Laura Judith Guerra, a first-generation Mexican American, grew up in Mexico and migrated to the United States as a child. A passionate advocate for sustainable development, she has worked as a community organizer at ARISE, a nonprofit organization that empowers low-income immigrants through education and leadership training. Laura holds a BA in economics from the University of Dallas, where she received an Outstanding Economics Student Achievement Award. She also was awarded the US Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which enabled her to study in Rome and teach English classes for Italian high school students. Laura has worked in colonias on the US-Mexico border, advocating for infrastructure improvements such as drainage and public lighting. She is the recipient of a Graduate School Dean’s Fellowship and a John Hahn/Leticia Foncillas Fellowship.
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.
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. As a master of global affairs student, Anthony was the recipient of a Coca-Cola Global Affairs Fellowship.
Malalai Habibi lived in Iran for more than 18 years and was an 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 from Shariati Technical University in Iran. Focusing on women’s empowerment and children’s education, she volunteered for several nongovernmental organizations in Iran, including the Tehran Peace Museum. She recently returned to Afghanistan to work as a peacebuilding facilitator. As a master of global affairs student, Malalai was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Helina Haile served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda, where she taught English and led after-school youth development groups for boys and girls. She also spent time with American Refugee Committee Rwanda as a program development volunteer. Helina later worked on racial equity issues with AmeriCorps VISTA and the City of Minneapolis for the Obama Promise Zone Initiative, and served as a legal assistant for the Minnesota AIDS Project. She holds a BA in political science and international studies from Northern Michigan University, and speaks Amharic and is conversant in Kinyarwanda. As a master of global affairs student, Helina was the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Peace Fellowship.
Mulugeta Woldeeyesus Haiybano’s interest in peace studies stems from 12 years of experience working with refugees in Ethiopia. He has worked for the Jesuit Refugee Service and similar nonprofit organizations in different capacities: social worker, community services and vocational training coordinator, project director, human resources and administration officer, and country director. He has advocated for refugees and internally displaced persons before governments, UN bodies, religious institutions, and donor agencies. Mulugeta is the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Peace Fellowship.
Brian Hickey most recently worked with migrants and refugee children in a school and center for street children in Djibouti. He also taught English literature and leadership at a Palestinian high school in the West Bank, served as a volunteer at the Indiana State Prison for several years, and spent the summer of 2015 in South Africa and Zambia working with a local nongovernmental organization. Brian holds a BS in business management and a minor in political science from Valparaiso University, where he was a student-athlete. As a master of global affairs student, he was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
Imre Gabor Holtzer is a lawyer who is passionate about social issues. As a volunteer with the BAGázs Nonprofit Association, he provided legal assistance to members of the Roma community living in Eastern European slums. He also has volunteered with the SeriousFun Children’s Network, supporting the organization’s aim to provide life-changing experiences to cancer-afflicted and chronically ill children and their families.
Throughout his education and in the process of earning his law degree, Imre has focused on developing communication and research skills. He has studied in Hungary, Germany, Italy, and in the United States, and he speaks Hungarian, English, German and Italian.
Shadwa graduated from the Lebanese American University with a BA in economics and minor in international affairs. After graduation she was awarded the Lazord Fellowship, a year-long professional development fellowship. Working at American University in Cairo, she served as a governance coordinator on a joint project between the European Union and the Egyptian Ministry of Trade. Afterwards she worked as a policy researcher at the Egyptian Financial Regulatory Authority, where she gained experience in the development of the non-banking financial sector. A passionate advocate for participatory development and good governance, Shadwa is the recipient of a Samuel and Kathleen Awad Global Affairs Fellowship.