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; 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.

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.



Timothy Derr

Timothy Derr

Sustainable Development, 2021

United States

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

Enkhjargal Dugeree

International Peace Studies, 2021

Mongolia

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.

Asmaa El Messnaoui

Asmaa El Messnaoui

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2019

Morocco

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. As a master of global affairs student, she was the recipient of an Ansari Institute Fellowship.

Rana El-Beheiry

Rana El-Beheiry

International Peace Studies, 2020

Egypt

Rana El-Beheiry 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

Ephraim Bassey Emah

International Peace Studies, 2020

Nigeria

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. As a master of global affairs student, Ephraim was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Mohammad Farrae

Mohammad Farrae

Sustainable Development, 2022

Pakistan

Mohammad Farrae earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in Pakistan. He has worked in engineering management for a soda ash manufacturing facility and in business development and product management for a Japanese paint company, developing coating solutions and introducing environmentally beneficial products. 

Before coming to Notre Dame, Mohammad led a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that trained secondary school students through hands-on projects related to bee and bird rehabilitation in Pakistan. He also provided consulting services to a firm that is training 500 peace leaders in Pakistan through wilderness education. Mohammad aims to learn how to bridge the gap between sustainable policy development in government and business. He is the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.

Viyaleta Farysheuskaya

Viyaleta Farysheuskaya

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2021

Belarus

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 fellowship sponsored by the Duffey Family.

Cristian Sáez Flórez

Cristian Sáez Flórez

International Peace Studies, 2021

Colombia

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.


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