Belfer IGA Student Fellows – Academic Year 2015-2016
Incoming and returning Masters in Public Policy (MPP) students at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) who enroll in the School’s International and Global Affairs (IGA) policy area of concentration may apply for the Belfer Center’s IGA Student Fellowship Program through MYFAID.
The Belfer International and Global Affairs Student Fellowship Program prepares a community of high-achieving HKS students to cultivate 21st century, global ideas along with the importance of community, service, and leadership. The program creates an environment that fosters innovation in the modern international affairs arena while providing the BIGA Fellows with strong analytical leadership skills necessary to excel.
Learn more about Harvard Kennedy School’s International and Global Affairs (IGA) concentration here.
Katie Burkhart is a Master in Public Policy 2016 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, she commissioned in the United States Navy. As a Surface Warfare Officer, Katie deployed multiple times on warships to the western Pacific, Middle East, and northern Europe. She also worked in Naval Research and at US Navy Headquarters in Washington, DC. Prior to attending HKS, Katie left active duty but continues to serve in the US Navy Reserves in support to NATO Allied Command Transformation. On campus, she is co-chair for the Diplomacy Professional Interest Council at HKS and active in the Harvard Veterans Organization. Most recently, Katie spent the summer of 2014 as a Rosenthal Fellow with the State Department's Bureau of Political Military Affairs. She plans a career in U.S. security policy.
Orga Cadet is a dual-degree candidate pursuing his Master of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy and his Juris Doctor at Georgetown University Law Center. Orga will spend Summer 2014 as a Summer Associate with the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG), a global pro bono law firm that provides free legal assistance to states and governments involved in peace negotiations, advises states on drafting post-conflict constitutions, and assists in prosecuting war criminals. He will work on their Syria negotiations team. Orga has prior experience working as a legal intern with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Beirut, Lebanon, and at the Embassy of the Republic of Haiti in Washington, D.C. In his free time, Orga enjoys the outdoors, sports, and photography. He is also interested in space exploration.
Cameron Cankaya is a Master in Public Policy 2016 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. His passions and research interests are clustered at the nexus of diplomacy, trade, and development. He spent the summer of 2015 working for the European Parliament at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. Prior to enrolling at Harvard, Cameron spent two years working and studying in South Korea as a Fulbright Scholar. Some of his responsibilities included working with North Korean defectors and collaborating with the Department of Defense’s US Forces Korea on the amelioration of trilateral relations between the United States, Japan, and Republic of Korea. Cameron comes from a British-Turkish background and in addition to South Korea he has lived in England and Spain. Cameron speaks fluent Spanish and Korean.
Christopher Cote is a Master in Public Policy 2016 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. His interests are in energy, climate, and foreign policy. Chris spent last summer as a Rosenthal Fellow working on energy diplomacy in the Bureau of Energy Resources at the Department of State. During his first year at HKS, Chris worked with the Program on Negotiation and the Energy Technology Innovation Program. Before school he spent time at the Inter-American Dialogue, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, BrazilWorks, Fulbright's English teaching program in Brazil, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has also done independent work on nuclear power safety and security. At Tufts University he played on the men’s ultimate team and studied international relations, focusing on development economics and the environment. He grew up in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and plays the guitar.
Dominique Gilbert is a Master in Public Policy 2016 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. She co-chairs the HKS Human Rights Professional Interest Council. Prior to graduate school, she worked for 5 years at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, most recently managing a portfolio of multilateral immigration and supply chain security initiatives in partnership with the World Customs Organization and the European Union. She holds a B.A. in Economics, French, and Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame.
Caroline Gimmillaro is a Master in Public Policy 2016 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. Sheis passionate about inclusive economic growth and security and hypothesizes that increasing local leadership in and ownership of development processes will help foster a more peaceful and prosperous world. She holds a degree in Community, Environment, and Development from Penn State. During college, she developed a microfinance program to help former street-dwelling youth in Kenya create businesses and founded a mural arts program to benefit former street-dwelling children. Two days after graduation, she moved to Kenya where she developed a greenhouse lending program based on the solidarity lending model, founded clubs to teach youth about reproductive health, worked as a director at a center for former street-dwelling children, and led the restructuring of a public health and microfinance NGO that increased local leadership in the organization. She is a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow for Africa.
Alice Heath is a Master in Public Policy 2016 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. After graduating with a first class honors degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford she taught Mathematics in a boys’ public school in Manchester, UK, for three years. While there she became interested in the education, integration and rights of migrant communities and youth, especially in the context of security discourses. Alice also has an interest in gender in global affairs. In the summer of 2015 she completed a research project on Intimate Partner Violence in conflict and disaster settings as the WAPPP Adrienne Hall Women’s Mentorship Intern, and was Management and Evaluation Intern at the International Rescue Committee’s Refugee Youth Summer Academy. Outside class last year Alice ran a debate team in a local Middle School, was Teaching Fellow for Janina Mateuseski’s Game Theory class and an Editor on the HKS LGBTQ Policy Journal.
Robert "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. Prior to this role, Bobby was a high school policy debate coach and also 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.
Amaad Mahmood is a Master in Public Policy 2017 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. Amaad studied at the University of Oxford, where he was a Churchill Fellow. His thesis, focusing on the role of Islamic Finance in the economic development of Bosnia, Turkey and the UAE, was awarded the Peter Kirk EU Prize. Post-graduation, Amaad joined Lazard in their London mergers and acquisitions group, and more recently worked at SICP LLP, a specialist energy investment fund. He is heavily involved with the Graham Layton Trust, which provides free eye-care in Pakistan. At Harvard, he is sponsored by Anthony Horowitz and the Holbeck Charitable Trust. He will be using his Belfer IGA Fellowship to research the development of energy and infrastructure in emerging and frontier markets. Amaad is fluent in Urdu and will further his study of Arabic at Harvard. He is also involved in outreach work for first-generation university students and is a passionate SCUBA diver.
Keith McCammon is a Master in Public Policy 2017 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. After studying International Relations at Claremont McKenna College, he was commissioned as an infantry officer in the United States Army. Since leaving active duty, he has worked as a Zamboni driver, freelance photojournalist, and military analyst focusing on insurgent groups in South Asia. Keith's research interests include counterterrorism, cyberwarfare, and the security implications of climate change.
Katy Minshall is a Master in Public Policy 2016 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. After studying history at the University of Oxford, she worked for the former British Home Secretary Rt. Hon. David Blunkett. Here, she worked on a range of projects, from British domestic security issues to helping to set up a youth unemployment charity. She spent summer 2015 working for NATO in Brussels and London. At Harvard, Katy is a Frank Knox Fellow, and she co-chairs the Cybersecurity PIC and the HKS British & Irish Caucus.
Matus Samel is a Master in Public Policy 2016 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to coming to HKS, Matus completed an internship with Chatham House in London, supporting the Resources Futures project, studying global trends in production, consumption and trade flows of natural resources, as well as energy sector developments in Russia, Europe and the Middle East. He spent the summer of 2015 at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) analyzing energy trends in the region and developing the Asia Pacific Energy Portal. Previously, he worked for a London-based consulting firm, Future Foundation, analyzing socio-economic trends and developments in the UK and Europe for clients across various sectors. Matus studied International Politics & History at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom and McMaster University in Canada, where he focused on US and European foreign policy. Coming from Slovakia, Matus completed internships with local public and private organizations and has a strong interest in European political and economic affairs.
Lauren Windmeyer is a Master in Public Policy 2017 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. She graduated magna cum laude 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, Lauren completed an internship with the Western European Affairs office at the US Department of State, where she drafted press releases, diplomatic cables and congressional correspondence. Prior to graduate school, she spent three years in the Global Health division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle supporting multiple projects on the HIV and TB strategy teams. 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, camping and skiing.
Jessica Zucker is a Master in Public Policy 2016 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. Jessica Zucker is passionate about cyber and has worked on issues of security, norms building, cyber espionage, and Internet governance. Jessica spent the summer after her first year at HKS working for the US State Department’s Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues as well as at a cybersecurity-consulting firm. As a Master in Public Policy candidate, she is the co-president of the Cyber Security Professional Interest Council and a leader of the North Korea Study Group. During her first year, she was a research assistant to General David Petraeus and she focused on strategic command in Iraq and Afghanistan. Prior to coming to HKS, Jessica spent two years in South Korea where she was a Fulbright Scholar. While in Korea, Jessica taught high school English and co-founded an educational nonprofit. Jessica has also previously worked for U.S. Southern Command and U.S. Forces Korea. Jessica graduated from the University of Miami in 2012, where she majored in Political Science and played lacrosse. She plans to continue working in cybersecurity after graduating in 2016.