Class 1

Pravin Dixit, India  

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Pravin Dixit, a native of India, completed his Rotary World Peace Scholarship in 2004 with a Master’s in International Development Policy from Duke University. He has received degrees in international studies from J. Nehru University in New Delhi, and in Political Science from Pune University. He also holds a diploma in German literature. In high school, Pravin was active in both his local Rotaract and Interact Clubs and served as President of the Pune Interact club. Pravin has dedicated his career to national security and service in his home country, an internship with Save the Children in summer 2003. He began his career working for the Indian Police Service and later moved into training in Police Administration and training to government officers, functionaries from NGOs and local governments, where his motto was “service of the people.” During his 27 year career, he has earned the government of India’s Presidential Police Medal for meritorious service as well as an award from the Director General of Police Maharashtra for his outstanding work.

 

Richard Gee, England

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Richard holds a master’s degree from Oxford University and a master’s degree from Kings College London. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1993 and practiced in child rights for a number of years. He came to the Rotary scholarship having specialized in international migration and worked as Director of an NGO in Guatemala and for the UN High Commission for Refugees in Geneva. Richard is currently working with the International Organization of Migration.

 

Bautista Logioco, Argentina

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Bautista earned his bachelor’s degree in law from Universidad Nacional de La Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and holds a master’s degree in law and economic integration from Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires. Bautista has strong interests in university lecturing and research. In addition to his work as a lawyer with Marval-O’Farrell & Mairal Attorneys at Law and Intellectual Property Agents in Buenos Aires, Bautista has held positions with the Ministry of Economy in Buenos Aires and with the International Migration Policy Program in Geneva. He was also active in his community in La Plata by volunteering at the María Luisa Servente Children’s Home and at Hogar Don Bosco, where he helped organize the collection of toys, construction materials, and funds for the poor. Bautista is currently working as a Program Officer for the Organization of American States.

 

Maria Clara Jaramillo, Colombia

School of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Maria, a native of Colombia, completed a year of training at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School after completing her LLM in American and international regulation in foreign trade at Georgetown University and a law degree and post-graduate degree in conflict resolution from Universidad Javeriana in Colombia. Prior to commencing her Rotary scholarship, she served as the post-graduate director and professor of negotiation techniques at the Universidad Externado de Colombia in Bogota, where she designed academic programs and consulted on conflicts for this university. Her service activities include the Human Rights League in Bolivia, for which she reviewed negotiation methods and suggested alternatives. She was employed in the mayor’s office in Riosucio, Colombia, where she worked with civic leaders to provide alternate methods for conflict resolution. She plans to dedicate her professional life to promoting peace and conflict resolution in order to generate positive changes in the world.

 

Derran Moss, Australia

Department of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
An attorney and accomplished public speaker, Derran worked as a graduate legal officer with the Attorney General’s Department in Canberra. He has performed pro bono work for practitioners and clients on a broad range of issues. Derran’s exemplary public speaking skills have led him to compete in five World University Debating and Public Speaking Society championships. He also has served as a debating and public speaking instructor at primary schools and organized and conducted debating seminars for numerous community organizations, including a local prison. Derran, originally from Brisbane, was an Associate to a District Court judge through the Department of Justice. Derran received his Master’s in Political Science at UNC under the Rotary World Peace Scholarship program and is currently working as a Senior Legal Advisor for the department of Crime and Misconduct Commission, Research and Prevention.

 

Mitchell O’Brien, Australia

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Mitchell O’Brien holds a law degree with honors and BA in journalism from Griffith University. Prior to commencing his studies at Duke University he acted as Rapporteur for a Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative sponsored Fact Finding Mission that traveled to Fiji in the wake of the May 2000 coup. Mitchell was responsible for coordinating the delegation and drafting subsequent reports that were used to advocate for a return to democracy in Fiji. Simultaneously he worked as a litigation lawyer for Blake Dawson Waldron specializing in freedom of speech law and commissions of inquiry. Prior to this he worked in South Asian and Africa as a human rights lawyer for an international human rights organization. He is interested in civil and political rights, democracy and constitutionalism. Mitchell is currently a consultant working with the World Bank and a subject matter expert on a project with International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, researching constitution-building processes, particularly in post-conflict countries. He is also a resident Research Fellow with the Democracy Coalition Project (DCP) in Washington, DC.

 

Carmen Strigel, Germany

School of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Carmen holds an advanced degree in media practice and a teaching degree for secondary school level in Mathematics, English and Geography from the University (PH) of Weingarten, Germany and from Växjö University, Sweden. Prior to becoming a Peace Fellow, she worked at the European Schoolnet in Brussels as a project coordinator for international projects on Information and Communication Technologies in Education, funded by the European Commission. Previously, she had managed the international office of the College of Education in Weingarten and represented Germany in the European Board of the Erasmus Student Network. Carmen was involved in her community as one of the founding members of the Rotaract Club of Ravensburg. Her work and studies focus on education reform issues, new technologies for development, and civil society participation. Carmen has also completed a 3 months internship with the United Nations Development Program in Azerbaijan. She has found her passion in working out strategies for developing countries on how to use Information and Communication Technologies to further sustainable Human Development.

 

Ena Sugiyama, Japan

Department of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ena holds a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Studies from the department of British and American Studies at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan. She also studied at the University of Wisconsin at Madison as an exchange student. Ena’s professional experience include her work in the private sector in Japan as a member of international sales engineering department, and as an intern in the conflict resolution program at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia during the summer of 2003. Ena has been involved in service activities by sponsoring children in rural areas in the Philippines for their better access to the education through NGO ChildFund Japan of ChildFund Alliance. Following the completion of her Master’s degree in Political Science at UNC as a Rotary World Peace Scholar, Ena has been working for The Nippon Foundation in Tokyo, Japan, currently as a senior project coordinator in the international programs department.

 

Shih-Szu Wang, Taiwan

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Shih-Szu holds a master’s degree in sociology from the National Jsing-Hwan University in Taiwan, as well as a bachelor of law from Junghai University. Before becoming a member of the inaugural class of Rotary World Peace Scholars studying International Development Policy at Duke, she worked at the Judicial Reform Foundation in Taipei as a secretary general/director of programs. She has been a Columnist and Editorial Writer in Taiwan since 1993 and had numerous articles in various major national newspapers. Shih-Szu has served as a member of the Taiwan Association for the Promotion of Human Rights for three years, as well as serving as a member of the Taiwan Labor Front. Shih-Szu’s areas of interest are the interdependency and interaction of such human rights, rule of law, democracy, and peace.

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