Belfer IGA Student Fellows – Academic Year 2016-2017
The Belfer International and Global Affairs (BIGA) Student Fellowship Program helps prepare a community of high-achieving Harvard Kennedy School students to cultivate 21st century, global ideas and to gain the strong analytical and innovative leadership skills necessary to excel in the global affairs arena. The Belfer IGA program also aims to impart to students the importance of community, service, and leadership.
Learn more about Harvard Kennedy School’s International and Global Affairs (IGA) concentration here.
Joshua Cohen is a Master in Public Policy 2017 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. Josh is currently spending the summer as a Research Fellow at U.S. Pacific Command where he is working in the Joint Interagency Coordination Group to ensure a coherent whole-of-government strategy in the Indo-Asia-Pacific theater. Before graduate school Josh served as the Foreign Policy Advisor to a member of Congress on the House Foreign Affairs Committee focusing on the Middle East and North Africa at a time of intense turmoil across the region. He had previously travelled extensively in the area as the Director of Programs for the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace. Though Josh studied business in undergrad at the University of Michigan and worked briefly in management consulting, his passion for more thoughtful and responsible decision making in international affairs led him to the nation's capital where he plans to return after graduation.
Jessica Cussins is a Master in Public Policy 2017 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. On campus, she is a Research Assistant at the Program on Science, Technology & Society, and the Chair of The Future Society, a student group working to expand awareness and knowledge about technologies that fundamentally transform the way we live. Outside of Harvard, she is a Consultant for the Center for Genetics and Society and a Research Affiliate at the Institute for the Future. She also writes regularly for The Huffington Post, Biopolitical Times, and other outlets on the implications of genetic, reproductive, and other emerging technologies. She received her BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley with Highest Distinction Honors.
Jaclyn Dean is a Master in Public Policy 2017 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. At HKS, she helps lead the Gender Consortium and volunteers with the Carr Center's Violence Against Women Initiative. Jaclyn graduated from Rice University with a BA in Political Science and Sociology and a minor in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities. After working on a state representative campaign in Texas, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, where she ran after-school programs with underserved youth and girls in her village. Her interests are in international human rights law, especially with regards to gender-based violence and reproductive health amongst vulnerable populations.
Paolo Fresia is a Master in Public Policy 2017 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. He is the Co-Chair of the Business and Government Professional Interest Council for AY 2016-17, and was the Co-Chair for the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee the previous year. After a brief stint as bond trader with Goldman Sachs and a year in Haiti as CFO for Doctors Without Borders, Paolo lived in Hong Kong for two years before coming to HKS. He most recently worked at boutique CSR consultancy BSR, focusing on corporate sustainability strategy and integration. His projects have focused on working with global companies on labor and human rights topics in the Myanmar and Laos garment, forestry, and telecommunications industries. Moreover, Paolo has recently founded an impact investment fund, and therefore has a keen interest in the social enterprise ecosystem. Paolo holds a first class honors B.A. in Philosophy and Economics from University College London and an M.Phil. in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge.
Enea Gjoza is a Master in Public Policy 2018 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. After graduating from Duke University in 2011 with a BA in Political Science and German, Enea worked as an aide in a congressional district office and in the New York City Council. He was also involved in multiple political campaigns at the state and local level in New York and Virginia. Prior to attending HKS, Enea was a policy analyst at the Charles Koch Institute, where he worked on developing new approaches to U.S. foreign policy and grand strategy. Among his research interests are economic warfare, U.S. alliance relationships, defense policy, and nation building.
Bobby Kim is a Master in Public Policy 2017 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. Before attending HKS, he was the program coordinator and research assistant for the Proliferation Prevention Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. At CSIS, he managed projects and published reports related to nonproliferation, nuclear security, arms control, and nuclear energy. During this past summer, he worked on residential energy efficiency and renewable energy financing at Renovate America. He has also coached high school policy debate and spent a summer working on strategies for global access to medicine. He earned a B.A. in Political Science with High Honors from Swarthmore College, and is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada.
Joseph Manganiello is a Master in Public Policy 2018 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. After graduating magna cum laude from Middlebury College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Italian, he began work as a foreign media analyst for the US government. For the past several years, Joseph has been an analyst on European socio-political issues, to include transnational threats and societal marginalization of first- and second-generation immigrant communities. He studied abroad in France and Italy, and has interned with the US State Department, the New York City Parks Commissioner, and Sesame Workshop. He is also interested in food policy and enjoys soccer, squash, and the outdoors.
Mykola Murskyj is a Master in Public Policy 2017 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School, where he is a managing editor of the Kennedy School Review. Mykola is also a project manager at Razom, a non-partisan organization dedicated to developing civil and human rights in Ukraine. He spent the summer working at VoxUkraine in Kyiv, developing quantitative metrics to measure government agencies’ and ministries’ effectiveness. Before arriving at HKS, he earned master's degrees in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Mykola has also served on student government at MIT and at the University of Michigan, where he completed his bachelor's degree and earned the George Uhlenbeck Prize for his senior thesis.
Sam Parker is a Master in Public Policy 2018 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. After studying government and economics at Colby College, he served at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs. Previously, he worked at the Queens District Attorney’s Office’s Special Victims Bureau and assisted with message development for the “It’s On US” campaign against campus sexual assault as a White House intern. At Colby, his senior thesis predicted and analyzed how demographic changes over the next 30 years will affect the electoral map. Sam is interested in national security policy and crisis communications, and in his free time he enjoys cooking, hockey, and rec-league football.
Izran Salleh is a Master in Public Policy 2017 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. His interests are in geopolitics of energy and international security. Izran spent the Summer of 2017 as a Research Associate to the Minister of Defence of Malaysia working on Malaysian defense policy in the South China Sea. Izran is now undertaking a policy research initiative in counter-terrorism strategies in the Sulu Seas. Before enrolling in Harvard Kennedy School, Izran founded a political risk-consulting firm that provided research and advisory services to energy firms on the Eurasian energy market. He has 10 years of business experience and operated in Kazakhstan and Malaysia. After Harvard Kennedy School, Izran plans to pursue a career in political consulting in the energy and defense sectors. Izran is fluent in English and Malay, and conversant in Russian and Indonesian.
Shannon Thomas is a Master in Public Policy 2017 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School, concentrating in International and Global Affairs. Passionate about negotiations, she just completed her Summer Fellowship with the Kennedy School Negotiation Fellowship (KSNP). During her time with KSNP she focused on global megatrend analysis, diversity conflicts in the workplace, and setting the stage for in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Shannon is eager to maintain her active engagement with the Kennedy School community, holding leadership positions with the Diplomacy PIC and Diversity Committee, acting as a course assistant for Professor Brian Mandell’s j-term course, orchestrating a women’s self-defense class, and Captaining the HKS Soccer Team. Working with the Belfer Center is an exciting opportunity for Shannon as she hopes to pursue a career in international relations and conflict resolution.
Lauren Windmeyer is a second-year Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. She graduated from Texas A&M in 2011 with a BA in international studies, during which she spent a year studying Spanish and international affairs in Seville, Spain. Following graduation, she worked for the Bureau of Eurasian Affairs at the US Department of State, where she drafted press releases, diplomatic cables, and congressional correspondence. Before starting her masters degree, she spent three years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle supporting multiple projects on the HIV and TB strategy teams. At the Kennedy School, she serves as a managing editor for the Harvard Kennedy School Review, a student-run policy journal. She most recently completed an internship with Abt Associates in DC where she analyzed health finance and governance trends in developing countries. Lauren is interested in global development policy, particularly as it affects women and girls in low-income countries. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, camping, and skiing.