SGPIA Alum Spotlights

2015, Media and Culture Concentration

Radio Producer at Public Radio International’s America Abroad

Yael has also worked for Israel’s Walla News as a political editor, news editor, and 2012 U.S. election correspondent..

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2011, Development Concentration

Founder and President of Roots Tribe Yoga (Yoga for International Development)

Philipa garnered a strong interest in impact measurement of non-profits while working on the Index of Social and Economic Rights Fulfillment (SERF) as a research assistant to Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr.

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2011, Development Concentration

PhD Student, Gender Studies, UCLA; Independent Consultant on Gender and Development 

Mary’s research and advocacy seeks to address men’s roles in gender equality, violence prevention, and women’s empowerment.

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2010, Development Concentration

Consultant to the United Nations (UN-Globe), Author of The Paths of Marriage

Mala is an expert on ICT4D (Information and Communication Technologies for Development).

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2011, Development Concentration

Communications Director of Girls’ Globe and Co-founder/Co-host of The Mom Pod

Emma has worked on a diverse range of projects related to child rights, youth engagement, gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights and health in Finland, United States, Kenya, Brazil, India and Tanzania.

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2012, Governance and Rights Concentration

Operational Communications Advisor in the Operational Support, Communications, Advocacy and Reflection Department at Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)

Martin participated in the 2010 International Field Program in Nepal, where he studied how the notion of legitimacy was applied within the public discourse on Nepal’s constitution-drafting process.

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2006, Development Concentration

PhD Candidate and Dean’s Fellow in International Relations, School of International Service (SIS) at American University

Rachel’s dissertation focuses on El Salvador’s unique suspension of industrial mining.

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2009, Development Concentration 

Business Development Associate at One Acre Fund

With longtime interests in global food systems, Ross has worked in research, grant writing, and program management positions for a range of nonprofits dedicated to the environment, animal welfare, and international development. 

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2015, Development Concentration

Consultant to the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)

As a prior intern at CGAP, Dan conducted research on digital finance in Zimbabwe.

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2009, Governance and Rights Concentration

Impact Measurement Specialist for Oxfam Novib

Patrick’s role will include working in a team tasked with gauging the impacts of Oxfam’s work around the world to defeat poverty and to support and empower communities affected by disasters.

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2010, Conflict and Security Concentration

Co-founder / Director of Middle East and North Africa Research at Flashpoint, NBC News Counter-terrorism Expert

Laith has presented his research on how terror groups operate on the Internet to audiences at the State Department, Department of Justice, Department of Defense, House Committee on Homeland Security, and the Council on Foreign Relations, among others. 

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2004, Development Concentration

Consultant to the United Nations Development Programme Equator Initiative 

Nina also co-leads Tushevs Aerials, a project that teaches indigenous peoples to fly remote control airplanes in order to monitor deforestation within their territories. 

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2012, Media and Culture Concentration

President of the M-Lisada (Music, Life Skills and Destitution Alleviation) Africa Foundation

Rochelle founded The M-Lisada Africa Foundation after working with a children’s home in Uganda during the International Field Program.

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2011, Governance and Rights Concentration

Senior Manager for Social Sustainability and Women’s Empowerment at the United Nations Global Compact

Lauren interned for UN Global Compact while studying at SGPIA, and this work informed her thesis on the relationship between businesses and human rights.

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2012, Conflict and Security Concentration

Technical Advisor for North East Syria for Save the Children Norway

Emily has also worked for Save the Children International, the United Nations Development Program and the International Rescue Committee.

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2011

Advocacy Officer for Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict 

Dragica’s childhood in Bosnia during the conflict of the early 1990s influenced her career choices. 

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2006

Juris Doctorate Candidate in Labor Law at Brooklyn Law School

Zamira previously spent six years as manager of the Global Programme on Financing for Development at UN Women. 

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2009

Assistant Professor of Peace & Conflict Studies and Geography at Colgate University 

Teo was the 2006 recipient of the Fulbright Student Research Grant for study in Colombia and obtained his PhD in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley.

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2011, Development Concentration

Deputy Manager of the South Africa Secretariat of Slum Dwellers International 

Skye won SGPIA’s Best Thesis Award of 2011 for “Community Advancements Toward Affordable Urban Housing in East Africa: Reducing Unit Costs and Affecting System Change.”

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2014, Governance and Rights Concentration

PhD Candidate in Geography at University of California, Berkeley researching geographies of empire in the 20th and 21st centuries  

Brittany’s master’s thesis was titled “When Obama Met Gaddafi: Race Intervention and Revolt.”

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2009, Development Concentration

Assistant Professor in Economics at Hobart and William Smith Colleges 

Josh obtained a PhD in Economics at The New School for Social Research.

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2004

Gender Specialist at United Nations Population Fund

Leyla has also worked for the UN Development Fund for Women

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