Roya Soleimani, spokeswoman for Google and a 2011 graduate of the MA in Arab Studies program, emphasized “psychological safety and clarity and trust” as the keys to a diverse workplace, in the Huffington Post.
Friends and family of Nina Brekelmans (MAAS’15) have established a running camp for girls in Jordan and a scholarship for Arab Studies Master’s students at SFS to honor her memory. Brekelmans tragically died in a house fire shortly after she graduated from Georgetown in May 2015.
Julie Baker (SFS’05) discusses how her time teaching fourth grade with Teach for America helped her excel in law school and inspired her passion for educational equity as a lawyer.
Alumna Mina Erika Pollmann, SFS’15, breaks down the symbolic and practical meaning behind a negative interest rate and what it will mean for Japanese banks and firms for The Gulf Time.
Taylor Salisbury, GHD ’15, examines the differences in returns to schooling across races since the initial 1990s post-apartheid era in the International Journal of Educational Development.
Arab Studies Alum Noga Malkin (MAAS’15) shares her experiences working with refugees in Turkey. Since September 2015, she has been working with humanitarian NGO Welthungerhilfe (World Hunger Aid) in southeast Turkey, leading the establishment of a new refugee community center.
Nadim Rifai, a 2011 GU-Qatar alumnus, developed FitTastic, a portable motion tracker and interactive smartphone application, to blend technology, gaming, and health in an attempt to improve fitness and public health across the Arab region.
Arab Studies Alum Katherine Dunn (MAAS’09) shares her experiences working with refugees in Jordan. She has served as Associate Field Officer for UNHCR in Irbid, Jordan since 2014.
Tessa Poppe, (SSP’15) discussed a group of veterans who are fighting to help troops who were forced out of the military with less-than-honorable discharges due to mental health issues in Task and Purpose.
William Newton (SFS’95) discussed the exhibit “Dark Fields of the Republic: Alexander Gardner Photographs 1859-1872,” which is on display at the National Portrait Gallery in The Federalist magazine. Gartner was Abraham Lincoln’s favorite photographer.
Elizabeth Kang (SFS’15) is in Bangalore, India on a Fulbright Research grant, where she is exploring early stages of social entrepreneurship and impact investment. Take a look at Kang’s blog with reflections during her nine months in India.
Jose M. Luna (SFS’15) is among only 111 out of more than 3,000 candidates from 135 countries to receive a Schwarzman scholarship, a new award designed to prepare global leaders and build stronger links between the United States and China.
Ahmad Shama (MSFS’12) published a piece in Salon about how Muslims are combating radicalism. Shama is an American Muslim who served as a Marine in Iraq and is now a U.S. Foreign Service Officer.
BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour featured Georgetown alumna, actress, model & former Paralympic athlete Aimee Mullins (SFS’98) in “The Chain,” an audio series in which successful women talk about the women that have inspired them.
Georgetown alumnus Peter Prindiville (SFS’14) is one of only 12 Americans to receive this year’s George J. Mitchell Scholarship, which he will use to study how societies assimilate and adapt historical memory.
Combining his background in national security with his interest in medicine, this Georgetown University School of Medicine student founded the Global Surgical and Medical Support Group, which provides medical care to refugees in northern Iraq.
Timothy Hughes (SFS’94) is senior vice president and general counsel for Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX), a rocket launch services provider which has developed a family of launch vehicles intended to increase the reliability of access to space while reducing costs.
Ario Keshani (SFS’05) discusses being CEO at Split Technology, Inc., a shared ride startup based in DC.
Bill Decker (SFS’97) was granted the President’s Call to Service Award for his volunteer efforts as a Response Team member with international humanitarian relief organization ShelterBox USA, where he has logged over 4,000 hours of service.
Mariana Cotlear (SFS’07) discusses her time at Georgetown and what led her to her current career as a marketing strategist for Chipotle.
Matt Bigge (SFS’92) talks about his role as CEO of Strategic Social, a business which provides technology, program management and consulting support to government and private sector customers in emerging markets and his founding goal for the company “to do well while doing good.”
Hilary Linder (MSFS’11) talks about her company Kudzu Films, a production company dedicated to spreading social justice through documentary films. She is currently directing and producing Indivisible, a film about the fight to reunite families separated by deportation.
Hailey Woldt (SFS’08) on co-founding the startup BeConnections, an international networking and community platform for small and medium sized businesses.
Georgetown’s Jesuit values of service inspired Mary Grace Reich (SFS’13) to travel to rural Namibia as a Peace Corps volunteer, where she teaches English and works on local initiatives for education and clean water.
Claire Naylor (SFS’11) and Claire Charamnac (SFS’11) co-founded Women LEAD, the first and only leadership development organization for young women in Nepal—a country where approximately 60 percent of women are illiterate and a third of girls ages 15-19 are married.
Regina DeMeo (SFS’94) is a family law attorney in Washington, D.C., who incorporates mediation, collaborative law, psychology, and other methods to assist families going through divorce crises.
Lisa Granik, (SFS/MSFS’81,’85) came to Georgetown on October 20 and organized a very special wine tasting seminar with students and professors from MSFS. Granik shared her extensive knowledge of wine and answered questions from the audience.
Bae returned to Iraq as a writer with a medical charity after his service there as a Marine in the Iraq War. He details in Foreign Policy how each experience perpetuated a different kind of fear.
MarketWatch reports that Asia Society has appointed Wendy Cutler (MSFS’83) as head of its Washington, D.C. office and Vice President of the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI), a think tank that aims to bring Asia to the forefront of global policy making. Currently, Cutler is Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative.
SFS graduate students Elvia Valle, MAGES’17 and Francisco Bencosme, SSP’17 and alumna Ginny Barahona, MSFS’05, landed on the 40 Under 40: Latinos in #Foreign Policy list published on Huffington Post.