Student Profiles

Class of 2018

Hadya Abdul-SatarHadya Abdul-Satar, GHD '18

Hadya is passionate about migration, economic empowerment and private sector participation in development. She is a Global Social Enterprise and Innovation Fellow and a candidate for the certificate in refugees and humanitarian emergencies. For her summer placement, Hadya worked for a strategic philanthropy nonprofit in Mumbai focusing on due diligence and organizational capacity building. Hadya is a Research Fellow at the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation assisting with projects in workforce development and social finance education. Hadya is a Bonner Scholar from University of Richmond where she majored in Global Health and Human Rights. Her studies led her to a summer-long project in Kabul where she researched the effects of migration on maternal and children’s health. Upon graduation, Hadya worked at the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations, the International Rescue Committee and Upwardly Global. She specialized in workforce and economic development, diplomacy, and multi-stakeholder partnerships. Hadya is fluent in Dari/Farsi, Russian and conversational in Hindi.

Shubham Adhikari, GHD '18

Shubham Adhikari was born and raised in Nepal and graduated from Saint Peters University in New Jersey, with an honors BA in economics and political science with a minor in mathematics. For his honors thesis, he compared the economic development of China and India. He also conducted comparative analysis of disaster risk resiliency of Hoboken and Jersey City for UNISDR. Upon graduation, he worked as an operations quantitative analyst at PSE&G, an energy company. Shubham’s research interests include education and energy policies in developing countries.  

Tameem Tameem Al-Talabani, GHD '18

Tameem Al-Talabani joins GHD after spending seven years with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Jordan where he taught computer skills to Iraqi refugees. In 2012, Tameem helped initiate a higher education program, Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins, for host and refugee communities with limited access to higher learning. At Georgetown, Tameem works as a research assistant exploring durable solutions for Iraqis who fled the Islamic State. Tameem looks forward to his academic program and learning from and exchanging ideas with his classmates and instructors. He hopes to take his education back home to make Iraq, and the Middle East, a safer and better place for all people.   Click here to read Tameem's Student Feature.

Milan Kaur Bala, GHD '18

Milan Bala was a fellow with Teach For India and taught in an under-resourced school in Delhi. This experience at the ground level sparked her interest in development sector. Post her Fellowship, she worked as a Product Manager at early stage startups. There she came face to face with the direct impact technology has on the lives of people. Her extensive research on lives of auto rickshaw drivers with the introduction of technology was instrumental in forming this belief. She also worked with an education startup heading its content area. Milan completed her degree from Shri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi. She enjoys watching movies and reading up on trivia in her spare time.

Evan BartlettEvan Bartlett, GHD '18

Evan Bartlett has Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Political Science from Bryant University. Thereafter, she worked at the village-level in Tanzania and India with subsistence farmers to improve food security and agricultural productivity. Through coursework in GHD and the School of Foreign Service, as well as additional field work over the summer in Rwanda, she has gained interest in subject matter closely related to agriculture and food security- including climate change, nutrition, gender, market linkages and food systems. Therefore she has specializations in Food, Agriculture & Rural Livelihoods and Environment & Climate. During her time at Georgetown, she has also demonstrated these interests and honed the requisite skill-sets through internships with Global Communities, Fintrac Inc., and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition.   

Nikunj Beria, GHD '18

Nikunj Beria joins GHD after five years of experience across organizations in the development sector. In GHD, he is pursuing a dual specialization in Finance and Energy & Environment. Most recently, he worked with a USAID funded project in Indonesia on a climate change adaptation project with Multinational corporations to build their supply chain more resilient to climate change. He started his professional career with the Teach For India fellowship where he initiated scholarship programs and a solar energy project. Nikunj aspires to work in the private sector at the intersection of technology and development. Nikunj graduated from Manipal Institute of Technology, India with a Bachelor's of Engineering in Electronics and Communication.  Click here to read Nikunj's Student Feature.

Molly Bernstein, GHD '18

Molly Bernstein graduated from Brown University in 2013 with a BA in international relations. After graduating, she moved to Cairo, Egypt and then Amman, Jordan to complete the Center for Arabic Study Abroad fellowship for a year of intensive Arabic language study. She remained in Jordan as the business-to-business manager at Jamalon, the largest online bookstore in the Middle East. There, she built the company's offline customer base in the Middle East as well as in North America and Europe. While in Jordan, Molly volunteered as an intake interviewer for the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), conducting interviews with refugees living in Amman. Most recently, she moved to Istanbul, Turkey as a fellow at the Fuller Project for International Reporting where she worked on written and video journalism around topics such as Syrian girls' education in Turkey, treatment of refugee women in Europe, and Europe's response to the refugee crisis. Molly speaks Arabic and looks forward to continuing studying Spanish at Georgetown. 

Ali Blumenstock, GHD '18

Ali Blumenstock graduated from Bucknell University where she was awarded Phi Beta Kappa honors and the university's prizes in environmental studies and Latin American studies. At Bucknell, she solidified her passion for international development through coursework and her studies in Nicaragua. Since graduating, she has worked for several domestic environmental non-profit organizations that focus on community mobilization and action, including Green Corps and the Sierra Club. The commitment of nearly 200 countries to tackle climate change through the Paris climate agreement, and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, inspired Ali to broaden her impact by addressing climate issues in a global context. Since arriving at Georgetown, Ali has specialized in the environment and climate, with a certificate in refugees and humanitarian emergencies. She spent her summer working for Global Communities in Colombia, where she designed a baseline data collection methodology and developed community training resources in support of the launch of the Environmental Resilience and Disaster Risk Management Initiative. In her second year at Georgetown, Ali worked with the Climate Displacement Program at Refugees International, focusing on the intersection of climate change, forced migration, and displacement. Ali speaks Spanish, loves the outdoors, and is an avid traveler.  

Yanique Campbell, GHD '18

Yanique Campbell specializes in private sector approaches to development and agricultural livelihoods at GHD. As a fellow in the Coca-Cola Company’s ASEAN Business Unit in Bangkok, Thailand, she supported the Sustainability Director in developing a strategy to stem the flow of plastic waste in global waters and create livelihoods for informal sector workers in waste management. She is an experienced policy professional, having worked on food security and sustainable livelihoods at the World Food Programme Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Bureau; business development at the Embassy of Zealand Economics Section; human trafficking and labor rights in the U.S. Senate; and migration and social inclusion as a Fulbright Scholar in Spain. Yanique graduated magna cum laude from American University’s School of International Service where she received the Harold Johnson Student Service Award, and certification in Spanish translation. She is currently serving as the program representative on the School of Foreign Service Graduate Council and co-chair of the Georgetown Africa Business Conference. Yanique enjoys cooking Tasty’s latest recipes, dances salsa, and loves traveling to the Mediterranean and Southeast Asia.

Gustavo Castillo, GHD '18

Gustavo Castillo graduated cum laude from the University of Mary Washington, where he received a BA in International Affairs and French. As an undergraduate student, Gustavo spent a year in Paris, France studying at the Paris-Nanterre University and the Catholic Institute of Paris. Gustavo currently works at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) as a research assistant, where he collaborates in education and child literacy projects in the Latin American region. At AIR, he cooperated in conducting a literature review on early grade reading, and conducted qualitative analysis of survey data on education and teacher training in Uganda. Last summer, he interned with UNICEF in Amman, Jordan, where he was responsible for monitoring summer school transportation services for Syrian refugees and vulnerable children, as well as designing surveys and conducting data collection trainings for UNICEF's education campaigns. Gustavo is interested in education issues and humanitarian assistance, particularly working with children. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he speaks English, Spanish, and French.  

Kelly DaleKelly Dale, GHD '18

Kelly Dale graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University where she majored in child development and community development and minored in sociology. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Kelly spent two years with the Peace Corps in Benin as a rural community health advisor, focusing on gender equality and girls’ empowerment. She was involved in the girls’ scholarship program, started a girls’ health club, led multiple girls’ camps, and collaborated with fellow volunteers on a documentary on the importance of girls’ education in Benin. For two years after the Peace Corps, Kelly worked with Jhpiego, a global health non-profit affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. As a senior program coordinator, Kelly managed the Nigeria, Rwanda, and Liberia country programs, and split her time between Washington DC and the field. At Georgetown, Kelly is specializing in gender and development both in the classroom and through her various internships. She spent the summer between her first and second years in Cote d’Ivoire with the World Bank Gender Innovation Lab, working on an impact evaluation of safe spaces for adolescent girls. During her second year, Kelly was the gender policy and aid effectiveness intern with Save the Children and is currently a research assistant at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security. Kelly speaks French, is an avid traveler, and enjoys cooking.

Joe DiSilvioJoseph DiSilvio, GHD '18

Joseph Di Silvio joined the GHD program after seven years as a special education teacher in low-income and immigrant communities in Brooklyn, New York. After his BA in International Studies from the University of Washington, he joined Teach for America and has devoted his career since to closing the achievement gap between wealthy and poor children. As a teacher, he led several initiatives to design curriculum, improve instructional practices, and train teachers both in public schools and as a Corps Member Advisor with Teach for America. After five years in the classroom, he took a yearlong sabbatical with his wife, traveling to 12 countries in the Middle East, Asia, and South America. These experiences inspired him to broaden his career focus to improving educational access, quality, and equity internationally. At GHD, he has concentrated on gaining skills in the design and management of innovative education and workforce development projects, as well as developing advanced quantitative skills for monitoring and evaluating education programs. He spent last summer with the Education Development Center (EDC) during the startup of a USAID-funded workforce development project for out-of-school youth in Rwanda, providing technical assistance related to social inclusion of vulnerable youth and monitoring and evaluation. For his capstone project, he is working with Dalberg Capital to support the design of the Lending for Education in Africa Partnership (LEAP) pilot in Tanzania, which seeks to improve the affordability and quality of higher education in Sub-Saharan Africa through affordable loans and academic and career support for low- and middle- income Tanzanian youth. In addition to his BA, Joseph earned an MS in Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities from Pace University. He speaks Spanish, is learning French, and has basic working knowledge of Hindi.

Meagan Dooley, GHD '18

Meagan Dooley graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 2014 where she majored in international relations and minored in women’s studies. After graduation, she spent a year in Eskisehir, Turkey as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA), followed by a year in Jordan working as the program assistant for the Middle East Studies Program, a US-based study abroad program. At GHD, Meagan has pursued a certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies and a concentration in Quantitative Analysis. While in DC, she interned with both Human Rights Watch in their women's rights department and the International Rescue Committee on their policy and advocacy team. For her GHD summer field work, Meagan returned to Jordan to work as a program management intern with Mercy Corps, supporting qualitative data gathering processes across the organization's 17 programs. Meagan worked with a a small US-based NGO, iACT, who works in early childhood development in emergency settings for her capstone project, helping them develop a framework for pursuing new partnerships with larger organizations to expand their scope and reach. Meagan speaks Arabic and in her free time loves to go hiking and continue her search for the best coffee shop in DC. Click here to read Meagan's Student Feature.

Nadia Ilunga, GHD '18

Nadia Ilunga completed her BA at the College of William and Mary where she studied government and Africana studies. She studied abroad at the University of Cape Town where she volunteered with youth empowerment programs through Students Health and Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO). Following graduation, Nadia began work in program management with HEAL Africa, based in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This experience spurred her interest in social enterprise initiatives and sustainable development. Nadia has also interned for IMA World Health where she contributed to a project supporting the introduction of a new human resource management tool to DRC. Nadia comes to GHD eager to deepen her understanding of the development challenges facing conflict-affected countries and the roles of self-sustaining initiatives in international development. Click here to read Nadia's Student Feature.      

John Jordan, GHD '18

John Jordan graduated from Gettysburg College in 2009 with a degree in political science and Spanish. After graduation, John served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, working with HIV clinics and local NGOs to increase awareness about HIV. After the Peace Corps, John worked for a variety of international development organizations in Central America including USAID, the Peace Corps, and projects funded by the US State Department, The Global Fund, and the United Nations Population Fund. He has experience working on projects in HIV/AIDS prevention, maternal/child health, citizen security & violence prevention, and food security. A newcomer to the DC world, John enjoys convincing his friends and roommates that pupusas are the “next big thing” in alternative currencies in a shameless attempt to get them to accept payments in the delicious Salvadorian street food.  

Gayle Martin, GHD '18

Gayle Martin is a Master’s candidate in Global Human Development at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a Global Social Enterprise and Development Fellow. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a BA in political science and Spanish, Gayle spent over five years working in international development and education in Washington, DC and Latin America. Her experience includes teaching in rural Honduras, working at the Secretary of Education of the Yucatán in Mexico on a Fulbright scholarship, and supporting President Obama’s signature education initiative in the Western Hemisphere, 100,000 Strong in the Americas. While at Georgetown, Gayle has consulted for the World Bank and spent three months in Rwanda with the Education Development Center (EDC), working on a MasterCard Foundation youth workforce development project. Gayle is currently working on her Master's capstone project with Dalberg Capital on an innovative financing mechanism to improve access to higher education for low- and middle-income students in Tanzania. Gayle speaks Spanish and is interested in exploring how to leverage innovative programmatic and financial models to improve global education and employment outcomes.

Dalia MeharDalia Mehiar, GHD '18

Dalia Mehiar graduated from Smith College with a BA in Government/IR and French studies. She spent one year of her undergraduate studies abroad in Geneva, where she enjoyed several internships focused on bridging between the UN multilateral system and civil society organizations. In her native Amman, Jordan, Dalia held internships at the Royal Hashemite Court and at several non-profits in areas including economic empowerment and capacity building for youth and women. Before joining GHD, Dalia served as congressional liaison at the Jordanian Embassy in Washington DC, for two years, connecting Jordanian officials with U.S Congress members. At Georgetown, Dalia is a Social Enterprise and Innovation Fellow and holds a graduate certificate in refugees and humanitarian emergencies. After her first year at Georgetown, she spent the summer in Rwanda with Global Communities, working in monitoring and evaluation on a USAID/PEPFAR project for improved services for vulnerable populations. Dalia is currently working with Mercy Corps’ Program Performance and Quality department to support M&E tool development, staff recruitment and onboarding, and program evaluations. Her Master's capstone project focuses on community resilience building in emergency settings. Dalia speaks Arabic and French, and hopes to learn Spanish to understand some of her favorite songs.

Olivia Nesbit, GHD '18

Olivia Nesbit graduated magna cum laude from The George Washington University with her BA in International Development. After graduating from the Elliott School of International Affairs, Olivia spent two years serving as an English and Gender Education Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa, an experience that sparked her passion for gender equality in development. In Togo, she taught middle school English and organized community events about gender equality, malaria, hygiene, and nutrition. She also served in leadership roles as part of Togo’s Gender and Development Committee and the Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation Taskforce. During her first year at Georgetown, she assisted the Togo Threshold Program Team at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and traveled to Conakry, Guinea in the summer to work as a Summer Consultant for Dalberg Advisors. As part of the Strategic Delivery Unit within the Guinean Prime Minister’s Office, she helped develop monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools for priority government programs. This experience prompted her to choose a specialization in Quantitative Data Analysis at GHD. In her final semester at Georgetown, Olivia is collaborating with MCC to examine how the organization integrates gender data into its M&E cycle through a capstone project. She is also working as a Research Assistant at the Center for Global Development examining health and humanitarian assistance issues. She is passionate about women’s and girls’ empowerment and believes that data and M&E can, and should, play a greater role in effective policy-making. Olivia enjoys exploring new places and training for the occasional half marathon.

MaiMai Nguyen, GHD '18

Mai Nguyen joins GHD after more than three years working on education and youth development issues in Vietnam, India, Belize, and Bolivia.  At Georgetown, Mai is exploring how innovation in finance, technology, and partnership can improve development outcomes. Her coursework focuses on enhancing program management, research, and evaluation skills while building knowledge in financial analysis and data visualization. Mai recently completed an internship in impact investing at the Case Foundation and worked on a mixed-method evaluation of education reforms in Tanzania at Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation. As a graduate consultant at the Brookings Institution, she currently conducts a study on corporate responsibility and the role of the private sector in advancing global development goals. Prior to Georgetown, Mai managed girls' education program in Vietnam at Room to Read and led partnership development and implementation of Peacework’s international service-learning programs in Vietnam, India, and Belize. Earlier, she worked on improving higher education access and quality for rural indigenous students in Bolivia as a Princeton in Latin America fellow. Mai graduated with honors in Economics and International Studies from Vassar College. She is fluent in Vietnamese and proficient in Spanish.

Carly Olenick, GHD '18

Carly Olenick completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California in Los Angeles with a BA in Levantine Archaeology and a minor in Geospatial Information Systems. She went on to manage geospatial data at a technology firm in San Diego before joining the Israeli Ministry of Social Affairs as the 2014-2015 Human Rights and Welfare Fellow. While working for the Ministry in Jerusalem, Carly managed cases of honor-based violence in minority communities, drafted English language communications for the International Affairs Division, and prepared in-depth briefings for Israeli ministers. Upon returning to the United States, Carly joined USAID's Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance where she served on the Ethiopian Drought Response Management Team and continues to support the Africa Disaster Response Division.  

Nick RogersonNick Rogerson, GHD '18

Nick’s GHD specialization is Energy and Diplomacy, with a focus on renewable energy development in the global context. Nick is also completing a graduate Certificate in Diplomacy Studies from the SFS Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. His two capstones focus on (a) off-grid renewable energy development in the context of last-mile populations and (b) the Energy-Water-Climate nexus in Yemen. Over the last year, he has also worked extensively, through coursework and internships, on labor and human rights, especially international labor, labor migration, and informal sector economies and rights. Nick has about 10 years of experience as the co-founder, director, and US Board of Directors co-chair for Global Family Initiative, a nonprofit that empowers orphaned and vulnerable children from Ethiopia with homes and education, and local women with business training and educational services. Before Georgetown, Nick completed his B.A. in Philosophy at Colorado College, his M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Toledo, where he spent 4 years teaching Philosophy. He has lived in Italy, Chile, Japan, and Cambodia.

Rushika Shekhar, GHD '18

Rushika Shekhar joins the GHD program with almost five years of experience in international development. Most recently, Rushika worked as a project manager at Dimagi, a social enterprise focused on leveraging mobile technology to improve last-mile service delivery. At Dimagi, Rushika lead partnerships and business development for Asia and managed a range of projects from small pilots to national scale implementations, focused primarily on India and Myanmar. Previously, Rushika worked on gender advocacy and program development with UN Women Singapore as an English teacher in rural Tanzania and with a sports for development program with the Naz Foundation in New Delhi. Rushika is originally from Singapore and graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in international affairs.

Scott Sroda, GHD '18

Scott Sroda graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a BA in both international studies and history and a certificate in African studies. During his final year in college, he interned in Uganda with CARITAS for Children, helping to develop a program to sponsor the education of young girls. After graduation, he continued with CARITAS and was stationed in Nkokonjeru, Uganda as its first African field office coordinator. Scott then moved back to the United States and was a social worker at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care in Milwaukee, an adult day care center for the elderly and adults with special needs. While there, he was promoted to director of adult day services. Scott is excited to return to the international development sector, and to re-engage his passion for educational development in sub-Saharan African countries. Click here to read Scott's Student Feature.  

Kelsey Weber, GHD '18

Kelsey Weber joins GHD after six years of experience in nonprofit and international development. She recently returned from Liberia, where she worked for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) as a part of the Ebola Response, leading proposal development and grant management for early recovery health programming. Prior to her time in Liberia, Kelsey served as a Community Economic Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, where she worked closely with the National Reserve of Popenguine and a women-owned eco-lodge, improving their marketing and business practices, expanding the ecotourism network in Senegal and starting an environmental education program for local students. During her service she developed an interest in economic empowerment and gender equality. Following this passion, Kelsey joined the Women’s Protection and Empowerment Unit at the IRC, where she supported programs and trainings throughout the Middle East and Africa. At Georgetown Kelsey plans to concentrate on social enterprises and economic empowerment, as well as deepen her understanding of gender equality issues. Kelsey double majored in Anthropology and Economics at Ohio State University and speaks French and Wolof.  

Emma Willenborg, GHD '18

Emma Willenborg joins GHD after five years of working in the field of international development and exploring issues of food security, natural resource management, and economic development. She graduated from Grinnell College in 2011 with a degree in economics and global development studies. While at Grinnell, Emma pursued her interests through an internship with Tostan, a small non-profit focused on issues of women’s health and human rights, a study abroad program in Dakar, Senegal, and an independent research project assessing community-based responses to industrial fishing threats in Kayar, Senegal. She went on to a short-term position with the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa to support preparation for the 2012 World Food Prize before joining the U.S. Peace Corps in Madagascar as a Community Economic Development volunteer. In this capacity, Emma worked closely with farmers, schools, and artisan associations to design and implement community development initiatives including a school feeding program, youth empowerment camps, and trainings on microfinance, marketing, and financial and organizational management. Most recently, Emma worked at Chemonics International where she managed the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) project in 12 countries throughout West and Central Africa and Haiti, and contributed to various technical activities as well as business development efforts. Emma is fluent in French and Malagasy, and plans to complete a specialization in Food, Agriculture and Livelihoods at GHD.