Rogelio Cerezo is originally from Panama City, Panama, and South Florida. He graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a double minor in Economics & Security Studies from Dickinson College. Most recently, Rogelio provides financial, logistical, and administrative support to the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) at the Institute of International Education (IIE). Having enrolled in the M.A. in International Affairs at the Elliott School, Rogelio seeks to concentrate on security and international development issues, specifically in international education. Rogelio currently serves as a web editor at the International Affairs Review (IAR), is a member of the Elliott School Graduate Admissions Advisory Board, and is a member of the DC Chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the oldest Latin/Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States.
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Zoe Gossett works at Family Health International 360 (FHI 360) and is an Associate on the Strategic Partnerships team under the Business Development and Diversification department where she focuses on building non-traditional partnerships with corporations, foundations, and U.S. Small Businesses. She holds an M.A. in International Development Studies with a concentration in Private Sector Development from the Elliott School and a B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Humanities from Midwestern State University. Prior to graduate school, she worked in the non-profit sector for five years, working in the operation, development/fundraising and program departments. Most recently, she consulted for World Vision during her graduate capstone research project and later, worked for Cardno International Development as a Development Specialist in their Global Health Department.
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Layne Emery will be beginning her M.A. in Middle East Studies at the Elliott School this fall. She graduated from Saint Michael’s College in 2015 with a double major in political science and global studies, focusing on international relations and the Middle East. During Layne’s undergraduate studies she lived in Amman, Jordan for a year. While in Jordan she studied intensive Arabic at the School for International Training and conducted field research on the Syrian refugee crisis. She then interned at the Hashemite Fund for Development of Jordan Badia, a rural development non-profit organization. After graduating, she began working for the Population Media Center as a Program Development Assistant with the goal of funding television programs for social change. Layne has also worked as a civil rights and criminal litigation paralegal for the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America (CLCMA), a law firm which focuses on creating constitutional change and protecting the civil rights of Americans who are discriminated against based on their religion or national origin.
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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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Sarah 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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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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George 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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