Kara Venzian graduated with honors from Missouri State University, earning BA degrees in anthropology and political science. As a student, she worked as a research assistant for the Department of Anthropology. She also served in leadership positions in campus organizations, gained international recognition for her work as an LGBTQ+ rights activist, and received the Outstanding Diversity Development Award. After graduation Kara served as a youth development volunteer for the Peace Corps in Fiji, working on village development, literacy training, women’s health, and grant writing. Kara is the recipient of a Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship.
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.
Mary Mumbi Wachira served as the national director and coordinator of Global Unites in Kenya. She collaborated in the development and establishment of youth peace-building and conflict transformation initiatives in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, and Liberia. Mary enjoys teaching and mentoring young people in civic participation and character leadership. She is interested in issues related to youth, education, and migration in the global south. She holds a bachelor of science in biochemistry and a diploma in project management. Mary is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Md. Sultan-Uz- Zaman studied parasitology at the University of Dhaka. After graduation, he worked as a field research officer at the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research in Bangladesh. This experience enabled him to conduct clinical trials, cohort studies, and case-control studies, developing skills in sample collection, data collection, data analysis, protocol writing, and scientific writing. Sultan is the recipient of an Ortenzio Family Fellowship.
Maria Belen Zanzuchi has worked as an advisor to the Secretary of Trade of the Argentine Republic. There she was involved in topics related to international trade agreements, trade facilitation, sectoral competitiveness, and competition policies. Most recently, she worked with the National Antitrust Commission on the biggest telecommunications merger in the history of Argentina. Belen holds a BA in economics from Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires. She is the recipient of a Kellogg Institute Fellowship.
Raushan Zhandayeva graduated cum laude from Nazabayev University with a BA in political science and international relations. She was awarded a U.S. State Department scholarship to participate in its Global UGRAD Program, and she studied for one semester at California State University Bakersfield. Raushan interned as a research assistant at the Information-Analytical Center of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. She also promoted sustainable energy technologies at Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Passionate about diplomacy, she has participated in and co-organized several Model United Nations conferences. Raushan is particularly captivated by the global economy and the politics behind it, and aspires to contribute to economic and social development in Central Asia. She is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.