Meet MGA Students


Current students and alumni from the master of global affairs program in the Keough School of Global Affairs 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; Finland; The Gambia; Ghana; Haiti; Honduras; Hungary; India; Indonesia; Iran; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Mali; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Morocco; Nepal; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Pakistan; Palestine; Peru; the Philippines; Russia; Sierra Leone; South Africa; South Korea; Taiwan; 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.



Catherine Bruno

Catherine Bruno

International Peace Studies, 2023

United States

Catherine Bruno served with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in southern Peru, where she taught English and established a reading club for primary school students at Colegio Fe y Alegria. She also led a girl’s group, meeting weekly with young teens to discuss challenges and facilitate activities to promote independence and empowerment

Catherine also volunteered with Encuentros Servicio Jesuita de la Soldiaridad, supporting Venezuelan migrants in Peru through access to stable housing, job training, education, and legal and health services. After returning to the United States, she worked as the resettlement case manager for the Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia, providing essential support services to refugees during their first ninety days in the United States. Catherine holds a BS in international studies and French and a concentration in peace and justice from the University of Scranton. She also is certified in trauma-informed case management. As a master of global affairs student, Catherine is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Andrew Caffro 

Andrew Caffro 

Sustainable Development, 2022

United States

Andrew spent more than five years in a leadership role with an international relief and development nongovernmental organization (NGO) that advances the work of local NGOs in eight South and Southeast Asian countries. His responsibilities have included coordinating projects, forming and growing partnerships, communicating impact to stakeholders, and overseeing organizational operations. Prior to this role, he lived in India for a year on a Fulbright grant and worked as a research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania.

Andrew studied molecular biology and business at Grove City College, graduating summa cum laude. As an undergraduate, he spent a summer gaining exposure to international development work in India and led three student volunteer service trips to Providence, Rhode Island, where he worked on urban poverty issues. These experiences helped shape his academic and professional interests, which include poverty alleviation, humanitarian aid, nonprofit management, fragile states, and sustainability. Andrew is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

Patrick Calderon

Patrick Calderon

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2019

Canada

Patrick Calderon recently worked for a Washington, DC-area international nonprofit, where he helped implement a State Department grant enabling undergraduate students from developing countries to study in the United States. He also has worked in education with immigrant and refugee populations in Canada and youth in Morocco. Patrick holds a B.A. in political science and theology from Notre Dame. As a master of global affairs student, he was the recipient of a Samuel and Kathleen Awad Global Affairs Fellowship.

Eric Canales

Eric Canales

Sustainable Development, 2022

United States

Eric Canales recently completed his Peace Corps service in Puyo, Ecuador, where he conducted horticulture therapy sessions with children and young adults with disabilities and led a project promoting food security among local farmers by establishing community gardens. Prior to joining the Peace Corps, Eric enlisted in the US Air Force and worked for four years as a jet engine mechanic in support of the 71st Rescue Squadron. His passion for service began as a volunteer in Thailand following the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and then in St. Bernard Parish after Hurricane Katrina. He is interested in the intersection between engineering and policy, specifically reinforcing civil infrastructure and promoting capacity-building in populations vulnerable to earthquakes and other natural hazards. Eric graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He is the recipient of a Graduate School’s Deans’ Fellowship. 

Marla Cansino

Marla Cansino

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2023

Belize

Marla Magaña Cansino holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Belize. She is a fellow in the GOBelize Alumni Association, an nongovernmental organization focusing on sexual and reproductive health leadership. She has served as vice president of the board of directors and as a key facilitator for the Youth Empowerment Project for HIV Prevention, a project funded by the United Nations Development Programme. 

Marla worked for several years as a research associate for the Belize Vector and Ecology Center. In this role, she was responsible for rearing and maintenance of mosquito colonies, development and implementation of study protocols, data analysis, and public health outreach. Having collaborated with local and international partners in research, education, and outreach, Marla hopes to continue participating in positive change and inspiring others to do the same. As a master of global affairs student, she is the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.

Belén Carriedo

Belén Carriedo

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2021

United States

Belén Carriedo graduated cum laude from Washington State University with BA degrees in criminal justice and sociology. Driven by a passion to serve, she interned at Hospicio de Huerfano in Costa Rica; the Centre for Social Action in Bangalore, India; and at Good Neighbors in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. More recently she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Fiji, where she worked as a community youth development organizer. In Fiji she conducted several Let Girls Learn initiatives, including a Take Back the Night event to raise awareness of gender-based violence. Belén is captivated by the power of women’s participation and engagement as a catalyst for change. She is fluent in Spanish and iTaukei, a native language of Fiji. As a student, Belén was a recipient of a Coca-Cola Global Affairs Fellowship.

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Nicolas Chehade

Nicolas Chehade

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2023

Lebanon

Nicolas Chehade is a clinical psychologist-in-training. He has worked for the past seven years with humanitarian organizations dedicated to alleviating the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon. His past work has focused on gender-based violence protection, child protection, and mental health, and he has worked with children, youth, and adults from Syria, Palestine, and Iraq. Nicolas is co-founder of MomAdvice, a telephone-based application that connects parents with child counselors, speech therapists, and child psychiatrists. 

For the past two years, Nicolas has worked as a humanitarian research coordinator at Médecins du Monde in France, focusing on a clinical trial testing telephone-based psychotherapy for children. Following the August 2020 explosion in Beirut, he worked as a mental health program manager for a community center in one of Beirut’s most affected areas. Nicolas aims to support the formation of global health and mental health-focused policies that serve the needs of diverse communities. As a master of global affairs student, he is the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.

Justice Chiedozie Chukwu 

Justice Chiedozie Chukwu 

International Peace Studies, 2021

Nigeria

Justice Chiedozie Chukwu is a lawyer and peace advocate. He has served various organizations including the Nigerian Bar Association, the Mirror of the Masses Initiative, the Economic Community of West African States, and the United Nations. He has received academic and professional awards from the Nigerian Law School and the International Centre for Arbitration. While working for the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, he provided pro bono legal services, facilitated the release of 11 prisoners, and educated students on citizens’ legal rights and duties. As a student, Justice was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.


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