PiAf Fellows

Christina Amutah 2016-2017 Fellow with Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative, Botswana Howard University Class of 2016 Read Christina's Notes from the Field

Christina graduated with honors from Howard University in 2016 with a degree in Political Science, concentrating in International Relations. She is a recipient of the Laureate Scholarship, the second highest academic scholarship offered at Howard. Christina has years of experience working with youth, which began with tutoring underserved students in Philadelphia during high school. Throughout all four years of college, Christina served as a Peer Health Educator and taught a comprehensive health education curriculum to underserved students in D.C. She was an intern at Families USA, a health care advocacy organization. In that role, she supported hundreds of organizations working to enroll Americans  in the new Affordable Care Act health insurance policy. She was also a research intern at the Global Health Policy Center during the height of the Ebola epidemic; she reviewed relevant journals, reports, and other publications for information that supported the Center’s publications and meetings, and much of her work focused on Africa. A passionate student leader, Christina served as the president of Howard University’s Health Professions Society, which plans programs and initiatives to support students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare. She was also co-president of GlobeMED at Howard, an organization committed to global health equity. She has also held positions in student council, the debate team, and the African Students Association.

Katherine Anderson 2008-2009 Fellow with Tanganyika Christian Refugee Service, Tanzania Princeton University Class of 2008

Alumni Update:

After completing her fellowship, Katherine stayed in South Sudan for another 2 years, working as the Program Manager for the IRC’s child survival program. She then relocated to the UK to pursue an MA in Conflict, Security & Development from King’s College London. More recently, Katherine had the unexpected pleasure of returning to the New Jersey area to work with the Segal Family Foundation, where she manages impact assessment and grantee reporting for their growing network of innovative grassroots partners throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.

Fellow Bio:

Katherine is an anthropology major from Oakmont, PA (outside of Pittsburgh). She earned a certificate in African studies and studied Swahili at Princeton. Outside of academics, Katherine worked as the executive editor for photography for the Daily Princetonian and served as treasurer of the International Relations Council. Through the International Relations Council, she was also involved in the annual Princeton Model United Nations Conference and the Princeton Interactive Crisis Simulation. This past year Katherine worked with Tanganyika Christian Refugee Service in western Tanzania through PiAf.

Maggie Andresen 2017-2018 Fellow with Gardens for Health International, Rwanda Temple University Class of 2017

A New York native, Maggie graduated from Temple University with a BA in Photojournalism. She is a founding member of Temple Refugee Outreach, connecting students with refugee families for tutoring in basic urban living and the English language. She has produced published work for audiences in South Africa, Italy, and the United States. As a rising junior, Maggie independently produced a short documentary on AIDS orphans living in Johannesburg, South Africa, with university funding. She continues to volunteer as an HIV awareness ambassador for the NGO Hope Cape Town. Maggie studied the politics of European migration in the context of the global refugee crisis during a semester abroad in Rome, going on to document West African migrant workers picking fruit for mafia-run produce companies in southern Italy. Stateside, Maggie has reported on issues ranging from incarceration, food access, and addiction, to transgender rights, police brutality, and gang violence. She worked as a photojournalist in New Orleans, New York, and Philadelphia, and will continue to explore the U.S. as a Denver Post intern this summer. Maggie is thrilled to explore Rwanda and work with Gardens for Health International, where she will produce photo, video, and written content as a communications Fellow!

Steven Andrews 2005-2006 Fellow with International Rescue Committee, Sudan Princeton University Class of 2004

Alumni Update:

Steven is currently based in Beijing and works as a Foreign Counsel with a Chinese law firm. After completing his PiAf fellowship, Steven received a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. His current practice is focused on intellectual property and environmental law matters.

Caroline Andridge 2016-2017 Fellow with Clinton Health Access Initiative, South Africa University of Michigan Class of 2014 Check out Caroline's Blog Read Caroline's Notes from the Field

Caroline graduated from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2014 with concentrations in International Development and Human Rights. She most recently worked as the Research Associate for Global Health, Economics, and Development at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, she conducted extensive research and analyzed international global health priorities and the changing burden of disease, focusing specifically on the rise of noncommunicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries. Prior to this position, Caroline was an economic analysis intern in the Department of Policy and Evaluation at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. In this role, she researched country-specific constraints to growth and analyzed institutional reforms accepted by compact countries. Her work has been published in Health Affairs, Cancer Control 2015, CFR’s The Internationalist, and Columbia University’s Helvidius Journal of Politics and Society. She is excited to continue expanding her passion for development and global health in South Africa, where she’ll be working as an analyst with the Clinton Health Access Initiative.

Regine Ankoma-Bempong 2016-2017 Fellow with Imani Development, Malawi Mount Holyoke College Class of 2016 Read Regine's Notes from the Field

Regine recently graduated from Mount Holyoke College, majoring in Economics and minoring in Politics. To satisfy her deep interest in Africa, its politics, and its economic systems, she took a plethora of classes in African Studies, in economic development, and in international and nonprofit work. Her connection with the continent and her passion for it is deeply rooted in her social and academic experiences gained from living in an African city. She was born and raised in Accra, Ghana, and she speaks Twi and English fluently. In the past year, she has used her analytic and problem-solving skills by working in Ghana as an equity trading intern with Stanbic Bank. While in college, she also served as the Associate Entrepreneurship Coordinator at Mount Holyoke College and the Public Relations Coordinator for the Debate Society. Regine is excited about the opportunity to work with Imani Development in Malawi, to learn more about international development, and to explore Malawian culture.

Jessica Annis 2011-2012 Fellow with Ubuntu Africa, South Africa Emory University Class of 2009

Fellow Bio:

Jessica (Emory ‘09) graduated with degrees in International Studies and Global Health. While at Emory, Jessica studied abroad at the University of Cape Town and completed a maternal health project in Udaipur, India. For the past two years, Jessica has been working in HIV research in Seattle. In Cape Town, Jessica will be working for a nonprofit, Ubuntu Africa, that provides healthcare and social services for HIV positive children in Khayelitsha. Jessica is thrilled to be returning to beautiful Cape Town and is looking forward to exploring the city.

John Arndt 2009-2010 Fellow with Invisible Children, Uganda Princeton University Class of 2008

Alumni Update:

John is currently living in Lancaster, PA. He sells raw milk at a farmer’s market and works on a small organic produce farm.

Fellow Bio:

John studied political science at Princeton with a concentration in international relations. He is from Brooklyn, NY, where he returned after graduation to work for Raymond James as an assistant financial advisor. At Princeton, John played rugby, studied abroad in Cape Town, and held a summer internship at the International Action Network on Small Arms in London. John also taught English in Taipei, Taiwan, and Tianjin, China. John wrote his thesis on counterinsurgency strategy and looks forward to surveying victims of armed conflict in Northern Uganda.

Michael Arnst 2012-2013 Fellow with Equal Education, South Africa Johns Hopkins University Class of 2010

Alumni Update:

Since his fellowship, Michael has gone back to his adopted hometown of Baltimore to combine his previous work experience in philanthropy, and thanks to PiAf, education policy, to assist a group of family foundations in the city primarily with their human rights, education and arts portfolios. Specifically, he works as a Program Associate at the Blaustein Philanthropic Group. He has also joined the board of Greater Homewood Community Corporation, a 47-year-old organization serving the north central neighborhoods of Baltimore.

Fellow Bio:

Michael Arnst was an International Studies (African Studies concentration) and German literature double-major and is originally from Chaska, Minnesota. While an undergraduate, he interned at the East African Economic Development Center in Minneapolis and studied abroad at the University of Botswana. Since graduating, he has worked in the East and Southern Africa program at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C., and acted as the membership manager for Kabissa, an online network of African civil society organizations. As a dedicated film and music festival junkie, he is excited to explore all the cultural offerings to be found in Cape Town.

Tensai Asfaw 2003-2004 Fellow with Right to Play, Ghana Princeton University Class of 2001