Alumni Directory

Nada Ali website photoNada Ali 2014-2015 Fellow with Maru-a-Pula, Botswana Princeton University Class of 2014

Although Nada was born in Atbara, Sudan and spent a part of her childhood in Saudi Arabia, Nada calls Saint Louis, Missouri home. At Princeton she was a member of the Department of Chemistry’s Class of 2014 and spent most of her time as an upperclassman conducting solid-state research aimed at synthesizing and studying thermoelectrics materials suitable for alternative cooling device applications. Outside of the lab, she was involved with Princeton’s chapter of the Student Global AIDS Campaign; the Triangle Club, a touring original musical comedy troupe; as well as Community Action, a freshman pre-orientation program. An enthusiast of foreign languages and a firm believer in their utility as mediums for cultural transmission, she has dedicated a significant portion of her coursework to studying Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Arabic and hopes that her time in Botswana will allow her to add Setswana to the list. In the future, Nada plans to use what she has learned from her studies, both scientific and cultural, to inform her actions as a global citizen and a physician. Until then, she is excited beyond words both to join Maru-a-Pula as the new Junior Math Fellow and to adventure across Africa.

Allamel_Camille_WebsiteCamille Allamel 2016-2017 Fellow with International Rescue Committee (IRC), Kenya Columbia University Class of 2015

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!

Allmaier_Caitlin_WebsiteCaitlin Allmaier 2016-2017 Fellow with Olam International, Tanzania American University Class of 2014

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.

Allyn_Danielle_WebsiteDanielle Allyn 2015-2016 Fellow with Gardens for Health International, Rwanda The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Class of 2015

Danielle graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 with majors in Global Studies (concentration: International Politics and Social Movements in Sub-Saharan Africa) and Sociology and a minor in Public Policy. Danielle is a writer and activist and her undergraduate experiences include work with the U.S. State Department Bureau for African Affairs, summer research and internships in Busia, Uganda and Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and leadership roles in the Washington, D.C. based human rights advocacy organizations STAND and the Enough Project. Danielle completed her senior honors thesis on the United Nations peacekeeping force in eastern DRC (MONUSCO), evaluating the mission’s ability to fulfill its mandate to protect Congolese civilians in the province of South Kivu. While at Carolina, Danielle published blog posts through STAND, Mamafrica Designs, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Enough Project, each examining the economic dimensions of ongoing conflict in the Great Lakes region of Africa. While working as a Communications Fellow for Gardens for Health International in Rwanda, Danielle hopes to learn Kinyarwanda, improve her Kiswahili and French, do a lot of hiking and gorilla trekking, and improve her photography skills.

Alexandra Altfeld 2013-2014 Fellow with eleQtra, Uganda University of Pennsylvania Class of 2011

Alumni Update:

After her fellowship, Alexandra has stayed on with her fellowship organization, eleQtra, as a financial associate and now splits her time between New York City and Kampala. She is currently working on developing and investing in a number of power projects in Uganda and Rwanda, including gas, solar, and hydro.

Fellow Bio:

Alie is from Tucson, AZ, and is a 2011 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Alie majored in Finance and minored in Mathematics, Economics, and French. While at Penn, Alie lived abroad twice in Compiègne and Paris, France, studying at the Sorbonne and Sciences Po. Since graduation, Alie has worked in the Public Sector and Infrastructure Investment Banking group at Goldman Sachs in New York City. In her free time, Alie enjoys dance, yoga, cooking, traveling, and running half marathons. While in Uganda next year, Alie looks forward to exploring East Africa, learning a new language, and influencing international infrastructure development through her work with EleQtra.

Amutah_Christina_WebsiteChristina Amutah 2016-2017 Fellow with Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative, Botswana Howard University Class of 2016

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.

Emma Anderson 2021-2022 Fellow with International Rescue Committee (IRC), Kenya The George Washington University Class of 2020

Emma Anderson is a graduate student at the London School of Economics pursuing an M.Sc. in international development and humanitarian emergencies. She graduated with a B.A. in international affairs from The George Washington University in 2020. During her master’s degree, Emma worked as a graduate consultant at the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office, researching the humanitarian-development nexus in northeastern Nigeria and proposing policy recommendations to close humanitarian aid gaps in the region. At DevTech Systems, Emma served as proposal coordinator for USAID-funded projects in Jordan, the Philippines, and the DRC. Emma has also worked specifically on the Sahel region of Africa during her time at the World Justice Project, where she researched extensively rule of law and access to justice in 5 different Sahel countries. She has conducted field research in Jordan and worked at an anti-violence center in South Africa, and has published multiple articles, blogs, and academic papers. Emma also formerly ran a podcast called Foreign Affairs Inbox, managing a team of student hosts and conducting interviews with high-profile guests. For fun, Emma likes to run a radio show at her local station in London! She is thrilled to be joining IRC Somalia as a PiAf Fellow for this upcoming year.

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

Alumni Update:

After completing her fellowship, Katherine stayed in South Sudan for another 2 years, working as the Program Manager for the IRC’s child survival program. She then relocated to the UK to pursue an MA in Conflict, Security & Development from King’s College London. More recently, Katherine had the unexpected pleasure of returning to the New Jersey area to work as the Director of Operations with the Segal Family Foundation, where she manages impact assessment and grantee reporting for their growing network of 200+ innovative grassroots partners throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. She and her husband have put down roots in Morristown, NJ, but she gets to spend several months a year working out of SFF’s offices in Nairobi, Kigali, Lilongwe, and Dar es Salaam.

Fellow Bio:

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

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

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

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

Alumni Update:

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

Our History

In 1999, a group of Princeton alumni, faculty, and staff launched Princeton in Africa as an independent affiliate of Princeton University inspired by the University’s informal motto, “Princeton in the Nation’s Service and in the Service of All Nations.” In 2010, the program opened up to include graduates of any US accredited university in order to meet the growing demand from host organizations and allow more young professionals access to the unique opportunities afforded by PiAf. During the past 20 years, we have placed over 600 Fellows with more than 100 organizations in 36 countries, while developing more strategic partnerships across Africa and creating more opportunities for our alumni community to engage with the continent and with one another.

Testimonials

The International Rescue Committee has been so fortunate to have had a longstanding relationship with Princeton in Africa since our very first Fellows landed in Rwanda in 1999.  Whether it was Emily or Renee in 1999 or the 110 Fellows across 14 IRC countries over the years, we have been blessed by the relationship, the quality of the Fellows and the impact on what IRC does on the ground every single day.

Brian Johnson
Chief Human Resources Officer
International Rescue Committee

My fellowship has been the most impactful personal and professional development opportunity of my life. I wanted a post-college experience that would push my limits, expand my comfort zone, and help me discern the next steps in my career journey. And this has been the case.

Ryan Elliott
2014-15 Fellow
Baylor Pediatric AIDS Initiative in Lesotho

I can honestly say that this year has changed my life and my view of what’s possible for the future. Princeton in Africa isn’t just a one-year fellowship, it’s an introduction to a particular way of life and a new way of thinking about the world. I feel like so many doors are open now that I never would have considered before.

Katie Fackler
2010-11 Fellow
UN World Food Programme

My Princeton in Africa fellowship was everything I could have hoped for and much more. The myriad of experiences makes my head swim, and it has strengthened my desire to help underserved populations worldwide.

David Bartels
2006-2007 Fellow
Baylor Pediatric AIDS Initiative

Princeton in Africa was an invaluable experience for me. I learned an infinite amount through my work and through living in Uganda. I also realized that I want to continue working on African issues as long as I can.

Alexis Okeowo
2006-2007 Fellow
The New Vision

The International Rescue Committee’s experience with Princeton in Africa has been exceptional. Each Fellow brings excellent writing and analytical skills as well as unique interests and passions that enrich the program and the field office environment. We were so pleased we expanded the program to more field offices.

Susan Riehl
Human Resources, IRC

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation has been working in Africa for over 11 years through its Secure the Future program.  One common theme in all aspects of program implementation is having passionate, energetic individuals on the ground who can think outside the box and then transfer the skills for sustainability.  The Princeton In Africa Fellows have been a huge asset in this regard and our programs and patients have been better for it.

John Damonti
President, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation