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.



Maria Camila Posse Gaez

Maria Camila Posse Gaez

International Peace Studies, 2019

Colombia

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

Rachel Gagnon

Rachel Gagnon

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2021

United States

Rachel Gagnon graduated from the University of Connecticut, where she majored in political science and international relations with a concentration in human rights. She has conducted human rights research with the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut and also with Children’s Future India in Pune, India. She is interested in the intersection of international law, human rights, and social advocacy, specifically the use of social advocacy to strengthen institutions and law. Rachel recently served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Georgia, helping to develop teachers’ English language proficiency and professional skills. Rachel is the recipient of a Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship. In 2020, she also was selected as a finalist in the US Presidential Management Fellowship program.

Uriel Galace

Uriel Galace

Sustainable Development, 2021

Philippines

Uriel Galace recently served as a foreign affairs research specialist at the Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies, a think tank in the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. In this capacity, he conducted research on international security and economic development and produced policy papers and research articles for the Philippine government. A former intern for the UN Development Programme and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Uriel also has volunteered for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Summit and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. He holds an AB in political science from Ateneo de Manila University and is the recipient of a Liu Institute Fellowship.

Mayra M. Garcia

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. As a master of global affairs student, Mayra was the recipient of a Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship.

Sophia Dianne Garcia

Sophia Dianne Garcia

International Peace Studies, 2022

The Philippines

Sophia Dianne Garcia recently served as a project/advocacy officer at the Center for Peace Education and a facilitator with the National Service Training Program at Miriam College, leading projects and advocacy campaigns related to youth, peace and security, and disarmament. Sophia was the local coordinator of the Young Women for Peace and Leadership Program of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) in the Philippines and also was a researcher for GNWP on a study focused on the sustainable peace agenda. As a young peacebuilder, she has shared her experiences locally and internationally, including at the United Nations. She also worked at the Human Rights Victims Claims Board and for the Philippine Peace Process as part of the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission Secretariat. Sophia holds a bachelor of arts degree (with honors) in international studies and international politics from Miriam College, where she also earned a minor in peace studies. She is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Christine Germann

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. As a master of global affairs student, she was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

Abigail Ginzburg

Abigail Ginzburg

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2022

United States

Abigail Ginzburg recently returned from serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kosovo, where she taught English and organized workshops and camps focused on critical thinking skills and women’s empowerment. Prior to her Peace Corps service, she volunteered with Utah’s Refugee Education and Training Center through AmeriCorps, facilitating community-led grants and STEM programming for people of all ages. She graduated with a BA in Russian and Eastern European studies from the University of Chicago and is fluent in Russian and Serbian. Abigail is the recipient of a Coca-Cola Global Affairs Fellowship.

Jamison Greene

Jamison Greene

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2021

United States

Jamison Greene served as an agriculture business advisor with the Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa, partnering with smallholder cashew farmers, the Ghana Ministry of Agriculture, and nongovernmental organizations to increase crop yields, improve financial literacy, and demonstrate value-adding activities such as beekeeping and cashew apple juicing.

Prior to his Peace Corps service, Jamison worked as a senior financial analyst in corporate financial planning and analysis, supply chain management, and government finance roles. He holds a BS in finance and a minor in management information systems from the University of Connecticut. As an undergraduate, he gained experience in fiduciary management of investment assets as a portfolio manager for a student managed fund. Jamison is the recipient of a McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business Fellowship.


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