#ElliottProud: Ryan Zhong Li

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Zhong Li (Ryan) received his Master’s degree in International Trade and Investment Policy (now International Economic Policy) from Elliott School of International Affairs in 2017 and joined the Center for International Agricultural Research (CIAR) of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) in 2018. He has been working on several international cooperation projects with several world-leading international agricultural organizations, such as International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Asian Development Bank (ADB), etc. He also leads the China Office of Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YAPRD), a non-governmental organization under the umbrella of and Global Forum on Agriculture Research (GFAR) in 2018. During his time at GW, Ryan worked closely with the IMF on a “The Spillover of Chinese Economic Slowdown on Latin American Countries” project. His research on China Hukou system was presented in several international conferences in Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, and Washington D.C. Additionally, he has worked/interned at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Eurasia Group, CITIC Securities, Essence Securities, and China Minsheng Bank. Other than Chinese, Ryan speaks fluent English and conversational Korean and Spanish.

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#ElliottProud: Sarah Timreck

_Blog_ #EP TimreckSarah Timreck graduated with a Masters in Middle East Studies from the Elliott School in 2018. During her time at Elliott, Sarah focused on issues of security, post-conflict development, and good governance in the region and studied and worked in Jordan and Lebanon. Currently, Sarah is a Program Associate at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, where she supports democracy and governance programming in MENA. Before starting at Elliott, Sarah graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in Political Science and Religion. Sarah took two years off between undergrad and grad school to serve as a Teach for America Corps Member in Huntsville, Alabama.

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#WeAreElliott: Yagiz Sullu

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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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#ElliottProud: George Raskovic

Blog_ #EP RaskovicGeorge Raskovic is a graduate of the International Affairs MA program. His focus while at the Elliott School was in international development, environmental and energy policy. In 2017, he was awarded the Freeman Fellowship Award, which allowed him to work for a climate change resiliency organization in Indonesia. During his time there, he witnessed firsthand the economic vibrancy of urban Asian communities and decided to do his capstone on the economic and social growth potential of e-commerce in Indonesia for the US-ASEAN Business Council. After his graduation, George started a Research Internship at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Energy and National Security Program. He is interested in how new technologies in clean energy can ensure sustainable and substantial development in emerging markets.

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#ElliottProud: Bart Pogue

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Bart Pogue completed the International Development Studies program at the Elliott School in 2012. While at GW, Bart took a number of international education courses through the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and worked part-time as an English as a Second Language instructor at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School. Bart’s IDS capstone team evaluated the impact of AGE Africa, a small non-profit organization that supports young women through secondary school in Malawi. After graduating, Bart worked for American Councils for International Education administering an overseas language immersion program for U.S. high school students. In January 2016, Bart joined USAID as an Education Development Officer with the Foreign Service and currently serves in USAID Guatemala’s Health and Education Office where he supports the basic education and youth portfolios. Bart received his BSc in Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco.

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#IncomingElliott: Hilary Hambrick Taft

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Hilary Hambrick Taft is a Tennessee native who spent two years doing community development in rural Guatemala after graduating from Belmont University in 2013 with a degree in International Business. After teaching English and starting a social enterprise in Guatemala, she returned to Nashville to work in local government on issues related to poverty alleviation and workforce development. Most recently, she helped launch the city’s first Summer Youth Employment Program, employing thousands of Nashville’s youth in public and private sector jobs. Hilary loves spending her free time outside with her rescue pup, Bohemia, and is known to drink way too much coffee. She will be starting her MA in International Development Studies at the Elliott School this fall.

What’s on your bucket list when you get to DC?

I am most excited about visiting the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History on a random off-season weekday with no line of tourists. I also look forward to going to a Stanley Cup Champs hockey game- Go Caps! My last bucket list item would be eating at a Michelin star restaurant. I am obsessed with “Chef’s Table” on Netflix and DC is my first American city to live in with Michelin ratings.

Is there anything about moving to DC/starting grad school that you’re nervous about?

It has been five years since my undergraduate experience, so I am a little nervous about jumping into an academic rhythm of studying and test taking instead of my current 9am-5pm schedule. However, I am most nervous about my two-year-old, sixty-pound Labrador retriever adjusting to apartment and city life after only knowing wide-open spaces here in Tennessee. To prepare, we have spent the last few months practicing walking on sidewalks and leash training. I think she will do great!

What are you looking forward to about starting your MA program?

I am looking forward to being around like-minded individuals and learning from professors who are truly experts in their field. Some of my favorite memories are from my study abroad experience at a Kedge (formerly EuroMed) business school in southern France. I am eager to be in a classroom again with passionate folks from all over the world. Finally, I hope I am able to utilize my Spanish language skills at the Elliott school. My current job is English-only so I have had to find other outlets for Spanish, like teaching ESL at Conexión Américas, a local non-profit. I am excited to plug into student associations and volunteer groups at GW with international members.

If you could design your own flag, what would it look like?

If I could design my own flag, it would have a little piece of all the places that I love represented: I would have three stars to represent my home state of TN with a background of red, white, and blue stripes to represent France and the middle of the flag would have a flying Quetzel bird to represent Guatemala.

The #IncomingElliott series highlights incoming MA students and seeks to answer common questions posed by prospective and current students. The views expressed by students profiled do not necessarily represent those of organizations they work for, are affiliated with, or the Elliott School of International Affairs. For more information or to submit questions, e-mail esiagrad@gwu.edu.

#WeAreElliott: Gabriela Oliveira

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Gabriela Oliveira is an M.A. candidate in the International Development Studies program at the Elliott School of International Affairs. Having worked for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), she is experienced with the environment and economic development agenda in Latin American countries. She specifically worked for the improvement of the 2030 Agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals’ implementation and monitoring in Brazil. She has a degree in International Relations from the University of Brasília (Brazil) where she conducted research about the BRICS and the opportunities of the New Development Bank. Her interests are in Latin America, social entrepreneurship, and finance for development. Currently, she is part of a pro-bono consultancy team working for a non-profit in conceptualizing a development project focused on improving agricultural value chains, leveraging the private sector and creating jobs in Afghanistan.

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