Class 15

Techa1Techa Beaumont, Australia

Master in International Development Policy, Duke University 

Techa Beaumont was born in Australia of Persian, Jewish, Indian and European descent. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Theatre) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales in Australia.  Her professional work experience includes advocating for environmental and human rights for Indigenous communities across the globe, researching and reporting on human rights issues as well as grassroots community cultural development and capacity building.

She was the Executive Director of the Mineral Policy Institute, Australia’s mining industry watchdog for six years. As a volunteer, she participated in the Mittagong Forum for Leaders of the Australian Environment Movement, served on the steering committee of BankTrack, a global organisation working to improve the sustainability of the finance sector, and on the World Conservation Union’s working group on Accountability of the Private Sector.

As the founder of Kulchajam, a not-for-profit arts and cultural organisation, she was focused on promoting cooperation, human well-being, social justice and reconciliation through arts and cultural programs. Her recent achievements involve the co-founding of an ethical food co-operative, the launch of a street art mentoring program for disadvantaged youth, and the implementation of a series of arts and cultural programs supporting reconciliation and intercultural healing in Indigenous communities.  She is also a poet and performing artist who is passionate about the role of art and culture in addressing social problems and facilitating opportunities for positive personal development.

Through her studies at Duke University she is seeking to expand her skills as a leader in the NGO sector, with a focus on cross cultural education and negotiation. She has an interest in applied research, investigating different cultural models for addressing and healing trauma as an essential process in reconciliation, mediation and peacebuilding.

AFE: Alianza Arkana, Yarinacocha, Peru


PatrickPatrick Bwire, Uganda

Master in International Development Policy, Duke University 

Patrick holds a Master’s in Project Management from Cavendish University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies from Makerere University (Uganda). He has 10 years’ experience in peacebuilding and conflict transformation, research, human rights and project management. Patrick has been working as the Programme Coordinator in charge of Peacebuilding at the Center for Conflict Resolution (CECORE) in Uganda. At CECORE, he has coordinated both national and cross-border projects, aimed at natural resource conflict management, enhancing reconciliation, conflict prevention, youth and women empowerment, integrating conflict sensitivity in institutions and skills building. He has facilitated several capacity building trainings for both high level and community level stakeholders.

Since 2014, he has coordinated the CECORE-Columbia University Masters in Negotiation Studies Internship programme, aimed at equipping interns with practical field experiences. Previously, he worked with Peace Tree Network-Kenya and World Vision Uganda to transform conflicts and empower post conflict communities in Mt. Elgon and Northern Uganda respectively. From 2012-2015, he was  a member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights Network-Uganda (HURINET-U) – a network organization of Human Rights and Peacebuilding organizations where he played a technical, advisory and oversight role and facilitated formulation and reviews of organization policies.

He has been influential in the ongoing process of the development of the National Peace Policy for Uganda – especially as a Steering Committee member fast-tracking the development of the Policy. Patrick is also a Team Leader of Youth Initiative for Rural Development (YIRD) a community based organization he founded in 2008, aimed at empowering youth as agents of social-economic transformation through promoting their talents and potential.

At Duke University, Patrick hopes to enhance his practical skills in peacebuilding, conflict prevention, resolution and transformation, conflict sensitive natural resource management, and development of people-centered policies – skills he believes will apply and significantly contribute to his passion for peace – especially in Uganda and Africa.

AFE: Kenya National Land Commission , Nairobi, Kenya


GabrieleGabriele Gardenal, Italy

Public Health Leadership Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Gabriele has ten years of experience working in the development sector and humanitarian settings. He holds a B.A. and M.Sc. in Economics and Management. After completing his master’s degree, he applied his economic knowledge to improve conditions in several sectors: malnutrition, humanitarian relief and public health. He has worked in Uganda to improve the drug supply chain management, making drugs available to patients even in the most remote areas. Gabriele has worked with UNICEF, improving access to health facilities for newborns and pregnant women in India. His last duty station was in the development field in Bolivia, where he was running a multi-sector project to reduce malnutrition with the World Food Programme.

In 2012, Gabriele moved to Goma in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. This area has been affected by several conflicts whose origins can be dated to the early 1990s. Since Gabriele was appointed as the Association of Volunteers in International Service (AVSI) Country Director, he developed an innovative vision and strategy for the organization. Along with his team he developed and implemented innovative solutions to assure aid was delivered effectively in conflict sensitive areas. In 2016 he accepted the position of Cash Specialist, where he invested in developing new projects and tools to improve economic conditions of war affected populations.

Gabriele’s interest in public health began in 2007 when working on his first assignment in Uganda. From that moment on, he has had the chance to conduct research and continue working in this fascinating sector. He hopes to utilize his economic and management background while studying in the Public Health Leadership Program, making a contribution to improving health and bringing innovative solutions to this sector.

AFE: Creative Associates International, Washington, DC


chenai kadungureChenai Kadungure, Zimbabwe

Global Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chenai has been involved in non-profit work since she was a teenager. In high school she was an Interact member. Interact taught her the value in “Service Above Self” and this attraction to serving the world has never left her. Chenai earned her undergraduate and master’s degree in Cape Town, where her experience of xenophobia inspired her to become a part of the solution to global conflict. She has experience in research and customer relations and has strong interpersonal skills. She has fundraised for philanthropic initiatives, and assisted NGOs, such as Open Door Education, Cycle For Understanding and The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). As a dedicated soldier for peace; Chenai volunteers for The Red Frogs, has been involved in various church leadership activities, serves on the Board of Directors of Mwala, a charity organization and she mentors in her spare time. She most recently worked for a non-profit called The Hope Factory, an Enterprise Development company owned by The South African institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) which grows people, to develop businesses and impact communities. She is committed to being “a gift to the world” and the Fellowship to study at UNC-Chapel Hill, is just the beginning for her.

Chenai holds a B.A. degree in Media, Sociology and Gender Studies and an M.Phil. in Diversity Studies from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She is currently conducting her M.A. studies in Global Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she aims to obtain the necessary skills to succeed in the international development space.

AFE: Social Designs, Greensboro, NC


Linda Low

Linda Low, Canada

Master in International Development Policy, Duke University

Linda has served the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) from 2010 to 2016. Most recently, she was the IFRC’s Communications Manager for Europe leading the organization’s communications efforts on the migration crisis – advocating for humanitarian action, policy change and funding to support humanitarian needs and the Red Cross and Red Crescent migration response in 28 countries, as well as other humanitarian crises in the region. Prior to this post, she served the IFRC in Geneva for five years on the global communications team.

Prior to joining the IFRC, Linda was Associate Director of Corporate Communications for Bell Canada where she led their corporate communications efforts in the west, and Olympic communications nation-wide in the lead-up to and during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Before joining Bell, Linda was a communications consultant in the corporate sector for clients such as Accenture, and a marketing communications consultant for sport marketing agencies and sponsors at six Olympic Games. As Manager of International Relations, she was part of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Bid Committee which won the rights for Canada to host the 2010 Winter Games.

Linda has been pleased to volunteer in her community with a variety of organizations ranging from Big Sisters to her local Red Cross branch and considers Vancouver, Canada, home. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and Certificate in Public Relations from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

As a Peace Fellow at the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Centre, Linda aims to focus on the interaction between communities and the natural resources sector. She aims to contribute to shaping a world where stakeholders lead together through mutual accountability: where corporations, communities and civil society collaborate to lift local sustainability and build cultures of peace.

AFE: Environmental Defense Fund, Raleigh, NC


Gada Roba, Ethiopia – USA

Master in International Development Policy, Duke University

Gada holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota with a double major in Global Studies and Political Science and a minor in African Studies with a focus on Sub-Saharan African governance, peace, and justice. He studied in Kenya through the University of Minnesota’s Studies in International Development program for an academic year and spent a summer in Tanzania with the Arcadia University on Human Rights and Capacity Building in East Africa. As a student leader, he participated in leadership programs locally and internationally in South Africa and Morocco. He promoted understanding and diversity around the campus; volunteering with the University of Minnesota’s Law Clinic, helping the local East African immigrant community as a translator, and co-hosting events with the Human Rights Center.

Gada interned with the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights where he was involved in documentation and investigation of post-election violence in 2007/8.  He has over five years of work experience working with the with local East African immigrant community-based organizations, the Minneapolis public school system and the University of Minnesota Duluth Upward Bound program, serving youth and families.  He has served as the cultural liaison, advocate, and advisor in most of his positions.

Gada was a Humphrey Policy Fellow (2012-2013) and was selected to the Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship program in 2013. During the summer of 2013, Gada used his Human Rights Fellowship award in conjunction with the Hawkinson Scholarship for peace and justice and volunteered with the International Organization on Migration and the U.S. Resettlement Support Center in Nairobi, Kenya. He supported these organizations, serving refugees in conflict areas who were seeking resettlement into the United States and Canada. Gada began his Rotary Peace Fellowship at Uppsala University in 2015 but has since transitioned his studies to the MIDP program at Duke University, where he is focused on learning more about scientifically supported analytical methods to work towards the alleviation of conflict and poverty. After completing his degree, he intends to work with international NGOs to promote sustainable development, human rights and peace & security globally.

AFE: Wilder Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota


OdetteRamoOdette Rouvet, Mexico

Master in International Development Policy, Duke University

Odette has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.  She has focused her work on environmental and climate change projects for developing countries, with a special focus in Latin America.

She started her career as a research assistant, where she found her passion and commitment for identifying conflicts and finding opportunities to solve them. She has worked in the public sector at both the legislative and executive levels, where she was focused on environmental and climate change policy. She has conducted research projects, such as the Overexploiting Aquifers Strategy; a case study integrating documentation of natural resource conflicts from 2000 to 2012 in Mexico through national journal documentation; and a paper on closing environmental and policy information gaps between voters and legislature in Mexico. Later she joined the United Nations Environment Programme in Mexico and Paris, where she promoted international cooperation programs to reinforce institutions and promote peaceful and sustainable development. She worked with brick-making communities in African, Asian and Latin American countries to identify and understand emerging or latent conflicts driven by factors such as urbanization, growing demand for households, air quality and health impacts, child labor, and lack of gender approach on local policies. She has also worked on climate change and development projects under private sector consultancy offices worldwide.

As a Rotary Peace Fellow, she is interested in serving her community and region to promote sustainable peace. Upon completing the program, she would like to assist developing countries in addressing conflict and fragility, due to environmental challenges, focusing on water and energy projects. Her interest in climate change as a new global threat has pushed her to strengthen her understanding on peacebuilding and conflict resolution in order to improve the impact on people´s lives. Upon completion of her programme she looks forward to working with an international organization that provides opportunities to engage at the global, regional and local levels of action.

AFE: Enabling the Business of Agriculture—World Bank Group, Washington, DC

Johanna SchubertJohanna Schubert, Germany

Public Health Leadership Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Johanna Schubert is a psychosocial crisis intervention and staff welfare specialist with seven years’ professional experience, specialized in psychotrauma prevention and therapy to at-risk populations and trauma survivors.

She studied Clinical Psychology, Human Resource Development, and Intercultural Communication at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany, and the University of Wales, Bangor, UK. Following her graduation, she was selected for an intensive professional development program supported by the German Federal Foreign Office, the “Mercator Fellowship for international Affairs”. Within its framework she consulted the Lebanese Red Cross in Beirut designing and piloting a comprehensive and culturally tailored psychosocial support project for Emergency Medical Technicians including management and staff training. Additionally, she provided stress and trauma awareness workshops not only to paramedics, but also local nurses, social workers, and doctors and led negotiations with local politicians as well as international NGOs and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In her second deployment, Johanna developed a concept – how to psychologically train and protect war journalists residing in conflict zones, for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma in New York City. Based on her experience in Lebanon and New York City, she was then invited to review, complement, and summarize the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) staff welfare concept at headquarters in Geneva. Finally, she did the same at the German Armed Forces and composed a crisis intervention manual for in-theatre troop psychologists in Bonn. There she also trained Psychological Operations (PsyOps) media staff in intercultural communication and competence.

For the past five years, Johanna underwent rigorous occupational training as a cognitive behavioral psychotherapist and psychotrauma specialist, working as a diagnostician and psychotherapist at her local children’s clinic and as head psychologist at the district psychiatry’s crisis intervention ward.

At UNC, she is pursuing a Master’s of Public Health Leadership in order to strengthen her expertise in post-war pacification and reconciliation as well as psychosocial disaster management.

AFE: United Nations, Medical Services Division, New York, NY



Francesca Sorbara, Italy

Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Francesca holds a degree in Humanities from Venice University and a Master in International Development from Pavia University, Italy. She has been working in Human Rights and International Development for the last ten years, approximately. During this period, she has focused on Children’s Rights in social and community projects, national and international advocacy and research initiatives, training and capacity building of local and national child protection systems, in Brazil, Ethiopia, Bolivia and finally Paraguay.

Previous to her career in International NGOs, she worked as a community theatre educator in the schools and suburbs of Italy and Brazil, and never lost her original vocation for community work and expressive therapies.

With years, travels and experiences, her critical look on human rights and development issues has been deeply changing, together with her own identity and beliefs. After almost a decade in International Development and Human Rights issues, evolving from grass roots, community based positions towards more managerial roles, she has felt the deep need to take a break from project management, and return to “the human”, in order to explore older and emerging paradigms in social sciences, updating her critical perspectives and approaches, and renewing her professional vocation.

She believes that conflicts should be seen and criticized in a way that includes and analyzes the wider paradigms and structures upholding them. As a Rotary Peace Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at UNC-Chapel Hill, she is interested in developing skills to conduct participatory and applied research, exploring non-hegemonic perspectives, emerging psychosocial methodologies and post-modern and de-colonizing approaches to Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies.

Upon completion of the fellowship, she would like to work on trans-disciplinary and applied research projects with a strong anthropological component.

AFE: University of Valle, Cali, Colombia

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Daniela Schermerhorn, Brazil

Master in International Development Policy, Duke University

Daniela Schermerhorn is a Police Officer from the Federal District State Police – Brazil, and possesses over 16 years of experience in Human Resources Management, Administration and Operational Services in Law Enforcement Agency, at the National and International level, with an emphasis on peace and conflict resolution. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Police Science, a Bachelor of Law degree, a Latu Sensus Graduate Program in Public Law, State and Constitution as well as a Latu Sensus Graduate Program in Public Security Management.

In 2008, Daniela was selected as one of the first female brazilian police officers to work as a Presidential Security Supervisor. She coordinated teams of personnel security (close protection) in order to provide a safe and secure environment for the President of the Republic of Brazil, Vice President, and their families, across the country and abroad, in all national and international, official and private events, from 2008 to 2012. She has worked with law enforcement agencies in many places abroad, planning and coordinating the presidential security when visiting foreign heads of state.

Daniela has always had an interest in peace and conflict resolution, which led her to volunteer in 2012, on a Peacekeeping Mission to Haiti, where she served with the United Nations Civil Police, supporting the peace-building process as mentor and advisor for the Haitian National Police. She was deployed at the Crowd Control Unit (Formed Police Unit Coordination – FPU), being assigned during her tour of duty as team member, Head of Operation Section, Planning Officer, and Interim Deputy Chief of Operations for FPU/SWAT Coordination. She was selected within the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) as the only female International Police Officer to be certified in 2013 as a UN Instructor for the Evaluation of Operational Capabilities and Selection of International FPUs for deployment to UN Peacekeeping Missions.

As a result, in February 2014 she was appointed by MINUSTAH and Selected by the Department for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) as FPU Coordinator to perform the selection of Pakistan Police Units, for deployment in MINUSTAH (Haiti) and the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). In April 2014, she was appointed as FPU Coordinator Team Leader to conduct the selection of 2 Formed Police Units and 1 SWAT Unit from Jordan, to be deployed in MINUSTAH (Haiti).

After finishing her Master in International Development Policy, Daniela plans to continue pioneering in her career, helping implement innovative policies in Public Security, combining the academic knowledge and experience abroad with a practical approach from an experienced professional from the Security Sector. She expects to work in close cooperation with international organizations and government agencies, to find joint solutions to public security problems in Brazil and abroad.

AFE: Schermerhorn—United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Sri Lanka


Hayley photoHayley Welgus, Australia

Department of Health Behavior, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Hayley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from Flinders University, Australia, and a certificate in women’s human rights law from the London School of Economics. Since setting off into the world as a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Belgium in 2003, she has acquired nine years’ experience working with human rights and women’s rights organisations in the UK, Thailand, China and Cambodia, most recently as a gender specialist for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Phnom Penh.

Previously, Hayley worked for Amnesty International UK in their Brand and Events unit, then later for Amnesty’s Individuals “At Risk” team, before relocating to Southeast Asia where she worked with a number of local women’s NGOs. This work included the documentation of the labour conditions of Burmese women migrants in China and the experiences of sex workers and survivors of human trafficking and sexual abuse in Thailand, China, and Cambodia, as well as the development of protection standards for organisations working with sexually exploited and vulnerable women and children. Hayley’s work with the UN aims to inform WFP’s understanding of gender power dynamics in relation to social protection assistance, as well as management of gender mainstreaming efforts.

Through her studies in Health Behavior at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, Hayley aims to continue to build on her lifelong passion for advancing gender equality by focusing on gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health and rights as global public health issues.

AFE: Save the Children, Washington, DC





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