2012-2013 Fellow with
International Rescue Committee,
Northwestern University Class of 2010
Dara wrapped up her PiAf year at the International Rescue Committee, Kenya in 2013. After a great month of travel in Kenya, she started at Dignitas, an education support organization focused on school leader and teacher development. As the Program Quality Manager, she gets the chance to think about how to improve their program evaluation and use data to gain new insights.
Dara is a Chicagoan with lots of love for East Africa. While working toward a Bachelor’s in Anthropology she was able to spend over a year in Uganda studying and conducting research on social components of mental health and illness. After completing her degree she worked as Program Manager at Atanekontola (Uganda Mental Health Fellowship), and then returned to Chicago where she was a Youth Case Manager at Heartland Refugee and Immigrant Community Services. Living in Nairobi, Dara hopes to start a garden and ride every city matatu (bus) route at least once.
2017-2018 Fellow with
Philander Smith College Class of 2014
Hailing from Nassau, Bahamas, Mikia graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. During her studies, she held various leadership positions on her college campus, pursued internships, and gained invaluable diverse experiences across the United States and the world. Most notably, she participated in a fully-funded study abroad program in Rwanda and Uganda, concentrating studies on peace, reconciliation, and sustainable development. While in Rwanda, she received the distinct opportunity to work with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), in conjunction with the World Bank. She was a part of the Strategic Investments team, which led the negotiation of strategic investments on behalf of the Government of Rwanda. At Philander, Mikia was also selected as an inaugural fellow for the University of California’s Summer Institute of Emerging Managers and Leaders Program, which was held at the UC, Berkeley Haas School of Business, in which her team placed 2nd in a sustainable business model competition. Upon graduation, Mikia joined the Operations team of Credit Suisse in Nassau, Bahamas, where she rotated on three transaction processing desks – Treasury and Issuance, Wealth Management, and Structured Products, and settled transactions/resolved cash reconciliations across a broad spectrum of asset classes. As a Social Investment Fellow at Global Partnerships in Kenya, Mikia is excited for a fresh new path in pursuing her passion of bridging business and social impact to uplift communities in the East Africa Community.
2013-2014 Fellow with
Middlebury College Class of 2013
Phoebe is now working on marketing and expansion for One Acre Fund in Western Kenya.
Phoebe is from Nashville, Tennessee and graduated with a degree in English and American Literature with a minor in global health. At Middlebury, Phoebe held leadership positions in GlobeMed at Middlebury, a non-profit that partners colleges and grassroots organizations, and in the student initiative Friends of John Graham Homeless Shelter. An avid traveler, she spent a summer interning at Africa 2000 Network in Uganda, a semester studying abroad at the University of Otago in New Zealand, and a summer interning at Partners In Health in Boston. In her free time, Phoebe loves rock climbing, reading, and running. While in Botswana next year, Phoebe looks forward to learning to teach, picking up some Setswana and adventuring through Southern Africa.
2015-2016 Fellow with
Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative,
College of the Holy Cross Class of 2015
Meghan studied Global Health and Africana Studies at the College of the Holy Cross. Her journey in East Africa first began summer after freshman year when she took part in a peace development program in Kenya and interned at Ushirika, a community health clinic in Kibera Slum. She split her junior year between two countries—Tanzania and Costa Rica. In Tanzania, she studied intensive Swahili and worked as a maternal and neonatal health intern at the Mnazi Mmoja Hospital. She also adopted a kitten there and brought her back to the States! She spent her second semester in Costa Rica focusing on tropical medicine and carrying out research on zoonotic parasites. She was able to return to Tanzania that summer to collaboratively found a sports program focused on women’s empowerment and gender relations. At Holy Cross, Meghan spent a year researching social change in female genital cutting, a project which developed into her thesis. She is beyond excited to be back in Tanzania—besides working as hard as she can at BIPAI and making new friends, her goals are to learn to make her chapatti actually taste like it’s supposed to, improve her Swahili, and climb Kilimanjaro!
2017-2018 Fellow with
University of Michigan Class of 2014
Atlee Chait graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in International Studies focused on International Security, Norms, and Cooperation. She most recently worked as the Monitoring and Evaluation Associate for DC’s Children’s Law Center, dedicated to strengthening the existing and supporting the development and implementation of new monitoring and evaluation processes. Prior to that, Atlee completed a contract with National Geographic supporting the National Geographic Bee, worked in Sub Saharan Africa Intelligence while living in Tel Aviv, Israel, and served as a Design, Monitoring & Evaluation Intern with Search for Common Ground, a peacebuilding and conflict resolution organization, where she learned to evaluate the effectiveness of peacebuilding programs overseas. Atlee is so excited to be working with Village Enterprise in their mission of utilizing entrepreneurship as a means to ending extreme poverty in rural Africa. She looks forward to living in Uganda, exploring the continent, making new friends, and gaining a deeper understanding of M&E, income generation, and the designing and implementing of development programs.
2017-2018 Fellow with
World Agroforestry Centre,
Wesleyan University Class of 2017
Lauren grew up in Sacramento, California. Following her high school graduation, she spent 10 months in Zhongli, Taiwan as a Rotary Youth Exchange student. In 2017, she graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Biology and a certificate in Writing. During her undergraduate career, Lauren focused primarily on ecological research, working for two year in the Singer Laboratory at Wesleyan, participating in a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, and interning at the California Academy of Sciences. She studied abroad in South Africa, where she conducted fieldwork in Kruger National Park and gained a better understanding of conservation policies in practice. This experience opened Lauren’s interest in the wider implications of conservation policies and inspired her most recent internship at the district office of U.S. Congresswoman Doris Matsui. Lauren is also passionate about gender equality, and has interned at Women’s Empowerment, a Sacramento non-profit that aids homeless and near-homeless women obtain employment. Lauren is excited to be promoting women in science as part of the AWARD team, and can’t wait to explore Nairobi and beyond.
2016-2017 Fellow with
Bowdoin College Class of 2016
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Alex is from New York City and graduated from Bowdoin College in 2016 with a major in English and a minor in Economics. He spent a semester abroad in Zanzibar, Tanzania, where he lived with a family in Stone Town, learned elementary Kiswahili, and took classes through the University of Dar Es Salaam. He also spent the semester conducting primary research to determine the market size for solar home systems on the island of Zanzibar. Following his semester abroad, Alex was a business development intern at Nautilus Solar Energy, an American solar development company. While at Bowdoin, Alex wrote and acted for Bowdoin’s sketch comedy group, worked as a writing tutor for undergraduates, and was an English teaching assistant for a class of African immigrants. Alex can’t wait to get back to East Africa and looks forward to learning how an international NGO can be successful in delivering vital infrastructure to sub-Saharan Africa.
2007-2008 Fellow with
Princeton University Class of 2007
Florence Cheung ‘07 is a Woodrow Wilson School major from Hong Kong. During her fellowship she will be based in Bie and Kwanza Sul in Angola, and she will help to evaluate the progress of various health programs implemented by Africare. She loves traveling, learning foreign languages and cooking (one of her secret treasures is two notebooks of international recipes collected during her travels to different parts of the world). While at Princeton, Florence served as an alternate residential college advisor in Forbes College and tutored Hispanic and Asian immigrants in the Princeton community. She is tremendously grateful to Princeton and the Woodrow Wilson School for the many precious opportunities to study and work in Peru, Thailand, and Argentina during her Princeton career. She is greatly looking forward to serving as a PiAF fellow next year in one of the most dynamic places to be for learning firsthand about post-war reconstruction and development.