Saiansha Panangipalli is a Global Initiatives Fellow pursuing her M.A. in Global Communication at the Elliott School. She graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with her B.Sc in Communication with a focus in Public Relations. She wishes to apply her knowledge of public relations to international relations to communicate with audiences across countries and cultures. To that effect, she is currently pursuing her Media and Public Affairs internship at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the regional office of the WHO. Her previous experiences include communications internships at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco to India and at the London office of the British PR agency, Grayling. She hopes to travel the world and one day, usher in the New Year from every timezone at least once.
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Samey Noor is a first-year Masters Candidate in the International Affairs program at the Elliott School, concentrating in Conflict Resolution. He is a Fulbright Scholar, and he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Politics and Economics. He is interested in Countering Violent Extremism, Conflict Prevention & Resolution, and Peacebuilding in South Asia and Afghanistan. He has worked as a Research Associate with Standing Committees at the Provincial Assembly of Punjab in Pakistan. He has also Co-founded an initiative called FATE-From Apathy to Empathy, which works on promoting interfaith harmony, tolerance, and empathy amongst radicalized youth in Pakistan, using innovative methods like video games. Currently, Samey is participating in the GW-USIP mentorship program.
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Peter Demers is a 2014 graduate of the Elliott School holding an M.A. in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies. He currently serves as an Audit Manager at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., a private bank in New York, where he oversees the bank’s financial crimes programs. Prior to joining BBH, Peter was a consultant with the Financial Crimes Advisory practice of Ernst & Young LLP. While studying at GW, Peter was a Research Assistant at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, an intern at the Inter-American Dialogue, an Electoral Observer and consultant with the Organization of American States (OAS), and an intern with Kroll Compliance. Before pursuing his M.A., Peter worked at a youth education and gang prevention/rehabilitation organization in Nicaragua.
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Soeun Lee is a first-year M.A. student in the Elliott School of International Affairs in the Asian Studies program, concentrating on Korea and International Political Economy. She graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018 with her bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Studies with a minor in East Asian Studies. She is currently working as a graduate research assistant at the GW Institute for Korean Studies. She focuses her study on political economy in the trans-pacific and inter-Korea relations. She has previously interned in Mayor’s Office on Asian and Asian Pacific Islanders Affairs in Washington D.C. and also has some working experience in Korea.
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Michelle Khilji graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2009 with a BA in Economics where her culminating thesis focused on the development trajectory of Pakistan and Bangladesh. Michelle took a gap year where she volunteered in flood relief efforts in Pakistan in 2010 and continued as a Monitoring, Evaluating and Research consultant with the National Rural Support Programme in Islamabad, Pakistan. Michelle graduated from the International Trade & Investment Policy (now International Economic Policy) program at the Elliott School in 2013. Shortly after graduating, Michelle was recruited by Chemonics International and served as a Project Management Associate backstopping the USAID Pakistan Firms project. After 10 months in Pakistan on a field assignment, Michelle returned to DC and joined Chemonics’s Asia Region’s New Business team, only to return to Islamabad in 2016—making it her permanent home. She now serves as an independent development consultant for Chemonics and a few assignments with the World Bank. Michelle is a mother of a 2.5 year old boy, Zayaan.
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Jack Liu is a second-year Masters’s candidate in the International Affairs program at the Elliott School, concentrating in International Security Studies and International Development with a focus on gender. He received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communication Studies from Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan. He is particularly interested in gender issues as well as how journalism can serve the public good. In college, he was a student journalist covering stories on gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights. He previously interned at IntegrityRisk International, a political risk and business consulting firm, where he realized business is not the thing that he is passionate about. Currently, he serves as the program assistant at Global Taiwan Institute, assisting the institute’s event planning and logistics as well as research pertaining to Taiwan. In addition, he is a web developer at the GW Hatchet, where he produces and codes landing page for the Hatchet from time to time. During Jack’s free time, he enjoys watching Vice News Tonight and traveling around the world.
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Tara Halt is a Program Analyst for A3 Technology, supporting the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation. She holds an M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy with a concentration in Space Policy from the Elliott School. During grad school, she worked at Bryce Space and Technology as Aerospace Analyst supporting NASA Headquarters and interned at the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. In 2015, she graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a B.S. in Commercial Space Operations. Tara is an active member of the Space Generation Advisory Council and is currently the manager of the 2020 Space Generation Fusion Forum. She is also a 2016 Future Space Leaders Foundation Fellow.
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