth at global political conferences, and founded educational projects for young people worldwide. She also participated in an ERASMUS exchange program at Sciences Po Bordeaux and in the US Department of State’s Future Leaders Exchange program. As a leader for Women Deliver, she advocates for young people and women’s empowerment. 

Before coming to Notre Dame, Nicoleta worked in the Cybersecurity Programme Office at the Council of Europe. Her academic interests focus on the future of work and the potential of digital technologies to bridge inequalities in the Global South. As a master of global affairs student, Nicoleta is the recipient of a Nanovic Institute Fellowship and a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.