Class 2

Shakeel Ahmed, Pakistan

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Shakeel holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics and a master’s degree in Kashmir studies from the University of Punjab. His focus is on the political history of Kashmir with a special interest in the current Kashmir conflict. Most recently Ahmed has been an assistant professor in the Department of Kashmir Studies at the University of Punjab, where he has taught Kashmir political history. He previously served as a private secretary to an advisor for the prime minister of Pakistan and as an inspector and labor officer in Pakistan’s Department of Industry and Labor. Fluent in Urdu, Kashmiri, Punjabi, and English, Ahmed’s experience as a Rotary World Peace Scholar will help him develop workable diplomatic solutions to the Kashmir and other conflicts.


Sebastian López Azumendi, Argentina

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Sebastian received a bachelor’s degree in law from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina) where he also completed a year towards a Master’s in International Relations. He has researched trade integration and democracy in Latin America, a region where he has also focused in the Program in International Development Policy. In summer 2004, Sebastian worked in Geneva, Switzerland as an intern for the South Centre, an intergovernmental organization that promotes developing countries interests in international forums such as the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. After finishing his Master’s in International Development Policy, Sebastian hopes to work on conflict analysis in order to contribute to its mainstreaming in bilateral and international organizations.


Rajiv Jalota, India

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
As a District Magistrate and CEO of Zilla Parishad, for the Maharashtra State government, Rajiv has had firsthand experience resolving communal, economic, and environmental disputes and planning and implementing programs of social development. Since completing a master’s degree in organic chemistry at Lucknow University, Rajiv has been a civil servant in the Indian Administrative Service to maintain peace with development in his jurisdiction. He has worked closely with local Rotary clubs for various humanitarian causes, including Polio Plus. Rajiv speaks Hindi and Marathi as well as English. After completing his fellowship, he plans to return to government work to develop policies and training models that are both socially acceptable as well as environmentally sustainable. He did his internship at the Environment and Social Development unit in East Asia, at the World Bank, working on resettlement and rehabilitation aspects of projects in Vietnam.

Rajiv Jalota, Class 2 Rotary Peace Fellow, travels back to North Carolina for his daughter’s graduation from Duke University.


Mai Hosoi, Japan

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law from Keio University, Mai has become a specialist on Japan’s refugee and development aid policy. She also has worked extensively with refugee status recognition policy in developing countries. Mai is proficient in English in addition to her native Japanese. She began her professional career as an intern for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Tokyo, where she researched court decisions regarding refugees and interviewed asylum seekers. Since then, she has worked as an attaché for the Japanese Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she has been responsible for promoting reconciliation among ethnic groups. Mai plans to continue her work with returning refugees and internationally displaced persons in post-conflict areas after she completes her Rotary World Peace Fellowship.


Yung Le, Australia

School of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Yung is an Australian with a Vietnamese heritage. Her bicultural upbringing has led to a desire to learn the root causes of racial conflict in Australia. To this end, she has earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminology from the University of Melbourne. In her professional career, she has worked at the University of Melbourne’s International Conflict Resolution Center and spent a year in Vietnam as a project officer for UNESCO. There she developed and implemented projects in the areas of peace education, youth and HIV/AIDS prevention and care. Over the summer of 2004, Yung worked at the World Bank on its Education for Iraq program, where she was responsible for developing a policy framework for textbook development in Iraq. She received her master’s from the School of Education at UNC where her academic focus was on the democratization of education in post-conflict reconstruction. She plans to return to the international development field and work in education reform in post-conflict settings.


Diana Manevskaya, Republic of Belarus

School of Journalism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Diana received her Master’s degree from the UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication under the Rotary World Peace Scholarship. Her focus was on public relations for non-governmental organizations as well as promoting information communication technologies in developing countries. Diana received a bachelor’s degree in international law from Belarus State University. In addition to Belarusian, she speaks English, German and Russian. Diana has used her language abilities to gain extensive practical experience in public relations with various non-governmental organizations. In 2002 she was elected as a member of the Council of Europe’s Youth Advisory Committee to promote intercultural dialogue, human rights education, and democratic citizenship. Diana is also a freelance journalist. Over the summer of 2004 Diana worked at the World Bank HQ, Washington, DC, promoting information communication technologies for developing countries within e-Development Services Thematic Group. She plans to work in international development field promoting projects of international organizations such as the World Bank, the United Nations and others.


Susan Stigant, Canada

Department of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Susan received her Master’s in Political Science at UNC as a Rotary World Peace Scholar. Her areas of interest include ethnic conflict, constitutional design and peace building, with a special interest in Sudan. In summer 2004, she participated in the Program on Global Policy and Governance in Geneva, where she worked with the International Committee for the Red Cross on the women in war project. Prior to embarking on the Rotary program, Susan earned her bachelor’s degree with honors in international relations and French from the University of British Columbia. Susan worked at the Forum of Federations coordinating both an international youth internship program and a program with the Philippines. Previously, Susan had worked as a researcher at the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. She has volunteered with the Canadian High Commission as a parliamentary monitor and analyst and with a community-based organization that focused on conflict resolution and women’s issues.


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