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19 January 2018
Introduction to Spring 2018 Fellows
We are excited to announce our 2018 Graduate Fellows!  This group of 22 fellows are investing in a stronger US-UN partnership through hands-on trainings from experts in the UN, sustainability, conflict management, and more.  This incredibly talented and diverse group of fellows come from ten different countries and includes two doctoral candidates and a Fulbright Scholar.  Read more about them below.

Samantha Brew
Samantha Brew completed her Bachelor’s degree at George Washington University with a major in International Affairs concentrating in Global Public Health, and a minor in Journalism and Mass Communications. She has worked on global health research at the U.S. Library of Congress and on health and human trafficking issues at the State Department’s Virtual Student Foreign Service program. She served as a consultant in Communications Knowledge Management and worked in Health Research Promotion and Development at the World Health Organization Regional Office of the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization. While at PAHO she served as an Officer and Lead Delegate of the PAHO Interns and Volunteers Association where she acted as a liaison between the Human resources Department and interns and collaborated with her peers to provide professional development opportunities for interns and volunteers.  In 2012, Ms. Brew served as the Youth Secretary General at the 2012 UNA-NCA Global Classrooms Model United Nations State Department Conference and and participated as a Digital Journalist for the UN Foundation's 2016 Social Good Summit in New York. She is a George Washington University Tractenberg Scholar, Coca-Cola Scholar and has received other awards.

Alma Burke
Alma Burke is a second-year graduate student at American University, studying Global Media with an emphasis in digital media and public diplomacy. She has previously worked with the Institute on Disability and Public Policy at American University, supporting their efforts to provide global technological and digital accessibility to persons with disabilities through mobile and telecommunication technologies. Currently, Alma is a Fellow with the Public Diplomacy Council. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Communication from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Alessandro Ceretti
Alessandro is currently in his final semester in the M.A. Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University. His main research interests include UN Peacekeeping Operations and refugee protection issues. He has interned in the UN Mine Action Service in Geneva and, more recently, in the U.S. Resettlement Unit in UNHCR (Regional Office Washington). Alessandro received his BSc in International Relations from The London School of Economics. He is Italian and was born and raised in London.

Carolina Todo Boom
Carolina Todo Bom was born and raised in Portugal and moved to Baltimore recently. She is a graduate student in the program of Global Affairs and Human Security in the University of Baltimore. She recently started a job in the Office of the Dean as Student Assistant. Her undergraduate studies were in Political Science from ISCTE - Lisbon University Institute. She is a member of the Portuguese Association for Prevention and Study of Sexual Abuse of Children (APPEPASC), where she become certified in abuse prevention and has volunteered as a speaker for the cause since 2009.

Tessa Haefcke

Hello, my name is Tessa Haefcke and I am currently a graduate student at American University. I am enrolled in their Global Governance and Security Program. I just moved to the D.C. area from Indiana, where I earned my Bachelors at Ball State University in both Political Science and Spanish.  My main focus of study leans more towards refugees and immigration. I presented at the International Political Science Association conference, addressing to improve bilingual integration in Indianapolis schools for bilingual children. Along, with the conference I have interned at Exodus refugee, working with their women’s program, helping to integrate refugees into the community.

Sonia Holzman 
Sonia became fascinated with American Sign Language at the age of eight and is now pursuing her Master’s degree in International Development from Gallaudet University, focusing on sign language in education.  In 2015, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from San Diego State University, while working with a non-profit organization locally and abroad to promote deaf leadership in East Africa. Following graduation, Sonia became a program assistant at Mobility International USA, where she worked with international students and disability rights activists from across the globe on issues of accessibility and human rights advocacy until beginning her graduate studies.

Nivedita Joseph

NiveditaJosephNivedita is currently pursuing her masters in Global Environment Policy at the School of International Service, American University. She holds a graduate degree in economics and an MBA in marketing. She is an experienced tax consultant and has worked for consultancy organizations like Ernst & Young. She also gained experiences in the field of market research while working for Boston Consulting Group and Aditya Birla Group. Her interest in developmental economics began when she worked on a social sector development project with YOSEFO, a micro finance institution based in Tanzania, to understand its socio-economic impact on the lives of its beneficiaries. She is keen on utilizing her past background in finance and economics, towards the area of environment welfare focusing on carbon finance and carbon markets. In her free time she enjoys hiking, traveling and is a certified scuba diver. She is also a trained Indian classical dancer who loves exploring various native dance forms.

Atina Karim
Atina Karim is a Master of Arts degree candidate for the Communication, Culture and Technology Program at Georgetown University. She is interested in data analytics, particularity its capacity to solve social problems. Prior to attending Georgetown, Atina worked as a research consultant for the Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers Project, where her work on the reporting requirements of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty was published in Larcier’s 2015 journal, ‘Weapons and International Law: The Arms Trade Treaty’. Atina has a B.A. in International Relations with French from the University of Nottingham.

Grace Maliska
Grace Maliska is a first-year Georgetown University MA student in Communications, Culture & Technology, and serves as a Graduate Associate at Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship. Grace graduated from Smith College in 2014 with a degree in Sociology where she also was a tri-varsity athlete, president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and taught pilates. Her professional experience includes working as a digital producer for media technology companies, as well as an online learning specialist at the Chronicle of Philanthropy. In her free time, Grace enjoys feminist fiction, games, outdoor adventures, and idolizing Eleanor Roosevelt.

Karen Mascariñas

Karen Amethyst Mascariñas is a current graduate student in the Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs Program at American University's School of International Service. Her research interests focus primarily on the wide-ranging ethical implications of emerging technologies on global society. She is particularly interested in considering how cyber, automation, and artificial intelligence will impact current and future conceptions of human rights narratives. Karen has previously worked on digital infrastructure research within ASEAN countries for the East-West Center in Washington and is currently collaborating on a project related to the Cybersecurity Framework developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for the Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center. As the daughter of a United States Navy Sailor, Karen grew up as a third culture kid and has lived in 5 countries around the world. She's traveled to 20+ countries and hopes her future career will give her the opportunity to visit and learn about more places and cultures.

Robin Merse

Robin Merse is a fourth semester Master’s student in development economics at American University in Washington D.C. Robin has spent the duration of his graduate coursework attempting to ascertain the economic implications of differential legal system structures throughout the developing world.  Utilizing his broad knowledge in development with a specialty in legal system origins and practices, Robin hopes to gain employment in an international organization upon graduation wherein he could apply his educational experiences to practical policy problems.

Bwalya Mwaba

Bwalya Mwaba is a Masters Candidate in Global Environmental Policy at American University and has a Bachelors in International Relations and Environmental Studies from Bucknell University. He worked for Chemonics International’s Global Operations and Improvements Unit where he established a platform for outgoing projects to access documents ranging from local value-added tax information to domestic legal materials. Further, he served as a research assistant for the Director of Environment and Resources exploring the success of efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+). At American University, he compiled a comparative report on Botswana and Peru for the US State Department which investigated natural resource use and their effect on the domestic value chain and travelled to Kenya to explore the interaction of human rights and environmental sustainability in the country.

Sahar Namazikhah

Sahar Namazikhah work over the last five years has focused on conflict prevention and inter-state dialogue. Her doctoral research initiated a dialogue model to facilitate strategic and sustainable dialogue between hostile countries. Since 2015, she is teaching conflict resolution techniques to undergraduate students at George Mason University. She has a post-master in conflict resolution and negotiation from California State University. Her master’s thesis in comparative religion focused on the UN’s first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Right in the Bible. As a journalist, she started working with the United Nations agencies when she was 19. During her seventeen years of experience in journalism, she expanded her knowledge about the UN’s agencies and was certified by some of them. She learned the French language as a bachelor student in French literature in Iran.

Grace Ngozi

Grace Ngozi is a current graduate student at Georgetown University, studying Communications Culture and Technology. Originally from Nigeria, she decided to move for graduate school to pursue her interests in innovation and policy. Another important aspect that she focuses on is gender equality, especially in regards to entrepreneurship. She runs a lifestyle blog as a hobby to document her life experiences.  Grace is looking forward to impacting the knowledge learned in communities going through democratic changes and conflict.

Linh Nong

Linh is a Fulbright scholar from Vietnam studying international development at American University. Linh’s passion is to build a better world for women and girls in developing countries. Since 2012, she has worked for the private and non-governmental sectors and supported thousands of women and girls from gender-based violence and discrimination. She has also participated in promoting the advocacy and the implementation of laws and policies; and raising the public awareness on women and gender issues. As a fundraiser, she has raised millions of dollars for several development projects from different donors. She is the coordinator of many communication campaigns for development.

Blessing Olatimehin

Blessing’s interest in human rights and global security comes from a passion to help people living in war-torn communities. Growing up in North-Eastern Nigeria, she lived in fear as she watched Friends die in religious conflicts. In search of answers to the question why can’t we all live in peace, she decided to pursue a B.A in History and International Studies and M.A in Negotiation and Conflict Management. She engages in community development and outreach programs with the believe that a little effort can promote peace and create the change she would like to see in the world.

Charlotte Prud’Homme

Charlotte is a last semester graduate student at American University’s School of International Service and School of Communication. She is interested in food security, sustainable agriculture, global health and conflict/displacement. Charlotte has worked in these issues in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and North and South America. She hopes to improve quality of life, particularly among marginalized groups of women and girls and within agricultural systems. A passionate photographer and storyteller, she is fluent in French and is learning Hebrew.

Emily Sample

Emily Sample is the Executive Director of the Genocide Prevention Program at the George Mason University School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and is in the process of earning her PhD. Previously, she has worked as Associate Director of Education at Holocaust Museum Houston and for the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region Ugandan National Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide and Mass Atrocities, as well as the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. She earned her B.A. from The College of William and Mary and her M.A. in Human Rights and Genocide Studies from Kingston University London.

Milen Yishak

Milen Yishak is a MA candidate for Global Environmental Policy at American University’s School of International Service. Milen received her BA from Smith College with a major in Government and minor in International Relations. She was born in Asmara, Eritrea (when it was part of Ethiopia), has lived in both Eritrea and Ethiopia, and currently resides in Washington, DC. Since graduating from Smith she has worked in nonprofits and associations and is currently Meetings Program Planner for an association based in Washington, DC.