The Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) program at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy welcomed 42 new fellows representing 22 countries for the 2016-17 academic year.

Of the 42, nine are from East and Southeast Asia, seven are from Europe and Central Asia, seven are from North America, six are from South Asia, five are from Africa, five are from the Middle East, two are from Latin America and one is from Australia.

This year’s incoming class includes:

  • Twenty officers in foreign government ministries, including the Ministry of Finance in Sierra Leone, the Ministry of Strategy and Finance in South Korea and the Ministry of Environment in Japan.
  • Six officers in the Government of India, including director of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, joint development commissioner in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, and secretary to the cabinet minister of urban development.
  • Two who have founded nonprofits, one related to arts and culture and the other focusing on community development in Africa.
  • Three Returned Peace Corps volunteers who served in Madagascar, Malawi and Peru.
  • A specialist in extremism in South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa with the U.S. Department of Defense in Washington, D.C.
  • Founder and managing director of a Kosovo-based consulting company focused on private sector development, education and local governance.
  • A police officer in Brazil with over 16 years of human resource management, administration and operational services with an emphasis on peace and conflict resolution.
  • Former managing director of a pharmaceutical company in Iran, who has been working on a tuberculosis treatment policy for the country with nonprofit Advance Access & Delivery.
  • Founder of the Life of Women Human Rights Project, which focuses on documenting the life stories of women human rights defenders in Cambodia.

Together with the second-year MIDP fellows, the class contains 77 professionals who plan to dedicate their careers to sustainable economic development. 

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