2017 Fellows

Diana Daiub (Ukraine)

Representative Josh Gottheimer – NJ

Diana was raised by her Ukrainian-Russian mother and Syrian father in Kyiv, Ukraine. As a law student, she participated in multiple international law competitions. Together with colleagues from Poland and the United States, she founded the International Dispute Resolution and Leadership Council, an international youth organization promoting dispute resolution alternatives. Diana spent a semester abroad in Lithuania during her LLM studies on Legal Regulation of Public Administration and Human Rights. Previously, she worked for local government and a law firm specializing in immigration rights. As a Euromaidan Revolution participant, Diana grew interested in reforming Ukraine’s existing government and the ongoing conflict with Russia.

Csaba Gondola (Hungary)

Perseus Strategies

Csaba Gondola was born in Debrecen, Hungary. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Law and Political Science and is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the University of Debrecen. His research focus is the interaction of EU and human rights law, and the impact of the law on the European Union’s external relations. Csaba has spent several years in a number of countries, among them the United States, Austria and Belgium, where he studied international public law and constitutional law. Csaba is also an active member of a youth service organization that works for the benefit of the local community and promotes international understanding.

Honorine Goueth (France)

Representative Cheri Bustos – IL

Honorine Goueth’s professional experiences are primarily in the fields of diplomacy, higher education and entrepreneurship. Born in France but originally from Cameroon, Honorine is a multi-lingual graduate student who has obtained a dual degree in Spanish and Latin-American Studies, and History from the Sorbonne University in Paris. As an Erasmus student, she studied at the University of Barcelona. Honorine wrote two theses — one on the European strategy towards Latin America since the 1990s, and another on the Euro-Mexican partnership and subsequent impact of Europe’s renewed interest in emerging economies throughout the world

Joe Ryan-Hume (Scotland)

Representative Juan Vargas – CA

Originally from Scotland, Joe obtained a degree in History and a Master’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Glasgow. At present, he is completing his Ph.D. in U.S. History, with a focus on exploring the complex realm of domestic politics in the 1980s. He also works as a Teaching Assistant and has spent time at Harvard, Hong Kong University, and the Library of Congress as a visiting researcher. Last year, Joe completed a placement at the Scottish Parliament, where he authored two briefings on emerging national issues and gained insight into the inner workings of Scottish government. With his commitment to social justice formed at an early age, Joe continues to advocate on behalf of marginalized communities whenever and wherever he can.

Mike Videler (Netherlands)

Representative Gregory Meeks – NY

Mike Videler will graduate with an LLM in International Law from the University of Amsterdam in December 2016. As a 2016 Diplomacy & Diversity Fellow, he explored diversity issues in a transatlantic context and wrote about the news media’s approach to migration. Previously, Mike was a research associate with the Public International Law & Policy Group, a global pro bono law firm, advising states and non-state actors on issues of international and human rights law. Additionally, he interned with the Netherlands Permanent Representation to the UN at Geneva, and concurrently works on the Human Rights Council. Mike holds bachelors’ degrees in both Liberal Arts and Dutch law, and spent a semester abroad at Sciences Po in Paris.

Danjel Hyseni (Albania)

Representative Alcee Hastings – FL

Danjel Hyseni is a journalist and scholar from a Roma community in Korca, Albania. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in the French Language, as well as a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tirana in Albania. With the support of the Roma association, Disutni Albania, Danjel became a reporter for a Roma news television program. He currently works in the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth as a Roma Affairs Specialist within the Directorate of Social Inclusion. In this role, Danjel seeks to elevate the concerns and rights of the Roma community. He is passionate about protecting vulnerable groups and promoting social inclusion for marginalized members of society.

Lian Najami (Israel)

Senator Brian Schatz – HI

Lian Najami is an Arab-Israeli who grew up in a liberal Muslim family, attended a Christian high school, and has been volunteering at a reform Jewish Educational Center in Haifa. Lian recently obtained her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Haifa, where she focused on "Policy Entrepreneurs" in the public sector. Over the past two years, she was a part of the Jewish-Arab Community Leadership program, in which she did her utmost to represent the true values of co-existence between Jews and Arabs. As part of her work with "Young Entrepreneurs," Lian was featured in Forbes’ “30 Under 30,” where she discussed how we can bridge innovation through education.

Anna Żamejć (Poland)

Helsinki Commission 

Anna Żamejć is a Polish journalist and human rights project manager. She was a 2013 Fulbright and International Peace Scholarship recipient, which allowed her to complete Master's degree in Peace and Justice Studies at the University of San Diego, California. Anna obtained a second Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Wroclaw, Poland. She has worked as a correspondent with the Azerbaijani Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and contributed to various other media outlets. As a freelance journalist, she concentrates on Azerbaijan and conflict reporting. Since 2014, Anna has worked with the Prague-based NGO, People in Need.