Raquel Esther Jorge Ricart is a Fulbright grantee who will start her Master’s program in Security Policy Studies at the Elliott School this fall, concentrating in transnational security. She recently graduated with a Master’s in African Studies and International Relations after double majoring in Sociology and Political Science, both in Spain. She is interested in bridging the security gap between public policies and on-the-ground reality, and in the improvement of risk scenarios forecasting for better crisis management. She has professional experience in consulting services in the United Kingdom, where she analyzed humanitarian/security risk scenarios in Sub-Saharan Africa through quantitative data. She also interned at the Spanish Ministry of Defense, working closely with high-level military members as an analyst on organized crime and maritime security in Northern Africa. She was also an intern at Elcano Royal Institute, a Spanish think tank on international affairs, in the areas of private security and energy security. She enjoys going to art galleries and bookstores.
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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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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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Kyle Bligen is an incoming Masters candidate in the International Affairs program at the Elliott School, concentrating in International Economic Affairs. He received his bachelor’s degree in politics, philosophy, and economics from Mercer University in 2018. He is currently a Rangel International Affairs Fellow with the State Department and a Homeland Security Fellow with the House Homeland Security Committee. Previously, he worked as a Clinton Global Initiative Fellow and as an Economic Analyst for the BB&T Center for Public Policy and Capitalism. Kyle enjoys reading books about economics and eating foods from different cultures. You can find him going on runs around the Capitol and listening to music on the metro.
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Regina Da Silva received her BA degree in 2016 from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After graduating, Regina was accepted to serve in Ecuador with the United States Peace Corps as an Education Volunteer. Regina had the opportunity of working with primary, secondary, and collegiate level students reinforcing the English language. As secondary projects, Regina assisted in the organization and execution of multiple professional development workshops for Ecuadorian English teachers. She also organized and participated in camps promoting English, leadership, gender equality, and geographical competency for various students across Ecuador. She will be starting her M.A. in International Development Studies at the Elliott School in the fall.
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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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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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