Looking to the Future: IGL Alumni Advisory Discussions Summer 2020 Webinars

Past Webinars: video recordings

US Foreign Service

Michelle Dworkin A00; Adam Levy A08; Mariya Iliyas, F18 -- US Foreign Service
Wednesday, July 8, 1pm
Zoom: https://tufts.zoom.us/j/98318305471

Michelle Dworkin has been a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for the past 12 years and is currently the Director of the Program Office in USAID/Honduras. She previously served as a Congressional Liaison Officer in USAID's Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs, and as a Program Officer in USAID's missions in Guatemala and Egypt, and USAID's Regional Platform for Western Afghanistan in Herat. Prior to joining USAID, she worked with NGOs on educational and exchange programs focused on the Middle East. She holds a Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Anthropology from Tufts University. She is an alum of EPIIC's 2000 class (Global Games: Sports, Politics and Society).

Mariya Ilyas is a U.S. Foreign Service Officer currently serving as Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy Amman. She joined the U.S. Foreign Service in September 2018 as a Thomas R. Pickering Fellow. Previously, Mariya taught English as a Fulbright Scholar in Antalya, Turkey (2015-2016) and worked as a product analyst at Liberty Mutual Insurance, a fortune-100 company in Boston (2013-2015). Mariya holds an M.A. in international relations with Honos Civicus distinction from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a B.A. in mathematics from Bowdoin College. She speaks Arabic, Urdu, Turkish and Spanish. Mariya hails from Alexandria, VA and enjoys sudoku, writing poetry, and baking.

Adam Levy is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. Currently he works on the Syria Desk supporting efforts to promote a political resolution to the Syrian conflict. Previously, he has served in Bamako, Mali; Havana, Cuba; and Toronto, Canada as well as shorter assignments in Washington, including in the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Prior to joining the State Department, Adam worked in the international conflict resolution and negotiation field, first founding a non-profit in northern Uganda and then working on Track 1.5 negotiation efforts in Latin America, the Balkans, and the Middle East. He received a BA from Tufts University and a MA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he was also a Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellow.  Originally from Ecuador, Adam calls Massachusetts home and is an avid bread baker.

Enacting Social Entrepreneurship

Anastasia Konstantakatou, A08, F08, Klotsi, Matthew Edmundson A05
Wednesday, July 15, 12pm
Zoom: https://tufts.zoom.us/j/95398932646

Public Sector Consulting

Amy Ouelette A12, Deloitte; Aparna Ramanan A13, Deloitte, Bradley Friedman A15, Deloitte; Piyali Kundu A10, PwC
Saturday, July 18, 1pm
Zoom: https://tufts.zoom.us/j/93235799565

Technology in Development

Rachael Alldian, A12, Viamo; Marc Sacal, A15, Arcus FInancial Services
Wednesday, July 22, 1pm
Zoom: https://tufts.zoom.us/j/95085727969

Rachel Brandenburg is senior policy adviser for Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-MI). Previously, Rachel worked at the Atlantic Council as director of the Scowcroft Center Middle East Security Initiative. From late 2014 to early 2018, Rachel served in the US Department of Defense Office of the Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy where she initially focused on Iraq and the counter-ISIS campaign as Iraq director, and then Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and Lebanon as Levant director. Rachel had previously worked on the Middle East and North Africa at the US Institute of Peace and served at the US State Department in the Office of Middle East Transitions as the Tunisia assistance coordinator, and in the Middle East Partnerships Initiative office. Prior to joining the US government, Rachel worked with Search for Common Ground, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, and the Transatlantic Institute in Brussels. Rachel was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in Israel and a Critical Language Scholarship in Jordan. Rachel completed an MS in foreign service at Georgetown University and a BA in international relations and Middle Eastern studies at Tufts University.

Amy Calfas holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Tufts University, where she was a member of EPIIC and ALLIES, and recently graduated from Georgetown University's Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program with a focus in Global Politics and Security. Prior to Georgetown, she managed Generation Democracy, a global network of young human rights activists and political leaders in over 75 countries around the globe, and supported the U.S. Institute of Peace's programs in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She has also worked with the U.S. Department of State, Human Rights Watch and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems. She has worked across Asia, including in India and Thailand, and her research on human rights and women's empowerment has been published internationally by The Hill, Fair Observer, the Soufan Group, and the Atlantic Council.

Graduate School II: International Relations

Rachel Brandenburg A05, US House of Rep; Amy Calfas A13, Georgetown School of Foreign Service
Wednesday, July 29, 1pm
Zoom: https://tufts.zoom.us/j/99194015580

Intergovernmental Organizations: Working at the OECD

Denis Bravenic A18, OECD
Wednesday, Aug 12, 1pm
Zoom: https://tufts.zoom.us/j/95746074404

Careers in Business: From Start-Ups to Corporations

Padden Murphy and Lumay Wang Murphy
Wednesday, Aug 19, 1pm
Zoom: https://tufts.zoom.us/j/95746074404


Past Events

Graduate School I: Making the Decision of When and Where

Liz Robinson A15, Magenta; Elayne Stecher A14, PhD Candidate, UCLA; Kelsi Stine-Rowe A10, F11, Wikimedia Foundation

Saturday, June 6, 1pm

Elizabeth Robinson is the Asia Regional Lead at MAGENTA, a social and behavioral change research and communications firm. She has five years of experience in international development and humanitarian aid, including in Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Based in Jordan with frequent travel to Kabul, Elizabeth is fascinated by the challenge of education in fragile contexts, and is eager to tell you why she thinks grad school is overrated.

Elayne Stecher is a mixed methodological researcher with work experience in academia and the private sector. Her work combines qualitative study with quantitative analysis, particularly on topical matters related to illicit markets, organized armed groups and political violence. Elayne received her BA in International Relations and Arabic from Tufts University in 2014 and her MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago in 2019. She is currently enrolled at UCLA where she is pursuing a MA in Statistics and a PhD in Political Science. She is trilingual (English, Spanish, Arabic) and is currently focused on Mexico, although she has also conducted research on armed groups in Iraq, Kashmir, and Nigeria. Before matriculating at UCLA, Elayne was a market research consultant in Chicago and has continued her work on these projects as a contract consultant.

Kelsi Stine-Rowe is a passionate global professional with broad expertise in nonprofit program management, communications, and monitoring & evaluation. She currently works at the Wikimedia Foundation where she leads a global community outreach team working to make Wikipedia more inclusive and diverse. Prior to this role, Kelsi was a social impact research with Prof. Rosabeth Moss Kanter at Harvard Business School and led large monitoring & evaluation projects in Africa and the Middle East with Search for Common Ground. Lastly, Kelsi has worked for the last several years as a nonprofit leadership coach to social impact start ups and NGO leaders across the United States. Kelsi holds a masters degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and now lives in Seattle, WA.

Lumay Wang Murphy A11 is currently the Global Corporate Strategy Manager at Anheuser-Busch. She earned her MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Careers in Diplomacy and Security

Matan Chorev A06, F07, Carnegie Endowment; Jesse Sloman A09, Department of Defense
Wednesday, June 10, 1pm

Matan Chorev is the Chief of Staff of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He previously served as Speechwriter, Special Assistant, and Acting Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary of State William J Burns and as a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff. Chorev has also served as a Crisis, Governance, and Stabilization Foreign Service Officer at the United States Agency for International Development with assignments in Morocco and Yemen, and as a Rosenthal Fellow at the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning. Prior to this he was the Executive Director of the Future of National Security Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He is a David Rockefeller Fellow at The Trilateral Commission and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He graduated from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Jesse Sloman is a cyber policy advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Department of Defense. He previously worked as an analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, where he developed and evaluated future operational warfighting concepts. Prior to joining CSBA, Mr. Sloman worked at the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as an intelligence officer in the Marine Corps from 2009 to 2013 and as a civil affairs officer in the Marine Corps Reserve from 2013 to 2016.

Working in/for the UN System

Joanna Friedman A04, UNFPA; Douglass Hansen, A02, UNAMA
Wednesday, June 17, 1pm

Joanna Friedman is the global cash assistance specialist in the Humanitarian Office of UNFPA, the UN Population Fund, based in Geneva. She has managed and advised humanitarian programmes for UNHCR, UNDP, UNICEF as well as NGOs including Oxfam and Action Against Hunger across diverse crisis and displacement contexts. Her work has focused on cash transfers, livelihoods and protection support to women, families and the most vulnerable. She is a Tufts University and EPIIC alumna (2004) and holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Doug Hansen graduated from Tufts in 2002 with degrees in Philosophy and Peace & Justice Studies, and participated in EPIC in 2000-2001. A recently well-heeled hobo, he's lived in 14 countries on four continents. Doug currently works as a judicial affairs officer with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, where he advises the newly established International Crimes Directorate in the Attorney General's Office and the High Council of the Supreme Court on remote court hearings. With the UN he has also worked as judicial affairs officer and special assistant to the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations Mission in Liberia, legal officer in chambers with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and prosecutor with the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Outside the UN, he has worked with the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and as a victim-offender mediator in the US and Nigeria. He likes baseball and burritos and packing up to go someplace new.

Working in Journalism/Photojournalism

Elizabeth Herman A10, Photojournalis and PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley
Wednesday, June 24, 1pm

Biz Herman is a photojournalist based in New York City and a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work focuses on the politics of history, conflict, and group belonging; her dissertation examines the ways in which trauma impacts intergroup relations and pro-social behavior. Since 2016, Elizabeth has been an Innovation Fellow at Beyond Conflict’s Innovation Lab, which applies research from cognitive and behavioral science to reduce social conflict and foster reconciliation. A regular contributor to The New York Times, she was previously a Fulbright Fellow to Bangladesh and has had her photography and research published in national and international outlets.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Mary Langan A09, PhD Candidate, SAIS, Johns Hopkins
Wednesday, July 1, 1pm

This seminar focused on monitoring and evaluation for your research and projects. Why are monitoring and evaluation important considerations for your project or research? Watch this recording to understand the role they play in your design and implementation of an effective project.

Mary Langan is a Tufts BA (IR '09) and Johns Hopkins SAIS MA (IDEV '11) graduate and a current PhD Candidate at John Hopkins SAIS in the African Studies department. Prior to her current studies Mary worked in the fields of International Development and Humanitarian Assistance, primarily in East Africa. Mary has led Monitoring and Evaluation programming for NGOs in South Sudan, Iraq and Syria and completed evaluations for USAID in Ethiopia, CEIMM in Nicaragua and Fundacion Paraguaya in Paraguay. Mary also led a year-long Randomized Controlled Trial in southwestern Uganda for IPA focused on USAID's childhood health and nutrition programming. In addition to her work as an M&E specialist, Mary has served as a CCCM specialist, managing camps in Iraq and South Sudan and coordinating camp management programming across South Sudan.