Bailey graduated from American University’s School of International Service in 2016 with a degree in International Studies. She concentrated in International Development and Peace, Global Security, and Conflict Resolution in Africa and earned a minor in Public Health. While at American University, Bailey served as president of Empower Congo, a student-led organization dedicated to addressing and raising awareness about the conflict in the DR Congo. She held a number of internships during her academic career with organizations ranging from Vital Voices to the Enough Project, the Rockies Venture Club, the Philanthropiece Foundation, and Heshima Kenya. Her passion for development in Africa was strengthened through her experience studying abroad in Nairobi, Kenya. In Kenya, Bailey worked closely with unaccompanied refugee girls through an internship with Heshima Kenya, leading to her senior thesis on UNHCR discourses and programming efforts for unaccompanied refugee children. She also spent a semester in India studying public health spending time in local health facilities. Originally from Colorado, Bailey loves skiing, hiking, biking, and spending time outdoors. She is excited to explore Rwanda, make new friends, learn Kinyarwanda, and gain a deeper understanding of agriculture and malnutrition through her work with GHI.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
Alex is from New York City and graduated from Bowdoin College in 2016 with a major in English and a minor in Economics. He spent a semester abroad in Zanzibar, Tanzania, where he lived with a family in Stone Town, learned elementary Kiswahili, and took classes through the University of Dar Es Salaam. He also spent the semester conducting primary research to determine the market size for solar home systems on the island of Zanzibar. Following his semester abroad, Alex was a business development intern at Nautilus Solar Energy, an American solar development company. While at Bowdoin, Alex wrote and acted for Bowdoin’s sketch comedy group, worked as a writing tutor for undergraduates, and was an English teaching assistant for a class of African immigrants. Alex can’t wait to get back to East Africa and looks forward to learning how an international NGO can be successful in delivering vital infrastructure to sub-Saharan Africa.
Jessica graduated with honors from UC Berkeley in 2012, obtaining a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies with a concentration in Africa, and minoring in Music. She joined the UC Berkeley Center for African Studies in October 2012, as a program coordinator and a student advisor for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. She received the UC Berkeley Staff Achievement Award for her work serving 58 undergraduate and Masters students from all over sub-Saharan Africa on full scholarship. Since the program’s inception, she has played an instrumental role in the design of support services and policy development, both on campus and within the international network of partner institutions. A recipient of the FLAS fellowship in Swahili as an undergraduate, she has studied abroad in Germany, France, and Kenya, and speaks German, French, intermediate Swahili, and some Farsi. She has also spent time in Ethiopia, Zanzibar, South Africa, and Ghana. In her free time, she sings in choruses, dances the salsa and the blues, and directs opera productions. Jessica looks forward to using her experience in scholarship program administration in Zambia, and learning about both the day-to-day operations of a local NGO and some Nyanja!
Ryan graduated with a BA in Economics and International Affairs, with a concentration in International Development. Prior to graduating from GW, Ryan also studied Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Since graduating, he has worked at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, DC, where he managed research and evaluation projects for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the U.S. Department of Education, and other federal agencies. He has interned with several international organizations focused on reducing poverty worldwide, including The United Nations World Food Programme and TechnoServe. Ryan is originally from central Connecticut, but has lived in Washington, DC for six years. He is a regular hiker and skier, and is active in the DC standup comedy scene. Ryan is honored to have the opportunity to help the International Rescue Committee provide vital assistance to refugees living in Kenya.
Jantsan grew up as a nomad in the countryside of Mongolia. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Political Science in 2014. His undergraduate experience included several internship positions in local government and multiple research positions within the UC Berkeley Political Science Department, where he helped with research to compile data on election results in post-conflict regions in Africa. He helped administer the first-of-its-kind survey in the Bay Area to Muslim American communities in order to contribute to a better understanding of issues confronting Muslim Americans. Upon graduating from Berkeley, Jantsan was driven by his commitment to public service to work for the City of Richmond, California on youth empowerment. His work focused on emphasizing community engagement and human rights advocacy through community-based initiatives. He served on the Board of Directors at the United Nations Association – USA East Bay Chapter, where he organized two public consultations on the UN Global Goals and recently joined the Board of Directors at the California Association of Human Relations Organizations. He is incredibly honored by the opportunity to teach at Maru-a-Pula and is looking forward to exploring Botswana.
Randika grew up in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Supply Chain Management from Arizona State University. In addition, he earned a Master of Science degree in Public and Nonprofit Institutions from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and a Master of Development Practice (MDP) at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota. During his graduate program, he worked on monitoring and evaluating research projects in Jamaica, the Philippines, and Kenya for non-governmental organizations and universities. Furthermore, Randika was a cofounder and research associate for an evaluation collaborative in Minneapolis, which provided cost-effective evaluation and research consulting services for nonprofits and public universities. Additionally, he also worked as a research intern for Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, where he focused on early childhood education, public health, and youth social entrepreneurship projects. Randika is also a recipient of the “Rookie Volunteer of the Year” from the American Red Cross (northern Minnesota region) in recognition for his exceptional service in improving the Restoring Family Links Program that helps to reconnect families separated by a humanitarian crisis. During his fellowship, Randika is looking forward to being part of a new culture and community and to exploring southern Africa.
Elizabeth received her BA in International Studies from American University’s School of International Service, concentrating in International Development and Social Entrepreneurship. Prior to enrollment, she spent a year working with Income Generation Projects, a USAID funded coffee cooperative and a street children’s rehabilitation center in Kigali, Rwanda. Additionally, Elizabeth spent time teaching and assisting with photography journalism at an alternative education primary school in Oaxaca, Mexico. During the Fall of 2014, she studied and worked in Pune, India, specializing in handcraft marketing, export programing and organizational development. During Elizabeth’s time at American University, she held an internship every semester in Washington, D.C. Organizations included the U.S. Department of State, Ashoka, GlobalGiving, Global Ties U.S., Lift DC, and Solimar International. Having previously lived in East Africa for a total of two years, Elizabeth can not wait to make a new home in Nairobi, Kenya.
Corey is a recent graduate of Clark University, having completed his undergraduate degree in Geography with a minor in Environmental Science in May 2015. Corey is very passionate about the relationship between communities and the environment around them, and he has chosen to focus his career on issues related to this. While studying abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, he studied how local indigenous groups worked with the environment around them, and he was fortunate enough to have the chance to engage with communities in the area on issues related to environmental security. He also had the opportunity to work with various sustainable communities in southern Africa during the summer after his study abroad term. Corey also was the sole organizer and designer of a major research project centered on nation of Nauru in the South Pacific. He worked with local government officials in Nauru to analyze the effectiveness of traditional agroforestry systems on the Nauruan economy and explored ways that these systems could be improved. This research eventually formed the basis of a TEDx talk delivered in the spring of 2015 at TEDxClarkUniversity. Since graduating, he has worked with a variety of different conservation initiatives, including the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, DC on their Transforming Cultures Project. Most recently, he has been an environmental educator with the United States National Park Service in both Kentucky and Colorado. Corey is extremely excited to return to the African continent to work with the Kasiisi Project, and he looks forward to trying to see as many large dangerous animals as he possibly can.
Throughout his life, Alex has transformed a passion for learning about the world into a globe-spanning academic career. Growing up a geography whiz, Alex lived in four countries prior to moving to Benin and has visited nearly 30. He completed a B.A. at Tufts University, graduating in 2015, and he completed high school in Uppsala, Sweden. He also studied for a year at the Sorbonne in Paris. He speaks French fluently, knows conversational Swedish, and is learning Mandarin. As a student at Tufts, Alex worked for Tufts Telefund, conducted research in Rwanda on civil-military relations with the Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES), and danced with the infamous Tufts Dance Collective. He has previous completed internships at the Center for International Policy and for the U.S. Department of State, and he most recently worked in Shanghai as a private college prep teacher. In his spare time, Alex enjoys watching Liverpool FC matches and trivia games.
Will grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and in Saratoga, California. He graduated from Georgetown University in May 2016 after majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs, with a concentration in Energy and the Environment and a focus on Computer Science. Will’s main academic interests include international development, natural resource management, and sustainability. During his time in college, he studied abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa, where he learned about the many environmental issues confronting sub-Saharan Africa. Will operates on the fundamental belief that every human being should have an equal chance at achieving success in life. To pursue this belief, Will has served for three summers as a staff member of the Appalachia Service Project, working to eradicate substandard housing. He will work as a Technology Systems Fellow for Lwala Community Alliance in rural southwestern Kenya, assisting with the organization’s holistic, community-led model for development. Outside of work, Will is an avid skier, hiker, runner, and Denver Broncos fan. During his time in Kenya, Will hopes to learn some Kiswahili, listen to local music, explore East Africa, and eat some weird and new things.
Katharine graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in Economics. She has always been fascinated by learning about international development. After growing up in Southeast Asia, Australia, and on both the East and West coasts of the U.S., Katharine considers herself a culturally inquisitive wanderer who is beyond thrilled to be returning to the equator. Fully embracing her “liberal arts education,” Katharine confused the masses with a senior honors Economics thesis analyzing education reform in sub-Saharan Africa. As an undergraduate, Katharine was fortunate to gain first-hand experience in social entrepreneurship and microfinance development in East Africa by pioneering a goat-selling enterprise in rural Rwanda and evaluating a microfinance organization in northern Tanzania. She also worked in Washington, D.C., exploring and promoting the role of tertiary education within the context of sub-Saharan Africa. A cello enthusiast and trivia nerd, she is eager to explore Nanyuki, Kenya, as a Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow for The BOMA Project, and to master her Swahili!
Faith received her B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University, concentrating in African Development. At GW, she was deeply involved with the Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, both as a leader and coordinator of service projects. Faith served as founder and president of the Crown of Glory Hair and Beauty Organization and as vice president for the African Students Association. Previously, Faith interned with Karen Bass (CA-37), where she created briefing papers for the congresswoman’s African subcommittee hearings and assisted with monthly Africa Policy Breakfasts. Faith also interned at the D.C. Mayor’s Office on African Affairs, where she engaged with the city’s African immigrant community and helped coordinate the D.C. African Festival. Faith’s interest in sub-Saharan Africa is reflected in her many trips to the region. She often goes to Ghana to visit family and recently conducted field research on the country’s energy crisis. She spent a semester studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal, where she lived with a host family, took classes in Senegalese language and culture, and tutored Senegalese students in English. Faith is excited to explore the East African culture, learn Swahili, and work with HelpAge International!
Diego joins Princeton in Africa from Santander Bank, where he worked for seven years after graduating from Brown University with a B.A. in Economics in 2009. While at Santander Bank, he worked on the Corporate Strategy and Project Finance teams in New York City. His responsibilities ranged from analyzing potential bank acquisitions to financing energy and infrastructure projects in the United States. Diego is originally from Brownsville, Texas, and in his spare time he enjoys playing and coaching soccer; he was also a youth soccer coach with the South Bronx United organization. He will be working with the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Mbabane, Swaziland, and is looking forward to understanding how the results of data analysis are presented, debated, and implemented in order to improve the public health sector. He also can’t wait to experience the energy and joy of a braai.
Ben grew up in Durango, CO (Go Broncos!) and graduated from American University’s School of Public Affairs with an interdisciplinary degree in Communications, Law, Economics, and Government. During college, Ben interned at several private organizations and government agencies while also working at AU’s Student Veterans Office. During his junior year, Ben studied for eight months in Nairobi, Kenya, and interned with Sisi ni Amani, a local peacebuilding organization that used targeted text messages to monitor violence and encourage peace during the run up to Kenya’s 2013 election. Ben also served as an official election observer at Kenya’s election headquarters during the week of voting. After graduating, Ben worked for the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration and for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He also served as the president of the Congressional African Staff Association, a bipartisan and bicameral group of congressional staffers who organize events on African issues and promote the continent on Capitol Hill. Ben is very excited to head back to Nairobi, where he hopes to add to the IRC’s incredible work, build on his Swahili, explore more of the continent with other Fellows, and experience another election.
Emily is from Duxbury, Massachusetts and graduated from Harvard University in 2016 with an A.B. in Neurobiology and a citation in French. While there she wrote her senior thesis on the role of the environment in the development of the face recognition system in macaques. Outside of the lab, Emily took advantage of as many chances as she could to travel. She spent a summer studying evolutionary biology at a Harvard program in Oxford, a semester studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, and a summer running an HIV/AIDS education campaign in a rural village outside of Arusha, Tanzania. On campus she served as a director for several different service groups, running after-school science clubs for underserved young girls and directing a “buddy” program to address the social and emotional isolation experienced by Alzheimer’s patients. She has long been interested in the field of public health and is excited to throw herself into this interest during her fellowship year working for Hope Through Health in Kara, Togo.
Shaquilla graduated from Harvard University in May 2016 with a degree in Social Studies and focused on African-American women in the media. Shaquilla is passionate about journalism and public service, and her undergraduate experiences combined both passions. At Harvard, Shaquilla was the editor-in-chief of the Harvard Independent, a weekly newspaper, and an officer for three years at the Phillips Brooks House Association, an umbrella non-profit with over 80 programs serving people in Boston and Cambridge. Shaquilla also served as a senior staffer for Harvard Model Congress, an organization that runs government simulations for high school age students around the world. This past March, Shaquilla completed her senior honors thesis entitled “‘The Pulse of Black America:’ Ebony Magazine’s Creation and Reflection of Black Female Identity from 1980 to 2015.” While working at the World Agroforestry Centre’s AWARD program that provides scholarships and leadership training for African women scientists, Shaquilla hopes to learn Kiswahili, go on a safari, and learn a few traditional Kenyan dances.
Helena is half-German, half-American and grew up moving around Europe. She graduated from Princeton University in 2016, where she majored in Anthropology and earned certificates in Latin American Studies and in Global Health and Health Policy. In her senior thesis, she studied the intersections between water, political belonging, and health in rural Peru. Her interest in the country stemmed from nine months spent in 2011-2012 working as a volunteer in Urubamba, Peru through Princeton’s Bridge Year Program, where she worked on projects related to community health and youth development. In 2014, Helena was selected as a Global Health Scholar by the Center for Health and Wellbeing at Princeton, which allowed her to conduct her fieldwork for her senior thesis back in Urubamba. At Princeton, she was a peer academic adviser and was involved in student organizations related both to global health and student health. Helena spent a semester studying abroad in Santiago, Chile, and has interned for organizations in Colombia and Panama. She enjoys running, cooking, and traveling, and she cannot wait to hike the mountains around Maseru. After her year in Lesotho, Helena intends to pursue a career in global health.
Rohita graduated with a degree in International Affairs concentrating in African Studies as well as a minor in GIS/Cartography. She spent a summer in Ghana working with a small NGO empowering girls through sports as well as a semester in Rwanda studying post-genocide restoration. While in Rwanda she conducted an independent research project on local methods of conflict mediation by traveling around the country to observe dispute resolution processes. She’s also received the opportunity to intern at a variety of different organizations including All Africa Media, The Woodrow Wilson Center, as well as working on the Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. In her spare time, she works with a startup called Africa Talent Management, an organization that aims to connect local African talent with U.S. businesses expanding to Africa. Most recently she’s been working on the Digital and Strategic Communications team at Amnesty International USA designing emails in HTML, managing website content, and just learning more about non-profits in the digital space. Rohita is extremely excited to be going back to Ghana and doing Communications for the Global Shea Alliance.
While originally from the Netherlands, Liselot spent majority of her life living in different cities across America and now calls Baton Rouge, Louisiana, home. She graduated in May 2016 from Georgetown University, where she majored in International Health. While at Georgetown, she was a volunteer and community outreach intern for DC SCORES, a health-policy research intern at the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), and a volunteer in the DC community as a tutor and teaching assistant. During her senior fall semester, Liselot was a researcher at the National Institute of Medical Research in Dar es Salaam, completing her senior thesis on anemia and its risk factors in children under the age of two in rural Tanzania. Throughout college, Liselot was also a member of the varsity tennis team. When not playing tennis, her summer experiences included being an ambassador and a high school teacher in Zanzibar for America’s Unofficial Ambassadors, a fitness fundraising intern at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and a neurology nursing assistant at a hospital in Amsterdam. She is looking forward to discovering a new part of Africa, continuing to work in the public health sphere, meeting new people, and hopefully using her fluency in Dutch to learn some Afrikaans.
Victoria is from Narragansett, Rhode Island. She received her B.A. from Brown University in Political Science and Religious Studies, where she graduated magna cum laude. At Brown, she concentrated on African-American religious strategies and women’s empowerment. Victoria also served as president of Partners in Health Engage at Brown, leading the group in organizing, advocating, and fundraising for health as a human right. She has conducted research on food security and import reliance in Senegal, worked with Ghanaian women to establish a sustainable water business as a Saha Global Field Representative, and traveled to South Africa to direct the Universal Promise Women’s Empowerment and Health Education Initiatives. Victoria is passionate about community-based health care and education as tools of empowerment. She loves practicing yoga, cooking, swimming, and singing along with Beyoncé. She is eager to explore Dar es Salaam and grateful for the opportunity to promote health equity alongside CCBRT.
Jordan hails from Los Angeles and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with degrees in public health and psychology. While in school, she served as a university health worker, a teaching assistant in the Department of Public Health, and a member of the Cal Dance Team. Jordan spent her senior year working in inner-city elementary schools through an urban gardening non-profit organization, which solidified her passion for community health outreach. After graduation, Jordan moved to New York City to pursue her Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology at Columbia University. During this time, Jordan interned at the Population Council, where she wrote her thesis on access to family planning media campaigns in Liberia. Upon receiving her MPH, Jordan moved to San Diego and worked as an epidemiologist for the U.S. Department of Defense, where she conducted behavioral health research for the military. She also served as a monitoring and evaluation consultant for Project Concern International, supporting their US-Mexico border health initiatives. Jordan is thrilled to continue her career at PSI, where she hopes to use research to inform the development of successful public health programs and to bridge the gap between data and decision-making.
Sylvana is from Orange, Connecticut and graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2016 with majors in Political Science (focusing on International Relations and Comparative Politics) and English Literature, and a minor in Anthropology. She has studied abroad in Argentina, England, Switzerland, Rwanda, and Uganda. While at Vanderbilt, Sylvana tutored with The After-School Program, wrote for the online magazine the Odyssey, did freelance photography for groups on campus, and was an officer of Alpha Delta Pi, amongst other things. During her summers at university, Sylvana travelled to Gulu, Uganda with Pros for Africa on a medical mission and interned in the Multimedia Division of the New York office of Human Rights Watch. All of these experiences led to her decision to focus on human rights advocacy and development in Africa. Sylvana is beyond excited to explore West Africa, as well as visit her homestay families in East Africa, and start work with the ACA! Some of her goals for the next year are to climb Kilimanjaro and get accepted to law school!
Prior to Princeton in Africa, Claire worked at the Center for Global Development, a think tank in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, she conducted research to analyze country ownership principles in U.S. foreign aid agencies, which included field research in Liberia, El Salvador, and Kosovo. Before joining CGD, Claire interned for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she researched transnational militancy in the Sahel and Middle East. Previously, Claire interned with Tomorrow’s Youth Organization in Nablus, Palestine and the Center for Victims of Torture, contributing psychosocial support to refugee populations through direct service work and organizational capacity building, respectively. Originally from the Chicago area, Claire graduated from Carleton College in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations and a concentration in French and Francophone Studies. While at Carleton, Claire studied in France and then in Rwanda, where she conducted research to identify sources of social exclusion for ex-combatants in the process of repatriation and reintegration. Claire is excited to return to West Africa and, as an avid soccer player, looks forward to making her way onto the local football scene while working for the IRC in Sierra Leone.
Julia graduated from Princeton in 2016 with a degree in Molecular Biology and certificates in Quantitative and Computational Biology (QCB) and Neuroscience. Before Princeton, Julia took a gap year in which she worked on a dairy farm in Costa Rica, backpacked in Alaska, and interned for nonprofits and research laboratories. While at Princeton, she sang second soprano in the University Chapel Choir, served on the student board of the Episcopal Church at Princeton and on the Faculty-Student Committee on Discipline, and was a member of the club squash and running teams. She worked for the past two years as an undergraduate researcher on a neuroscience project investigating the connection between the cerebellum and cognitive behavior, and hopes to pursue global medicine after her Princeton in Africa fellowship year in Gaborone, Botswana. She is excited for the challenge and reward of teaching and forming relationships at Maru-a-Pula and for the chance to adventure and explore!
Meyris was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in New York City. She graduated from Brown University in 2016 with a degree in Political Science and Africana Studies. She further pursued her interest in African politics and histories by spending a semester studying International Politics and Gender Studies at the University of Cape Town. While at Brown, Meyris was a tutor through Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment, a student-led program that partners Brown tutors with students in refugee families living in Providence. She was also a member of Brown UNICEF and served as the club’s secretary for two years. Her passion for international development led her to intern at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she worked with the Africa Ebola Unit and the Office of Development Planning. She has also served as a healthcare intern at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, an investigative intern at the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, and a production intern at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. While living in Tanzania, Meyris is excited to learn about disability and maternal health through her position at CCBRT, experience Tanzanian dances and music, learn Swahili, and maybe even climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Shan was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 2016 with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Music. He spent a semester studying abroad in north-central Tanzania as part of the Wildlife Management Program through the School for Field Studies. While there, he conducted research on land protection strategies in the region and conducted interviews with local communities about human-wildlife conflict. Shan has held internships with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service where he monitored prescribed fire effects and invasive species on a National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota, and at the Duke Lemur Center where he conducted a research project on the response to visual and olfactory cues in Cockerel’s sifakas. At Bowdoin, Shan was the music director for his a cappella group and was a whitewater kayak instructor with the Outing Club in addition to working for the Office of Admissions. Shan is so excited to return to East Africa and to experience Kenya for the first time with Nyumbani Village. While there, he hopes to improve his Swahili skills and to explore the region with other PiAf Fellows!
Hailing from a small suburb outside of Dayton, OH, Kevin graduated from Northwestern University where he majored in Philosophy and Economics, with a minor in Legal Studies. While at Northwestern, he spent his time helping organize and run Northwestern’s Global Engagement Summit. This summit brings together student delegates from all across the world who have social change projects. Their time together allows them to workshop their projects and to work with CEOs and mentors from non-profits and social enterprises and reconnect with their passion for social change. In addition to his work with social change projects, Kevin visits Burundi often, visiting his family and gaining a greater appreciation for his cultural roots. Last summer, Kevin, motivated by his experiences in Burundi, was able to attend a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees conference centered on international refugee aid. He took the recommendations and observations from international NGOs back with him to campus and worked closely with Northwestern’s Center for Forced Migration Studies to develop new programs to assess refugee stability in the greater Chicagoland area. While having never officially taught before, Kevin is incredibly humbled and excited to spend his next year in Botswana at Maru-a-Pula as a history teacher.
Originally from Accra, Ghana, Vanessa grew up in Romeoville, Illinois, a town next to the city of Joliet, Illinois. A Shakespeare fanatic, she heartbreakingly had to leave Romeoville to attend the University of Minnesota, where she graduated in 2016 with degrees in Journalism and History. Vanessa has written for The Minnesota Daily, Minnesota Public Radio, and The Reporters Inc., a nonprofit journalistic house. Vanessa is interested in all aspects of journalism, including philanthrojournalism and global communications. A longtime history buff, she served as the diversity outreach intern and a National History Day mentor for the Minnesota Historical Society. Vanessa was involved in various campus organizations, but counts her time as a 2014 Orientation Leader as her favorite. Vanessa believes in getting a well-rounded experience in academics and work, which led to her interning for Congressman Keith Ellison and working as an ESL classroom assistant for adult refugees. Due to her internships at organizations that work to strengthen communities in Minnesota and throughout the world, she was named a Kevin Mossier Award Scholar. Vanessa is a soccer fanatic and spent the summer of 2015 in Berlin researching German soccer history. This resulted in a 60 page research paper on the formation of German national identity through World Cups. Vanessa is beyond excited to come to the rainbow nation and work with the future leaders at the African Leadership Academy – and possibly beat some students in soccer. She is especially excited to learn from the students at ALA and explore Johannesburg!
Anchal graduated from Princeton in 2016 with a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and a Global Health and Health Policy certificate. Her interests in the health of people, animals, and the environment were fueled by her first visit to the Mpala Research Centre in 2014, where she worked on a Nature Conservancy-funded rangeland rehabilitation and animal health project. She spent half of 2015 at Smithsonian field stations in Panama, conducting independent research on tropical ecosystems. This led up to her senior thesis, which examined the microenvironmental factors determining the distribution of an insect vector of Chagas disease. As an intern at the Indian Institute of Health Management, she researched the long-term sustainability of Human Milk Banks in Rajasthan and helped conduct community surveys to assess the impact of nutritional interventions. At Princeton, she was an editor for the Public Health Review, worked with university administration to improve mental health policies through the Mental Health Initiative, and proposed and led a civic engagement trip through Princeton’s alternative break program. Anchal looks forward to working at the intersections of science, conservation practice and outreach at Mpala this year, and to learning more about the savanna ecosystem, its wildlife and its people.
Faith originally was born in Korea and grew up in Northern Virginia. She graduated from Dickinson College with her interdisciplinary self-developed major in Global Health in 2016. Faith is passionate about intersectionality between public health and international development. During her time at Dickinson, she explored her academic interest in public health through field research and research assistantships domestically and internationally from Pennsylvania to Japan. She studied abroad in Yaoundé, Cameroon and lived with a Francophone family. In Cameroon, she conducted two field research projects in maternal health, exploring the attitudes, knowledge, and perception on family planning and contraception among Cameroonian women in urban and rural areas. As a service trip leader, she went back to Cameroon in January 2016, working closely with local elementary schools. She is looking forward to exploring a different region of Africa and immersing herself in South African culture. She plans to get her master’s degree in public health after working a few years with public health organizations.
Aly graduated with a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies and Psychology. She studied abroad in Rwanda and Uganda through SIT’s Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding Program. To culminate the semester, Aly conducted an independent study project on trans-generational memory and the process of post-genocide storytelling in Rwanda. Her theses for both Peace and Conflict Studies and Psychology tied back to her research and experience in Rwanda, analyzing collective memory and the psychology of evil, respectively. After graduating from Swarthmore, she interned at the African Community Center of Denver, where she worked on the community outreach team and with students in the Colorado Youth Refugee Scholarship Program. She then served a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at the Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative (MFSI) in Iowa. As the Food and Culture Education Coordinator, she focused on capacity building, developing curriculums and workshops, working in the community gardens, and ensuring that MFSI’s projects respect, preserve, and rebuild the tribe’s traditional beliefs and practices. In her free time, Aly loves playing soccer and hiking and is looking forward to exploring the national parks in the region.
A San Francisco native, Emma graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in Government and Legal Studies and with a focus on International Relations. She concentrated on classes about foreign policy and justice, with a regional focus on Africa and the Middle East. For two years, Emma was a middle blocker for Bowdoin’s varsity volleyball team. Since her sophomore year, Emma has been a member of Bowdoin’s residential life staff and a student-leader of the Women’s Resource Center. During her senior year, she co-led a group called the Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention, a coalition of groups working to end sexual and relationship violence. Additionally, Emma participated in FFLY (Fostering Female Leadership in Youth), a group that mentors and educates middle school girls about a range of topics, including SexEd, body satisfaction, and media literacy. Before going abroad to Paris during her junior year, Emma worked as a research assistant at an elephant sanctuary in South Africa. In the summer before her senior year, she interned at Prophet Consulting, where she examined growth strategy and branding solutions for several tech firms. Emma adores traveling and being outdoors, and she is looking forward to continue these things and focus on women’s empowerment in Tanzania.
Originally from Orono, Minnesota, Jacob is a graduate of UW-Madison, where he majored in Biology with a certificate in African Studies. During his undergraduate career, Jacob spent a summer interning with the National Marrow Donor Program in Minneapolis, and he returned to Madison to found UW’s chapter of Be The Match on Campus, a student organization devoted to increasing awareness and membership of the national bone marrow donor registry. In the spring of his junior year, Jacob seized the amazing opportunity to spend a semester abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, where he studied Marine Ecology and volunteered at a community health clinic. In Madison, Jacob also spent 2 years in UW’s Central Nervous System Regeneration Lab and later joined UW’s Department of Emergency Medicine as a clinical research assistant examining radiological methods for diagnosing appendicitis. He also enjoyed volunteering at the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, where he managed the daily food pantry and helped disabled HIV/AIDS patients regain independence. Jacob is unbelievably thrilled to head off to Tanzania to assist with BIPAI’s inspiring social and medical programs, improve his Swahili, and climb Mt. Kilimanjaro!
Shayla graduated from Princeton University in 2015, with a major in Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures and certificates in Global Health and Health Policy and Latin American Studies. She is interested in sexual and reproductive health as well as public health. During her undergraduate years, she studied abroad in Havana, Cuba and conducted ethnographic thesis research on women’s childbirth experiences in São Paulo, Brazil. She served as a Peer Health Adviser and developed the curriculum for the Safer Sexpo program, a comprehensive safer sex educational program mandatory for first-year students. Outside of her work in health, Shayla facilitated multiple identity-based discussion groups that encouraged students to share their perspectives on issues such as race, gender, and sexuality. After graduating, Shayla worked with UMatter, Princeton University Health Services’ new health and wellbeing initiative focused on active bystander intervention among the campus community. Shayla is thrilled to work in Gaborone, Botswana with Young 1ove, and is looking forward to learning more about public and sexual health. She is very excited to explore all that Botswana and southern Africa has to offer.
Gracie graduated from the University of Virginia in 2015, majoring in Psychology and minoring in French. She then continued for an additional year at UVA to obtain her Master of Public Policy in 2016. Gracie studied abroad for a Summer in Paris, and she traveled on her Spring Breaks on mission and research trips to Haiti and Turkey. She recently completed an internship and consultancy with the USAID Africa Bureau and Water Office, with whom she partnered to complete her thesis on Water Programming in Rwanda, and traveled to Ghana, Rwanda, and South Africa to facilitate budget trainings. Gracie has also worked to manage and evaluate many USAID programs in Africa and around the world through her internship and consultancy with USAID implementing partners, DevTech Systems and Millennium Partners. She is excited to expand her international development experience by spending the coming year learning about the agriculture development sector and gaining field experience working for Olam International in Kampala, Uganda.
Originally from Ellicott City, Maryland, Stuart graduated from Swarthmore College in June 2014 with high honors in economics and political science. He also studied for a semester at the Institut d’études politiques de Bordeaux in Bordeaux, France through a Middlebury College program. While at Swarthmore, Stuart worked as a research assistant in the political science department and a teaching assistant in the economics department. He also ran on Swarthmore’s varsity cross country and track teams. Prior to his PiAf fellowship, Stuart worked for two years at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. He has also worked with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. State Department in Paris, France.
Joe attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating in 2013 with a degree in biology and a certificate in global health. While at school, he conducted pre-clinical research on potential therapeutics for prostate cancer before focusing his studies on public health. He traveled to Kenya to learn from healthcare providers and community organizers about their methods of managing the HIV/AIDS epidemic. While there, he worked as a sexual health educator with HIV-positive adolescents, focusing on opening a dialogue about sexuality, stigma, and relationships between Kenyans and Americans. After graduating, Joe joined Teach For America in Milwaukee, WI to strengthen his teaching skills. He has taught high school science for the last three years in both the public and charter school systems while simultaneously earning a Master’s degree through Marquette University’s Department of Educational Policy & Leadership. He looks forward to moving to Botswana for his first extended trip abroad teaching science at Maru-a-Pula in Gaborone. He wishes to learn more about the role of culturally relevant teaching in an era of global competition as well as the intersections between educational and public health policies.
Lauren grew up in Plymouth, MN. She was granted a leadership award to attend Colorado College, where she earned a B.A. in International Political Economy with minors in African and Asian Studies in December 2015. Following a semester in China becoming proficient in Mandarin and studying 20th century history and art, she spent the summer of 2014 trekking through the Annapurna region of Nepal investigating sustainability, religion, and the consequences of outmigration for Tibetan refugees. Lauren then traveled to Uganda, where she spent the fall semester studying Luganda and issues of East African development. During this time, she conducted an internship with the Uganda Red Cross Society at the Mungula Refugee Settlement and carried out independent research which culminated in a published report: “Agency of the South Sudanese: Compensating for Health Care in Mungula Refugee Settlement.” Lauren then spent the summer of 2015 traveling around Turkey, Greece, Hungary, Austria, and Germany to conduct research for her thesis, which analyzed market failures in the international provision of protection for Syrian refugees. Following graduation, Lauren worked in Minneapolis as a refugee resettlement assistant at the International Institute of Minnesota. She will spend the summer of 2016 developing extracurricular activities at the Highland Boarding School for Tibetan refugees in Dhunche, Nepal on a Kathryn W. Davis Projects for Peace Grant. Lauren is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue refugee work within Uganda as a Grants Fellow with the International Rescue Committee. She can’t wait to dust off her Luganda and explore all of the incredible hikes, dance clubs and whitewater rafting the region has to offer!
Philile graduated with a BA in Global Affairs and French. She speaks French, Intermediate Mandarin Chinese, siSwati and Zulu. She was born and raised in Swaziland, and intends to return to work in education policy or the non-profit sector in southern Africa. Through various fellowships at Yale, she has been able to travel to Paris, Beijing, Shanghai and London for intensive language study and research. She has previously interned for the Alliance Française office in Mbabane, Swaziland where she tutored French students. She has also volunteered as a language and reading tutor in various care centers in Swaziland such as the SOS Children’s Village. She has most recently interned at Africa Health Placements in Johannesburg, South Africa as an Educational Entrepreneurial Project Initiator where she drafted a business model and training program for a new education initiative that was launched at the beginning of 2016. Philile is thrilled to be joining the African School of Economics in Benin where she will be a research assistant, and she looks forward to learning more about Francophone West African culture and speaking lots of French.
Nika recently completed her M.A. in African Studies at Stanford University, where she focused on issues surrounding international development, education, and visual representation in Sub-Saharan Africa. She received a B.A. degree with distinction in International Relations (specializations in Africa and Social Development) and a minor in Creative Writing at Stanford in 2015. She studied in Cape Town during her junior year and worked at a community resource center for people affected by HIV/AIDS in Nyanga. She returned to Nyanga that summer to conduct two independent, community engaged research projects. She created a preliminary monitoring and evaluation report and a photovoice project, which explored the social dynamics of unemployment by giving youth cameras to capture and narrate their experiences. The next summer, she worked at the Baylor Pediatric Aids Initiative in Gaborone, Botswana, extending the regional scope of her photovoice project, which was exhibited at the largest contemporary art gallery in the country. Nika has published articles for the Stanford Daily and for the Los Angeles Times. She enjoys writing nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Nika is a passionate writer and next year looks forward to improving her Xhosa, telling stories, and advocating for others to have the opportunity to tell theirs.
MK graduated from Ursinus College in 2015 with a degree in environmental studies and biology and minors in peace and social justice and applied ethics. At Ursinus, MK was a part of the Bonner Leader Program, through which she worked very closely with several community-focused environmental organizations. MK also had the opportunity to conduct ecology research in Costa Rica, volunteer in Jamaica, and study abroad in Cape Town, South Africa during her college career. Upon returning from Cape Town, MK interned with the Institute on Science and Global Policy (ISGP). While at ISGP, MK helped plan and facilitate an international conference at Cornell University titled Food Safety, Security, and Defense: Focus on Food and the Environment, which allowed her to connect her interests and gain experience in the field of international aid and agricultural development. After graduating, MK moved to Hong Kong where she worked as a Visiting Service-Learning Tutor at Lingnan University’s Office of Service-Learning. MK is beyond excited to continue working with students in an academic setting through her fellowship with The Rwanda School Project and to share her passion for agriculture and environmental sustainability.
Staci graduated with an Honors B.S. degree in Bioengineering from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University. After helping set up and run a temporary medical clinic in Ghana, Staci volunteered in Cape Town, South Africa with One Heart Source, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering children through education. She returned to work with the non-profit for two consecutive years to co-manage and innovate programs. During the summer of 2015, Staci led the health volunteer program and built community partnerships for 2016 expansion. As a student in the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship Program at Penn State, she integrated her public health interests with the launch of technology-based social enterprises. She conducted a study in Kenya to evaluate handgrip strength as a diabetes-risk screening tool, resulting in a Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology publication. In addition, Staci co-developed a business model to expand an affordable greenhouse venture to Mozambique and contributed to a published manuscript investigating the integration of entrepreneurial and vocational training. Staci conducted further research in Zambia to identify healthcare pathways and evaluate mobile health projects’ potential to reduce gaps in care. Staci looks forward to a challenging, transformative year with Lwala Community Alliance in Kenya!
Carla is originally from Korea and grew up in Bahrain and England. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2015 with a degree in Government, focusing on International Relations. At Dartmouth, Carla was an active member in the Student and Presidential Committee on Sexual Assault and worked as student coordinator for the Center for Gender and Student Engagement, during which she helped organize two campaigns for women’s empowerment. During college, Carla also interned with the Future of Peace Operations program at the Stimson Center in D.C; as research intern, she conducted research on IDP camps in South Sudan and on best practices of monitoring and evaluating civilian protection interventions. She also briefly volunteered at the non-profit Refuge PNan in Korea, assisting refugees with legal and livelihood aid. Upon graduation, Carla worked in the Refugee Legal Aid Program at the non-profit St. Andrews Refugee Services in Cairo. As legal fellow, she helped resettle refugees from Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, and Syria in safer countries. Carla speaks English and Korean fluently and is learning French and Arabic. She looks forward to working with refugees in Adjumani, learning about Ugandan people and their culture, and traveling to new places.