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Class 16 (2017-2019)

Natalie Emery, Italy

Duke University – Master in International Development Policy

Education | Poverty Alleviation | Policy Analysis & Economic Transformation

Natalie has over 14 years’ experience in starting and running humanitarian programs in developing countries, including India, Nepal, Mozambique and South Africa. Originally from Verona, Italy, she has dedicated her life to poverty alleviation and sustainable development, with a special focus on providing access to quality education and skills development. Her passion for helping others ignited at the tender age of 14, when she decided to spend several months volunteering in India, first in the desert of Gujarat, after a major earthquake, as well as in an orphanage of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Since then, her goal has been to strive for poverty eradication, increased access to human rights, sustainable development and women empowerment.

She spent an additional 3 years volunteering in Delhi, working with slum children through grass-roots initiatives. After that, she worked with local NGO’s, both in Mozambique and Nepal. She currently is the co-founder and Managing Director of Change the World Trust, a non-profit organization that sets-up and provides free IT Training to unemployed youth and high school students across South Africa.

Natalie holds a Degree in Human Resources, is a HIV/Aids counsellor and was awarded a Laureate Global Fellowship in 2015. Through her Master in International Development Policy, Natalie aims to build on her dream of making a significant impact in the lives of underprivileged girls and children, providing them with the means to get out of the cycle of poverty. She also plans to improve her skills as a leader in the humanitarian work environment.

Applied Field Experience

United Nations Women, Geneva, Switzerland