Class 6 (2007-2009)

Katia de Mello Dantas, Brazil

Duke University – Master in International Development Policy

Katia Dantas gained first-hand experience in development through her work for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Brazil, where she worked with USAID’s health program during the course of several politically contentious disagreements between the U.S. and Brazilian governments. She has since participated in the negotiations to resurrect the HIV/AIDS program. In her tenure, she has also been active in the design of USAID strategy against Trafficking in Persons in Brazil. During the applied field experience, Katia has worked for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), exploring the linkages between migration and health, and the several implications of international cross-border movements. Upon completion of the Rotary World Peace Program, Katia expects to apply her educational and professional experiences in working towards mitigating the impact of social inequalities worldwide.