PiAf Fellows

Nana Boakye 2008-2009 Fellow with International Rescue Committee, Ethiopia Princeton University Class of 2008

Fellow Bio:

Nana Boakye ’08 is a history major with a certificate in American studies. Hailing from Clearwater, FL, she enjoyed her time here at Princeton doing Orange Key, WPRB DJing, tutoring ESL and being a member of Terrace F. Club. While she had developed an interest in Latin America and Spanish, her heart belonged to Africa. Being the daughter of Ghanaian immigrants, she knew that she would one day return to work on the continent. During the summer of 2006, she did. For two months she worked at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative justice in Accra, Ghana. .Now, two years later, she will embark on a new challenge – East Africa. Even though she has no idea what to expect she feels that this is best. Now, she will face and embrace whatever challenges, surprises, and triumphs come her way

Meghan Bodo 2016-2017 Fellow with Village Enterprise, Uganda Tufts University Class of 2015 Read Meghan's Notes from the Field

Meghan graduated with degrees in International Relations and Economics. While at Tufts, she expanded upon her academic understanding of international development as a member of BUILD: India, a student-led sustainable development group. Meghan traveled to India twice to plan and implement a community composting toilet project and to conduct research about the role of microenterprises in community development. Since graduating, she has served as a researcher at the Center for Green Buildings and Cities at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She investigates patterns and motivations of the sustainability and transparency of corporate policies. Excited by the intersection of food and agriculture, sustainability, and small business, Meghan is excited to be joining Village Enterprise as a Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow. She is particularly looking forward to being able to work directly with producers and to the challenge of gardening in a new climate!

Christine Bohne 2011-2012 Fellow with Lutheran World Federation, Burundi Rice University Class of 2011

Alumni Update:

Christine has been working in Rwanda with One Acre Fund, a social enterprise investing in smallholder farmers across East Africa, since finishing her fellowship. Before starting the Doctor of Public Health program at the Harvard School of Public Health this year, she will be traveling across Russia, Mongolia, and China on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Fellow Bio:

Christine (Rice ‘11), originally from Hann. Muenden, Germany, graduated with a degree in Anthropology and minors in Global Health Technologies and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. While at Rice she was president of the Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees (PAIR), an organization through which she helped refugee youth adjust to life in Houston and succeed in school. During her summers Christine interned at an AIDS clinic in Lesotho, conducted malaria research in Thailand, and pursued medical anthropology projects in India. She looks forward to working with refugees in Burundi and applying this knowledge to her career as a physician specializing in refugee health. Christine is excited about climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, African wildlife, and new experiences every day.

Thomas Bohnett 2007-2008 Fellow with International Rescue Committee, Uganda Princeton University Class of 2007

Thomas Bohnett ‘07 is a Woodrow Wilson School major from Princeton Junction, New Jersey. During his PiAF fellowship year, Thomas will serve as the communications intern for the International Rescue Committee in Kampala, Uganda. He enjoys outdoor sports including hiking, cross-country skiing, and running. He has traveled and worked in southern Africa, India, and Nepal. At Princeton, Thomas was the president of the Princeton Justice Project and a columnist for The Daily Princetonian. He is working hard to learn Swahili.

Victoria Bonds 2015-2016 Fellow with Soko, Kenya State University of New York at Albany Class of 2012

Victoria graduated from the University of Albany with a degree in Social Welfare. While at UAlbany, she served in the Student Association, Residential Life and as a peer mentor for programs aimed at supporting first-generation students. Since graduating she has served in the non-profit sector working in the areas of education, access and advocacy. Victoria developed a strong passion for work in Africa after she went to Ghana in 2011 and assisted with curriculum development, outreach, youth development and women’s empowerment initiatives. In her free time, Victoria enjoys being outdoors, dancing and spending time with friends and family. While in Kenya, Victoria is looking forward to going on at least one safari, learning how to make a few Kenyan dishes and working with local artisans through her work with Soko!

Douglas Bove 2013-2014 Fellow with Village Enterprise, Kenya New College of Florida Class of 2008

Alumni Update:

Douglas is a Master’s Candidate at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), doing his first year at the SAIS Europe campus in Bologna, Italy. He will be doing his second year in Washington, DC. He studies Energy Resources & the Environment with a special focus on renewable energy technologies and project finance. This summer he will be doing a summer internship at the US development finance agency the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), doing structured finance for energy, infrastructure, financial services and foreign policy priority projects.

Fellow Bio:

Douglas is from Vero Beach, FL and earned his degree in economics and international relations from New College of Florida. Doug moved to Washington, D.C. in 2008 after graduation to pursue a career in international development. He has worked in development in various capacities including international landmine and unexploded ordnance remediation; economic growth and development at the Millennium Challenge Corporation; monitoring and evaluation of development projects with Social Impact; and post-earthquake relief efforts with Destination: Abricots with whom he volunteers. Doug loves to travel—he studied abroad in Italy, traveled to Haiti to deliver earthquake relief aid, and spent three months in Iraq doing work in mine risk education. Doug is excited to be the first PiAf Fellow to work with the innovative Village Enterprise and to explore the culinary and linguistic diversity of Uganda and Kenya.

 

 

Joelle Boxer 2017-2018 Fellow with Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania, Tanzania Columbia University Class of 2016

Joelle graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Dual B.A. Program between Columbia University and Sciences Po (Institut d’études politiques de Paris) in May 2016, receiving bachelor’s degrees from both institutions. She studied Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society and received Departmental Honors. In her senior year, she was granted the Global Fellowship in Sustainable Development to conduct research for her thesis regarding safe water accessibility in arsenic-impacted areas of Bangladesh. During her time in France, she studied Political Science and specialized in the Middle Eastern region. Since graduation, Joelle has worked at Global Health Strategies, an international consulting firm specializing in global health communications and advocacy. Joelle is excited to explore Dar es Salaam next year and practice her Swahili. She is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the amazing work of CCBRT in promoting maternal health.

Danielle Boyda 2013-2014 Fellow with Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative, Botswana Barnard College Class of 2011 Check out Danielle's Blog

Danielle majored in Political Science and Human Rights, with a minor in French. While at Barnard, she held leadership positions in Columbia’s Amnesty International chapter, and interned at Human Rights Watch in the Africa division and the Foundation Relations unit. She studied abroad in Uganda and Rwanda, and spent a summer in Tanzania researching aid projects to refugees and slum-dwellers. After graduating, she spent a year as an education consultant in Ghana helping high school students navigate the international college admissions process and traveling around West Africa. Since then, she has been taking classes in Boston and working for a public health education and advocacy NGO that promotes effective use of antibiotics.

Mary Caroline Brazill 2015-2016 Fellow with International Rescue Committee, Kenya American University Class of 2015

Caroline received her BA in International Studies from American University’s School of International Service, concentrating in peace and conflict resolution in Sub-Saharan Africa. While in school, Caroline interned with the international NGO, Search for Common Ground, the Department of State, and she spent time volunteering with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Before leaving Washington, DC, she will finish a fellowship with The Nexus Fund, an organization dedicated to supporting the global community to end mass atrocities. Caroline has traveled to Rwanda to study healing and justice after genocide, and she has studied Swahili in Zanzibar, Tanzania as a 2013 Boren Scholar. In 2014, Caroline was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar, and she hopes to dedicate her public service career to promoting transitional justice and reconciliation programming in the Great Lakes Region. Caroline is thrilled to have the opportunity to return to East Africa, and she looks forward to navigating the city of Nairobi and supporting the International Rescue Committee’s mission of helping those whose lives have been shattered by conflict or disaster to gain control of their futures.