Andrea Bolognesi is a second-year Masters candidate in the International Economic Policy at the Elliott School, concentrating in Finance and International Business. Since August 2018, Andrea has also been a Graduate Research Assistant at the Global Financial Literally Excellence Center (GFLEC) at George Washington University’s School of Business. At GFLEC, Andrea has recently lead the development and realization of on an extensive 10-months report project on the financial situation, behavior, and knowledge of Millennials and that will be published by the end of the year. Furthermore, Andrea has surveyed the national strategies for financial literacy of several countries around the world, becoming an expert in the field. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from GW and a Bachelor in Business Administration from the International University of Monaco. During his undergraduate degree at GW, Bolognesi was part of the team that won the first A-10 conference swimming and diving championships’ title in history for the school.
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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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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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Doris Ibekwe was born and raised in Nigeria where she earned her first degree in law at the University of Benin, after which she went to London for a Master’s degree in General Law at the Brunel University London. She has previously worked Ikpeazu Chambers & Co, M.A & Co., and the Nigerian EXIM Bank. Doris currently serves as the Events Chair for Organization Of International Students (OID) at the Elliott School and will be interning with UNDP Washington, D.C. this summer. She is finishing her first year in the Masters in International Development Studies program at the Elliott School.
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Ibrahim Akin has a BA degree in Statistics and MSc Degree in Financial Services and Construction Law and Arbitration from Surrey University (UK) and Robert Gordon University (UK) respectively. It is his first-year as a Masters candidate in the International Policy and Practice Online program at the Elliott School. He is particularly interested in Security & Development and peacebuilding in the Middle East. He is currently writing reports to the political party of which he is a member in Turkey as well as broadcasting them via his Youtube channel. Ibrahim has been working in the Oil & Gas Industry for over 18 years. Ibrahim likes spending time with his family and traveling overseas.
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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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Maria Dolores Vallenilla is a Venezuelan lawyer with over 8 years of professional experience and a master’s degree in International Development Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs. She is currently working at the Inter-American Development Bank to advance gender equality in the mining, oil and gas sector in Latin American and the Caribbean.
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