Chris is a second-year MALD student with a focus on international negotiations, energy security, and business. Prior to Fletcher, Chris worked across commercial and public sectors on issues of public policy, development, and natural resources, including the UNESCO Iraq office, where he served as an adviser on water policy. Chris is a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship and holds a B.A. in International Studies from Boston College, where he co-founded Al-Noor, a research journal that builds an understanding about the Middle East and the Islamic world.
MANAGING PRINT EDITOR
Laura is a second-year MALD student focusing on International Energy Policy. In 2014, she worked in the Energy Diplomacy office within the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources. Prior to Fletcher, she worked on Europe and Governance programming at the International Republican Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that promotes democracy abroad. She graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in Biology.
MANAGING WEB EDITOR
Alex is a second-year MALD candidate focusing on International Security and Communications. Prior to Fletcher, she worked as the International Editor and reporter for The Daily Star, an English-language newspaper in Lebanon, where she covered breaking news, politics, health, human rights, and other social issues. Alex has also conducted research on civil-military relations in Turkey for a World Bank study on governance. She graduated cum laude from Tufts University with a B.A. in International Relations.
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Gustavo is a second-year MALD student with an interest in Conflict Resolution. He worked for Transparency International’s National Chapter in Venezuela as well as in the Global Outreach and Campaigns Department based in Berlin. Additionally, Gustavo worked in the international communications agency Afa Press, preparing promotional reports on countries through interview-based investigations of both public and private sector development. He was stationed in Colombia, Peru, Honduras, Mexico, Georgia, and Angola. Gustavo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts.
Cacilda is a second-year MALD student concentrating in International Political Economy and International Business Relations. Prior to attending Fletcher, she worked for Boston Children’s Hospital in program management, Boston Scientific in Marketing and Finance at Partners Healthcare. She’s also working on her MBA at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina focusing on Management Consulting and Healthcare. She holds a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Nate is a first-year MALD candidate concentrating in Political Economy and Trade and Commercial Policies. A native of Massachusetts, he comes to Fletcher after living in Beijing, China for six years working in the Advertising and Public Relations fields. His most recent work was as the Senior Account Manager for GHC Asia, a boutique PR firm in the region, working with clients in the tourism and luxury sectors on marketing their services to Chinese consumers, and before that was an Account Manager at the Airports Division of JCDecaux, an out of home media company, where he did media sales and helped open up new advertising space in Beijing, Chengdu, and Shenyang Airports. Nate holds a Bachelor’s Degree in East Asian Studies and Chinese Language and Literature from the George Washington University.
Athul is a first-year MIB student with an interest in Development Economics and Entrepreneurship. Prior to Fletcher, Athul worked for a Morningstar, a financial services firm, in Chicago. Additionally, he has also worked at the Indian Embassy in Buenos Aires, and conducted research on electoral politics in India. Athul holds a B.A. in Government and International Studies from Colby College.
EXTERNAL RELATIONS ASSOCIATE
Peter is a first-year MALD student with a focus on international business relations and trade and commercial policies. Prior to Fletcher, Peter worked at the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab, a Denver-based non-profit that hosts public national-security specific panel discussions and provides proprietary anti-terrorism training program to private, government, and law enforcement clients. Peter holds a BA in International Security and Spanish from the University of Denver, is on the leadership team of Fletcher’s International Business Club, and is a member of the Fletcher Political Risk Group.
Erik is a second-year MALD student focusing on environment and resource policy and international business relations. In 2014, Erik worked in Somaliland for Qorax Energy, conducting field research related to energy consumption and solar finance. Prior to attending Fletcher, he worked for an energy efficiency firm in Boston, helping to coordinate and finance residential efficiency projects. Erik graduated from the University of Oregon in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Cultural Anthropology, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin from 2009 to 2011.
Emma is a second-year MALD student focusing on security studies and international conflict resolution. She has most recently interned with Search For Common Ground Lebanon’s office in Beirut. Prior to Fletcher, Emma worked for a regional government in Portland, Oregon, building community support and stakeholder consensus for large-scale transportation development projects. Emma holds a B.A. in Political Science from Reed College.
Gabriel is a second-year MALD student focusing on Human Security and Conflict Resolution in Latin America. Gabriel spent the summer of 2014 as an intern in the Ambassadors Program at Accion International, performing an evaluation of policies, procedures, and practice for Génesis Empresarial in Guatemala City. Prior to coming to Fletcher, Gabriel spent four years in Washington, D.C., working as a Paralegal Specialist in the Educational Opportunities Section of the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. He holds a B.A. in Government and International Relations from Wesleyan University.
Alex is a second-year MALD student focusing on International Political Economy and International Security. Prior to enrolling at Fletcher, Alex worked at the International Republican Institute, where he helped manage initiatives to advance democratic practices in the Middle East and North Africa. Alex holds a B.A. in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies from Tufts University. His research interests include comparative politics of the Arab world and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.
Clint is a second-year MALD student focusing on comparative politics and international security. He is a Pickering Fellow with the U.S. Department of State and came to The Fletcher School in preparation for entering the Foreign Service. Clint has many international experiences, including working on an oral history project with Tibetan refugees in India and researching women entrepreneurs in Ghana. He holds a B.A. in anthropology and political science from the University of Arkansas.
Matt is a first-year MALD student concentrating in International Organizations and International Trade and Commercial Policies. Prior to coming to Fletcher, Matt was a Tax Senior Associate at KPMG in New York City; he graduated from the University of North Alabama and holds a B.B.A. in Accounting and a B.A. in Foreign Languages.
Kristin is a first-year MALD student concentrating on Human Security and International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. Prior to attending Fletcher, she managed USAID and State Department-funded international development partnerships in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. She has also worked on U.S. public diplomacy initiatives focused on strengthening relationships with emerging foreign leaders. Kristin graduated from the University of Richmond with a B.A. in International Studies and minors in Leadership Studies and Spanish.
Betty is a first-year MALD student focusing on Human Security and International Business Relations. Prior to Fletcher, Betty worked as an Associate for the Global Development Incubator and as a corporate communications Account Supervisor for international healthcare clients. She also completed the Princeton in Asia Fellowship (2009-2010) in Hanoi, where she worked in development for the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation. Betty holds an A.B. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University.
Elyse is a first-year MALD student, focusing on International Security Studies and Public International Law. Prior to studying at Fletcher, Elyse was a research associate at a pharmaceutical research and consulting firm in the greater Boston area. Her primary roles included quantifying economic evidence throughout a product’s lifecycle, from early pre-launch planning to post-marketing management. A Midwestern transplant, Elyse currently resides in Medford and has also spent time living in China and Georgia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations from Michigan State University.
Sarah is a first-year MALD student with an interest in international security, conflict resolution, and public international law. From 2010 to 2014, Sarah worked for the US government as a military analyst focusing on developments in the Middle East. Prior to that, she was a Brent Scowcroft Award Fellow at the Aspen Strategy Group in Washington, D.C. where she planned dialogues between current and former high-level government officials on foreign policy issues. Sarah holds a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and Government from the University of Texas at Austin.
Ellen is a first-year MALD candidate focusing on international negotiation/conflict resolution and human security. Prior to Fletcher, she worked in the humanitarian field with ACTED in South Sudan and Pakistan. In both posts, she worked with the Project Development Department developing proposals and managing donor relations. Earlier, she worked with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime on the prison reform project in the occupied Palestinian Territory. She graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in History and Religious Studies.
Andrew is a first-year MALD student focusing on international security and public policy decision-making. Prior to Fletcher, Andrew worked as an analyst for Deloitte Consulting’s federal practice in Washington, D.C. He holds a B.A in Foreign Affairs and History from the University of Virginia.
Natalie is a first-year MALD student focusing on conflict resolution and international security. Prior to Fletcher, she worked in operations and business development for a startup incubator in Cambridge, MA, where she also managed local youth education programming. Natalie holds a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University.
Daniel is a first-year MALD student concentrating in International Security, International Political Economy, and Pacific Asia. Before Fletcher, he participated in the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program for three years and also worked as a Political Reporter for The Asahi Shimbun in Washington, D.C. covering U.S.-Japan relations. He graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University with a B.A. in International Relations and Journalism.
Ameya is a second-year dual-degree candidate (MALD-LLM), with a focus on rule of law in post-conflict states. He is a Research Scholar at The Takshashila Institution, a public policy think-tank in India, and a regular contributor to Takshashila’s “Pragati” magazine. In 2012-13, Ameya served as executive assistant to Dr. Shashi Tharoor, then Minister of State for Human Resource Development in the Government of India. He holds a B.A. with honours in Psychology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, an LL.B. from Government Law College, Mumbai and a Diploma in International Humanitarian Law.
Mandana is a first-year MALD student focusing on the intersection of international development and post-conflict reconciliation. Mandana spent four years before coming to Fletcher working in Washington, D.C. Most recently, she worked on the Fulbright Scholar Program with the Institute of International Education. Mandana holds a B.A. in political science and geography from Vassar College.
Kaitlyn is a first-year MALD student focusing on International Security Studies and International Organizations. Her research interests include civil-military cooperation and security issues in Africa. Prior to coming to Fletcher, Kaitlyn worked as the Regional Reports Assistant for the United Nations World Food Programme in Dakar, Senegal and as an Africa Research Analyst and Briefer for the United States Marine Corps Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning. She holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Jonathan is a first-year MALD student focusing on International Trade and the Asia-Pacific region. Before coming to Fletcher, he taught English in Japan for two years on the JET Program. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University, and he speaks French, Japanese, and Spanish.
Joe is a first-year MALD student focusing on public international law and political systems and theories. Prior to coming to Fletcher, Joe worked for Ohio State’s John Glenn School of Public Affairs in their Washington Office. He served as program coordinator, then manager, of the Washington Academic Internship Program. Joe holds a B.A. in International Studies from The Ohio State University.
Emily is a first-year MALD candidate focusing on development economics and human security. Prior to Fletcher, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jordan, working on education and youth empowerment. She previously interned with the Carter Center’s human rights program, where she worked on projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She holds a B.A. in History and French from Tufts University.
Ayesha is a first-year MALD student concentrating in International Security Studies and Conflict Resolution. Prior to Fletcher, she worked on the op-ed pages of The Express Tribune, the International New York Times’ partner publication in Pakistan. She has a BSc (Honours) in Social Sciences from the Lahore University of Management Sciences.
Bonnie is a first-year MALD student with an interest in conflict resolution and development. Prior to Fletcher, she worked in communications for the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. She also worked as the managing editor for publications at the Asian University for Women Support Foundation, which is helping to establish the first regional, liberal arts university for women in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Kristy Smith is a first-year MA student focusing on human security, development, and post-conflict education. Prior to Fletcher, Kristy worked as a K-12 public school teacher with a special interest in peace education. Kristy was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Portugal, and was a research fellow in India. She holds an M.A. in Education from Chapman University and a B.A. from Westmont College.
Rohit is a second-year MALD student, focusing on Human Security and International Political Economy. Prior to Fletcher, Rohit was working as a Dean of Students at Breakthrough Collaborative, a summer enrichment program. Rohit also worked as a Legislative Service Commission Fellow at the Ohio House of Representatives. Rohit graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science.
Mike is a second-year MALD student with concentrations in international security studies and conflict resolution. He has previously worked for the United Nations Foundation and Global Zero in Washington, D.C. During the summer of 2014, he completed an internship with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Cairo, UNODC’s regional office for the MENA region. He has previously interned at the U.S. Department of State, The Middle East Institute, Management Systems International, and with the former ranking member of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He holds a B.A. with majors in international relations and economics from Lehigh University.
Sukanya is a second-year MALD student concentrating in International Security Studies and Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilizations. Prior to Fletcher, Sukanya served as a Research Associate at the National Endowment for Democracy and focused her work on the regional effects of recent political transitions in Burma, Pakistan, Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya. She is currently interested in studying the peace process in Afghanistan and conflict resolution strategies used in South Asia to mitigate communal strife. Sukanya graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Journalism and International Studies.
Eric is a second-year MALD student, focusing on International Development and Democratization and Governance. Prior to Fletcher, he worked for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs on political and commercial relations with sub-Saharan Africa, and has also worked on program evaluation and market research in Kenya and Liberia. Eric holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of British Columbia.
Roxana is a second-year MALD student, concentrating in Human Security and Gender Policy. Prior to attending Fletcher, she worked in the federal contracting industry as a research analyst in Washington, D.C, with additional experience in the nonprofit sector doing research and advocacy work on gender-based violence and discrimination. During the summer of 2014, she completed an internship with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand. Roxana graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. degree in Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies.
Aziz is a second-year MALD candidate with concentrations in Public International Law, International Organizations and International Conflict Resolution. He obtained his first MA from SOAS, University of London, and BA in International Studies and History from the American University of Kuwait. During the summer of 2014 he assisted UNDP Kuwait in obtaining the Gender Equality Seal. He previously worked as journalist with Al Watan Daily, an English-language newspaper in Kuwait, and is currently an editor on InPEC.org - an online magazine which specializes in International Politics, Energy and Culture.
Ashley is a first-year MALD student focusing on security studies and international business. Prior to Fletcher, she worked in non-profit management consulting at SmithBucklin Corporation in Chicago. Ashley holds a B.A. from the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
Jeremy is a first-year MIB candidate, focusing on place branding and global human capital. Prior to attending Fletcher, Jeremy served in the U.S. Air Force as a Captain, completing three deployments in support of Operations ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM. He also completed a remote tour at the NATO Allied Air Command Headquarters in Izmir, Turkey. Jeremy graduated from Norwich University with a M.A. in Diplomacy and Michigan State University with a B.A. in International Relations.
Danielle is a first-year MALD student studying Human Security. Prior to attending Fletcher, she managed bilingual communications for Canada’s largest immigration law firm. She has also lived, worked, and studied in both Yemen and Lebanon. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College and a Graduate Diploma in Public Relations from McGill University.
Hilary is a second-year MALD student focusing on international security and comparative democratization. Before attending Fletcher, she worked as an Executive Assistant for the Secretary of State’s Office in Washington State. Hilary completed her B.A. in International Studies with a minor in History at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Lauren is a first-year MALD student focusing on Development Economics and Human Security. Prior to Fletcher, she worked at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy as Managing Editor of Fikra Forum, a bilingual Arabic-English website that generates dialogue on issues of democracy and reform in the Middle East and North Africa between those in the region seeking change and U.S. policymakers. She graduated from Bucknell University with a B.A. in Anthropology.
Elliott is a second-year MALD student concentrating on United States diplomacy and international security. Prior to attending Fletcher, he spent two years teaching English as a foreign language in Moscow and Mytishchi, Russia. Elliott also spent a year serving in AmeriCorps, tutoring immigrant and refugee students in Minneapolis, MN. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in philosophy and Russian language and literature.
Ilana is a first-year MALD candidate studying International Security and International Business Relations. Prior to Fletcher, she worked as a research assistant at the Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council, where she focussed on Syria and Egypt. A native of Canada, Ilana also worked at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.
Ali is a second-year MALD student studying International Security. Before Fletcher, he worked at Georgetown University, conducting research on emerging threats, focusing on political instability in South Asia. He graduated from Tufts University, where he majored in International Relations.
Michelle is a first-year MALD student, focusing on Public International Law and Human Security. Prior to starting at Fletcher, she worked in public opinion research and consulting, where she provided research and strategic advice to non-profits, advocacy organizations, and political candidates. Michelle graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in International Studies.
Heather is a second-year Master’s degree student at the Fletcher School studying development economics and international business relations. Prior to starting at Fletcher, she worked in business development for agricultural value chain and food security programs in sub-Saharan Africa at ACDI/VOCA, as well as in program management for a USAID-funded local governance project in Kosovo. Heather holds a B.A. in International Relations and French from the College of William and Mary.
Wil is a first-year MALD student focusing on international security studies and crisis mapping. Prior to Fletcher, he worked as a Program Associate at the US-Indonesia Society. He graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in political science.
Luisa is a first-year MALD student focusing on international security, terrorism studies and (de-)radicalization. She is a merit scholar of the German National Academic Foundation. Prior to Fletcher, Luisa gained management consulting experience and worked as a corporate finance advisor for Barclays Bank in their Global Cash Management and Sales teams. Luisa studied at Sciences Po Paris and University College London, where she graduated with a B.A. in European Social and Political Studies.
Patrick is a second-year MALD candidate, focusing on Development Economics and International Political Economy. Prior to Fletcher, Patrick worked with the United States Peace Corps in Rwanda, facilitating grassroots development initiatives. Additionally, Patrick worked with DaMina Advisors, LLP, a global political risk consulting firm, researching the macroeconomic and political climate of East Africa. He holds a B.A. in English Literature and Education from SUNY Geneseo.
Henry is a first-year MALD candidate, concentrating in Development Economics and Human Security with a particular focus on anti-corruption methodology. Prior to attending Fletcher, Henry did stints Center for International Private Enterprise, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. He holds a BA in Government and Anthropology from Dartmouth College.
Rachel is a first-year MALD candidate concentrating in Pacific Asia, security studies, and public international law. Before Fletcher she worked as an English news editor at Radio Free Asia in Washington, D.C. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Chinese and Central Asian history.