Class 4

 Stephanie Borsboom, Netherlands

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University

During her graduate studies in Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Delft, Stephanie formed the Dutch Dipjoti Nepal Foundation (2002), which is dedicated to helping the poorest people of Nepal achieve a better standard of living. Until 2005, Stephanie spent part of each year in Nepal, supervising the construction of 15 schools, and 10 water supply systems. While pursuing a master’s degree in Duke’s Program in International Development Policy as a Rotary World Peace Fellow she continued to raise funds and manage projects in Nepal.

Until mid-2014, Stephanie continued to work and live in the country that has become her second home – Nepal. She combined her work at the World Bank, as an operations officer in the water resources, climate change and environment unit with fundraising and project management for her NGO.

In 2014, she returned to her home country where she is now working as a Portfolio Manager for the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation for global projects in Africa and Asia. Her NGO is still running well; Over 40 schools, 100 water supply systems, and 1,000 sanitation facilities have been completed since 2002.

 

David Robert Chick, Australia 

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
David earned a BA in Political Science and Mandarin and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland. He has recently completed his Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne, where he studied international humanitarian law and dispute settlement. David practiced company and commercial law for several years. From 1999, he has worked as a member of the Australian Public Service first in the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts and later in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where he was a Senior Advisor in the National Security Division. Following his studies, David would like to work in policy development for countries in conflict, and assist in shaping public policy toward humanitarian standards.

 

Nidhi Khosla, India

School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Nidhi received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Delhi, India. After a brief stint with a private bank, she decided to pursue her dream of doing something innovative and more socially useful. Subsequently she joined a Management Institute and studied management of development interventions. She first used her management training in managing reproductive and sexual health programs with a Federal agency in India. Thereafter she worked with the Policy and Partnership Unit of ActionAid International-India where she was engaged in institutional fund raising and monitoring of projects on social justice and poverty alleviation. She also contributed to the strategic development of the organization’s campaigns against sex trafficking and against HIV related stigma. She is interested in working on issues of health, human rights and social justice in South Asia.

 

Matthew Ford, Australia

Department of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Matthew received a Bachelor’s in Economics and a B.A. in Politics and German from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. As a student he interned with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at Australian National University, in addition to helping train athletes for national and international competitions as a gymnastics coach. After graduating, Matthew traveled throughout Southeast Asia before moving to Japan in 2001 to teach English and study Japanese language and culture along with traditional martial arts. As a Rotary World Peace Fellow, Matthew plans to develop skills in politics and economics as they apply to the goals of peace and development. He is interested to gain practical experience in conflict resolution and policy implementation during fieldwork and go on to work with an international organization in a policy role.

 

Martín Kunik, Argentina

Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Martín’s interest is in resolving social problems, particularly those related to economic development, that contribute directly to conflict. After receiving his Bachelor’s in International Relations at the University of San Andrés in Buenos Aires, he became coordinator of the Foreign Politics Commission for the Argentine Foundation for a Republic with Opportunities (FARO). He has contributed to a number of research and social projects with organizations such as the World Health Organization and the Population Research Center. He is currently with RHO Consultants, a company specializing in organizational change and development, to develop a governmental quality index. Martin hopes to help solve social problems related to his country’s economic development and is committed to improving those whose lives are impoverished.

 

Olga Nesterova, Kazakhstan

Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Olga earned her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics at Kazakh State National University in Almaty. She also completed the MBA in Finance at the University of International Business. Her work as a Management Assistant for the British Embassy in Kazakhstan gave Olga her first opportunity to travel overseas and inspired her interest in international relations and economic development. During her summer internship in the Middle East with the United Nations Office for Project Services, she gained experience in humanitarian affairs that built up her communication and consensus building skills. Following completion of the program, Olga plans to dedicate her career to advancing change through economic development while working for international development organizations.

 

Ana Salazar Manzur-Allan, Australia

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Ana and her family, of Jewish and Palestinian descent, were exiled from El Salvador in 1990 and subsequently moved to Australia. This experience, in addition to her father’s work in empowering rural communities, was the catalyst for Ana’s interest in the field of Peace and Conflict Resolution and International Development. Ana received her BA in International Relations and Women’s Studies from the University of Queensland and completed a post-graduate degree in Women’s Studies. Ana has hands on knowledge of international development, with a special interest in maternal and child health, and has extensive experience in the design and implementation of projects that seek to empower the poor. Prior to her studies at the Duke-UNC Rotary Center, she worked as a Program Manager with Care International in El Salvador, focusing on empowerment through community organization and small business development. Further, she has spent several years working as a consultant for various organizations including World Vision, Finca International and the United Nations Development Program. She now holds a Masters in International Development Policy from Duke University. She received her BA from the University of Queensland, Australia. Ana is the Business Development Director and Head of Programs at Embrace.

 

Juan Esteban Ugarriza, Colombia

Department of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Juan Esteban received his Bachelor’s degree in Social Communication and Journalism from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín, Colombia. During his studies, Juan Esteban had opportunities to work in local broadcasting, economics-focused journalism, and internet editing for the magazine industry. In 2001, he was selected to work with the United Nations on the General Assembly sessions on Refugees and HIV/AIDS. Juan Esteban is currently working as an International Affairs Journalist for El Colombiano newspaper. Upon completion of the program, Juan Esteban hopes to work in international communications and conflict resolution.

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