Meet MGA Students

The Keough School’s master of global affairs program includes 70 students from 30 countries:

Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Belarus, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uganda, the United States, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

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.

John Bosco Lugonja

John Bosco Lugonja

International Peace Studies, 2021


John Bosco Lugonja is a Catholic priest ordained by the Diocese of Kasana–Luweero. He is passionate about promoting sustainable peace and justice in society. He recently worked in the diocesan peace and justice department and as director of a graduate school. He also has served as a pastor and associate pastor and has ministered to a wide range of people including Rwandan and South Sudanese refugees, displaced peoples, and people in poverty. He holds an MA in theology from Makerere University and BA degrees in philosophy and theology from Pontifical Urban University in Rome.

Jirah Kaye Luison

Jirah Kaye Luison

International Peace Studies, 2021


As a child protection officer for UNICEF in Mindanao, the Philippines, Jirah promoted adolescent and youth participation in governance and peacebuilding. She has also worked as a project officer for the Civil Peace Service, collaborating with local indigenious people on conflict transformation. Jirah is passionate about empowering young people and believes that youth are active contributors to peace and nation-building. Jirah holds a BA in community development from the University of the Philippines and is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

<strong>Timothy Machasio</strong>

Timothy Machasio

Sustainable Development, 2019


Timothy Machasio is passionate about enabling business growth for firms operating in developing countries. He is the co-founder of the Teen Entrepreneurship Network, a coalition of training, mentorship, and funding groups that support young Kenyan entrepreneurs. He has worked for the Boston Consulting Group, Google, Ashoka, and Equity Bank Limited. Timothy, a graduate of the African Leadership Academy, holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Notre Dame. He is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

<strong>Ahmed Makki</strong> 

Ahmed Makki 

Sustainable Development, 2020


Ahmed Makki has nearly seven years of experience working in global development, focusing on education reform. In Pakistan, he worked with a leading consulting firm and global education experts to develop tailored solutions for more than 50,000 public primary schools in Punjab. Specifically, Ahmed designed and implemented one of the world’s largest tablet-based assessment systems for measuring learning outcomes in primary school children. Ahmed also has worked in the rule of law sector, focusing on the improvement of court case management and police data collection systems. He is the recipient of a Kellogg Institute Fellowship.

<strong>Lamia Sameen Malik</strong>

Lamia Sameen Malik

International Peace Studies, 2019


Lamia Sameen Malik most recently worked for an international development company, implementing peacebuilding and community development initiatives for state entities, local organizations, and community groups in Pakistan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international business and marketing from the National University of Sciences and Technology in Pakistan and a graduate certificate in inclusive security, international policy and practice from the SIT Graduate Institute in Washington, DC. Lamia is the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Peace Fellowship.

<strong>Pawas Manandhar</strong> 

Pawas Manandhar 

Sustainable Development, 2020


Pawas Manandhar worked most recently as an area coordinator and an international and diversity fellow at a small liberal arts college in rural New Hampshire. He has experience as a research assistant and a teaching assistant in political studies and has organized various initiatives to encourage cross- cultural education and growth. Pawas also has organized several Model United Nations conferences. He is interested in the interconnected theories of development, education and democracy, especially pertaining to underrepresented minorities in the global South. Pawas is the recipient of a Paul & Regina Rogalski Global Affairs Fellowship.

<strong>Subhiya Mastonshoeva</strong>

Subhiya Mastonshoeva

International Peace Studies, 2019


Subhiya Mastonshoeva holds a specialist diploma in international relations. She has eight years of experience with gender and youth programming, beginning in Kyrgyzstan and continuing in Tajikistan with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and Counterpart International. Most recently she worked in Tajikistan for International Alert, a British peacebuilding organization, where she led a project focused on sexual and gender-based violence prevention among women and girls. She speaks Tajik, Russian, Dari, and Shugni, an indigenous language spoken in southern Tajikistan. Subhiya is a Fulbright Scholar.

<strong>Jamie McClung</strong>

Jamie McClung

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2019

United States

Jamie McClung served at Bahamas Methodist Habitat, a construction nonprofit organization based on the outlying Bahaman island of Eleuthera. Because of her experiences on the island, she researched small island development and studied Mandarin Chinese while earning a BA degree in development studies from Brown University. Jamie is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

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