#IncomingElliott: Christophe de Montille

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Christophe de Montille is a second-year master’s candidate in the Global MBA program and will be a first-year master’s candidate in International Economic Policy at the Elliott School. He received his bachelor’s degree for a triple major in Economics, Political Science, and at Vanderbilt University in 2008. Christophe is most interested in impact investing, financial inclusion, and sustainable investing in sub-Saharan Africa. After spending 10 years as a Management Consultant, he is currently pivoting his career and will be interning this summer with the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund (SEAF) focusing on their agriventure investments in Tanzania. Over his career, Christophe has worked for politicians, private consulting firms, non-profits, and venture capital firms. He has experience in project management, portfolio management, financial management and budgeting, enterprise architecture, strategic planning, fundraising, data analytics, and modeling. Outside of academic and professional pursuits, Christophe enjoys going to concerts, experiencing food from many cultures, exploring the outdoors, and traveling the world (24 countries and counting!).

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#IncomingElliott Carter Quinley

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Carter Quinley will be starting the International Policy and Practice program at the Elliott School this fall. An American national by birth, she was raised in rural and urban Thailand and is fluent in Thai. Carter worked to establish and develop Freedom Collaborative, a global, online platform bringing together organizations and individuals with the aim of eradicating human trafficking. Additionally, she was the Strategic Partnerships Director at a non-profit organization in Thailand providing access to justice for survivors of trafficking and child sexual exploitation. As a passion project, she is a co-curator for Ethical Storytelling. Carter holds a Bachelors in International Studies with a Concentration in World Politics and Diplomacy from the University of Richmond and a Certificate in Social Innovation and Leadership from the United Nations School of Peace. Carter takes a particular interest in issues of migration, international law, human rights, and criminal justice.

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#IncomingElliott: Caleb Darger

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Caleb Darger holds a bachelor degree from Brigham Young University where he studied history, Asian Studies, and Chinese. He will be pursuing a Master’s in Global Communication with an Asian Studies emphasis at the Elliott School beginning Fall 2019. Caleb is particularly interested in the intersection between politics and communications/media. This interest has led to internships at the Atlantic Council and the East-West Center in Washington. He is currently an intern at the US Senate Sergeant at Arms in the media relations department. Caleb enjoys traveling, learning languages, cooking, playing music, and being outdoors.

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#IncomingElliott: Layne Emery

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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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#IncomingElliott: Paula Allecia Jones

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Paula “Allecia” Jones will be a first-year masters candidate in the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies program at the Elliott School, with specializations in Economic Development and Security. She received her bachelor’s degree in International Area Studies with two minors in Spanish and Latin American studies from the University of Oklahoma in 2019. She studied in Puebla, Mexico, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil while there she interned with local non-profits. In the summer of 2018, she interned in the Santo Domingo Embassy’s Regional Security Office. She participated with the Roni K. Irani Center for Creating Economic Wealth on a team with four interns consulting for an Oklahoma non-profit. She is a 2019 Charles B. Rangel Fellow and will be interning in the House of Representatives during the summer. Allecia enjoys most outdoor activities, camping, hiking, and hammocking. She is excited to spend the next two years exploring D.C. and connecting with the graduate community.

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#IncomingElliott: Daniel Saenz

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Daniel “Dani” Saenz graduated Magna Cum Lade from Fort Hays State University with a BA in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations. During this time, he studied abroad at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco his junior year. Through a student organization on campus, he was then able to intern in Cairo, Egypt as an English teacher for refugees the following summer. He has also worked as a journalist for the Tiger Media on campus, earning the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Award for his commentary on the security issues facing the United States in the Middle East in 2017 and commentary on pressing issues in Latin America in 2018. Daniel is a newly admitted student at the Elliott School pursuing a Masters in International Affairs, concentrating in U.S. foreign policy and conflict resolution. In particular, he is interested in becoming a Political Officer in the State Department. Daniel also enjoys reading about global events, learning new languages, and meeting people from different countries.

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#IncomingElliott: Henry Knecht

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Henry Knecht is starting his Masters in Security Policy Studies at the Elliott School in the Fall 2019 semester. Henry is coming back from his Peace Corps service, which he began in February 2016. He worked as a Health Extension Volunteer in a small village in Senegal for 27 Months. There he became fluent in the local language, Sereer, and worked to promote health in malaria prevention, nutrition, maternal and child health, and water and sanitation hygiene. He then continued his service by moving to the Peace Corps Liberia post where he worked as the Malaria Coordinator for one year as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer. Henry hopes to continue work in the West Africa region, promoting peace and security.

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