Kira Li started to pursue her M.A. in International Affairs from the Elliott School from September 2016 immediately after receiving her B.A. in International Development from McGill University in Canada. During grad school, she interned at different capacities including the Embassy of Canada in Washington DC, Motion Picture Association of America and the UN Foundation. Upon graduating in May 2018, she decided to move to China and started a full-time position at the Wanda Group, one of China’s biggest real estate firm to work on overseas communications. She wishes to spend a few years in China to hone her skills and become a well-trained international PR and communications professional.
John Mackedon received his M.A. in European and Eurasian Studies from the Elliott School and is an Online Communications Officer with the World Bank, working in the Europe and Central Asia region. John joined the World Bank in 2009 and has worked in gender, agriculture, climate change, and communications. Prior to going to the Elliott School to pursue a degree in European and Eurasian Studies, John lived and worked in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. From 2002 – 2004, John served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English. Upon completion of his service, and in the wake of Georgia’s Rose Revolution, John moved to the capital, Tbilisi, to work as a journalist and development consultant. John was born and raised in northern Nevada and received his BA in English from the University of Oregon. When not exploring the nearby waters with his flyrod, John can be found sampling hoppy beers at a local brewery or brewing his own (hoppy) beer. Continue reading “#ElliottProud: John Mackedon”