Fellows Directory

Gordon Taylor 2013-2014 Fellow with Kucetekela Foundation, Zambia Texas State University Class of 2010

Gordon graduated with a degree in Finance. During college, Gordon was a member of the Texas State Men’s basketball team. He served as the Chief of Staff of the student body and was awarded the Lyndon B. Johnson Outstanding Senior Award. Additionally, five years ago, Gordon started a non-profit organization called Focused, which was founded on the principles of mentoring and accountability. Since graduating, Gordon has worked as a Business Technology Analyst in Deloitte’s Consulting practice. He has worked in a variety of industries, but has recently been aligned with the consumer goods sector. Gordon looks forward to learning Bemba, meeting/making new friends and enjoying the local cuisine.

Mallary Taylor 2017-2018 Fellow with International Rescue Committee, Kenya Furman University Class of 2016

Mallary Taylor graduated with honors from Furman University in 2016, with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Psychology. During her time at Furman, Mallary spent two months on a travel study program through South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana, where she completed coursework in poverty and child development, global health inequalities, photography, and history. She has also studied the interaction between oceans and human health in Bermuda and travel writing in Cuba. In 2015, Mallary served as a Voices of the Future Delegate representing the United States at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila, Philippines, collaborating with other delegates from around the Pacific Rim for youth action towards sustainable and inclusive economic development. Mallary’s undergraduate career culminated in a thesis exploring the relationship between gender and support for foreign assistance among members of Congress. Since graduating, she has worked with the Women, Girls, and Population team at the United Nations Foundation, the Global Policy team at the ONE Campaign, and the International Visitor Leadership Program at FHI 360. Mallary is honored to join the PiAf network alongside this year’s fellows, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to gain a more nuanced understanding of humanitarian policy and practice in East Africa through her work with IRC— hopefully joining a few pick-up soccer games, exploring Kenya’s hiking trails, and channeling Anthony Bourdain by trying tons of new foods along the way.

Malcolm Temple 2015-2016 Fellow with UN World Food Programme, Rwanda Ithaca College Class of 2014

Led by his interest in the power of media to influence culture, Malcolm majored in Culture and Communication with a minor in Latin American Studies at Ithaca College. While studying abroad in Quito, Ecuador, Malcolm volunteered with Chicos de la calle, a local non-profit organization that provides academic support to school-aged street vendors. This experience grew his interests in economic development and youth-capacity building. He later returned to Ecuador and traveled to Ghana as part of Ithaca College’s Martin Luther King Scholar Program to develop a comparative case study on regional disparities in economic development and social mobility. Back in Ithaca, NY, Malcolm served as an English tutor to Guatemalan migrant workers and interned with the Committee on U.S.- Latin American Relations (CUSLAR) at Cornell University. After graduating, Malcolm returned home to Phoenix, Arizona where he managed casework for constituents as an intern in the Office of U.S. Senator John McCain, before moving to Beauvais, France to teach English and U.S. Culture in a public high school. He enjoys swimming, playing the piano and dancing bachata, and is beyond excited for his new adventure in Rwanda with the UN World Food Programme. He looks forward to studying Kinyarwanda and learning more about development through food security.

Beza Tesfaye 2009-2010 Fellow with International Rescue Committee, Kenya Princeton University Class of 2009

Fellow Bio:

Beza is a Woodrow Wilson School major from Reidsville, NC. At Princeton, Beza was on the executive board of Pit Stop, an SVC project that tutors middle-school students in Trenton. Beza enjoys reading, writing, listening to music and most of all, traveling. She spent two semesters abroad while at Princeton, in Dakar, Senegal, and Cape Town, South Africa, and she has traveled to India, Namibia, and Ethiopia (where she is originally from). She is very excited to be living in Nairobi next year working for the IRC and hopes to do and see much during her fellowship.

Lauren Theis 2015-2016 Fellow with Clinton Health Access Initiative, Swaziland Rice University Class of 2013

Lauren is a recent graduate of the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, where she earned a Master of Public Health with a focus on community health and development.  In her graduate thesis, Lauren assessed the implementation of governmental food and nutrition support programs for women in India and learned the importance of national health system efficiency and accountability. Prior to her MPH, Lauren pursued a B.A. in Political Science at Rice University, with minors in Global Health Technologies and Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities. While at Rice, Lauren created low-cost, high-impact global health technologies for use in resource-constrained settings, some of which she field-tested in Swaziland in 2010. Lauren is excited to return to Swaziland as a PiAf Fellow with a broadened understanding of global public health and an opportunity to make data-driven recommendations to optimize utilization of national health resources.

Katie Thomas-Canfield 2017-2018 Fellow with Lutheran World Federation, Uganda University of California, Berkeley Class of 2017

Katie studied International Development with concentrations in Economics and Sub-Saharan African Studies at UC Berkeley. Her passion for international development dates back to high school when she volunteered in Latin America with the immersion and community development program called AMIGOS de las Américas. Since then, she has worked in development through NGOs (Save the Children International, Women’s Microfinance Initiative), government agencies (State Department), multilateral organizations (UN High Commissioner on Refugees), community development programs (Mutual Financing of African Women, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant), academic research (UC Berkeley, Beatrice Bain Women’s Research Group, teaching “Development Theory and Praxis in Haiti”) and the private sector (Crowdsparc). Through these various experiences, Katie has lived and worked across the world including in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Uganda and Cameroon. Most formatively, in Cameroon Katie conducted research exploring the relationship between different microfinance packages and borrowers’ incidences of domestic violence, which became the foundation of her senior honors thesis. Given her passion for fieldwork and research, Katie eventually hopes to pursue a PhD. In the meantime, Katie is looking forward to moving back to Uganda in order to see her friends, work more closely on-the-ground with refugees and learn from professionals in the field.

Olivia Thompson 2014-2015 Fellow with Kucetekela Foundation, Zambia University of Michigan Class of 2014

Olivia is from Chicago and graduated from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan with a focus on poverty, health, and international development. During her time as a Wolverine, she led a summer volunteering trip to Peru as part of an internship with Childreach International, lobbied on Capitol Hill as a member of the ONE Campaign, and worked at Barger Leadership Institute on campus. She interned with LIFT Communities, working one-on-one with low-income and homeless individuals to help build a sustainable path out of poverty. During her semester study abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, Olivia volunteered weekly at a primary school in Nyanga Township as an English tutor for fifth grade students. She is excited to continue addressing issues of education and inequality as a Fellow with the Kucetekela Foundation. Olivia looks forward to exploring Lusaka and playing ultimate frisbee on Sundays, a KF Fellow tradition.

Alison Thurston 2012-2013 Fellow with Lutheran World Federation, Uganda Princeton University Class of 2012 Check out Alison's Blog

Alumni Update:

When her fellowship ended, Alison headed home to Fort Lauderdale, FL. She studied for the GRE while visiting family and friends before moving to Washington, D.C. in January 2014. She works in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health with a team focused on implementation science in HIV. She’s had the opportunity to return to Africa since her fellowship ended, and will be visiting Tanzania, Malawi and Benin this spring and summer.

Fellow Bio:

Alison is a politics major from Plantation, FL. At Princeton, she was a member of Wildcats A Cappella, a Project Coordinator for Anchor House and a member of the Cap & Gown Club. She enjoys singing and writing in her free time. Alison has studied abroad in Istanbul and Dakar during her time at Princeton. While in Kampala next year, Alison looks forward to learning Luganda and riding boda-bodas.

Isabella Todaro 2017-2018 Fellow with The Rwanda School Project, Rwanda Georgetown University Class of 2017

Isabella graduated from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in May 2017 with a degree in Science, Technology and International Affairs. During her time at Georgetown, Isabella focused on the implications of environmental policy in the lives of people worldwide. Her interest was solidified during her semester in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she worked at a BRICS Policy Institute studying the intersection between gender and climate in the BRICS countries and researching ground-up adaptive solutions to climate change pioneered by women. While at Georgetown, Isabella was a tour guide and the Director for Human Resources at the Corp, the largest entirely student run nonprofit in the world. Isabella has an insatiable curiosity for the natural world around her and as such idolizes Dr. Jane Goodall and enjoys hiking and camping.