After graduating from the MIDP program in May, Gaukhar Kizatolla hopes to help her home country of Kazakhstan move away from a focus on oil and gas to reduce its vulnerability and increase its competitiveness.
Alejandro Weinstein Varas (MIDP ’14) was one of four people elected to Chile’s National Accreditation Commission (CNA). During his four-year term on the commission, which began Jan. 9, he will be responsible for approving the accreditation of all higher education institutions in the country.
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) recently awarded Ana Lucia Garcia Briones (MIDP ’14) the Tom Graff Diversity Fellowship for 2014-15. The fellowship, awarded annually to diverse candidates who are seeking professional experience in environmental advocacy, is a full-time, one-year position focused on a project that is integral to the organization’s work.
Youra Kang, 2012 graduate of the Master of International Development Policy program and employee of the Export-Import Bank of Korea in Seoul, was recently seconded to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, D.C. for a three-year term by her employer.
Chigaga, 2006 MIDP graduate and senior gender specialist at the International Labor Organization, works to promote equal rights for women and men in the workplace. The organization develops programs that give women equal access to opportunities through enterprise development, support for women entrepreneurs, and improved agricultural productivity.
Hamasaeed, a Fulbright scholar and 2007 MIDP graduate, serves as a Program Officer for Iraq and North Africa at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP). USIP was created by the U.S. Congress in 1984 to promote the resolution of conflicts among the nations and peoples of the world through nonviolent means.
Thompson, a 2000 graduate of the MIDP program and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, was recently appointed to lead the Policy, Outreach, Strategy and Evaluation Unit within the Office of Development Planning of the U.S. Agency for International Development's Africa Bureau. In this role, he works with USAID missions in Africa to develop five-year strategic plans that outline how resources will be used for development initiatives.
Aung, 2011 graduate of the MIDP program and Rotary World Peace Fellow, began working as a Program Officer with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in August. Since that time, he has been working with the Ministry of Education and other organizations on a complete reform of Myanmar’s education system.
Kissoon served as Deputy Chief of Party for the Guyana Threshold Country Plan, a Millennium Challenge Account/USAID project, where she developed a results framework for projects, providing technical supervision and ensuring compliance with USAID requirements. After the plan’s conclusion, she began working as an independent consultant, recently coordinating the development of an entire national health strategy for Guyana.
Having spent six years in public office, 2005 MIDP alumnus Steve Solon understands that you can’t go it alone when it comes to international development. In May, Solon was elected governor of the Philippines’ southern province of Sarangani. In his previous role as vice governor, he was responsible for building relationships between the government, private businesses and nonprofits to find long-term solutions to issues such as medical access and the preservation of natural resources.