Ina Ajazi joins GHD after three and a half years of working in development. She spent the last year and a half working for Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) as a Program Specialist for the foundation’s SightFirst program.
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Rachel joins the GHD program after nearly two years in Burkina Faso where she founded an entrepreneurship accelerator program for women and girls in high-risk communities. A dual citizen of Brazil and the United States, Rachel is fluent in Portuguese and proficient in French and Spanish.
Romeo Arahan, from the Philippines, joins the GHD Program after six years of experience in the development sector. He was a senior program officer for Social Enterprise Development Partnerships, Inc., a consulting firm that provides training, research, and consulting services to development stakeholders in the fields of microfinance, social entrepreneurship, and financial inclusion.
John “Jack” Borkowski earned his BA in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park with a minor in Philosophy. For his senior thesis, he researched monitoring and evaluation methods for U.S. cross-cultural programs in Ukraine with a focus on student exchange.
Maputi is from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and has over 4 years of international work experience at the intersection of global health, technology and supply chain management. Maputi worked at John Snow Inc. (JSI) as a Program Officer on the USAID | DELIVER Project.
Alexandra Bracken joins GHD from the International Youth Foundation (IYF) where she spent the past four years supporting youth workforce development programming in sub-Saharan Africa. She most recently worked as a Program Manager on a systems change initiative designed to strengthen Mozambique’s vocational training system’s responsiveness to labor market needs.
Rebecca Chamberlin joins GHD after serving through AmeriCorps as the Volunteer Coordinator at a non-profit organization in her hometown of Des Moines called Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center which assists refugees living in Iowa.
Eric Chu was born in Minnesota and grew up in Taiwan. Prior to GHD, he was the China Research Coordinator for the University of Minnesota in Nanning, China and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda. Eric is interested in the intersection between science and development in areas such as climate change mitigation, STEM education, and global health as well as the impact of nontraditional donors on development. He first became inspired to work as an development practitioner in central Uganda.
Margret Chu joins GHD after working with Oxfam America’s CHANGE Initiative, a national youth leadership program. Prior, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Albania where she engaged in youth and community development.
Emma Edwards spent three years with the Peace Corps in Benin as an agricultural volunteer. In her third year, she facilitated data collection, research, and technology training for BeninCaju, a Catholic Relief Services project that trains farmers on best agricultural practices. During her time as a GHD student, she has held internships at the World Bank Global Agriculture Practice and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition. She has also participated in the 2018 Social Innovation Lab for Food Security and the 2019 Georgetown Africa Business Conference. She is specializing in agriculture and speaks French.