Meet MGA Students

The Keough School’s master of global affairs program includes 72 students from 32 countries:

Afghanistan, Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uganda, 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.

<strong>Asmaa El Messnaoui</strong>

Asmaa El Messnaoui

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2019


Asmaa El Messnaoui has worked as a requirements engineer in the private sector. She also is founder and president of a local nongovernmental organization that strives to promote community service and citizenship among young people. Asmaa holds an engineer of state diploma in materials and manufacturing processes from ENSAM National Engineering School in Morocco, and speaks Arabic, French, and some Spanish. She is the recipient of an Ansari Institute Fellowship.

<strong>Rana El-Behairy</strong>

Rana El-Behairy

International Peace Studies, 2020


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.

<strong>Ephraim Bassey Emah</strong>

Ephraim Bassey Emah

International Peace Studies, 2020


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.

<strong>Maria Camila Posse Gaez</strong>

Maria Camila Posse Gaez

International Peace Studies, 2019


Maria Camila Posse Gaez has worked in both the public and private sectors, including the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Embassy of Costa Rica in Singapore, and the commodities trading firm ED&F Man. She also is the director and co-founder of Fox & Hedgehog, a global and current affairs review written by young adults. Maria graduated magna cum laude from Yale-NUS College in Singapore with a BA degree in global affairs, and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. She is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

<strong>Mayra M. Garcia</strong>

Mayra M. Garcia

Sustainable Development, 2020

United States

Mayra Garcia served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru, collaborating with nongovernmental organizations, local authorities, families, and students to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene practices in their communities. Mayra also has worked as a consultant at a private engineering firm and provided transportation design solutions to regional clients. She holds a BS in civil engineering from the University of Washington and speaks Spanish fluently. Mayra is the recipient of a Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship.

<strong>Christine Germann</strong>

Christine Germann

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2020

United States

Christine Germann volunteered with the WorldTeach organization as an English teacher in the public education system in American Samoa during the 2016-2017 academic year. Prior to earning a BA in global studies with a concentration in international development in 2016, she conducted independent research in Tanzania, examining the current perceptions of child marriage in a rural region. Christine is interested in language of instruction research, gender equity in education, and program implementation in educational systems within developing nations, specifically sub-Saharan Africa. She is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

<strong>Anthony Guidotti</strong>

Anthony Guidotti

Sustainable Development, 2020

United States

Anthony Guidotti triple majored in economics, international studies, and justice and peace studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. After graduation, he spent a year serving abroad as a humanitarian missionary in 11 countries. He is passionate about the fusion of economic development and the peacemaking process within international policy making and hopes to help implement development processes that de-escalate conflict and improve the living conditions of their targeted populations. He has spent the last three and a half years as a lay minister in a diverse urban community north of Seattle. Anthony is the recipient of a Coca-Cola Global Affairs Fellowship.

<strong>Malalai Habibi</strong>

Malalai Habibi

International Peace Studies, 2019


Malalai Habibi lived in Iran for more than 25 years and was undocumented Afghan refugee for most of these years. After completing her secondary education through independent study, she entered university and earned a BA in graphic design form Shariati Technical University in Iran. She volunteered for several nongovernmental organizations in Iran, including the Tehran Peace Museum. She recently returned to Afghanistan to work as a peacebuilding facilitator. Malalai, who is fluent in Dari, is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

1 2 3 4 9