Meet MGA Students

Current students and alumni from the master of global affairs program in the Keough School of Global Affairs represent more than 60 countries including:

Afghanistan; Argentina; Bangladesh; Belarus; Belize; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Canada; Chile; China; Colombia; Costa Rica; Democratic Republic of Congo; Ecuador; Egypt; El Salvador; Ethiopia; Finland; The Gambia; Ghana; Guatemala; Haiti; Honduras; Hungary; India; Indonesia; Iran; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Mali; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Morocco; Myanmar; Nepal; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Pakistan; Palestine; Peru; the Philippines; Russia; Sierra Leone; Singapore; South Africa; South Korea; Syria; Taiwan; Tajikistan; Trinidad and Tobago; Tunisia; Turkey; Ukraine; Uganda; the United Kingdom; the United States; Uzbekistan; Venezuela; Vietnam; Yemen; and Zimbabwe.

Our 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.

Safiatou Touray

Safiatou Touray

International Peace Studies, 2023

United Kingdom

Safiatou Touray holds an LLM degree in international human rights and humanitarian law from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. She also holds an LLB degree in law and international relations from the University of Portsmouth.

Safiatou’s interest in human rights stems from being a refugee from the Gambia—she and her family have lived in the United Kingdom since 1994. Her career has focused on human rights, transitional justice, sexual and gender-based violence, and sexual and reproductive health rights. She has worked for Justice for Iran, the West African Network for Peacebuilding, and the United Nations Association International Service.

Due to a change in the Gambian government, her desire to contribute to national development and to aid the transitional justice process, Safiatou recently returned to her birth country and worked as a chief investigator and later a deputy director of human resources and administration for the country’s Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission. As a master of global affairs student, she is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.