Ayesha graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Economics and Mathematics. She grew up in Singapore, where she was exposed to all kinds of development work from a young age. Her active involvement in NGO work cultivated an interest in economic development, which she pursued in her formal studies of economics and math. She spent a semester abroad at CIDE in Mexico City, where she studied healthcare and broader development economics. She has maintained internships throughout her time in college, working in a variety of market-oriented capacities. As part of her internship at the Smithsonian Institution’s endowment, she routinely performed quantitative and qualities analyses to assess the relative success and risk of the organization’s portfolio. Her internship at KKR continued that exposure to market analysis, allowing her to analyze and explore the different strategies of the hedge funds that her team was invested in. She later worked at the investment bank Lazard Frères & Co., a global advisory firm that focuses on mergers and acquisitions. Her time at Lazard was similarly rooted in financial and industry analysis. She is excited to apply the lessons she has learned through her academic studies and professional experiences to the Lwala community!
Neena graduated in May 2017 from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Global Health. She spent a semester in Ghana conducting research for her thesis on risk factors for youth suicidal behaviors. She has additional research experience working with a Georgetown team to conduct a systematic review of the health of transwomen sex workers in the United States. Neena has interned at the World Bank, where she wrote blog posts discussing health issues in Africa, as well as USAID’s Evidence to Action Project, where she conducted literature reviews on youth mental health and male engagement in gender equity. Her other internship experiences include educating patients about nutrition at a federally qualified health center and supporting participants of a domestic violence shelter. At Georgetown, Neena was involved in GU Medical Brigades, a group that assists doctors to provide medical services to a rural community in Honduras, as well as GIVES, an organization that implements random acts of kindness. As outreach director for both organizations, she coordinated over fifty community service events for members. She is looking forward to exploring Kenya and pursuing her passions for service and international development during her fellowship with the BOMA Project.
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.
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!
Anna graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Global Liberal Studies (concentrating on Politics, Rights, and Development) and double minoring in French, and Public Policy and Management. Anna has worked for several nonprofit organizations throughout her academic career, from Girl Rising, a documentary campaign to promote girl’s education, to Human Rights Foundation, an organization which supports political dissidents in countries with authoritarian governments. Her interest in development work in Africa was strengthened last summer, which she spent in Dakar, Senegal, interning and conducting research for her thesis on female migration and its’ impact on social and economic development. Anna returned to Senegal for a month last January to finish her research, and was awarded the best thesis overall in NYU’s Global Liberal Studies class of 2017. In her free time, Anna loves to read and hike, she is an avid backpacker, adventurer, and “Couchsurfer”. Lastly, she can’t wait for the fellowship to explore Benin, continue her research, make new friends and practice her French!
A native of Arlington, Virginia, Luisa graduated from Princeton University in 2017 with a B.A. in Religion. Her academic work focused on interreligious encounter; she conducted independent research on Christian-Muslim dialogue in Berlin, Germany, as well as the Syriac Orthodox community in contemporary Germany. Luisa has spent considerable time abroad for her studies and internships; she has lived, learned, and worked in St. Petersburg, Russia; Rome, Italy; and Berlin, Germany. While in Rome in summer 2015, Luisa worked with the Community of Sant’Egidio, an international peacemaking organization that serves Rome’s homeless, migrant, and refugee populations. Luisa was also part of the student coordinating team for the 2014 and 2017 Poverty and Peacemaking Conferences in partnership with Sant’Egidio and the Princeton Office of Religious Life. A lifelong Girl Scout, Luisa served on the board of directors of her council, serving over 80,000 members. Luisa enjoys cooking, hiking, and creative writing. She is looking forward to the many lessons that wait in store for her in Gaborone, Botswana, where she will be a history teacher at Maru-a-Pula.
Hannah graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 with a degree in Global Health & Environment and Afro-American & African studies. After a trip to Ghana sparked her interest in Africa, Hannah solidified this passion by studying abroad in South Africa and leading support groups for HIV-affected teens. Throughout college, Hannah taught an innovative HIV prevention module to high-risk populations and did outreach and testing with Michigan’s leading AIDS service organizations. She also facilitated student sexual health forums, interned as a Spanish translator for undocumented persons with UMichigan’s Law School, facilitated prevention programming for elementary school girls at a women’s shelter in Michigan’s largest Latino neighborhood, and worked in arts-based activism. After graduation, Hannah worked at the American Red Cross in Detroit in International Services where she advocated on behalf of Iraqi and Syrian refugees and reconnected families separated by disaster and conflict. Hannah currently works in Detroit as a Health Education Coordinator for an HIV agency facilitating psychosocial support groups for recently diagnosed and formerly incarcerated individuals living with HIV. She enjoys spending her evenings working with at-risk teenage girls in a live-in scholarship program, and is excited to advocate similarly for teens and families at BIPAI Swaziland.
Originally from the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, Hannah graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in International and Global Studies and minor in Global Health. While at Middlebury, Hannah served in board positions with clubs like GlobeMed and danced with Midd Masti, a South Asian dance group. Throughout her academic career, Hannah held internships at Gardens for Health International, Global Brigades in Ghana, and the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador; she also spent a wonderfully warm winter term teaching English in Costa Rica. Hannah assisted in a long-term research project with a Middlebury professor and spent one summer in Amhara, Ethiopia collecting field-notes on the Women’s Development Army, a government program seeking to empower women and improve health outcomes from a grass-roots level. Her passions for health equity and access were strengthened during her junior year abroad in Argentina and Tanzania. While in Buenos Aires, she interned at a maternal hospital and conducted independent research on comparative health policy. In Tanzania, Hannah studied political ecology, Kiswahili, and spent a month living and studying with a Maasai healer. Hannah is excited to relocate to Gaborone, Botswana to join the Young 1ove team, learn Setswana, and finally escape harsh winters of Vermont.
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.
Hailing from Nassau, Bahamas, Mikia graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. During her studies, she held various leadership positions on her college campus, pursued internships, and gained invaluable diverse experiences across the United States and the world. Most notably, she participated in a fully-funded study abroad program in Rwanda and Uganda, concentrating studies on peace, reconciliation, and sustainable development. While in Rwanda, she received the distinct opportunity to work with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), in conjunction with the World Bank. She was a part of the Strategic Investments team, which led the negotiation of strategic investments on behalf of the Government of Rwanda. At Philander, Mikia was also selected as an inaugural fellow for the University of California’s Summer Institute of Emerging Managers and Leaders Program, which was held at the UC, Berkeley Haas School of Business, in which her team placed 2nd in a sustainable business model competition. Upon graduation, Mikia joined the Operations team of Credit Suisse in Nassau, Bahamas, where she rotated on three transaction processing desks – Treasury and Issuance, Wealth Management, and Structured Products, and settled transactions/resolved cash reconciliations across a broad spectrum of asset classes. As a Social Investment Fellow at Global Partnerships in Kenya, Mikia is excited for a fresh new path in pursuing her passion of bridging business and social impact to uplift communities in the East Africa Community.
Atlee Chait graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in International Studies focused on International Security, Norms, and Cooperation. She most recently worked as the Monitoring and Evaluation Associate for DC’s Children’s Law Center, dedicated to strengthening the existing and supporting the development and implementation of new monitoring and evaluation processes. Prior to that, Atlee completed a contract with National Geographic supporting the National Geographic Bee, worked in Sub Saharan Africa Intelligence while living in Tel Aviv, Israel, and served as a Design, Monitoring & Evaluation Intern with Search for Common Ground, a peacebuilding and conflict resolution organization, where she learned to evaluate the effectiveness of peacebuilding programs overseas. Atlee is so excited to be working with Village Enterprise in their mission of utilizing entrepreneurship as a means to ending extreme poverty in rural Africa. She looks forward to living in Uganda, exploring the continent, making new friends, and gaining a deeper understanding of M&E, income generation, and the designing and implementing of development programs.
Lauren grew up in Sacramento, California. Following her high school graduation, she spent 10 months in Zhongli, Taiwan as a Rotary Youth Exchange student. In 2017, she graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Biology and a certificate in Writing. During her undergraduate career, Lauren focused primarily on ecological research, working for two year in the Singer Laboratory at Wesleyan, participating in a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, and interning at the California Academy of Sciences. She studied abroad in South Africa, where she conducted fieldwork in Kruger National Park and gained a better understanding of conservation policies in practice. This experience opened Lauren’s interest in the wider implications of conservation policies and inspired her most recent internship at the district office of U.S. Congresswoman Doris Matsui. Lauren is also passionate about gender equality, and has interned at Women’s Empowerment, a Sacramento non-profit that aids homeless and near-homeless women obtain employment. Lauren is excited to be promoting women in science as part of the AWARD team, and can’t wait to explore Nairobi and beyond.
Nicole Dagata graduated with honors from the University of Florida with a BA in Economics. Her journey into her career in international development began when she sought funding to implement a project aimed toward improving community health. Her vision, Food for Thought, garnered support to develop and facilitate nutrition workshops for local youth. The success of the project inspired Nicole to travel to Guatemala where she had the opportunity to conduct program impact research. Her time there brought to her attention numerous health disparities which regularly effect marginalized groups. Nicole left Guatemala with the desire to devote herself to providing aid to these communities. After graduation, Nicole began working in the malaria control program for an NGO called PATH. She coordinates field activities, report writing and utilizes data management tools to provide summaries of data captured throughout health facilities in Africa. Outside the office, Nicole serves as Prevention team lead on DC’s HIV Working Group, a coalition aiming to spread awareness about HIV prevention and treatment by organizing free HIV testing. Additionally, Nicole supports Children’s National Health System as a Patient Care Volunteer, working directly with the hospital’s globally diverse group of patients to provide companionship before medical procedures.
Liviya graduated with honors from George Washington University in May 2017 with a degree in international affairs, concentrating on Africa and global public health. Her time volunteering in Ghana and Morocco and studying at the University of Cape Town in South Africa motivated and cemented her passion for African affairs. Currently, she is a project assistant at the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center in Washington, DC where she has written case studies for a report on the state of primary education in Africa and researched Africa-Israel engagement and food insecurity in Nigeria. She also manages the Africa Center’s campaign and contacts database, tracks media metrics, and creates monthly newsletters that overview that Center’s events, publications, and media presence. Previously, she was an intern at the Jerusalem African Community Center, an NGO focused on integrating African refugees and asylum seekers in Jerusalem. While working there, she developed their English marketing materials, wrote grant materials and streamlined the application process, created blog pieces, and updated their website to better communicate their work. Liviya is a foodie at heart and is so excited to make her new home in Nairobi, learn some Swahili, and explore the city’s food scene.
Stephanie graduated from Yale University in 2016 with a degree in global affairs, concentrating in international development and global health. She graduated from the Yale School of Public Health in 2017 with a Master of Public Health degree in health policy and global health as part of Yale’s five-year BA/MPH joint degree program. Stephanie’s academic studies have focused primarily on health systems strengthening and access to medicines in both the US and global contexts. She worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative during her senior year of college to advise health workforce management and capacity building in Liberia. Stephanie conducted health policy work for Iona Senior Services, a long-term care nonprofit, and Atlas Research, a federal healthcare-consulting firm, in Washington, D.C. During the summer of 2016, Stephanie interned with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance in Geneva, Switzerland to help evaluate Gavi’s tailored approach to providing vaccines and health systems strengthening support in unstable or challenging environments. Stephanie enjoys running, cooking, and singing a cappella. She will be working with the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Mbabane and is excited to learn first-hand about health financing in Swaziland, learn about a new culture, and explore the beautiful landscapes.
Amanda graduated from Georgetown University in 2017 with a degree in International Health. While at Georgetown, Amanda volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician and ambulance driver in Washington DC. She held a number of internships during her academic career including at HIPS, a harm-reduction NGO that works with high risk populations for HIV prevention and health promotion. She also interned in the Social and Behavior Change Communication department at FHI360, a nonprofit human development organization. Amanda was able to pursue her passion for public health while doing research abroad at the Western Australian Centre for Rural Health, where she focused on social resilience programs for at-risk youth. She conducted evaluations of a social resilience program implemented in schools and helped deliver youth empowerment programs in several schools across Western Australia. Originally from France, Amanda has lived in Colorado for the past 10 years. She loves the outdoors, good food and coffee. She looks forward to exploring Togo and working with Hope Through Health!
Arielle Ford graduated from The George Washington University with high honors in 2014 where she received a BA in Sociology. After graduating, she joined CityBridge Education, an organization vested in the creation and redesign of DC public schools that lead with intentional equity. At CityBridge, Arielle worked with teachers and school leaders to bring innovative educational practices to local classrooms and schools. She also facilitated conversations around race and identity with educators, emphasizing the intersection of human centered design and equity. Her commitment to equity work began long before college as she witnessed how disparities in public education adversely impacted the life trajectories of her childhood friends. During her undergraduate years, she was heavily involved with the Multicultural Student Services Center, working to illuminate the stories and needs of students of color on campus, in addition to serving as the Student Association Director of Diversity and Multi-Religious Affairs. She also served as a campus campaign coordinator for Teach for America, where she worked arduously to increase the number of black, Latino, and LGBTQ applicants. Arielle is excited to continue her commitment to educational equity with Equal Education in Johannesburg, South Africa where she will work with students, teachers, and parents striving for equality in South African education.
Ben graduated with honors from Claremont McKenna College in 2017 with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). At CMC, Ben worked as a Research Assistant at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government where he led a number of fiscal analysis projects, as well as for SOURCE, a student-run nonprofit consulting organization. In 2014, Ben traveled to Rwanda where he lived in a rural village and co-founded a crop storage and distribution enterprise—a transformative experience that inspired him to return to the continent and continue exploring how market-based solutions can be used to alleviate poverty. The following summer, Ben worked for Asia Pacific Investment Partners, an investment group in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia where he worked on a variety of projects. Most recently, Ben spent the summer as a Talent Consulting Intern at Mercer where he honed his analytical and quantitative skills. Growing up in Eugene, Oregon, Ben enjoys all things outdoors, particularly skiing, rock climbing, and hiking. He is incredibly honored for this opportunity in Malawi and looks forward to working towards enhancing the business environment in the region and also exploring the continent with other Fellows!
As a daughter of Eritrean immigrants, Rawan was motivated to alleviate some of the harsh realities facing African communities. To exercise this passion of serving Africa, she started The Ubuntu Project (www.theubuntuproj.com), a mission driven organization dedicated to bridging the gap between creativity and compassion. The Ubuntu Project utilizes the One-for-One model: for every purchase made, a social cause in Africa is supported. All products are African themed, thus allowing Africans to represent their roots locally while empowering African communities globally. Through The Ubuntu Project, Rawan aims to foster hope and encouragement from within by supporting effective causes in Africa and inspiring young Africans to take an active role towards the betterment of their communities. Rawan is a management consultant by day and a social entrepreneur by night. Aside from The Ubuntu Project, her management consulting career has allowed her to work in a variety of enterprise-wide initiatives, for Fortune 500 clients – including Toyota, Cisco, DirecTV, ATT, and BP – in a variety of industries and roles. Rawan graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles as Magna Cum Lade. In addition, Rawan participated in business programs at UCLA Anderson, UC Berkeley Haas Business School, and Yale School of Management.
Bear (Princeton ’17) is from Dallas, Texas. His full name is Sierra Moon Goldstein, but he goes by Bear. He graduated from Princeton University in 2017 with a degree in Psychology and Highest Honors. At Princeton, Bear was a member of the men’s varsity lacrosse team, where he was a two-time captain, a three-time All-Ivy and Academic All-Ivy selection, and USILA Scholar All-American. During his summers, Bear worked for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Nature Conservancy. He spent one summer in Hawaii conducting independent research on the cognitive underpinnings of mental toughness in triathletes. He also was a research assistant for a lab exploring intergroup relations, prejudice, and stereotyping in an academic setting. For fun, Bear enjoys playing sports, hiking, and music. He has a propensity for visual arts, especially photography. Prior to the fellowship year, Bear had never been to Africa. He is most excited about the new perspectives, skills, and relationships he will develop at Nyumbani Village and beyond.
Nora Hammond is a graduate of the University of California – Berkeley where she studied political science and minored in human rights and Middle Eastern studies. While there, she studied abroad at the American University in Cairo and took graduate-level classes from the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies. Outside of class, she observed the after effects of the Egyptian revolution and taught English to refugees. Since graduation she has lived in Washington, D.C. where she has most recently worked as a proposal manager for an international development and research institution. She earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award at the Gold Level, the highest level available, for her extracurricular community service as an AmeriCorps volunteer. In addition, she has had program management and research internships, including with a member of the US Congress.
A Southern California native, Khadija Hassanali graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. As an undergraduate, Khadija returned to her mother’s home country of Tanzania to work with the Asante Africa Foundation, an NGO that administers programs to increase the accessibility and quality of education in East Africa. During her sophomore and senior year, she competed in the Hult Prize Competition, in which she developed social enterprise solutions to tackle the issues of Early Childhood Education and the Refugee Crisis. Inspired by the intersection of business, technology, and social innovation, Khadija interned with Tectonica Studios, a start-up in Buenos Aires, Argentina that creates websites for political campaigns and NGOs. The fall of her junior year, Khadija studied in Granada, Spain, where she honed her Spanish language skills and studied the history of the Andalucia. Most recently, she interned with Deloitte Consulting, where she worked with a major healthcare client in the Bay Area. Khadija is looking forward to developing her interests in technology innovation as a Data Analyst and Project Manager at mSurvey in Kenya. Climbing shoes packed, she is eager to scramble around Nairobi and learn about the city her parents immigrated from.
Tomas graduated from Davidson College in 2015, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Economics. As an undergraduate, he worked with a professor on a study of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, sparking an interest in African conflict that led him to intern at the Enough Project and culminated in a senior thesis on the M23 rebellion in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After graduating, he joined the Congressional Research Service, where he assisted Africa analysts with research on a range of projects. While at CRS, he was fortunate to co-author reports on Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Boko Haram, and the Lord’s Resistance Army, among others. Tomas is very excited to join the International Rescue Committee in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where he hopes to expand his knowledge of Sierra Leone and West Africa, gain insight into the challenges of governance and development in post-conflict societies, and (with any luck) learn a little Krio.
Clara graduated from Bates College in 2016 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a minor in U.S. History. While attending Bates, Clara had the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in Rwanda and Uganda through the School for International Training’s program Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding. Upon returning to the States, Clara continued to cultivate her interest in East and Sub-Saharan Africa. During the summer of 2015, she received funding through Bates to work in South Africa, as well as to return to Rwanda to conduct independent research. While in South Africa, Clara gained hands on wildlife rehabilitation experience at the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds. She then traveled to Rwanda to research how the coffee industry has been utilized as a reconciliation tool. During her final year of college, she completed a senior thesis analyzing Rwanda’s gorilla tourism industry through a positive peace paradigm. With a strong interest in East Africa and having previously worked on farms, Clara is excited to return to Uganda to work as a Farm fellow at The Kasiisi Project. She looks forward to expanding her understanding of conservation work, learning Rutooro, and becoming a part of the Kasiisi community.
Ruby graduated from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan in 2017, focusing in African Development and Policy. At the University of Michigan, Ruby was the co-president of the Roosevelt Institute, a student-run policy think tank. Through Roosevelt, she led an initiative to increase the university’s procurement from local women- and minority-owned businesses and published a policy on reforming regulations for Michigan charter schools in the national 10 Ideas Journal. She was also president of the Advisory Council for the Global Scholars Program (GSP), a living community focused on global social justice. Ruby has interned with the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative in Washington, D.C., the Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania, and local political campaigns in her hometown of Traverse City, Michigan. While working at the Embassy, Ruby loved traveling to speak with students about higher education and testing out her Swahili on her very patient co-workers. She is extremely excited to return to Tanzania and work with IEFT. Ruby loves reading by the lake (any lake), her dog, Rosie, and hosting game nights with friends.
Meital Kupfer graduated in 2017 from the George Washington University with a BA in International Affairs, focusing on International Development. Meital spent a semester in Kampala, Uganda. During her time in Uganda, Meital spent two months in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement as an Education Intern for Action Africa Help – Uganda. There, she also conducted an independent case study on the structure and quality of Kyangwali’s education system. She has interned for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro in Washington, D.C., focusing research on paid maternal leave and trade agreements for legislative assistants. She was an Advocacy and Government Relations Intern for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), tracking congressional legislation, writing memos, and advocating for refugee resettlement in the field of government relations. She was a Protections Intern at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Washington, D.C. handling asylum seekers’ cases. She was a Virtual Student Foreign Service intern for the USAID Economic Growth office in Kampala, Uganda, proofreading communications and conducting strategic stakeholder analysis on donors. Lastly, she was an executive board member of the No Lost Generation chapter at GW, a campus initiative partnered with the State Department aimed at providing quality education for refugee youth. In her free time, Meital enjoys hiking, reading, and going to concerts. She is looking forward to returning to Uganda as a Fellow!
Jeff graduated from the University of Southern California in 2017, with degrees in Environmental Studies and International Relations. As an undergraduate he has examining the interplay between the environment and a globalizing world. In pursuit of these interests, Jeff has traveled to Western China, the Philippines, Scandinavia, and South Africa, with various research projects and academic endeavors. His focus has been finding ways to increase the sustainability in agriculture and food systems. To this end, Jeff has explored the agriculture space from multiple vantage points. In Tel Aviv, he worked at a venture capital firm, analyzing their agriculture and food technology assets. In Los Angeles, he interned with a start-up incubator, leading their agriculture initiatives. This parlayed itself into a position interning with an agricultural technology start-up. Jeff is thrilled to be working with Imani development in Malawi, and hopes to gain a new perspective on agricultural development while there. He is also excited to learn some Chichewa and potentially climb Mount Mulanje.
Jake graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in International Studies and a minor in Philosophy. During his time at the University, Jake studied three years of Kiswahili and wrote for the Africa Region of the Michigan Journal of International Affairs. He travelled to and worked in Uganda twice during his time as a student. His first trip was spent working as an intern with the Maendeleo Foundation in Mukono, Uganda. There he spent two months teaching children and adults how to use computers and worked with the Foundation’s director to identify new methods for developing the organization. The following summer, Jake held a three-month research associate position with the Refugee Law Project in Mbarara, Uganda where he conducted a study on the ability of refugees to both access and use technological devices in the Nakivale settlement. He held nearly 100 interviews with refugees of varying ages, nationality, and gender to determine how best to approach developing a technology education program in the settlement. Jake looks forward to practicing his Kiswahili and pursuing his interest in using technology to improve livelihoods in his upcoming work with Population Services International in Tanzania.
Megan graduated from American University’s School of International Service with a degree in International Studies, concentrating in peace and conflict resolution. Much of her undergraduate coursework and research centered on the nexus of gender and conflict, leading to her senior thesis on girl child soldiers and their reintegration processes. At American, Megan led an Alternative Break program to Rwanda for undergraduate and graduate students to study women and youth development in a post-conflict context. Megan furthered her passion for the region when she studied abroad in Nairobi, Kenya and interned at Peace Tree Network, a local peacebuilding organization. Throughout her undergraduate career, Megan interned with organizations in Washington, D.C., including ILive2Lead, United to End Genocide, and the U.S. Department of State. She also served as President of the School of International Service Undergraduate Council. After graduating, Megan worked at Chemonics International in the East and Southern Africa regional business unit. Born and raised in Mililani, Hawaii, Megan loves going to the beach, hiking, and playing basketball. She is excited to return to Rwanda and its thousand hills, learn Kinyarwanda, and support Resonate’s mission to unlock leadership potential in women and girls.
Zach is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California where he completed his degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Psychology in May of 2017. His time at USC was spent directing the Environmental Core student advocacy group as it worked to green USC’s campus, leading meditations as a Mindful USC Student Leader, and coordinating adventures with USC students and professors via Peaks & Professors. Zach is always hungry for interesting perspectives on complex and urgent social issues and got a glimpse of the many questions surrounding development in Africa while studying abroad at the University of Cape Town in 2016. He has combined his studies in the environment and psychology through a research position in the interdisciplinary field of conservation psychology, and believes there’s good reason to think that our ability to handle the global problems of the 21st century will start with the way we relate to our local communities. Zach is excited to fill a role in the Kasiisi Project’s conservation education programs and can’t wait to have everything he thinks he knows turned upside-down.
Samantha Mendoza graduated from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas with a degree in English Writing & Rhetoric and minors in English Literature and Global Studies. She mentored students through leadership development programs and writing courses, and as student Body President, she co-founded a program that raised awareness about college sexual assault. She spent a summer studying Peace and Conflict in Uganda and Rwanda, and another summer leading a group of students to volunteer at the an orphanage for HIV-positive youth in Capetown, South Africa. Samantha then earned a prestigious Fulbright fellowship to teach middle-school English in South India. She spent her weekends mentoring high school students through the college application process and taking a 6-hour train to volunteer at a non-profit in Bangalore. Samantha has just completed a Master’s program in Magazine, Newspaper, and Online Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications to pursue her goal of becoming an international journalist. She currently reports on community issues in Syracuse, New York, and writes about women’s rights, feminism, and politics for a national audience. She will spend the summer interning at NBC Studios before moving to Monduli, Tanzania for a one-year role as the Scholarship and Communications Coordinator at the Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania.
Coryna Ogunseitan graduated from Yale in 2017 with a BA in Literature. She speaks Spanish and French and is most interested in literature of the black diaspora written in these languages. Her junior fall, she spent a semester abroad in Santiago, Chile, becoming fluent in Spanish and studying modern Ibero-American literature. The fact that many of these texts were not available in English led her to develop an interest in literary translation. She was an intern at Glossolalia, PEN America’s new translation journal, where she worked primarily on the issue “Women Writing Brazil,” a compilation of writing by all female Brazilian authors. She is passionate about making marginalized narratives, like those presented in Glossolalia, exposed to global audiences, and in keeping with this goal also worked to facilitate interviews with formerly incarcerated people for StoryCorps through the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project. With this organization, she also tutored inmates in the New Haven Jail for the GED. She is also involved in the writing community at Yale, and has served as Artistic Director of TEETH Slam Poets and an editor of Weekend, the arts and culture section of the Yale Daily News.
A Nigerian raised in California, Ibilola graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, with a BSFS in Culture and Politics and a minor in African Studies. Passionate about the continent, Ibilola has integrated her love for African affairs into her personal and professional life. During her junior year, she spent a semester abroad in Lomé, Togo, where she interned for the Political-Economic bureau at the US Embassy and led English conversation classes at the local university. On return, she interned for the US Chamber of Commerce’s Africa Business Center, as well as the State Department’s Africa Regional Media Hub. At Georgetown, she served as President of the African Society of Georgetown, and helped plan and conduct Georgetown’s second annual Africa Business Conference. She also wrote articles on business, democracy, and diplomacy in West Africa as a reporter for The Caravel, Georgetown’s only international affairs newspaper. Ibilola is excited about the opportunity to work with ASE in Benin, and looks forward to improving her French and learning more about Beninese life!
Hailing from a small, Midwest town, Udita graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Anthropology and Global Health Studies. Her passion in for “glocal” health has led her to have meaningful experiences both domestically and globally. She spent two summers in both Tanzania and Uganda where she had the opportunity to conduct community-based research and learn more about the health infrastructures in both countries. While at Northwestern, she co-founded and ran a community engagement organization called NU Community Health Corps, that aims to empower individuals to take ownership of their own health and wellbeing. Through NUCHC, she launched the HIRCULES Health Hub, which are health information desks focused on connecting community members to qualified health information and resources. She also served as a Partnerships Fellow at the GlobeMed Global Headquarters where she works closely to manage the 56 global partnerships between undergraduate chapters and grass-root organizations in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Udita is extremely excited to be returning to Tanzania and working Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative this upcoming year!
Raised in Seattle, Sarah Pollnow graduated as the Middlebury College class of 2014 Salutatorian with Highest Honors in History and an award-winning thesis. A lover of languages, she minored in French and spent a semester studying in Bordeaux. She also earned a minor in Secondary Education en route to becoming a state-certified Social Studies teacher in 2015. During the summers, she pursued teaching opportunities in Kentucky and Massachusetts. After graduation, Sarah continued exploring U.S. education while touring nationwide as a National History Bee intern. She then moved to Germany to serve as a 2015-2016 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. In her free time there, she assisted with a youth theater project based on local history, volunteered with refugees, and studied at the Technische Universität Berlin. Her passion for teaching next led her to Japan for a year as a JET Program Assistant Language Teacher, during which she developed curricular resources with the support of a grant from USJETAA and U.S. Embassy Tokyo. She is excited to immerse herself in Beninese culture and grow as a professional this year at the African School of Economics.
Originally from London, Ryan graduated with a Masters in Public Health and Bachelors in Economics from the Case Western Reserve University, concentrating in Humanitarian Aid and Global Health. At Case Western Reserve, Ryan worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for the Case Western Reserve Emergency Medical Service, an organization for which he also served on the executive board as the treasurer and assistant chief. Ryan also took part in a variety of research projects in chemistry, organizational behavior, and epidemiology and interned with the University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in the Child Health and Policy Division, where his interest in public health originated. Ryan then went on to work as an intern with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kuala Lumpur where he researched HIV spread in refugee populations and the impact of testing and treatment as preventative measures. Ryan also worked at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine as a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Ryan will be the Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow with Population Services International in Johannesburg and hopes to learn more about HIV epidemiology in the region.
Isaiah graduated as an Ervin Scholar from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2017 with a BA in International and Area Studies, concentrating in Global Development, and a minor in Religion and Politics. On campus Isaiah was involved with Sigma Iota Rho, an international affairs academic honorary, and the Washington University International Relations Council, which hosts the university’s model United Nations team. He has also spent the last four years working for Development Programs at the university for the School of Engineering and the Siteman Cancer Center on projects including donor outreach and management, third-party event coordination, and report writing. Isaiah spent the Spring of 2016 studying abroad in Tunis, Tunisia where he was able to work on his French and Arabic skills while exploring the causes and effects of the Arab Spring movement up close. The end of his semester abroad was spent researching the effects of state land policy in a small town in rural Southern Tunisia. Isaiah interned with The Carter Center’s Democracy Programs in summer 2016 where he was involved in grants and program management for the Center’s Tunisian field office and a limited election observation mission to Zambia’s national elections.
Mina received her B.A.H. from Stanford University in Comparative Literature with a minor in African Studies. During her time in Palo Alto, she has been deeply involved with the Haas Center for Public Service, serving twice as an African Service Fellow in Accra, Ghana, working as a peer adviser for the Undergraduate Fellowships office, leading sessions for a preschool service program in which Stanford students build relationships with young learners while helping scaffold their early math literacy, participating in and leading an Alternative Spring Break program, and participating on the National Advisory Board of the Haas Center as a student member. Mina’s work at the West Africa AIDS Foundation was transformative and led her to pursue her Master’s in African Studies, which she just received, also from Stanford. She is excited to work with the Kucetekela Foundation in Lusaka, Zambia for the upcoming year and hopes to come away with new strategies for addressing educational inequity in the space of Lusaka. She looks forward to learning about the structure of educational non-profits and cannot wait to meet the students with whom she will be working.
Zoe is passionate about understanding the intersection of human and environmental systems. Originally from the Big Island of Hawaii, she graduated from Princeton University in 2017 with a concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and certificate in Environmental Science. At Princeton, Zoe received the Smith-Newton Fellowship, a selective two-year undergraduate research fellowship, to conduct a research project investigating the impacts of pollution on coral reef ecosystems in Bermuda. She presented her findings at the 2016 International Coral Reef Symposium, where her poster presentation received an award from the International Society of Reef Studies. Prior to her work in Bermuda, Zoe contributed to a Ph. D research project studying the role of nutrients in the rainforest ecosystems of Costa Rica. This work culminated in a presentation at the 2015 Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation Annual Meeting, and was recognized with a Faculty of 1000 student award. Throughout college, Zoe also ran Division I cross-country and track for Princeton and served as a team Student-Athlete Wellness Leader. When she’s not trail running or doing science, Zoe also enjoys nature writing, poetry, and yoga. She is thrilled to work at Mpala and learn about Kenyan culture and savannah ecosystems.
Emily graduated from Kansas State University in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education, a secondary major in International Studies, and minors in Spanish and Nonprofit Leadership Studies. In the summer of 2013 Emily taught English for a rural migrant community in Puebla, Mexico then headed to Valparaíso, Chile in spring 2014 to teach English in an urban public school. In the summer of 2016, Emily returned to Latin America to teach English at a local cultural center in Cuenca, Ecuador. In between trips, Emily enjoyed working as a Program Leader and Intern for the Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan and as a teaching assistant for first semester college freshmen in the course Introduction to Leadership Concepts. Emily spent her final semester at K-State student teaching in a local kindergarten classroom and also finished her fifth year playing bass drum in the Kansas State University Marching Band. Moving forward, Emily is excited to teach at Maru-a-Pula and learn about the Botswanan education system. She hopes to use the skills she has gained throughout her collegiate experiences to challenge her students to think critically and creatively about the world around them.
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.
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.
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.
Sandra Tsikor graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with honors in International Relations and minors in African Studies and International Development. Upon graduation, she was a recipient of the Arthur Fauset Award for intellectual pursuit and community service. Originally from Ghana but born in Russia, she has been committed to exploring the world around her. She studied intensive French in Tours, France and International Relations from an African perspective at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She is wholly committed to furthering the political, social and economic conditions in Ghana and Africa. She interned at the IMANI Center for Policy and Education, a think tank in Ghana, conducted research and produced a report on recommendations in improving Ghana’s doing business environment. This research fed into her senior thesis project where she received grants to conduct field research on entrepreneurial Ghanaian return migrants from the US and the UK, the challenges they face and policies for alleviating them. Interested in strategy and consulting, she has worked at the ShawbellConsulting Limited in Ghana and Deloitte Consulting with government agencies to transform their model, garner efficiency and improve their public service delivery. At UPenn, she managed the processes of 9 teams in delivering web content for the Wharton Africa Business Forum, a gathering of executives and leading professionals interested in furthering business in Africa. Sandra Tsikor is interested in exploring entrepreneurship, specifically social entrepreneurship, and youth leadership as a means for furthering Africa’s development. As such, she looks forward to her fellowship with the African Leadership Academy in South Africa!
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.
Claire is from Richmond, VA and graduated from the University of Virginia (UVA) in 2015 with a degree in Foreign Affairs and French. While at UVA, she worked to facilitate dialogue around social, economic, and political issues as a Sustained Dialogue leader and group moderator and to promote interdisciplinary engagement in global public health issues as a student advisor at the UVA Center for Global Health. After graduating, Claire partnered with local agricultural cooperatives in rural, southwestern Rwanda to conduct research on gender equity as a UVA Center for Global Health Scholar. Following her return from Rwanda, she gained program management experience through her position on the Central and West Africa team at the National Democratic Institute, where she enjoyed supporting democracy development programs in Guinea, Niger, the DRC, Nigeria, and Ghana and having the opportunity to collaborate in French and English with her West African colleagues to solve programmatic challenges. Claire is excited to pursue her interest in the intersections of health equity, governance, and development through her position with CCBRT. She loves running, hiking, skiing, and cooking, and can’t wait to further explore East Africa and to work on her Swahili!
Avukile was born and raised in South Africa. She recently completed her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Molecular Biology and a minor in Spanish at Colorado College. In addition to English, Xhosa, Zulu and Setswana, she speaks advanced Spanish after having studied abroad in Spain, Peru and Chile for immersive cultural programmes. Avu has always been passionate about the scientific and social impacts of HIV/AIDs. Thus, during a summer in her sophomore year, she interned in South Africa, doing public health community research and volunteering with the TB/HIV care association that offers care and community-based treatment adherence support. Then, she interned in Colombia helping youth find strategies to tackle prominent public health issues such as teenage pregnancy and drug addiction. In her junior year, she worked as the Diversity and Inclusion Programs Coordinator at Colorado College, organizing and planning student campus events, panels and lectures for minority and international students on campus. She served as a mentor for sophomores and led a cultural mentoring team for a local refugee family from Colombia. She loves playing volleyball, practices yoga and meditation. Avukile plans to get a master’s degree in public health after working a few years with public health organizations. Avu is excited for the wonderful professional and cultural opportunity in working with BIPAI in Botswana!