Class 14 (2015-2017)
Gabriel Maisonnave, Argentina
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – School of Media and Journalism
Gabriel Maisonnave is a young professional in the field of international relations and conflict resolution; he holds a BA in International Relations from the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires. His first approach to conflict transformation came after the Rotary Youth Exchange program in Grand Canyon, AZ in 2005. This experience motivated him to work towards a more culturally aware world, thus he joined the Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (AIESEC), a global platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. For three years he worked with the outgoing exchange program, and was responsible for over 300 university students who traveled abroad for either a social or professional exchange in 40 different countries.
Gabriel has also worked in the private sector as a junior export associate for 3 Teks Medical, a Turkish based company, where he was charged with expanding its market to South America. While he was successful in this field, he ultimately decided that his passion for working in international relations and conflict resolution was more important and resumed his work with non-profit organizations. An internship at Search for Common Ground in Washington DC, ignited Gabriel’s interest in the role of media in conflict situations and since then he has continued working in several non-profits such as the Centre for the Implementation of Public Policies for Equity and Growth in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Soliya Program and the International Facilitators Community of Practice for Business and Human Rights.
Through earning a Master’s in Journalism and Mass Communication, Gabriel plans to develop innovative ways to transform conflict using new and traditional media.