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. As a master of global affairs student, Lamia was the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Peace 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.
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. As a master of global affairs student, Pawas was the recipient of a Paul & Regina Rogalski Global Affairs Fellowship.
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 attended the Keough School as a Fulbright Scholar.
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. As a master of global affairs student, Jamie was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
Mohammad Omar Metwally is a co-founder of multiple youth-led initiatives. Most recently, he worked as a regional coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Common Ground Institute program at Search for Common Ground. He has nearly a decade of experience designing, implementing, and managing youth programs, with extensive experience in conflict prevention and conflict transformation, research development, and community dialogue design. He holds a bachelor of science degree in biotechnology from Cairo University. Omar attended the Keough School as a Fulbright Scholar.
Mian Moaz has mentored young people in Pakistan by designing wilderness-based leadership development programs as a member of Youth Impact. He speaks Urdu, the national language of Pakistan, and Pushto, the indigenous language of Pathans in the northern region. Most recently, he helped develop an afternoon school for the street children of Peshawar, his native city. He holds a B.S. in economics from the National University of Sciences & Technology. As a master of global affairs student, Mian was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
Bishara, a clinical psychologist, holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the United States International University-Africa. She also has several years of professional experience in democracy-building and policymaking. Before coming to the Keough School, Bishara was a consultant at the Green String Network, a nonprofit organization that brings together professionals and experts in peacebuilding, trauma healing, and sustainable economic development. She also has worked with mental health patients at Mathari Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in Nairobi. Bishara is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Samuel Morris served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Armenia, where he collaborated with local schools and nongovernmental organizations to improve education and youth development programs. Prior to his Peace Corps service, he worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer coordinating environmental science education efforts between the Project WET Foundation and the Nature Conservancy in Phoenix, Arizona. Samuel also has interned at the United Nations, working with the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security. He holds a BA in political science and a minor in Persian from the University of Arizona. He is the recipient of a Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship.