Meet the Class of 2014

Afghanistan:

Shair Ahmad Azizi (Journalism, Kabul University) is a Donor Relations Specialist at the Ministry of Higher Education in Kabul. He volunteers with Mahboba's Promise, a nonprofit that runs Hope Houses for orphans and widows. Armenia: Zara Harutyunyan is pursuing her MA in Human Rights and Democratization in Yerevan. Zara works at the Human Rights Educational Center (HREC).

Bosnia-Herzegovina:

Sasa Denic (Masters of Engineering, University of Novi Sad) is a research analyst with a Social Housing Program, an EU Project Consultant, managing projects for a Roma Youth Organization.

Colombia:

Diana Franco (Masters Clinical Psychology, Universidad del Norte) is a teacher at the University del Rosario in Bogotá and conducts a social program in the Colombian Society of Psychoanalysis, providing pro bono psychological and psychoanalytical consultation.

India:

Prerna Rathi (International Studies, Development and Conflict Resolution, American University in Washington, DC) attended the European Union Program in Brussels and was awarded AU's Honors Capstone Grant for a thesis project on "The Power of Dialogue."

Kenya:

Daisy Kosgeiis pursuing a MS in Development Studies at Moi University, while working with UNDP as a Peace Monitor in Uasin Gishu County. She also implemented programs on peaceful elections with USAID.

Lebanon:

Myriam Aziz (Political Science and International Affairs, Lebanese American University) works for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the registration site, determining refugees' status and providing counseling to Syrian refugees.

Mali (resides in Belgium):

Drissa Kanambaye (MA and PhD candidate in Information and Communication, Université Libre de Bruxelles) is the founder and director of the I Kanda Organization, focusing on fighting poverty and improving medical support in Dogon, Mali. He writes for Yambola Magazine.

Mexico (resides in UK):

Chris Forbes (International Relations & Anthropology, Sussex University) for nine years has led peacebuilding workshops in Croatia, France, Austria and Central America, researched corruption, and continues to advocate for minority rights. He joined Conciliation Resources as an IT Assistant.

Philippines:

Jean Alia Robles (MA in Peace Education at the University for Peace in Costa Rica and a MA in Public Administration) is an Army Captain in the Armed Forces of the Philippines. She was awarded the highest award bestowed by the Philippine military for civil-military operations.

Katherine Christine Woodbright (International Politics and History Jacobs University, Bremen) has been doing a research internship for Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker - Centre for Science and Peace Research, responsible for research on the effective implementation of confidence building measures within the biological Weapons Convention.

Russia:

Maria Kochneva (International Relations, Tomsk State University) teaches English at Tomsk State University and also at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Her interests include international security, and learning foreign languages (English, German, Spanish, and Arabic).

Rwanda:

Nadine Umutoni is studying Communication, Peace, Social Justice and Sociology at Berea College in the US. She is the Service-Learning Program Manager at the Center for Excellence in Learning through Service and the Community Friendship Program Coordinator at the Center for International Education.

Sierra Leone:

Andrew Benson Greene (English, Civil Law and International Relations, University of Sierra Leone) is CEO & Founder of B-Gifted, Sierra Leone, focusing on technology and human rights of children in conflict.

South Sudan:

Ohide Joseph Tartisio (MAS in Peace and Conflict Transformation, WPA, UNibas-Switzerland) is Acting Program Manager for Peacebuilding and Governance for Catholic Relief Services, working on grassroots inter-ethnic dialogues to reduce conflict within the local communities and state government.  

Sri Lanka:

Mohamed Rahmathullah (MA in Peacebuilding, Coventry University, UK and a MA in Development Studies and Public Policy at Open University, Sri Lanka) is a Monitoring and Reporting Officer at UN-Habitat.

Tanzania (resides in South Africa):

Redempta Rwebangira is pursuing her Masters in Conflict Transformation and Peace studies at the University of KwaZulu Natal. She works at the University as an Information Access Officer and is currently interning with IofC in India.

Ukraine:

Antonina Didyk (National Pedagogical University) works as an English teacher and organizes projects such as: "Dialogue on searching for understanding in Ukrainian society," and "Alternatives to Violence," and The Oppressed Theater performances.

USA:

Janelle King is pursuing a degree in International Affairs, with a concentration in Political Science and Criminology at Florida State University. She volunteers with PeaceJam, With Words, Take Back the Tap-Sustainable Campus, the American Red Cross, and the Refuge House.

Jacob Sharpe (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) works at the Nashville International Center for Empowerment, where he assists immigrants in adapting to life in Tennessee. Jacob researches and writes articles on human rights, foreign affairs, and armed conflict in the Middle East and Africa for the Humanitarian Intervention Center.

Daniel Sullivan is pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts at the Extension School of Harvard University. He was a legislative aide and the Chief of Staff to the Dean of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Daniel chairs the young professional group of the UN Association of Greater Boston.

Kristin Weis is from USA. She is an entrepreneur passionate about using natural environments and urban ecology to strengthen peace-building measures and regional stability. With Roskanet, she works to improve coastal ecology and nearby communities through ecotourism and waste management solutions. With Sleuth, she provides communities with quality relationship building tools as an enjoyable alternative to traditional networking. Both Roskanet and Sleuth are founded on stewardship, fun, and the struggle of continuous self-improvement. Kristin has provided business development and operations expertise in a range of markets, from independent coffee retailers to leading defense contractors in the U.S. federal market. She has also built and led the programming strategy for an international foreign policy nonprofit and is a graduate of The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.