Class 8

Aldo Perfetto Alexandrow, Venezuela

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
As a career multilateral economic officer and diplomat, Aldo Perfetto has participated in several policy formulation processes at the national level as well as related multilateral negotiations, aimed at the fulfillment of policy development objectives of his home country, Venezuela. Having had the opportunity of translating public policy needs into the language of trade negotiators, he understands that the challenges of a successful development program go beyond consensus building of the main economic actors concerned and national ownership. Such negotiations include, among other things, better development and poverty eradication indicators and the need of multilateral economic rules and disciplines more responsive to legitimate development goals. Bearing in mind that development policies could take place in a violent and polarized economic and social environment, particularly in developing countries, he hopes to contribute to the improvement of policy formulation processes in Venezuela and facilitate a better interplay between legitimate development goals of developing countries and the relevant multilateral economic rules and disciplines.


Gozel Arazmedova, Turkmenistan

Russian and East European Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
After graduating from university, Gozel’s interest in assisting those in need began when she accepted a position with the American Red Cross in Turkmenistan. She gained real life experiences during her time with the Red Cross as head of food distribution for tuberculosis patients in Turkmenistan, and more importantly to her personally, through her experiences educating citizens about proper diets and precautionary measures preventing the spread of tuberculosis. In 2002, she began working for the U.S. Embassy as a consular assistant, giving Gozel an opportunity to assist both Turkmen and U.S. citizens in issues ranging from simple travel questions to complex legal issues involving American citizens abroad. Now she is prepared to pursue her plans working the field of improving women’s rights in Turkmenistan. Upon completion of the Rotary Peace Program, Gozel intends to return to Turkmenistan in order to address and improve women’s rights and equality.


Aung Aung, Myanmar

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Born and raised in Burma, one of the more politically contentious areas of Asia, Aung experienced several political crises throughout his life that encouraged him to find ways to promote greater tolerance and cooperation among people in Burma. After receiving his Master’s in International Relations and Political Economy at KDI School of Public Policy and Management in Seoul, South Korea in 2006, he officially resigned from the Government Service and decided to pursue his dream of doing something innovative and more socially useful. Subsequently, he joined Save the Children, one of the largest international organizations in Burma, and played an active role in representation and liaising with local authorities, other NGOs and UN agencies. As a Rotary World Peace Fellow, he plans to develop skills in peace and conflict resolution and in world understanding to improve the relationship between Burma and international communities. After his studies, he intends to join one of the international organizations in Burma or the UN to become a valued practitioner in the field of international development.


Karina Ito, Brazil

Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Karina graduated in Law, specializing in Human Rights and International Law. She holds a Juris Doctorate (2003), a post-graduate degree in International and Economic Law (2008) and she studied International Human Rights at UC Berkeley (2008). In 2009, she received a full scholarship by the Rotary Foundation at the Duke/UNC Rotary Center in Chapel Hill, USA, where she obtained her MA in Political Science and a Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Resolution. During her applied field experience, Karina served at ICMEC in Alexandria, VA and also at UNICEF in Geneva, both in the area of child protection. After graduating, Karina worked at RTI and Duke University. She is now the Executive Officer of the Standing Group of National Committees for UNICEF. She is responsible for supporting the Chair and other members of the Standing Group with strategic and operational planning, including implementation of decisions and policy.


Pálína Björk Matthíasdóttir, Iceland

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Pálína’s interest in development issues was sparked at a young age when she traveled extensively around Asia and Africa. While there, she was taken by the injustice and imbalance of the world, knowing that there must be many possibilities to improve this situation. Due to her interest in the developing world, Pálína lived in China and later did a research internship with the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh as a part of her International Business education. In Iceland, Pálína was active in numerous roles within organizations promoting civil society, such as the Icelandic Red Cross Youth movement where she is currently elected President. Most of her work was in the area of youth interests and human rights, especially in relation to immigrants and refugees. Upon completion of the Rotary World Peace program, Pálína will pursue a career within humanitarian and international organizations, where she can work towards social development and poverty reduction in the world.


Ana Maria Manuela Mot, Romania

Russian and East European Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Manuela has extensive experience combining both theory and practice in communication, foreign politics, and national security issues. As a former journalist, she closely followed Romania’s foreign policy in its bid for NATO and EU membership by preparing reports from major international events. She was the editor of the European Affairs Weekly of the Ministry of European Integration and has been involved in several communication projects aimed to increase the awareness on the rights, responsibilities, and obligations of EU citizens after the country’s accession. Her most recent position in the private sector as a PR specialist enabled her to become involved in major PR and Communication and Corporate Affairs projects. Also, she has actively supported major cultural events. Manuela’s future projects include pursuing an international career in foreign politics and diplomacy, by joining an international organization or an NGO.


Anabella Palacios, Argentina

City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Anabella´s interest in world peace and international understanding began when she became a Youth Exchange Student from Rotary to study one year during high school in Istanbul, Turkey. This experience allowed her to observe democracy promotion and experience the reality of a cross-cultural country enhancing pluralism and social inclusion. After completing that program, she began her undergraduate studies in International Relations, which included the opportunity to study in Tokyo. Encouraged by a major Argentinean economic and social crisis during this time, she felt the need to learn ways to improve development and enhance the abilities of disadvantaged communities to surpass abject poverty. She was also a volunteer heading rural development projects to strengthen the quality of life for local communities in housing, health and poverty alleviation. Most of her working experience has been in international cooperation, issues of social responsibility, and sustainable development initiatives along with community development programs. As a Rotary World Peace Fellow, Anabella hopes to deepen her knowledge of planning and economic development issues. After completing her fellowship, she wishes to work with current development policies to improve social capacity and opportunity to overcome poverty.


Luisa Ryan, Australia

School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Luisa Ryan graduated from the University of Queensland in 2003 with an Arts degree (Majors in French, Spanish and International Relations) and a Sociology degree with Honors. After graduation, she participated in a tolerance education program in Poland, interned with the Australian Mission to the UN in New York, and worked as a research assistant for International Crisis Group in Brussels and Nepal before commencing work with the United Nations. Luisa worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist in remote communities in Nepal with UNFPA before joining the United Nations Mission in Nepal’s Office of Civil Affairs to monitor Nepal’s fledgling peace process. In 2008, Luisa returned to Australia to lead Australian Red Cross Queensland’s International Programmes department, before taking up her Rotary fellowship at the University of North Carolina. In the future, Luisa hopes to continue her humanitarian efforts with organizations such as the United Nations.


Chad Shipmaker, Canada

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Chad attended the University of Victoria, Canada, where he earned a double major in Political Science and History. He has served in Africa as a JPO with the African Commission for Human Rights (ACHPR) and worked with the United Nations as the Special Assistant to the Resident Coordinator for the UN System in The Gambia. More recently, Chad has worked in Canada, overseeing a CIDA International Youth Internship Program at Okanagan College, as well as working as a financial planner in the private sector. After his studies at Duke, Chad would like to work with an organization pursuing innovative models of international development assistance.

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