PiAf Fellows

Cynthia Akatugba 2004-2005 Fellow with Foundation for Sustainable Development, Uganda Princeton University Class of 2006

Alumni Update:

After graduating from Princeton University in 2006, Cynthia taught middle school math at YES Prep Public Schools in Houston, Texas for four years. In 2013, she graduated from The University of Texas School of Law. She is currently clerking for the Honorable Elaine D. Kaplan of The United States Court of Federal Claims.

Loriade Akin-Olugbade 2017-2018 Fellow with Population Services International, Senegal Wellesley College Class of 2014

Born in Washington DC to Nigerian and Cameroonian parents, Loriade has lived and/or worked in twelve countries on three continents, loves traveling, and speaks French fluently. At Wellesley College, she was a Davis United World College Scholar and Albright Fellow who shadowed physicians at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana and joined the inaugural cohort of the CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholar Program. She graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and French Cultural Studies then enrolled in the Health Systems program at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Public Health. After contributing to the final evaluation of the AIM-Health program in Tanzania for her mandatory practicum in early 2016, Loriade interviewed government officials and development partners for health in Kenya and Liberia for the WHO’s review of the Harmonization for Health in Africa initiative last summer. She is currently working for the WHO’s Regional Office for Africa as a Temporary Advisor. Ecstatic about this opportunity to gain more experience in Africa, Loriade looks forward to developing her technical and leadership skills as a member of PSI’s West and Central Africa team, discovering Senegal and learning Wollof during her PiAf fellowship.

Akornefa Akyea 2012-2013 Fellow with Olam International, Gabon Columbia University Class of 2012 Check out Akornefa's Blog

Alumni Update:

Akornefa began working at Bates College as an Admission Counselor in 2014. She has had the opportunity to travel across the country for Bates and she is also the geoDean for Africa.

Fellow Bio:

Akornefa is from Madison, WI and studied Music while completing the premed track. At Columbia, she was a coordinator for the Multicultural Recruitment Committee and worked as an intern at the Undergraduate Admissions office at Columbia. She is also an accomplished flutist and performed with the Music Performance Program for students in Music Humanities classes, campus recitals and at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. As a member of the African Students Association, she wrote original songs for their annual showcase and also performed and choreographed for Orisha, a Pan- African Dance group. While in Gabon next year, Akornefa looks forward to perfecting her French speaking skills, having the opportunity to travel around Africa and starting a blog.

Kate Albers 2012-2013 Fellow with African Impact, Zambia Emory University Class of 2012 Check out Kate's Blog

Alumni Update:

Since her fellowship with African Impact, Kate moved to New York City to intern with the International Federation for Human Rights, a human rights group that conducts UN advocacy. She now works in Development for the International Rescue Committee, a refugee relief organization and PiAf fellowship organization. She will be attending graduate school this fall of 2015 for a Master’s in International Affairs, with a focus on International Law and Human Rights.

Fellow Bio:

Kate majored in International Studies with a focus on Africa and the Middle East. While at Emory, Kate was an officer of the Amnesty International club and Human Rights club, and a volunteer at The Village School, an elementary school for refugee girls. Kate has volunteered in Arusha, Tanzania, and studied Spanish and Political Science abroad in Salamanca, Spain. During her time in Atlanta, Kate has worked for the Amnesty International Southern Regional Office and the Carter Center. In Zambia next year, Kate can’t wait to see Victoria Falls, travel, and be inspired every day as a fellow at African Impact!

Nada Ali 2014-2015 Fellow with Maru-a-Pula, Botswana Princeton University Class of 2014

Although Nada was born in Atbara, Sudan and spent a part of her childhood in Saudi Arabia, Nada calls Saint Louis, Missouri home. At Princeton she was a member of the Department of Chemistry’s Class of 2014 and spent most of her time as an upperclassman conducting solid-state research aimed at synthesizing and studying thermoelectrics materials suitable for alternative cooling device applications. Outside of the lab, she was involved with Princeton’s chapter of the Student Global AIDS Campaign; the Triangle Club, a touring original musical comedy troupe; as well as Community Action, a freshman pre-orientation program. An enthusiast of foreign languages and a firm believer in their utility as mediums for cultural transmission, she has dedicated a significant portion of her coursework to studying Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Arabic and hopes that her time in Botswana will allow her to add Setswana to the list. In the future, Nada plans to use what she has learned from her studies, both scientific and cultural, to inform her actions as a global citizen and a physician. Until then, she is excited beyond words both to join Maru-a-Pula as the new Junior Math Fellow and to adventure across Africa.

Camille Allamel 2016-2017 Fellow with International Rescue Committee, Kenya Columbia University Class of 2015 Read Camille's Notes from the Field

Camille graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Human Rights, specializing in Anthropology, and a degree in Latin American & Iberian Cultures. After graduation, she worked on emergency operations with the World Food Programme in Haiti as well as with emergency preparedness and resilience activities, giving her exposure to the work of humanitarian agencies within a peacekeeping context. Camille interned in Colombia for Corporación Nuevo Arco Iris, a think tank analyzing conflict, peace, and reconciliation. She was also a legal intern at the European Roma Rights Centre and worked on cases concerning Romani evictions from settlements. She later conducted research in the Brazilian Amazon, accompanying researchers funded by a National Geographic grant, which helped focus her thesis on cultural responses to legal challenges of communities in this region, for which she received the Susan V Huntington Prize. Alongside her studies, Camille developed a lengthy field project involving resettlement with the Biloxi-Chitimacha Choctaw Tribal Council, whose community faces many political and environmental challenges. She has also worked with other human rights and humanitarian organizations in New York and is very excited about her fellowship in Nairobi to continue her work in these fields!

Caitlin Allmaier 2016-2017 Fellow with Olam International, Tanzania American University Class of 2014 Read Caitlin's Notes from the Field

Originally from New Jersey, Caitlin received her bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a minor in economics. At American, Caitlin led an Alternative Spring Break trip to Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri, during which she directed a group of undergraduate and graduate students to investigate food and labor justice in the American agri-food system. Caitlin’s undergraduate research culminated in her thesis: Identity, Food, and Conflict: How Heterogeneous Cuisine Sustains Violence in Somalia. Upon graduation, Caitlin joined the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a foreign affairs “think tank” in Washington, D.C. Caitlin supported the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development and, in May of 2015, she helped launch the newly-revamped Global Food Security Project. As program manager, Caitlin oversaw all day-to-day logistics of the Global Food Security Project and supported the team’s research on the sustainability and efficiency of U.S. foreign assistance and agricultural development programs. Caitlin is a cat lady and a bookworm at heart, and is excited to eat every piece of delicious seafood she can get her hands on in Dar es Salaam.

Danielle Allyn 2015-2016 Fellow with Gardens for Health International, Rwanda The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Class of 2015

Danielle graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 with majors in Global Studies (concentration: International Politics and Social Movements in Sub-Saharan Africa) and Sociology and a minor in Public Policy. Danielle is a writer and activist and her undergraduate experiences include work with the U.S. State Department Bureau for African Affairs, summer research and internships in Busia, Uganda and Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and leadership roles in the Washington, D.C. based human rights advocacy organizations STAND and the Enough Project. Danielle completed her senior honors thesis on the United Nations peacekeeping force in eastern DRC (MONUSCO), evaluating the mission’s ability to fulfill its mandate to protect Congolese civilians in the province of South Kivu. While at Carolina, Danielle published blog posts through STAND, Mamafrica Designs, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Enough Project, each examining the economic dimensions of ongoing conflict in the Great Lakes region of Africa. While working as a Communications Fellow for Gardens for Health International in Rwanda, Danielle hopes to learn Kinyarwanda, improve her Kiswahili and French, do a lot of hiking and gorilla trekking, and improve her photography skills.

Alexandra Altfeld 2013-2014 Fellow with eleQtra, Uganda University of Pennsylvania Class of 2011 Check out Alexandra's Blog

Alumni Update:

After her fellowship, Alexandra has stayed on with her fellowship organization, eleQtra, as a financial associate and now splits her time between New York City and Kampala. She is currently working on developing and investing in a number of power projects in Uganda and Rwanda, including gas, solar, and hydro.

Fellow Bio:

Alie is from Tucson, AZ, and is a 2011 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Alie majored in Finance and minored in Mathematics, Economics, and French. While at Penn, Alie lived abroad twice in Compiègne and Paris, France, studying at the Sorbonne and Sciences Po. Since graduation, Alie has worked in the Public Sector and Infrastructure Investment Banking group at Goldman Sachs in New York City. In her free time, Alie enjoys dance, yoga, cooking, traveling, and running half marathons. While in Uganda next year, Alie looks forward to exploring East Africa, learning a new language, and influencing international infrastructure development through her work with EleQtra.