Sandy Maroun will be graduating with her Master of International Policy and Practice from the Elliott School this Friday! She concentrated in refugee policy and programs, climate change and conflict resolution. In addition, she has a Master of Communication and Media, a BA in Political Science and a BA in Journalism, all completed in her home country of Lebanon. She currently works as a Humanitarian Affairs Officer at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Beirut, where she generated analysis and reports on the humanitarian situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. In addition to Lebanon, Sandy has worked in Nepal as part of the emergency response following the earthquakes in 2015, and in north Greece, as part of the humanitarian refugee response in 2016. Sandy enjoys learning about and debating current events, traveling, and meeting and working with people from different cultures.
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Rebecca Wolfson is a graduating student from the Masters in International Policy and Practice (“MIPP”) program at the Elliott School, concentrating in international development and security. She received her bachelor’s degree from George Washington University. Additionally, she recently received her J.D. from George Mason Law School. Particularly, she is interested in rule of law, conflict resolution, and international development. Since her family is originally from Romania, Rebecca is particularly interested in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. She was recently a research assistant at the National Security Institute, analyzing various topics pertaining to global security. She also has experience in international development and security during her time working at various NGOs. Rebecca enjoys musical theater, traveling, and meeting people from all over the world.
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Doris Ibekwe was born and raised in Nigeria where she earned her first degree in law at the University of Benin, after which she went to London for a Master’s degree in General Law at the Brunel University London. She has previously worked Ikpeazu Chambers & Co, M.A & Co., and the Nigerian EXIM Bank. Doris currently serves as the Events Chair for Organization Of International Students (OID) at the Elliott School and will be interning with UNDP Washington, D.C. this summer. She is finishing her first year in the Masters in International Development Studies program at the Elliott School.
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Ibrahim Akin has a BA degree in Statistics and MSc Degree in Financial Services and Construction Law and Arbitration from Surrey University (UK) and Robert Gordon University (UK) respectively. It is his first-year as a Masters candidate in the International Policy and Practice Online program at the Elliott School. He is particularly interested in Security & Development and peacebuilding in the Middle East. He is currently writing reports to the political party of which he is a member in Turkey as well as broadcasting them via his Youtube channel. Ibrahim has been working in the Oil & Gas Industry for over 18 years. Ibrahim likes spending time with his family and traveling overseas.
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Wardah Amir is currently pursuing an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from the Elliott School with a concentration in Weapons of Mass Destruction. She is a Young Ambassador with the Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS) and is Co-chair of the WCAPS CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear) Working Group. She is a Project Associate with the Chemical Security team at CRDF Global. After performing an internship with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, Wardah became extremely interested in Weapons of Mass Destruction policy. She has also performed internships with several think tanks including Chatham House, Hudson Institute, and the Center for Strategic & International Studies. Wardah holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University.
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Siaka Togola is an M.A. International Affairs student at the Elliott School, concentrating on Economic Development in Africa. He is from Mali in West Africa and serves as the 2019 Elliott School Graduate Student Forum President. Currently, he is the Special Assistant to the African Union Permanent Representative to the U.S. on all diaspora related matters under the African Union Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (CIDO). Additionally, he chairs the Pan-African Diaspora Youth Association’s Communications and Public Relations sector, PADYA. PADYA is the Youth mobilization and sensitization branch of the African Union Mission to the United States of America, Canada, South and Latin America, and the Caribbean. He is an aspiring diplomat and international affairs practitioner and dreams to bring prosperity to Africa and its people.
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Yagiz Sullu is a first-year graduate student at the Elliott School of International Affairs in the International Affairs program with a focus on development and the region of Europe/Eurasia. He finished his undergraduate education at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies majoring in International Relations with a focus on Foreign Policy, Security Studies, and Europe. He is currently interning at the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy as a research assistant intern and conducting research and policy analysis on Turkish Foreign policy. His primary research interests are Turkish and Russian politics, NATO’s security issues and international business. He likes to meet people from different cultures and willing to visit all the countries in Europe one day.
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