#ElliottProud: Sylvie Maalouf

Sylvie Maalouf holds a M.A. in Intentional Economic Policy from the Elliott School, and during her studies was a fellow for the American Chamber of Commerce and a consultant for the World Bank. Upon completing her degree, she moved to Qatar, where she was an economic adviser at the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, then took on the role of Business Development Leader and client executive for the government and public sector business at EY MENA. In 2020, she joined the Qatar Foundation as a head of programs for the CEO office. After her diagnosis with type-1 diabetes, Sylvie co-founded the National Diabetes Organization- DiaLeb, in Lebanon in 2011. Sylvie is fluent in four languages having lived between Latin America, US, and the Middle East. She currently resides in Doha, Qatar with her husband and two sons.

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#WeAreElliott: Logan Brown

Logan Brown is a first-year M.A. candidate in the International Science & Technology Policy program at the Elliott School, concentrating in National Security. She earned her B.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in Security Policy from the Elliott School in May 2020. She is interested in military applications of advanced technology and technology ethics. Currently, she is a Contracts Co-Op at Systems & Technology Research. She has previously interned at the United States Senate, Pfizer, Lockheed Martin, and NASA. At the Elliott School, Logan is a Senior Editor of the International Affairs Review.

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#ElliottProud: John Siko

John Siko is a co-founder and director of Burnham Global, which designs and provides training and mentoring for global security forces. John has spent his life working on sub-Saharan Africa, first for 15 years in the US diplomatic and intelligence communities, and then in the private sector. John has an BA in International Affairs and an MA in International Development Studies from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, as well as a doctorate in African Politics from the University of South Africa. He also taught classes on Africa as an adjunct professor at George Washington from 2012-14. John is author of “Inside South Africa’s Foreign Policy: Diplomacy in Africa from Smuts to Mbeki” (2014) and co-author of “African Security: An Introduction” (2020). He lives in Dubai, and while an undergrad at GW, he served as George from 1996-99.

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#WeAreElliott: Caleb Darger

Caleb Darger is a second-year Master’s candidate in the Global Communication program at the Elliott School. He is also a program coordinator for the FAO Regional Sustainment Initiative at the George Washington University. His research focuses primarily on issues related to China and Taiwan. Caleb lived and studied in Taiwan for two years from 2013-2015 where he developed proficiency in Mandarin. Before moving to Washington, he worked for a publishing company coordinating production with manufacturers in China and Taiwan. He is also conversational in Spanish, having taken courses at university as well as in Mexico City. Caleb has interned with the Atlantic Council, the East-West Center, and the U.S. Senate Press Gallery. He enjoys a wide range of hobbies, including playing music, urban farming, and hiking.

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#ElliottProud: Nicole Mechem

Nicole Mechem brings 17 years of experience to her role as the director of IREX’s Leadership Practice, where she leads a portfolio of global leadership development programs that are advancing positive change in institutions and communities around the world. She joined IREX in 2006 and most recently served as the Deputy Director of IREX’s Leadership Practice and Chief of Party for the USAID Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders program. Her prior roles at IREX have included providing technical support and leading the design, start-up, implementation, and management of education and leadership programs. Additionally, Nicole served as IREX’s first proposal recruiter, as the director of IREX/Tbilisi, and supported IREX’s Field Operations unit. Before joining IREX, Nicole served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Telavi, Georgia. Nicole holds an MA in International Development Studies from the Elliott School and a dual BA in government and Spanish from California State University, Sacramento.

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#WeAreElliott: Bilguissa Sow

Bilguissa Sow is a second year Masters candidate in the International Development Studies program at the Elliott School, concentrating in Democracy & Governance. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political science and International Studies at Towson University in 2016. Since graduation she has been working in the field of national security, however, her deep passion for international affairs redirected her to pursue a career in international development. Bilguissa also has experience working with nonprofit organizations focused on education and microfinancing. She hopes that her graduate degree from Elliot will further propel her into a career in international affairs.

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#WeAreElliott: Tyler Cundiff

Tyler Cundiff is a second-year graduate student in the M.A. in International Affairs program at the Elliott School of International Affairs. His work—in senior-level roles at the George Washington University Libraries and Academic Innovation (GWLAI) and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP)—involves leading agile teams, managing strategic programs and initiatives, and directing administrative operations. Tyler earned a B.A. in Political Science and Communication from the University of Southern California, where he played volleyball for the Trojans and for Team USA. Prior to enrolling at the Elliott School, he attended the Graduate Institute Geneva (IHEID) and served as a policy advisor and delegate for the Republic of Malta to the United Nations Office at Geneva, handling a portfolio focused on peace and security issues. In addition to his graduate studies, Tyler participates in the GWU-USIP Mentorship Program and competes for the GW Men’s Club Volleyball Team.

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#IncomingElliott: Troy Eckles

Troy Eckles is a first-year Master of Arts candidate in the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies program, concentrating in economics and transnational security at the Elliott School of International Affairs. He graduated from Western Carolina University (WCU) with degrees in Spanish and Political Science. During his time at WCU he was offered the opportunity to study abroad in Seville, Spain and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Before graduate school, Troy was dedicated to gaining program management experience at Vecinos Farmworker Healthcare Program (non-profit that assists H2A visa holders in Western North Carolina), George Washington University, and the Latin American Youth Center.

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#IncomingElliott: Tanvi Rege

Tanvi Rege graduated with a BA in Economics and Statistics from St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai, India and has started the International Economic Policy program at the Elliott School this spring. She has nearly two years of work experience as a Business Analyst at one of India’s leading free Over-The-Top (OTT) platforms: MX Player, where she strategized and optimized marketing campaigns and monitored the performance of content. Her marketing experiments doubled the platform’s daily active users in just a month. She is fluent in four languages and her interest to master Spanish enticed her to take a solo-trip to Madrid, where she studied the culture and practiced the language with native speakers. She is keen to work in the area of policy making and use the latest data analytical tools to solve economic problems of a developing country.

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#IncomingElliott: Jenny Nguyen

Jenny Nguyen will be starting her MA in International Development Studies at the Elliott School Spring of 2021. She is the Administrative Assistant for the Asia Center at the United States Institute of Peace. Previously, Jenny worked with Catholic Relief Services where she began as an intern for the Impact Investing team, planning the logistics for the Third Vatican Conference on Impact Investing that took place in Italy. She then went on to become the Administrative Assistant for the team. She is currently serving as the Vice President of the National Association of Asian American Professionals D.C. and the National Organization for Vietnamese American Leadership. Jenny helped start ICT Food Rescue, a non-profit in her hometown of Wichita, KS, that aims to fight food insecurity. She also recently created a mentorship program for Vietnamese college students in the DMV area. Jenny enjoys volunteering, playing and watching sports, traveling, and trying new foods. She graduated magna cum laude from Wichita State University in 2018 with a BA in Business Economics.

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