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.



Caroline Andridge

Caroline Andridge

Sustainable Development, 2019

United States

Caroline Andridge served as a 2016-17 Princeton in Africa fellow in South Africa, where she worked as an HIV prevention analyst with the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Prior to this role, she was a research associate for global health, economics, and development at the Council on Foreign Relations and a volunteer for the economic analysis team at the Millennium Challenge Corporation in Washington, D.C. She holds a BA in public policy from the University of Michigan. As a master of global affairs student, Caroline was the recipient of a Kellogg Institute Fellowship.

Syeda (Fiana) Arbab 

Syeda (Fiana) Arbab 

Sustainable Development, 2021

United States 

Syeda (Fiana) Arbab is a Bangladeshi Muslim American and transnational feminist who has served as a racial justice and community organizer across the United States. Most recently, she conducted legislative analysis on youth justice for Georgia Shift, a nonprofit that encourages marginalized young people to participate in democracy. She is the former statewide youth organizer for the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, where she worked with youth in marginalized communities. Syeda graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a BA in women’s and gender studies and psychology and a minor in sociology. As an undergraduate, she was co-founder and president of the Social Justice League and also student body president. As a student, Syeda was the recipient of a Coca-Cola Global Affairs Fellowship.

Pablo Arenas Gallo 

Pablo Arenas Gallo 

Sustainable Development, 2022

Colombia and United States

Pablo graduated from Indiana University with a BA in psychology and a passion for mental health, community development, and gender equity. As a student, he worked in the clinical research department at Riley Hospital for Children and served as a translator for a medical team in Italy that served homeless and refugee populations. After graduating, Pablo served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Eswatini, where he focused on HIV/AIDS prevention projects and promoted life skills and gender equity among youth in his community. He brings a multicultural perspective that stems from his experience living in Colombia, the United States, Brazil, Italy, and Eswatini. Pablo is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, and is conversant in French and siSwati. He is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

Eskandar Ataallah

Eskandar Ataallah

International Peace Studies, 2024

Syria

Eskandar Ataallah graduated from the University of Tishreen with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He also completed an intensive course on nonviolence and human rights through the Academic University College of Non-Violence and Human Rights in Lebanon and has worked for the United Nations Development Program’s Social Cohesion and Gender Justice program. 

After the 2011 crisis in Syria, Eskandar began his humanitarian work as a field monitor with a local nonprofit, the Department of Ecumenical Relations and Development of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch. There he was promoted to field monitor, to head of monitors, and finally to community center coordinator. Eskandar speaks Arabic as his native language, English as a second language, and has started studying Spanish. He plans to play a fundamental role in helping countries that are suffering from crises to achieve peace. As a master of global affairs student, Eskandar is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Oneile Baitlotli 

Oneile Baitlotli 

Sustainable Development, 2023

Botswana

Oneile Baitlotli graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in political science and minors in international development studies and peace studies. Her interests in peace and development prompted her to participate in the Madrasa Discourses Immersion in Qatar, an initiative of the Keough School’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. She also worked with Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns through a McNeill Fellowship, a program for students dedicated to active, local citizenship.

As an undergraduate, Oneile interned in the early childhood education department at Afrika Tikkun in South Africa. She then worked with the Rusalia Resource Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Kenya that empowers girls from western Kenya with school tuition scholarships and mentorship. Oneile’s most recent internship was in the secretary-general’s office at Religions for Peace, an opportunity made possible by the Keough School’s Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion. These experiences deepened her interest in peace-centered development that recognizes and prioritizes human dignity. As a master of global affairs student, Oneile is the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.

Sebastian Bascom

Sebastian Bascom

Sustainable Development, 2022

United States

Sebastian Bascom served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Nepal, where he worked alongside farmers to improve the food and nutritional security of their communities. While in Nepal, he also spent time in the relief sector as a program development intern with Samaritan’s Purse. Following his Peace Corps service, Sebastian worked as a research assistant for Kansas State University. In this role he supported research on the impacts of digital credit on smallholder farmers in Kenya and the impact of COVID-19 on coffee farmers in Uganda. A graduate of Calvin University, Sebastian holds a BA in economics and international development studies. He is the recipient of a McKenna Center Fellowship.

Bryanna Beamer

Bryanna Beamer

International Peace Studies, 2022

United States

Bryanna Beamer most recently worked as a case manager with the University of Baltimore’s Choice Program, working with youth in the Juvenile Justice Department as a mentor and advocate in legal, educational, and personal realms. She also volunteered as a youth coach with the International Rescue Committee to help refugee youth acclimate to American culture. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, Bryanna created a junior high school boys and girls club focused on education, self-confidence, and employment opportunities. She also worked with farmers to develop nutritional practices and raised more than $10,000 to build a computer lab and library. Bryanna earned a BA in psychology from Shippensburg University with an emphasis on childhood adolescent development and minority group experiences. As a student, she conducted research on the effects of mindfulness on youth attention spans. Bryanna is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Jaclyn Elizabeth Biedronski 

Jaclyn Elizabeth Biedronski 

Sustainable Development, 2021

United States

Jaclyn Elizabeth Biedronski served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique, where she taught English, led literacy interventions, and promoted youth empowerment and gender equality in local communities. She also is a former intern with Global Mamas in Ghana. A graduate of the University of Florida who is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Jaclyn holds a BA in international studies and a BS in psychology. As a student, she co-founded the journal Global Perspectives and a global studies student group. Jaclyn also has experience as a research assistant and behavioral aid for children on the autism spectrum. As a student, she was the recipient of a Don & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.


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