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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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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Chris Riehl graduated from Western Kentucky University magna cum laude and triple majored in international affairs, history, and political science. As an undergraduate, Chris published two of his papers in the Michigan Journal of History and the Vanderbilt Historical Review. Chris will begin his master’s program at the Elliott School in Fall 2019 studying European and Eurasian Studies with a concentration in International Organization, Diplomacy, and Globalization. Chris has traveled extensively in Europe, having visited Central Europe in Summer 2016 and Western Europe in Spring 2018. After graduation from WKU in December 2018, Chris spent the subsequent Spring interning at the World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana working on International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) projects. Chris planned the itinerary for a visit of five Russian human rights journalists to Kentucky and traveled with them during programming days.
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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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