PiAf Fellows

Morgan Wack 2017-2018 Fellow with Clinton Health Access Initiative, South Africa Colorado College Class of 2015

Morgan graduated in 2016 from the London School of Economics with an MSc in Global Politics and an emphasis on global health and post-conflict development. Having previously graduated from Colorado College with a BA in Sociology along with minors in African Studies and International Community Development, Morgan has completed a number of research and internship programs in sub-Saharan Africa. Commencing with his study in Rwanda as an undergraduate, Morgan has since conducted academic research throughout west Africa focused on developmental athletic academies and worked in northern Uganda on the development of health and youth livelihoods programs. Morgan has also gained governmental experience developing policy briefings, communications programs and exploring data systems within two UK Shadow Ministries. Alongside these roles, Morgan has worked as an editor and writer for his university’s paper, served as an advisor for two national parliamentary campaigns and supported the IRC as a Health Access and Intensive Case Management Intern. He is an avid backpacker, pick-up soccer player and writer of unintelligible screenplays. Morgan is eager to dedicate himself further to increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of sub-Saharan African healthcare systems as an analyst focused on HIV-prevention for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in South Africa.

Nelson Wagner 2004-2005 Fellow with PEARL, Rwanda Princeton University Class of 2004
Ariel Wagner 2009-2010 Fellow with International Rescue Committee, Liberia Princeton University Class of 2005

Alumni Update:

After PiAf, Ariel obtained her MD and MMSc in Global Health Delivery from Harvard Medical School. She started an internship in summer 2015 in family medicine at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center.

Fellow Bio:

Ariel graduated from Princeton in 2005 with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School and certificates in both African and Latin American studies. Following graduation, Ariel spent two and a half years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa. Since her return to the U.S. in 2008, she has been doing a pre-med post-bacc and plans to begin medical school in 2010. Ariel loves West Africa and can’t wait to return for her PiAf fellowship.

Marilyn Waite 2006-2007 Fellow with UN World Food Programme, Madagascar Princeton University Class of 2006

Alumni Update:

Marilyn is currently living and working in Paris, France. She just released an app on sustainable travel called “Quadruple Sustainability Learning + Travel,” which you can check out in the Apple Store and Google Play.

Liz Wan'gu 2012-2013 Fellow with African Leadership Academy, South Africa University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Class of 2012 Check out Liz's Blog

Alumni Update:

Liz is now based in Durham, North Carolina, where she attended Duke Law School.

Fellow Bio:

Liz graduated with degrees in Journalism and African Studies. She is originally from Nairobi, Kenya. While an undergraduate, she did independent studies that focused on topics of wealth disparities in Kenya and Black Economic Empowerment policies in South Africa. She also spent a summer doing research on ICC cases and investigations. Liz interned at TransAfrica Forum, a foreign policy advocacy organization for Africa and the African Diaspora, and at a human rights advocacy organization in Cape Town, South Africa. Liz looks forward to returning to South Africa and learning more about the work of the African Leadership Academy.

Frankie Warren 2011-2012 Fellow with eleQtra, Uganda Boston College Class of 2007

Fellow Bio:

Frankie (Boston College ‘07) graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a minor in Faith, Peace and Justice. Upon graduation he took a job as an accountant with La Jolla Bank in his hometown of San Diego, California. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University in 2010 and was selected to both the university’s international case competition team and its emerging leader program. He served the student body as president of Pepperdine Net Impact, a student club focused on sustainable business practices. In 2011, Frankie completed a Master of Public Administration at the University of Pennsylvania. Next year Frankie plans to use his knowledge of the private and public sectors to help develop infrastructure projects in Uganda.

Eliza Warren-Shriner 2013-2014 Fellow with UN World Food Programme, Senegal Bowdoin College Class of 2013

Alumni Update:

Following her fellowship, Eliza headed to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where she’s working as a consultant for WFP’s Purchase for Progress initiative. The project aims to leverage WFP’s purchasing power to develop farmers’ organizations and allow smallholders to access formal markets; she is primarily working on developing country-level strategy for the post-pilot phase, which starts this year.

Fellow Bio:

Eliza is originally from Brattleboro, VT and graduated with a degree in Romance Languages and Environmental Studies and a minor in Chemistry. She has a passion for all things food; her senior honors project evaluated food hub development in Vermont and Maine, and her final French project included cooking a 6-course meal for her class. Eliza speaks both French and Italian; last year, she studied abroad in Toulouse, France, and this year she worked as a teaching assistant for introductory Italian students. During her time at Bowdoin, she also co-founded a volunteer group, served on a student grant-making committee, and worked in the study abroad office. Her summers were spent in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Portland, Maine, where she worked for water and food-focused non-profits, respectively. In Senegal, Eliza hopes to learn some Wolof and discover the regional cuisine offerings.

Devon Watts 2005-2006 Fellow with Plan International, Uganda Princeton University Class of 2003
Amity Weiss 2007-2008 Fellow with Plan International, Rwanda Princeton University Class of 2007
Amity Weiss 2004-2005 Fellow with Bonne Esperance, South Africa Princeton University Class of 2007

Amity Weiss ‘07 is a politics major with a certificate in African studies from Ithaca, New York. During her PiAf fellowship year, she will be working to develop programs for the opening office of Plan Rwanda. (Plan is an international child and community development non-governmental organization.) While at Princeton she was a cadet for three years in the Reserve Officers Training Corps, where she learned how to do night land navigation, handle an M-16, and interact with people of different political and social backgrounds. She also served on the board of the Global Issues Forum and as the co-chair of the Princeton Darfur Action Committee. During her summers as a Princeton student, Amity worked with a local community-based refugee organization in Cape Town, South Africa; worked with the International Rescue Committee in Uganda; and did thesis research in Malawi. Her interest in Africa stems from her fascination with African politics and culture and how this forces her to confront ingrained biases about the continent on a daily basis. She also, totally randomly, is a certified aerobics instructor. Over the next year she hopes to learn about how international NGO programming is developed through her work with Plan and to connect with some of the Rwandan refugees she worked with in Cape Town that have since returned.