Class 9

JuneHo Chung, South Korea 

Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
June-ho’s diversity of my experience and interests spans the globe. June-ho worked at Sogang University as a business education team manager and Samil PricewaterhouseCoopers as a junior international taxation consultant. June-ho also was a commissioned military officer serving in the army with a year-long deployment in Afghanistan. June-ho lived in the United States, South Korea, Switzerland, and Afghanistan and traveled many countries such as Japan, China, Australia, and France. During his undergraduate years, June-ho’s main focus was international business and accounting. June-ho’s main interest is in effective, efficient, and sustainable economic development. He wants to study ways to increase efficiency and effectiveness in the economic and industrial development, and how to formulate sustainable economic development planning for post-conflict regions and counties under transition such as North Korea. Moreover, as a Korean June-ho is interested in the past 60 years of Korean economic development history and how it could be applied to other developing counties or post-conflict counties. He also hopes to research economic development policies for the Koreas and in due course support the unification process and would like to study what type of tasks, efforts, and environment can lead to efficient outcome of poverty alleviation programs.


Eduardo da Costa, Brazil

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Eduardo Costa is an economist, scholar and social/environmental activist in the Brazilian Amazon. As an economist for the Pará State Chamber of Commerce, he has pioneered the mobilization of local corporations on issues related to corporate social and environmental responsibility. He has assisted local business leaders with the design and implementation of socially and environmentally responsible corporate projects and advocated for the development of sustainable small businesses in the Brazilian Amazon. As a professor in the Program of International Relations at UNAMA-Amazônia University, his academic interests focus on conflict prevention, human rights and the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development in the Brazilian Amazon. Eduardo believes that only economically viable, socially just and environmentally sustainable development policies can ensure that the needs of the local populations are met, that the Brazilian Amazon has the opportunity to develop its economy, and that the rainforest persists as an ecologically functioning ecosystem that plays a vital role in regulating the global climate. Upon completion of the Rotary World Peace Program, Eduardo wishes to seek employment with a private consulting firm, international NGO or multilateral organization that works towards the promotion of sustainable development policies in the Amazon and around the world.


Keren Dalyot, Israel

School of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Keren has been working in civil society organizations since she finished her BA in International Relation and Media Studies as well as an interdisciplinary MA in Human Rights. Keren is passionate about women’s rights and has worked in the Israeli Women’s Network, an NGO committed to promoting women’s rights in the employment market. Over the years Keren has also volunteered in several women’s NGOs: The Israeli coalition against Trafficking in Women, A local organization for immigrant women from the Caucus region, and most recently an organization devoted to women’s health issues (Women and their Bodies). Keren is interested in the intersection of development aid, gender and education, and especially in education policies aimed at promoting gender equality and equity. Keren believes in the power of education to create social change in societies and will be studying in the School of Education, “Culture, Curriculum and Change” program.


Georgia Harley, Australia

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Georgia Harley is an international lawyer from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She specialises in international criminal, humanitarian, human rights and security law and has represented the Australian Government in various international negotiations. Prior to joining the Department of Foreign Affairs, Georgia served in the Office of International Law at the Australian Attorney-General’s Department, the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands and on various rule of law projects in the Asia Pacific region. Georgia graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Queensland and will shortly complete her a Masters of Laws (International Law) at the Australian National University. Georgia speaks English, French, Khmer and Pijin. As a Rotary World Peace Fellow at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Georgia’s research interests include the role of law in promoting peace, security and development.


Ali Reza Eshraghi, Iran

Department of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ali Reza Eshraghi has been working as the editor of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting and editor-in-chief of Mianeh website, considered as one of the most respected sources for Information and analyses on Iran which its stories are frequently syndicated and republished in media outlets worldwide. Formerly he was visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism and then the Institute of International Studies. He was also a research fellow at the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program at UC Berkeley. He studied Political Science and Islamic studies in Tehran. During his 13-year career in journalism, he has worked as the senior editor in some of Tehran’s most well-known newspapers, all of which have eventually been banned or shut down by the government. Eshraghi has been placed on the list of famous Iranian Op-Ed piece writers. He has received the Golden Pen Award at Iran’s National Press Festival and has served as a member of the jury of the Festival for several years.


Misaki Kimura, Japan

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Misaki began her professional career as a peace-builder in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH), where she worked for the Japanese Government’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Program (GGHSP). As a Program Coordinator for GGHSP, she was engaged in planning, managing and monitoring projects for support of local community development which were implemented by NGOs or local authorities. After finishing the assignment in BH, Misaki proceeded to work for GGHSP in Croatia to gain further field experience. In Croatia, she has realized such humanitarian projects as demining activities and workshop program for young people with different ethnic background. Misaki’s area of focus is donor cooperation in peace-building assistance. Upon completion of the Rotary Peace Fellow Program, Misaki hopes to work as a peace-building professional and to facilitate coordination and cooperation among donors for effective and efficient implementation of peacebuilding in conflict or post-conflict areas.


Ryan Rowe, Canada

School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ryan’s interest in international development emerged after spending time travelling, working and studying in South America. Upon completion of his MBA, he decided to move to the United Arab Emirates and join the Macquarie Group’s Middle East infrastructure business in order to gain insight into the private financing of infrastructure projects. During his time in the Gulf region, he worked on the establishment of a US$630 million infrastructure investment fund, led the firm’s corporate social footprint in the region, and developed expertise in investor relations, fundraising, infrastructure investment analysis, financial reporting and corporate governance. Seeking an outlet for his humanitarian side, Ryan launched a grassroots volunteer organisation through which over 2,200 hours of volunteer service was delivered in a single year. He also holds a board position with the Kenya-based Tabasamu Education Fund, where his focus is on strategic marketing and fundraising initiatives to help meet the tuition funding needs of students from low-income families. Ryan is now undertaking a Master of Public Health as part of the Rotary World Peace Program to round out his understanding of development issues. His main area of interest is in community-based approaches to public health through behavioural change and infrastructure development, particularly in the water and sanitation sector. Among his objectives is the creation of a social investment fund to provide funding for such projects in areas such as slums, rural villages, or post-conflict zones.


Priscilla Vaz, Brazil 

Department of Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Priscilla Vaz is a social scientist, a popular educator and an activist for gender/race equity and social justice. As a social scientist, Priscilla has been doing research on the interfaces of globalization, ethnicity and community development. She is especially interested in doing research and grassroots work with networks of black women to investigate and to experience their mobilization to implementing solidarity economics initiatives to fight poverty and to promote human rights. She is one of the founders of Sauti Yetu Gorée, a network of activist women from Africa and African Diaspora that promotes joint-ventures to support a residency program for political and cultural exchange among activists women. Since 2003, she has been doing grassroots works at the PsicoUsp Educational Project, a not- for- profit, self-organized and collectively-led organization, aimed at mentoring low-income and black students in their challenge to overcome socioeconomic and racial barriers to access public higher education. Upon completion of the Rotary World Peace Program, Priscilla plans to work with collectives, NGO’s or international institutions, to help in the implementation of collective processes of building sustainable, locally-rooted, globally-connected, and ecologically sound initiatives of solidarity economics. To pursue the Diplomatic career in the Brazilian Government is also another plan for a future career.


Roselyn Vusia, Uganda

Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Roselyn received a law degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She is currently working as the Program Coordinator with the Action Group for Health Human Rights and HIV/AIDS (AGHA) Uganda, a non-governmental organization in Uganda advocating for the health rights of all Ugandans. For the past two years, Roselyn has organized advocacy campaigns around health issues in Uganda, including transparency and accountability in the health sector, monitoring health rights violations, conducting research and producing reports for advocacy purposes. Prior to her advocacy work at AGHA, she worked as a Legal Assistant at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the AFRC Appeal Case for the Brima Defense team where she was engaged in legal research and analysis. Roselyn also interned with the Uganda Human Rights Commission. Roselyn’s main interest is in international Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, specifically International Criminal Law and the Right to Health. She hopes to continue her work in conflict zones to address Sexual and Reproductive Health issues and/or criminal justice issues.

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