Meet the Class of 2017

Ma Students

Evelyn Otwili Akullo (Uganda) specializes in community-based transitional justice and reconciliation, focusing on documentation of human rights violations. She has worked as a documentation team leader for the Justice and Reconciliation Project, a researcher for Forgiveness and Peacebuilding in Uganda and a consultant for the Everyday Peace Indicators project. She holds a B.A. in development studies from Gulu University.

Mohammad Al-Essa (Jordan) holds a B.A. in English from Jordan University of Science and Technology. Since 2012, he has worked with Syrian asylum seekers in Jordan, focusing on psychosocial and educational support programs for children. Most recently, he worked for the Norwegian Refugee Council on programs assisting Syrian refugees in urban and camp settings.

Majd Alshoufi (Syria) is a human rights activist and trauma therapy expert with over 8 years of experience working in international development. Majd was the founder of the Psychosocial Support department at the Syrian Red Crescent in 2009, and "New Syrian Human", a Syrian non-profit, in 2014. He also co-founded “The Syrian Pluralistic Nation” in 2015, a Syrian sociopolitical movement which mobilizes Syrians through the use of nonviolence towards freedom, dignity, and peace. Majd graduated with a degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the University of Kalamoon in Syria and is currently pursuing a master's degree in International Peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame, IN, USA.

Isaac Bayor (Ghana) holds an M.A. degree in development management from Ruhr University. He has worked for the CARE International Agriculture and Food Security Program and the UNDP Joint Human Security Program in Northern Ghana. He also served as national coordinator (Ghana) for the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding.

Yuede Bi (China) holds a master of divinity degree from the Fu Jen Faculty of Theology in Taipei and a master of philosophy degree from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.

Katie Coldwell (USA) earned a B.A. in social welfare & justice and theology from Marquette University. In 2010, she joined Maryknoll Lay Missioners in São Paulo, Brazil where she worked with incarcerated women, providing social and legal services, advocacy and educational programming. She also co-founded an urban agriculture project in Brazil’s largest women’s penitentiary. Katie is a former Catholic Worker community member.

Henry Dambanemuya (Zimbabwe) graduated from DePauw University with degrees in computer science and conflict studies. He has worked for a Fortune Global 100 company, developing technologies to help people live safer, more secure lives; and for the Canadian Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention, developing early-warning systems for atrocity prevention. He also was awarded a fellowship to train with Jewish World Watch and helped create policies to support people affected by genocide.

Kata Fodor (Hungary) holds an M.A. degree in environmental sciences and policy and a B.A. in biology from Central European University. A member of the Global Sustainability Fellow Alumni Association, she also has worked for the Hungarian Commissioner for Fundamental Rights as an environmental policy advisor. Most recently, she worked in rural Laos and Cambodia, focusing on adult education and community development.

Valeria Vazquez Guevara (Spain) holds an M.A. degree in socio-legal studies from the International Institute for the Sociology of Law. She wrote her master’s thesis on political reconciliation in the Basque Country. She also holds an LL.B. degree from the Universidad de Granada. She has worked in El Salvador, focusing on conflict prevention and peacebuilding initiatives. Most recently, she served as a human rights advocate with Amnesty International-Spain/Basque Country.

Carolina Serrano Idrovo (Colombia) holds a B.A. in political science from the Universidad de los Andes. At the Ideas for Peace Foundation and the International Organization for Migration in Colombia, she assisted with transitional justice measures and coordinated post-conflict peacebuilding projects that supported children, youth, and ex-combatants.

Clint Niehus (USA) earned a B.A. in history and German Studies from the University of Portland. He has worked with low-income residents in San Francisco and served in the Republic of Senegal as an agricultural extension agent for the Peace Corps. He later worked as a regional representative for the Peace Corps, working in partnership with the University of California-Berkeley, inspiring young Americans to promote world peace and friendship.

Adrien Niyongabo (Burundi) is co-founder and coordinator of Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities, a non-governmental organization that specializes in community healing and reconciliation. As head of Quaker Peace Network Burundi, he led an early-warning initiative during the 2010 and 2015 elections. He has worked for Healing and Rebuilding our Communities in Kenya, a Quaker Trauma Healing Program. He has served as a Quaker church elder since 1999.

Vincent Ogoti (Kenya) holds a postgraduate diploma in mass communication and a B.Ed degree (honors) from the University of Nairobi. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. He has worked as an editor, a volunteer teacher, a peer educator, and a blogger specializing in security issues.

Luis Alfonso Miranda Pérez (USA/Guatemala) holds a MSc. in international relations theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also completed postgraduate training on peace research at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Luis has worked as an analyst for United Way of Salt Lake, a mediator at the Utah State Courts, and a facilitator for the International Youth Leadership Conference in Prague.

Anton Protasov (Russia) holds a B.A. degree in political science from Altai State University. As a student, he was a member of the German-Russian Youth Parliament, creating policy to promote multiculturalism and tolerance. In 2014 he was awarded U.S. State Department funding to attend the University of Central Missouri. He also was selected to participate in the Hansen Summer Institute on Leadership and International Cooperation.

Natalia A. Romanova (Russia/Kazakhstan) holds an LL.M. degree in international law from the University of Groningen. She worked for the Australian Embassy in Moscow and the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Most recently, she worked as a lawyer for the Stichting Russian Justice Initiative, which seeks redress for human rights violations in the North Caucasus.

Karen Schousboe (USA) earned a B.A. in international development studies from McGill University. She has worked with refugee youth in the U.S., promoting academic success and leadership. In 2012, she moved to Myanmar where she completed a fellowship with the International Rescue Committee and volunteered with peacebuilding and adult education initiatives. Most recently, she managed training programs for civil society activists from Myanmar.

Becca Williams (USA) served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, empowering rural youth to implement environmental conservation projects. She speaks Spanish and Guarani, the indigenous language of Paraguay. Most recently, she worked for a nonprofit group providing assistance and advocacy for immigrants to the U.S. Becca holds a B.A. in sociology from Linfield College.