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.



Zhumabai Abdisalam uulu

Zhumabai Abdisalam uulu

Governance and Policy, 2024

Kyrgyzstan

Zhumabai Abdisalam uulu holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University and a master’s degree in politics and security from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE ) Academy in Bishkek. His main area of academic interest is political economy—he wrote both his bachelor’s and master’s theses on Kyrgyzstan’s membership in the Eurasian Economic Union, focusing on economic impact and perspectives.

Most recently, Zhumabai worked for the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development – Central Asia as a governance and policy officer for the Effective Governance for Economic Development program that was implemented in cooperation with the World Bank in the Kyrgyz Republic. He also has worked as a project assistant for UN Women, a program specialist for the democratic governance project at the Politico-Military Department of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek, and at the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Zhumabai describes himself as an agent of change and is passionate about data-driven global development. As a master of global affairs student, Zhumabai is the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.