Student Leaders and Members

Ariel Barbieri-Aghib (’18)

Trip Leader

Hailing from San Francisco, California, Ariel is a senior studying International Relations with a focus on the EU and former Soviet Union. She is also leading a research team focusing on the European Union member states responses to the migrant/refugee countries. Outside of NIMEP, Ariel enjoys hiking, rock climbing, playing frisbee and drinking hot tea on cold mornings.

Siddharth (Sidd) Divakaruni (’17)

Research Team Coordinator

Sidd is a third-year from Munster, IN, studying International Relations, Sociology, and Colonialism Studies. Sidd is very excited to be a part of NIMEP this year as the Research Team Coordinator. He looks forward to learning more about the MENA region as a whole via discussion about regional affairs, ongoing conflicts, and cultures.

Mia Ellis (’18)


Mia is a senior at Tufts University from Montclair, NJ. She is majoring in quantitative economics and math with a minor in Arabic. She's interested in pursuing a career in economic development, with a specific focus on effective and ethical practices. She's interned as a lobbyist for the Humane Society of the United States, interned for the United States Public Interest Research Group, worked with the Mo Dewji Foundation in Tanzania, and conducted research for the International Food Policy Research Institute in Egypt. She has also worked as a research assistant for a Tufts economics professor in Tanzania and conducted independent research in Tunisia.