Erin Connolly is the associate program director for Girl Security and a fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, where she previously worked as a research assistant. She has created modules for high school girls on topics such as ethics, nuclear nonproliferation, and nuclear security. Working at the nexus of policy and public engagement, she connects education, national security, and personal security to cultivate the next generation of innovative policy leaders. Erin has written on topics including nuclear terrorism, Iran, and North Korea. Erin graduated cum laude from College of the Holy Cross, earning a bachelor’s degree in international studies with a minor in French and a concentration in peace and conflict studies. She is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
The Keough School’s master of global affairs program includes 70 students from 30 countries:
Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Belarus, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uganda, the United States, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
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.
María’s career has focused on human rights, development, and peacebuilding. She recently served as program officer, first for human rights and then for transitional justice and humanitarian assistance, at the Swedish International Development Agency in Bogotá, assisting with the implementation of Colombia’s peace agreement. She also interned with the German political foundation Konrad Adenauer and ProColombia, Colombia’s agency for the promotion of tourism and foreign investment. María holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs and international relations and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. She is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Tim Derr recently served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Armenia. Collaborating with nongovernmental organizations, local authorities, businesses, and youth, he helped increase the effectiveness of community initiatives for social enterprise development, environmental protection, anti-corruption, gender equality, and youth development. He also founded a youth center at a local nongovernmental organization and a national animal rights organization, PAWS Armenia, which provides animal welfare training and volunteer opportunities for youth. Previously, Tim worked for advertising agencies as a digital media specialist, media planner, and buyer. He holds a degree in media studies and business from Loras College. He is the recipient of the Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship.
Enkhjargal Dugeree holds a BA in international relations from the University of the Humanities in Mongolia. She has worked as a project coordinator at the Projects Abroad Mongolia, a nongovernmental organization that supports development in Mongolian communities. She also worked on a disaster relief project with Projects Abroad Nepal and interned at the Economic Policy and Competitiveness Research Center in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital city. Enkhjargal is the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Fellowship.
Rana El-Behairy has worked as a field officer for an interreligious peacebuilding project that was implemented across five countries through Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Rana also served as monitoring and evaluation assistant for an interfaith action program that addresses sectarian violence in rural areas in Upper Egypt and, worked as a volunteer in a CRS program that provides Syrian and African refugees access to schools. She interned with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and worked on improving Syrian refugee conditions in Egypt. Rana developed a passion for Peacebuilding integration, conflict prevention, youth empowerment, and vulnerable populations. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Cairo University. Rana is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Ephraim Bassey Emah has worked as an intern with Mennonite Central Committee, where he served as a peace activity researcher, documenting conflict occurrences in northern Nigeria. He worked with the Centre for Peace Advancement in Nigeria as a community engagement program officer, engaging youth groups involved in substance abuse, gang violence, and identity conflict escalation in Nigeria’s Plateau State. Most recently, he worked for the United States Institute for Peace, working in Nigeria to establish of platforms for collaborative problem-solving and prevention of insecurity and crime in conflict-affected communities. Ephraim is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Viyaleta Farysheuskaya graduated with honors from Belarus State Economic University. As a student, she developed a desire to contribute to the improvement of education in her home country and beyond. Before coming to the Keough School, she completed her European Voluntary Service term, helping children at risk of social exclusion within the Spanish education system. Viyaleta is the recipient of a Nanovic Institute Fellowship.
Cristian Sáez Flórez has worked with several human rights and peacebuilding organizations in Colombia. Most recently, he worked as a junior specialist with the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies’ Barometer Project, monitoring Colombia’s 2016 peace agreement. Previously, as a research assistant at the House of Memory Museum in Medellin, he developed written content on Colombia’s armed conflict. He also served as an intern with the Manos a la Paz project with the United Nations Development Programme, strengthening democratic governance and peacebuilding capacities by supporting the construction of local development plans. Cristian holds a BA in political science from the University of Antioquia, and is the recipient of the Kroc Institute Fellowship.