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Alumni Profiles

Sarhang Hamasaeed, MIDP 2007

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.

David Thompson, MIDP 2000

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 Aung, MIDP 2011

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.

Katherine Marshall Kissoon, MIDP 2004

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.

Steve Solon, MIDP 2005

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.

Amar Nath, MIDP 2009

Nath, 2009 graduate of the MIDP program, was selected as first CEO of the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) in July 2011. The Legislative Assembly of Delhi created the board in July 2010 to provide basic services and housing options for slum dwellers in India's capital city.

Aleksi Aleksishvili, MIDP 2004

Aleksishvili, 2004 graduate of the MIDP program, is using the skills he learned at Duke University and as Georgia's Minister of Finance to help developing countries streamline processes and improve financial management. As CEO and Chairman of Policy and Management Consulting Group, he works with countries such as Mongolia, Mozambique and Afghanistan to create an environment that is favorable for business development.

Muhsin Atci, MIDP 2014

Months before people from all over the world descend on Washington, D.C., for the annual Cherry Blossom festival, a different group of worldly individuals travel to the nation’s capital from Duke University. Every January, first and second-year fellows in the MIDP program go to Washington to attend presentations and learn from a variety of nonprofit, government and financial agencies. This trip offers them the chance to meet with MIDP graduates, network and learn about potential internships.

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