Past Fellows

Diplomacy 2014 Fellows

Pictured: the 2014 Diplomacy and Diversity Fellows in Paris. Humanity in Action selected 24 fellows from the United States and Europe to participate in the inaugural program. 


2015 Fellows

Aasha Abdill

Princeton University

Aasha Abdill is an independent evaluation and strategy consultant and manages organizational efforts to assess and enhance the significant impact of programming. She holds an MA in quantitative methodology from Columbia University and a PhD in sociology from Princeton University with a concentration in organizational theory and race and ethnicity. Currently, Aasha is a Research and Evaluation Consultant with The Annie E. Casey Foundation working on an initiative to increase the diversity of researchers and evaluators providing valuable skills, insights and scholarship to philanthropy, policy and nonprofit practice. Prior to this position, Aasha was awarded a fellowship at the Buckminster Fuller Institute which, through their prestigious annual international competition, recognizes and curates comprehensive solutions to pressing global challenges. Aasha was born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. 

Analicia Carpio

American University 

Analicia Carpio is a MA candidate in international communication exploring the nexus between international education, peacebuilding and diplomacy at American University's School of International Service.  She served as a 2011-2012 Fulbright ETA in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and also interned for International Justice Mission and the Alliance for Peacebuilding. She obtained her BA from George Mason University where she double-majored in music and conflict analysis and resolution. As an undergraduate, she co-founded an international justice student organization, conducted policy research on global navigation satellite systems for the US Department of Transportation, and undertook study abroad and fieldwork in China, Taiwan, Israel and the West Bank. Analicia is an accomplished flutist and a 2002 Winter Olympics Torchbearer. Salvadoran and Korean in heritage, she grew up in Vienna, Virginia.

Carly Goodman

Temple University   

Carly Goodman is a doctoral candidate in history at Temple University. Her dissertation, "Global Game of Chance: The U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery, Transnational Migration, and Cultural Diplomacy in Africa, 1990-2015," is the first in-depth examination of the green card lottery that blends immigration and international relations history. She has received several grants and fellowships to support her work. Prior to graduate school, Carly worked at the non-profit organization Human Rights First, where she focused on US interrogation and detention policy as well as refugee and asylum issues. She earned her BA in modern European history from Columbia University in 2004. She grew up in Washington, DC’s Maryland suburbs, spent about a decade in New York City and has now made Philadelphia home. 

David Bargueño

King’s College, London  

David Bargueño is a Foreign Service Officer with the US Department of State currently serving as Vice Consul at the Consulate General of São Paulo, Brazil. He previously worked as a Presidential Management Fellow in the US Secretary of State’s Office of Global Food Security, where his portfolio focused on US strategic partnerships with Brazil, India, and South Africa. His doctoral research at King’s College, London focuses on development diplomacy in these three countries. David earned his MA from the Council on African Studies at Yale University and BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He grew up in the United States and Spain.

David Esarey

University of Denver 

David Esarey received his master’s in international human rights from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, as well as a graduate certificate in international law and human rights from the Sturm College of Law. During his graduate studies he was the Project Manager for the Human Trafficking Center in Denver, where he oversaw their global index assessing human trafficking around the world. His primary research interests include genocide and issues pertaining to the rights and treatment of the Roma, stemming from the time he spent working in a Roma community in Romania. David was raised in Bloomington, Indiana.

Fabrice Guerrier

Eastern Mennonite University 

Fabrice Guerrier is the youngest member on the board of directors for Coming to the Table, an organization that works across the United States to address the legacies of slavery. Fabrice is a MA candidate in conflict transformation at Eastern Mennonite University. Previously, he founded and directed the Leehg Institute for Foreign Policy for four years. He has research experience working with Fambul Tok International in postwar communities in Sierra Leone. Fabrice has interned in the Front Office Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the US Department of State. He received his bachelor of science in international affairs and a leadership studies certificate from Florida State University. Fabrice was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He speaks French and Kreyol.  

Iulianna Romanchyshyna

Kyiv-Mohyla Academy 

Iulianna Romanchyshyna currently works as a lawyer at Ernst & Young in Kyiv, Ukraine. She received a master’s degree in law science from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, one of the leading Ukrainian universities. Iulianna is a member of European Business Association and American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine. She also volunteers as a coach of her university’s team preparing for the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law. She is also a captain of the team participating in a youth project “Youth Will Change Ukraine" intended for conducting research in a selected country (Norway) in order to further implement its success formula in different areas of reforms in Ukraine. Iulianna was born and raised in Ukraine. 

Katie Hahn

New York University  

Katie Hahn is a master of social work candidate concentrating in macro practice and international social work at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University. She is also an intern at the Center for Evidence Based Implementation and Research where she conducts program evaluations and assists with evidence based model implementation. Katie has previously worked in the mental health and education fields both in the United States and abroad. She received her undergraduate degree in social studies from Harvard University. Katie was born and raised in New York City.

Kayeromi (Romi) Gomez

North Dakota State University  

Kayeromi “Romi” Gomez is a Statistical Consultant for North Dakota State University. He is also a Founder and Strategic Advisor of the Center for International Media Ethics, a center that has offered a platform for media professionals worldwide to take on a proactive role toward better ethical practices and responsible journalism since 2007. Romi obtained his BA in journalism and public relations before pursuing an actuarial science graduate degree and a PhD in applied statistics. He is interested in applying statistics to effective policy and decision-making and he believes his diverse background will enable him to do just that. Romi, a native of Benin, has lived in the United States since 2000. 

Lauren Reese

American University

Lauren Reese is a student at American University's School of International Service pursuing a MA in global governance, politics and security. She also coordinates the MA program in ethics, peace and global affairs. Previously, Lauren worked as a Government Relations Analyst for an international defense firm. In 2010, she received the Boren Scholarship to study Hindi and conduct research in India. Lauren now serves on the Board of Directors of the Boren Forum, a non-profit organization that supports the professional development of Boren award recipients. She also has a background in and passion for diversity education. Lauren received her BA in sociology and justice and peace studies from Georgetown University. She was raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is an avid yogi.

Lukas Goltermann

Free University of Berlin, Humboldt-University of Berlin, University of Potsdam

Lukas Goltermann works as a Team Leader and Project Manager for the Partnership with Africa Foundation based in Potsdam, Germany. He is responsible for the foundation's COMENGA Programme, which has projects and activities focused on civil society, schools and higher education. Initiated in 2012, this program is dedicated to building and strengthening civil society partnerships between Germany and African countries. Lukas studied international relations and politics in Sheffield (UK), Berlin and Potsdam. He lives in Berlin and is active in community garden projects in his neighborhood. 

Martha Böhrt

University of Texas at Austin   

Martha Böhrt is a graduate student at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. As the Diversity Fellow in the Lower Rio Grande Water Quality Initiative, she supports Mexican and American officials in the development of a joint binational pollution prevention and water quality improvement plan. Her policy interests include the interaction between nonprofits and government agencies in the identification of social needs, as well as the perpetuation of structural and institutional violence faced by migrants worldwide. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, Martha worked for private, public and nonprofit organizations. She was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. She has been living in the United States for the past 13 years.

Nadiya Kostyuk

University of Michigan  

Nadiya Kostyuk is currently a doctoral student in the political science/public policy joint program at the University of Michigan. Prior to her studies, she worked as a Program Coordinator for the EastWest Institute’s Worldwide Cybersecurity Initiative, where she currently serves as a Fellow. Her field experiences in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, Ukraine, Russia, Serbia and the Czech Republic provided her with a better understanding of each country’s unique political climate and ultimately helped Nadiya discover her research passion: relationship of cybercrime to international security, interdependence and cooperation and state sovereignty. Nadiya holds her master of science in global affairs from New York University and her bachelor’s from John Jay College (CUNY) where she was a McNair Scholar and Vera Fellow. She grew up in Berezne, Ukraine.

Neil Oculi

University of Connecticut

Neil Oculi is a PhD student in geography at the University of Connecticut. He received his MA in international studies at UConn and his undergraduate degree in human ecology at College of the Atlantic. Previously, Neil studied farm management and rural development at the United World College in Venezuela. He has also conducted research in Mexico and Tanzania. For the past five years, Neil has been part of Saint Lucia’s delegation at the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change. His areas of interest include adaptation, finance, and loss and damages as they relate to Small Island Developing States. He was born and raised in Saint Lucia and is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (2012).

Nikhil “Sunny” Patel

Harvard University  

Nikhil "Sunny" Patel is completing a masters of public health in global health with interdisciplinary concentrations in humanitarian studies, ethics and human rights and public health leadership at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. He is also a final year medical student at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota. He has worked with Somali and Bhutanese refugee populations domestically and most recently worked at a refugee camp at the Thai-Burma Border doing public health capacity building. He is interested in the intersection of international diplomacy and public health for vulnerable populations in conflict settings. Sunny has a BS and MS in biology and physiology, respectively, from UCLA. He was born in Nandurbar, India and raised in Burbank, California.

Noam Schimmel

Oxford University 

Noam Schimmel is currently completing a master’s in international human rights law at Oxford University, researching the human rights obligations of NGOs. Noam previously attended the London School of Economics where he earned a master’s in philosophy, policy and social value and a PhD in communication (with a focus on political science and public policy). He was a 2014 O'Brien Fellow in Residence at McGill University's Centre for Human Rights researching reparative justice for survivors of the Rwandan genocide. Since 2008, Noam has been involved in human rights research and advocacy in this area. In 2014, Noam was also a faculty member on the IHP comparative human rights study abroad semester in Nepal, Jordan, and Chile. A native of Boston, Noam is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (2001).

Pelin Ekmen

King’s College, London  

Pelin Ekmen is a PhD student at the School of Law at King’s College London.  A scholar to the German National Academic Foundation, Pelin graduated with distinction in German law, English law and international law and subsequently travelled to Iraq in preparation for her doctoral thesis. As an undergraduate student, a placement with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia formed her keen interest in post conflict international law. Based around a case study on Iraq her doctoral research thus examines the legal framework governing the allocation of natural resources in post conflict states. Her research interests lie in war law and state building after violent conflict, as well as in constitutional law and asymmetric state design. 

Robert Alvarez

University of Arizona  

Robert Alvarez is a dual-degree candidate at the University of Arizona pursuing a master of public administration (MPA) and an MA in Latin American studies. His thesis research examines the impact of the 2014 Brazil World Cup on sex trafficking in Northeastern Brazil. Previously, Robert served three years in the United States Peace Corps as a Youth and Community Development Specialist in El Salvador. During his service, Robert developed projects focused on disaster relief coordination, HIV/AIDS education, leadership and recreational programs for at-risk youth. He then spent three years working at a San Diego community mental health clinic with immigrant and refugee families as well as with low-income students through a local program to increase educational attainment. Robert earned his BA in psychology from Northern Arizona University. He was born and raised in Southern California.

Sandrine Gil

Institut d'études politiques (Sciences Po Paris)  

Sandrine Gil is a graduate from Sciences Po Paris, France’s leading political studies university. She holds a bachelor’s in political science and a master's in public affairs. Sandrine previously worked at the French Ministry of Defense within the Bilateral Cooperation Cell of the Air Force Headquarters. She is currently pursuing an advanced degree in Latin American studies and aspires to work as a civil servant in the French government. Sandrine’s main research interests include defense and security, energy, international development and women's rights. She was born and raised in the south of France and moved to Paris in 2009.

Thijs van Lindert 

University of Amsterdam   

Since 2013, Thijs van Lindert has been a research fellow at the Strategic Studies Project of Amnesty International. Currently, he is also an active contributor to an innovative news start-up that presents different views on global events. Thijs participated in the Diplomatic Studies Programme of the Clingendael Institute, The Hague. He has experience working in the European Parliament as a Pat Cox-Humanity in Action Fellow. Thijs holds a masters of science in both sociology and international relations and has a particular interest in emerging states, global governance issues and cultural change. He is co-editor of The Future of Human Rights in an Urban World and Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy: Brazil (Amnesty). Thijs is from Amsterdam and is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (2012). 

Umut Pamuk

Ankara University  

Umut Pamuk works at Research Turkey, a Turkish think-tank in London, as the Publication Officer. Prior to this position, he worked at Yasar University European Union Center as the EU Project Expert. Umut received his MA in war studies from King's College London as the Jean Monnet Scholar and his undergraduate degree in international relations from Middle East Technical University in Ankara. Umut has recently won a full PhD scholarship that will allow him to obtain a second PhD in Brazil. Following his PhD, he intends to join the academic team of Ankara University, where he is currently completing his doctoral work. Born and raised in Turkey, Umut has worked at several local and international civil society organizations that focus on democratic governance and youth participation.

Usra Ghazi 

Harvard University

Usra Ghazi is a Policy Fellow at the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians and a MA candidate in religion and politics at Harvard Divinity School. At Harvard, she has served as a Junior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions and a Policy Fellow for the Rappaport Institute of Greater Boston. Prior to her graduate studies she worked at Interfaith Youth Core as a Campus Outreach Manager where she served on the organizing team for President Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. She previously worked as a research associate with the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre under the auspices of HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad. Usra received her undergraduate degree in religious studies at DePaul University. She was born in Pakistan and raised in Skokie, Illinois.  

Valeria Munt 

City College, City University of New York  

Valeria Munt is currently working at the office of New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera as a member of his community affairs team. She is completing her MA in international affairs at City College (CUNY) where she is writing a thesis on sports and diplomacy. She has previously held internship positions with the US State Department, UN Women and at the office of US Senator Charles Schumer. Valeria received her BA in political science, French and Spanish literature from Brooklyn College. She speaks English, Spanish, French and is learning Portuguese. Valeria was born and raised in Lima, Peru, and moved to New York a decade ago.

William Schomburg

Johns Hopkins University  

William Schomburg is completing a master’s in economics and international relations at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University between its campuses in Italy and Washington, DC. His main interests relate to the Middle East and specifically economic development, conflict management and identity politics. Most recently, he worked at the Middle East Institute as the research assistant to Ambassador Robert Ford, focusing on conflict in the Levant. Before graduate school he worked on aid impact at the UK Government Department for International Development. While completing his undergraduate studies in Arabic and French, he lived in Syria and West Africa. William is a passionate traveller and eater and was born and raised in London.


2014 Fellows

Wendell Adjetey

Yale University

An apprenticing historian, Wendell Adjetey is a Joint PhD student in the Department of History and the Department of African American Studies at Yale University. His doctoral research examines inter- and post-war civil rights activism and industrial relations in North America. Prior to starting his doctorate, Wendell spent three years working as a case manager in a youth gang intervention program in north Toronto. Before this work, he founded and successfully led an award-winning non-profit organization for marginalized youth, in addition to several years of experience consulting on education, health care, and child welfare policy. He maintains a strong interest in human rights and international relations: Wendell has conducted in-depth research on child soldiering in Sierra Leone, nuclear proliferation, and US-Israeli strategic relations. Wendell earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Toronto. He speaks Gã, his native tongue, fluently. 

Najma Ahmed Hussein

Sciences Po Toulouse

Najma Ahmed Hussein is a French-Somali student studying for an MPA at Sciences Po Toulouse and an LL.M in public law at the Université Toulouse 1 Capitole.She worked previously as an administrative assistant at the Legislation and Quality of Law Department of the Office of the French Secretary of Government. Prior to that, she interned at the Office of the Prosecutor of the Djibouti Court of First Instance where she worked on a legal assistance project. She also conducted research for the Office of the Prosecutor’s legal team, drafting Djibouti’s Child Protection Code. Najma was born in Kenya and raised in Germany and France. 

Grazyna Baranowska

Polish Academy of Sciences

Grazyna Baranowska is a researcher in the Poznan Human Rights Centre of the Institute of Legal Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, where she also works on her doctorate about enforced disappearances in Europe. She received her MSc in European studies (2009) and Turkish Philology (2011) from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. Her main fields of research are the universal system of human rights protection, enforced disappearances and human rights in Turkey. Grazyna completed a five-month fellowship program at the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid in the German Parliament. Grazyna was born in Poland and raised in Berlin. 

Bastiaan Bouwman

University of Amsterdam

Bastiaan Bouwman recently finished an internship at Justice and Peace Netherlands, an international human rights NGO. He worked on the Shelter City program, through which he supported a threatened Rwandese lawyer and human rights defender, who had been given temporary shelter in The Hague. Previously, Bastiaan was a junior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he conducted research on the Cold War history of nuclear weapons and of human rights. Bastiaan received his research MA in history at the University of Amsterdam, as well as his BA in Philosophy. Bastiaan was born and raised in Amsterdam.

Miya Cain

Harvard University

Miya Cain is a first year MPP student at the Harvard Kennedy School. Previously, she worked in Washington, D.C. as a political appointee for the Obama Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services and as a White House Associate in the Office of the Vice President. Miya also worked as a Supply Chain Analyst for Partners in Health in rural Rwanda, where she helped improve the management and distribution of essential medicines and medical supplies. In addition, she worked to improve care for premature babies and streamline services at an HIV clinic for youth. Miya received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology-Behavioral Neuroscience from Yale University. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida.

Kia Hall

American University

Kia Hall is a Ph.D. candidate in international relations at American University in Washington, DC with an anticipated graduation date of May 2014. Her research in international development, funded by a Fulbright research grant, took her into the Afro-indigenous Garifuna community of Honduras, where she studied grassroots development. As an extension of this research, Kia launched a fund- and awareness- raising web campaign about the makers of ereba (or cassava bread in English) in the Iriona region of Honduras. Previously, she studied computer and information science (M.S., Temple University) and mathematics (B.A., Sarah Lawrence College). After graduation, Kia plans to continue researching development challenges for marginalized populations and advocating for social justice. 

Terrol Graham

Yale University

Terrol immigrated to Florida from Jamaica in 2002. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2011. Terrol is now a graduate student at the Yale School of Public Health with a focus on health policy administration and global health. In his first year, he was a Yale World Fellows graduate student affiliate for the World Health Organization’s team leader on tuberculosis in China. He has worked on health initiatives in Jamaica with the United Nations Development Programme and the Harvard School of Public Health. In 2012 and 2013, he studied at the University of Copenhagen Centre for African Studies as a Rotary Ambassadorial scholar.

Jasmin Hasic

Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli di Roma

Jasmin Hasić is a current Ph.D. candidate focusing on political theory at the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli di Roma in Rome. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in law from the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also holds a BA in European studies and international relations from Masaryk University and a MA in political science from the Central European University in Hungary. He has previously worked as a trainee at the European Parliament in Brussels and as research analyst at the Centre for Security Studies in Sarajevo. His research interests include diaspora studies, transitional justice and constitutional law and comparative political systems. Jasmin is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (2009).

Michael Hayes

Columbia University

Michael Hayes is a graduate student pursuing dual degrees at Columbia University and the London School of Economics. Prior to graduate school, he worked as an analyst at the strategy and consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. Michael received his undergraduate degree from Clark Atlanta University in speech communication where he was awarded the Graduate Rangel Fellowship. He was born and raised in Antioch, California.

Audrey Hsieh

Georgetown University

Audrey Hsieh is a current graduate student at Georgetown University’s security studies program. Previously, she served in the US Army as a Psychological Operations officer. While in the military she deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen. Since leaving the uniformed service, she has continued to seek opportunities for public service by interning with the Office of Under Secretary of Defense – Acquisitions, Technology and Logistics and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. She received her undergraduate degree in international studies with a minor in women and gender studies from The College of New Jersey. In her free time, she enjoys competitive karaoke and running. Audrey grew up in Ramsey, New Jersey. 

Daphné Joseph-Gabriel

EMLYON Business School

A French-Caribbean student, Daphné Joseph-Gabriel was born and raised in the Netherlands. She is currently pursing a Master’s degree in economics, corporate strategy, and corporate social responsibility at EMLYON Business School in Écully, France. Her thesis focuses on conflict minerals (e.g. Coltan) in the digital age, fragile states, and the roles of multinational corporations. She has worked with the European External Action Service in Brussels, the European Urban Development Program in Paris, and the European Space Agency and Aerospace Consultancy in Washington, DC. Recently, she assisted the Trade Department of the U.S Embassy in Paris. She is fluent in English and French.

Jessie Landerman

Harvard University

Jessica Landerman is a master in public policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is currently the Chair of Campus Climate for the Student Diversity Committee and the Chair of Media Advocacy for the Human Rights Professional Interest Council. Before pursuing graduate school, Jessie worked as a documentary filmmaker and a human rights advocate in Argentina, Nicaragua and the United States. She is passionate about using technology and communications to promote civic and political participation and empowerment, particularly among women and marginalized populations. Jessie was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in cultural anthropology from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. 

Giselle Lopez

American University

Giselle Lopez is pursuing a master’s degree in international peace and conflict resolution at American University’s School of International Service. At American, she serves as President of Creative Peace Initiatives, a graduate student organization, and received the El Hibri Foundation Peace Education Scholarship for her work in promoting awareness of nonviolent struggle in Bahrain. Through her studies and work as a research associate with the Public International Law and Policy Group, Giselle has gained experience working on issues of transitional justice and rule of law issues in Arab states. Giselle received her undergraduate degree in international studies with a focus in human rights and law from the University of Washington. She was born and raised in California and Texas. 

Johannes Lukas Gartner

Humboldt University and Johns Hopkins University

Johannes Lukas Gartner is a graduate student in in law at Humboldt University Berlin and in international relations at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Previously, Johannes worked at the Centro Nacional de Comunicación Social in Mexico City, where he was involved in the preparation, launch and monitoring of a large-scale federal press freedom campaign. He has also worked at the United Nations Development Programme, the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency and multinational law firms in Istanbul and London. Johannes received his undergraduate education in law from King’s College, London. Born and raised in Vienna, Austria, he spent a year at the age of 15 as an American Field Service exchange student in the rural countryside of Panama.

Etienne Mashuli

Yale University

Born and raised in Rwanda, Etienne Mashuli has lived in Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Etienne is an MA student in African studies at Yale University. A life-long advocate for education, he is the co-founder of Ubuntu in Action, an organization that promotes peace through education in the Great Lakes region of Africa. Etienne is a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow and a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (2012). 

Ava Morgenstern

University of Michigan

Ava Morgenstern is a doctoral student and Graduate Student Instructor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research interests include comparative immigration policy and social movements, human rights, and the Americas. She received her BA in sociology from Brandeis University. Ava has lived in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Michigan, and has also volunteered or researched in California, Peru, and Northern Ireland. Ava is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (2008). 

Jake Nelson

Yale University

Jake Nelson is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, originally from Williamsburg, Virginia. He recently received his MA in European and Russian studies from Yale University, where he worked as a teaching fellow in the history department and wrote a thesis on François Hollande’s counterterrorism rhetoric. Prior to graduate school, he worked at the Department of State as a specialist on European human rights and multilateral diplomacy. He received a BA in music and French and Francophone studies from the College of William & Mary. Jake grew up in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Fabiana Perera

The George Washington University

Fabiana Perera is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at The George Washington University. Fabiana is also an Honorary Teaching Fellow and Teaching Coach at The Global Language Network and served on the board of the alumni association of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities for six years. Fabiana has an MA in Latin American studies from Georgetown University where she was a fellow in languages and area studies. Fabiana was born in New Jersey and raised in Caracas, Venezuela.

Kyle Rohrich

Tufts University

Kyle Rohrich is a master’s student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University focusing on international conflict resolution and public international law. Kyle’s interests include diplomatic studies, EU diplomacy, human rights, and the Europe/Eurasia region. Kyle was a Boren Scholar in the Kyrgyz Republic. While studying the Kyrgyz and Russian languages, he volunteered for local LGBT human rights organizations as well as Freedom House. Kyle has also worked at the US State Department and has conducted his own field research assessing the conflict dynamics of the Basque Country in Spain. He received his BA in political science and Spanish from Nebraska Wesleyan University. He speaks Spanish, Kyrgyz, Russian, and French. Kyle was born and raised in Pierce, Nebraska.

Goleen Samari

University of California, Los Angeles

Goleen Samari is a Ph.D. candidate in community health sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health. Her dissertation focuses on determinants of women’s autonomy over the last 15 years in Egypt and the subsequent impact on fertility. She also holds a master of public health and an MA in Islamic studies from UCLA and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Bixby Doctoral Fellow in Population and a pre-doctoral trainee with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Recently, she worked with the International Organization on Migration in South Africa. Goleen serves as a National level judge for US Figure Skating. She grew up in Austin, Texas. 

Herve Thomas

Princeton University

Hervé is pursuing a master’s in public affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School where he focuses on economics and environmental policy. Previously, he worked for the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Germany. He spent nearly three years in Afghanistan with USAID, serving as Acting Water Team Leader, Agriculture Development Officer, and Team Lead for the Paktya province. Hervé worked in Iraq with the US State Department, the National Democratic Institute, the International Medical Corps and RTI International. Born in Orange, New Jersey, he grew up in Port-au- Prince, Haiti. He holds a BA (honors) in Arabic and a BA (honors and distinction) in development studies from The Ohio State University. As a Boren Scholar, he studied at The American University in Cairo from 2002-2003. Hervé was also a John Glenn Fellow and is currently one of three inaugural USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellows.

Jessica Wamala

Villanova University

Jessica Wamala graduated from Villanova University in May with majors in political science, Arab and Islamic studies, and global interdisciplinary studies. She is a Truman Scholar, a Rangel Scholar and a Gates Millennium Scholar. She is now pursuing an MA in political science at Villanova. In the fall, Jessica will read for the MPhil in modern Middle East studies at the University of Oxford as a 2014 Rhodes Scholar. Jessica has interned at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade and at the State Department office of Near Eastern Affairs. A sophomore walk-on, Jessica was co-captain of Villanova’s 2013-2014 Division I varsity basketball team. She has done extensive volunteer work with Philadelphia’s homeless. Ultimately, she plans to pursue a career in the Foreign Service. Jessica grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Tsione Wolde-Michael

Harvard University

Tsione Wolde-Michael is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Harvard University with a secondary field concentration in African and African American studies. Her academic interests have intersected with public history and policy to highlight the histories of marginalized groups and provide critical policy recommendations on issues ranging from economic diplomacy in east Africa to gender and security in Eastern Europe. She has won fellowships and awards for her research from the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the US Department of Education among others. Her professional experience includes working in curatorial at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and conducting policy analysis at the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She holds a B.A. in women and gender studies from Macalester College where she was a Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellow. Tsione grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (2008).

Sørine Vesth Rasmussen

London School of Economics

Born in Denmark, Sørine Vesth Rasmussen has spent nearly half of her life abroad. She holds a bachelor’s in psychology and human rights from Kingston University and a MS in politics and conflict studies from the London School of Economics. She has experience working within the political and business realm of grassroots organizations in Denmark, El Salvador, India, the United Kingdom and the United States. Sørine continues to study the subjects of economies during conflict, human trafficking, and minority and women’s rights. She currently works as a consultant for the Consortium for Global Talent as well as serving as the Head of Danish Students Abroad. Sørine is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (2011) and completed the Lantos- Humanity in Action Fellowship in the US Congress.