Gulzeyin Sharipova-Khalibaeva graduated from American University of Central Asia with a degree in international and comparative politics. She has more than a decade of experience working for diplomatic corps, international organizations, and businesses, where she promoted business development, created employment opportunities, and promoted minority rights. Gulzeyin is a recipient of the Thomas D. McCloskey 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; 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.
The 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.
Shuyuan Shen earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Previously, he served as an intern at the Center for Child Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility in Shenzhen and a data journalist at Initium Media in Hong Kong. His research interests focus on the political identification and participation of migration and refugees. Shuyuan speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. As a master of global affairs student, he was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
Jacqueline Shrader served as program director to a youth leadership development program serving emerging leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean. Previously, she worked in rural Peru on a team of social workers with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, implementing and supporting youth programs. Jacqueline has conducted research in Guatemala on how female civil society and grassroots leaders are confronting gender-based violence. Jacqueline is fluent in Spanish, and she holds a bachelor of arts in theology and religious studies from Seattle University. As a master of global affairs student, she was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Mehak Anjum Siddiquei has worked as a research assistant on the Social Compact Project, part of the Property Tax Experiment at The Center for Economic Research in Pakistan. Previously, she worked at the Planning and Development Department at the provincial government level. She is fluent in Urdu and Punjabi. She holds a BSc in economics from the Lahore School of Economics. As a master of global affairs student, Mehak was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
Rhea V. Silvosa worked as the program officer for the Annual Peacebuilding Training Program of the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute, coordinating an international training and developing training in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. She is actively involved in civil society groups that advocate for human rights and restorative and transitional justices. She holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education (cum laude) from the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology. As a master of global affairs student, Rhea was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Maria Isabel Leon Gomez Sonet holds a BA in global studies with an international development concentration. She has worked with the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America on issues regarding U.S. foreign policy to Latin American, human and immigration rights, and social justice. Marisa has also interned at the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation on genocide and mass atrocities prevention. Most recently, she interned at at the Trust for the Americas, an organization affiliated to the Organization of America States in Washington, DC, for economic and social inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean. As a master of global affairs student, Maria was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Angelina Soriano is the founding leader of institutional relations and networks of the Human Dignity Center at Tecnologico de Monterrey University in Mexico, where she oversees gender equality, diversity and inclusion strategies, and programs and policies nationwide. Through her work she has advanced the understanding of the fundamentals of human dignity applied to policies and conflict resolution.
Angelina previously worked at the vice presidency for international affairs at Tecnológico de Monterrey. As the coordinator of strategic international relations, she focused in strengthening binational cooperation between Mexico and the US in the philanthropic, social innovation, and development arenas. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper Community and is the co-founder of Solidaridad Mexico, an initiative to engage people in social causes.
Angelina graduated with honors from Tecnológico de Monterrey University, earning a bachelor’s degree in law with a concentration in leadership for social development.
Djiba Soumaoro most recently served as advisor to the nonprofit Mali Rising Foundation, which empowers the children of Mali through education. He also has worked as a translator for medical teams and for the NGO Ouelessebougou Alliance in Mali, an organization focused on education, health, and economic development. He speaks Bambara, the lingua franca in Mali, as well as French. He holds a B.A. in political science from Utah Valley University. As a master of global affairs student, Djiba was the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Peace Fellowship.