Fellows Directory

Ahmed Abdulla 2009-2010 Fellow with 2iE/International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering, Burkina Faso Princeton University Class of 2009

Fellow Bio:

Ahmed is a chemical engineering major specializing in engineering management and entrepreneurship. An international student from the island nation of Bahrain, Ahmed is fascinated with languages and etymology. His interest in languages extends to Arabic Calligraphy. Ahmed is also a freelance 3D-modeler and an amateur astronomer. Ahmed has interned at banks and oil companies in Bahrain, as well as Princeton research laboratories in the School of Engineering. He is looking forward to spending a year developing 2iE’s carbon assessment strategy in Burkina Faso.

Bailey Adams 2016-2017 Fellow with Gardens for Health International, Rwanda American University Class of 2016 Read Bailey's Notes from the Field

Bailey graduated from American University’s School of International Service in 2016 with a degree in International Studies. She concentrated in International Development and Peace, Global Security, and Conflict Resolution in Africa and earned a minor in Public Health.  While at American University, Bailey served as president of Empower Congo, a student-led organization dedicated to addressing and raising awareness about the conflict in the DR Congo. She held a number of internships during her academic career with organizations ranging from Vital Voices to the Enough Project, the Rockies Venture Club, the Philanthropiece Foundation, and Heshima Kenya. Her passion for development in Africa was strengthened through her experience studying abroad in Nairobi, Kenya. In Kenya, Bailey worked closely with unaccompanied refugee girls through an internship with Heshima Kenya, leading to her senior thesis on UNHCR discourses and programming efforts for unaccompanied refugee children. She also spent a semester in India studying public health spending time in local health facilities. Originally from Colorado, Bailey loves skiing, hiking, biking, and spending time outdoors. She is excited to explore Rwanda, make new friends, learn Kinyarwanda, and gain a deeper understanding of agriculture and malnutrition through her work with GHI.

Mark Adams 2011-2012 Fellow with Kucetekela Foundation, Zambia Tufts University Class of 2010

Alumni Update:

Following his fellowship, Mark spent two more years in Zambia in a Management Development position with FINCA, an international microfinance institution. Late last year he moved to One Acre Fund, as an Analyst on their new Microfinance Partnerships team. He now lives in western Kenya.

Fellow Bio:

Mark (Tufts ‘10) graduated with degrees in International Relations and French. While at Tufts he ran the Hip Hop for Social Change Organization, was a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity, and played trumpet in a band. In the past, he had the chance to work and study in Cape Town, South Africa and Dakar, Senegal. In Zambia he is looking forward to getting to know new people and a new city, and working with the Kucetekela Foundation scholars.

Pinto Adhola 2010-2011 Fellow with Africare, Tanzania Princeton University Class of 2010

Fellow Bio:

Pinto ’10 is a Sociology major from Princeton, NJ. He also earned an African Studies certificate. At Princeton, he was the house manager of the Princeton Terrace Club, treasurer of the Black Men’s Awareness Group, and an active member at the International Relations Council. While in Tanzania next year, he hopes to learn Swahili, spend some time in the Indian Ocean, and climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Ayesha Agarwal 2017-2018 Fellow with Lwala Community Alliance, Kenya Columbia University Class of 2017

Ayesha graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Economics and Mathematics. She grew up in Singapore, where she was exposed to all kinds of development work from a young age. Her active involvement in NGO work cultivated an interest in economic development, which she pursued in her formal studies of economics and math. She spent a semester abroad at CIDE in Mexico City, where she studied healthcare and broader development economics. She has maintained internships throughout her time in college, working in a variety of market-oriented capacities. As part of her internship at the Smithsonian Institution’s endowment, she routinely performed quantitative and qualities analyses to assess the relative success and risk of the organization’s portfolio. Her internship at KKR continued that exposure to market analysis, allowing her to analyze and explore the different strategies of the hedge funds that her team was invested in. She later worked at the investment bank Lazard Frères & Co., a global advisory firm that focuses on mergers and acquisitions. Her time at Lazard was similarly rooted in financial and industry analysis. She is excited to apply the lessons she has learned through her academic studies and professional experiences to the Lwala community!

Neena Aggarwal 2017-2018 Fellow with The BOMA Project, Kenya Georgetown University Class of 2017 Check out Neena's Blog

Neena graduated in May 2017 from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Global Health.  She spent a semester in Ghana conducting research for her thesis on risk factors for youth suicidal behaviors.  She has additional research experience working with a Georgetown team to conduct a systematic review of the health of transwomen sex workers in the United States.  Neena has interned at the World Bank, where she wrote blog posts discussing health issues in Africa, as well as USAID’s Evidence to Action Project, where she conducted literature reviews on youth mental health and male engagement in gender equity.  Her other internship experiences include educating patients about nutrition at a federally qualified health center and supporting participants of a domestic violence shelter.  At Georgetown, Neena was involved in GU Medical Brigades, a group that assists doctors to provide medical services to a rural community in Honduras, as well as GIVES, an organization that implements random acts of kindness.  As outreach director for both organizations, she coordinated over fifty community service events for members.  She is looking forward to exploring Kenya and pursuing her passions for service and international development during her fellowship with the BOMA Project.  

Sheila Agiti 2011-2012 Fellow with African Leadership Academy, South Africa Princeton University Class of 2011

Fellow Bio:

Sheila (Princeton ‘11) is an economics major from Ghana. While at Princeton, she pursued a certificate in political economy, and was involved with Akwaaba and Voices of Africa magazine. Through Princeton, Sheila studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa and interned in Monrovia, Liberia. She looks forward to the prospect of bungee jumping in the coming year and filling up the pages of her passport through travels around Africa.

Akua Agyen 2014-2015 Fellow with International Rescue Committee, Tanzania Yale University Class of 2014

Akua’s academic interests include conflict studies, migration, and identity politics. At Yale, these interests led Akua to co-found Yale’s first African development conference and serve as Secretary General and later President of the organization. She also volunteered with the Yale Refugee Project to support a local refugee family in New Haven. Her passion for refugee work (and for travel) took Akua to Geneva, Switzerland where she researched the impact of conflict on refugee communities. During her semester abroad, Akua worked in Paris for the Human Rights League as a legal intern. While in Paris, Akua also interned with U.R.A.C.A, to provide social services to African immigrants in the city. Akua enjoys singing, trying new foods, and reading. She is so thankful for the opportunity to work, live, and learn in Tanzania; while there, she can’t wait to learn some Swahili and pick up some Tanzanian dance moves.

Nafees Ahmed 2015-2016 Fellow with Village Enterprise, Kenya/Uganda Georgetown University Class of 2012

Nafees graduated from Georgetown University in 2012 with a degree in Government focusing on International Relations, a minor in French, and a certificate in Muslim-Christian Relations. She studied abroad in Turkey, Egypt, and France. While at Georgetown, she was a Manager at The Corp, the largest student-run business in the US, and hosted a radio show called Riot on the Radio. In the north of Pakistan, she interviewed micro-entrepreneurs for Sarhad Rural Support Program’s monitoring and evaluations team. She helped start-up Swat Relief Initiative, an NGO that helps victims of Taliban occupation of Swat, Pakistan. Upon graduation, Nafees worked as a Fellow at the United Nations Information Center. She then worked as a Senior Associate at Chemonics International, where she managed the last USAID project in Mongolia, which worked to increase the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises. She is excited about spending the year in rural Kenya and Uganda where she’ll be working in micro-grants.