Meet MGA Students


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.



Djiba Soumaoro

Djiba Soumaoro

International Peace Studies, 2019

Mali

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.

Frank Spesia

Frank Spesia

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2020

United States

Frank Spesia’s professional background focuses on education in underserved communities. He worked on primary education initiatives in Malawi and South Africa and taught 5th grade in Los Angeles as a member of the Alliance for Catholic Education. While teaching, he focused on creating a classroom and school community that was academically rigorous, safe, and inclusive. Frank holds an MEd from the University of Notre Dame and a BA in political science and peace studies from Notre Dame, where his research interests focused on social justice and education.

Arthur Joseph Ssembajja

Arthur Joseph Ssembajja

Sustainable Development, 2022

Uganda

Arthur is a master of business administration and master of global affairs (MBA/MGA) dual degree candidate, concentrating in business leadership, strategy, entrepreneurship and sustainable development. At Notre Dame he has worked as a graduate assistant to Professor Michael Morris and a student-athlete monitor and tutor. Through Professor Morris’s South Bend Entrepreneurship and Adversity Program, Arthur has offered consulting support to 45 local ventures. In the summer of 2020, he interned at Notre Dame’s IDEA Center as a de-risking analyst. 

Before coming to Notre Dame, Arthur worked as director of studies in a Catholic high school in Uganda. He holds a BA in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Urban University in Rome and a master of religious and theological studies from Makerere University in Uganda. Arthur is a Catholic priest ordained by the Diocese of Kasese in Uganda. After graduate school, he hopes to work in international development and management strategy consulting. He loves to play and watch soccer, travel, and listen to music. Arthur is the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship

Quang Ngoc Thang

Quang Ngoc Thang

Sustainable Development, 2019

Vietnam

Quang Ngoc Thang has worked in both the private and public sectors in Vietnam, focusing on economic policy initiatives for the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He also recently interned at a nongovernmental organization that provides legal advocacy and empowerment for communities affected by economic investment and corruptions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economic law from Hanoi Law University in Hanoi, and speaks Vietnamese and French. As a master of global affairs student, Ngoc was the recipient of a McKenna Center Fellowship.

Rayangnewende Jean Marc Tiendrebeogo

Rayangnewende Jean Marc Tiendrebeogo

International Peace Studies, 2022

Burkina Faso

Rayangnewende Jean Marc Tiendrebeogo is a former program officer and head of office for a USAID-funded program focused on countering violent extremism and promoting peace through development. In this capacity he implemented and led programs and activities for vulnerable young men and women that were focused on empowerment, promoting moderate voices, and strengthening civil society’s capacity to address community issues and strengthen local government. 

Jean Marc most recently worked as a State Department foreign service national, serving as a consular assistant and fraud prevention investigator at the US Embassy in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He is the founder and executive director of Burkina United and Stable Youth (BUSY), a youth development and empowerment nonprofit organization. He graduated from Augustana University with a BA in English and was funded by a Fulbright African Undergraduate Scholarship. At Notre Dame, Jean Marc is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship. 

Ikromjon Tuhtasunov

Ikromjon Tuhtasunov

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2019

Uzbekistan

Ikromjon Tuhtasunov studied international relations at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Uzbekistan. He recently interned at the State Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan. An organizer of several Model United Nations conferences, he also has held internships at government, nongovernmental, and private sector organizations. As a master of global affairs student, Ikromjon was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

Sonia Urquidi

Sonia Urquidi

Sustainable Development, 2019

United States

Sonia Urquidi studied abroad in London as an undergraduate and spent a summer in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where she developed a music therapy program for a nongovernmental organization serving people with disabilities. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame in economics and music. As a master of global affairs student, Sonia was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

Nzubechi Pantaleon Uwaleme

Nzubechi Pantaleon Uwaleme

International Peace Studies, 2020

Nigeria

Nzubechi Pantaleon Uwaleme has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector with a special focus on peacebuilding programming and youth leadership development training. He worked as a project manager on the Emerging African Leaders Project of the Centre for Social Awareness, Advocacy and Ethics, Inc. where he helped students facilitate social projects for community development. Nzubechi serves on the board of AfriPeace Sustainable Development Foundation, a collaborative African partner, and affiliate of AfriPeace Development Foundation, which is focused on promoting peace education. Most recently, he established Students for Peace Network (peace clubs) in 10 secondary schools in the Nigeria. He earned a bachelor’s degree in quantity surveying from Federal University of Technology in Nigeria. As a master of global affairs student, Nzubechi is was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.


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