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.



Timothy Derr

Timothy Derr

Sustainable Development, 2022

United States

Tim Derr is a student in the dual degree MGA/MBA program. Before coming to Notre Dame, he 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.

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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. As a student, Enkhjargal was 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.

Ebaa Elkalamawi 

Ebaa Elkalamawi 

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2023

Egypt

Ebaa Elkalamawi holds a MSc in global health policy from Maastricht University in the Netherlands and an MBBCh in medicine and surgery from Mansoura University. She is a past recipient of a Lazord Fellowship from the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy, Civic Engagement and Responsible Business at American University in Cairo. As a Lazord fellow, Ebaa served as a health project coordinator for the Centre for Development Services, a private sector consulting firm that provides development solutions for Egyptian communities.

Ebaa also has worked as a medical officer for a nongovernmental organization that provides voluntary counseling and testing for people living with HIV/AIDS in greater Cairo and has counseled children and families living with HIV. As a master of global affairs student, she is the recipient of the Riberas Orjales Family 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.

Nourhan Fahmy

Nourhan Fahmy

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2023

Egypt

Nourhan is an Egyptian researcher and journalist who focuses on legal and judicial issues. As a Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy in Washington, DC, she conducted research on Egyptian judicial affairs. Previously, Nourhan worked for Egypt-based news outlets including Daily News Egypt, Aswat Masriya, and Mada Masr. She also worked as a researcher and archivist for the Law and Society Research Unit at the American University in Cairo (AUC). Nourhan holds a bachelor’s degree (with honors) from AUC in political science and economics and a law degree from Cairo University. As a master of global affairs student, she is the recipient of a Samuel and Kathleen Awad Global Affairs 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.


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