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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Rahul Bhatia is a second-year master’s candidate in the Security Studies Program at the Elliott School with concentrations in Transnational Security and Asian Studies. His interests lie in the South Asian region and Environmental Security, specifically water-related conflicts. He is currently an intern with the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Rahul is an international student and was born and raised in India. He holds a B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Environmental Sciences from FLAME University, Pune, India. He has previously worked with a foreign policy think tank and a media firm in New Delhi.
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Aldwin Yusgiantoro is an international student from Indonesia entering his second year as a graduate student in the International Development Studies program. He was born and raised in Jakarta but spent a good amount of years in Singapore. His focus at the Elliott School is on private sector development and social enterprises development looking specifically in the Asia-Pacific region. Aldwin received his Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder specializing in Southeast Asia politics and economy. Prior to his graduate studies, he worked as a research assistant in Bower Group Asia, government affairs and public policy consulting firm in Jakarta office, where he was tasked to monitor client specific issue across a range of industries as well as monitor and tracks changes to Indonesia’s economic and political risk.
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