Belfer IGA Student Fellows – Academic Year 2014-2015
Incoming and returning Masters in Public Policy (MPP) students at Harvard Kennedy School 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 Harvard Kennedy School 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 BIGA Fellows with strong analytical leadership skills necessary to excel in that arena.
Learn more about Harvard Kennedy Schoolís International and Global Affairs (IGA) concentration here.
Frank Broomell is a Master in Public Policy Candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. After studying International Affairs with a concentration in Conflict and Security at the George Washington University, he commissioned in the United States Marine Corps. While with the Marines, Frank deployed twice to Helmand Province, Afghanistan with aviation units in support of coalition forces in Regional Command Southwest. He left active duty during the summer of 2013, and is interested in continuing to support US national and international security efforts.
Shawn Dejbakhsh is a Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. Previously a management consultant at the Pentagon, he worked on expediting the withdrawal of U.S. Air Force assets and personnel from Iraq. He also consulted at the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs, where he focused on cutting government costs and streamlining services rendered. Prior to consulting, Shawn was at the U.S. Department of State's Office of Iranian Affairs where he focused on the effects of sanctions on the Iranian economy and international energy issues. Shawn comes from an Iranian-American background and speaks fluent Farsi. As a California native, he enjoys outdoor activities, running, and playing tennis.
Kyle Herman is a Master in Public Policy 2015 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. A proud native of Ohio, he graduated summa cum laude in 2011 from Ohio Wesleyan University, where he studied international relations and received grants for research projects in China, Pakistan, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Prior to graduate school, Herman taught Modern World History at the Lebanon Evangelical School for Boys and Girls near Beirut. He spent this past summer continuing his studies of Arabic and serving as a research assistant for the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut. Herman is co-chair for the Diplomacy Professional Interest Council at HKS and is aiming to eventually join the U.S. Foreign Service.
Nicholas Kang is a Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. Nicholas has been involved in several non-profit startups including as Founder and Executive Director of the Smart Step Youth Association in his native home of Canada; Director of Marketing and Advocacy of the Anne Frank Project Nepal; and Project Development Director of the Sarswati Foundation and Sarswati Peace School in Nepal. Before beginning his graduate studies, Nicholas worked with the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service in Baltimore focusing on human rights and US immigration detention policy. He will be completing his internship at Grupa 484 in Serbia in Summer 2014 focusing his research on regularization policy for irregular migrants in the Western Balkans. Although much of his previous work has been in migration, Nicholas is interested in the study of diplomacy, global affairs, and intervention as a preventative tool to the many forced migrations seen today.
Christopher McGuire is a Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. His research interests include arms control and nonproliferation policy, specifically focusing on nuclear weapons and materials. In his first year at Harvard, he was a student associate with the Project on Managing the Atom. He has also spent two summers working at the State Department, in both the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation and the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance. Prior to coming to HKS, he spent two years as a quantitative analyst for McKinsey & Company in New York. He is a graduate of Pomona College, where he studied public policy and received honors for his senior thesis on U.S. programs to secure loose fissile material in the former Soviet Union
JeeYoung Oh is a Master in Public Policy candidate and Public Service Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. She is the chair of the Cybersecurity Professional Interest Council at HKS. JeeYoung spent the summer of 2014 working on Internet governance and domain name system issues at the Department of Commerceís National Telecommunications and Information Administration. During the summer of 2013, she performed research and analysis on cybersecurity issues at Good Harbor Security Risk Management. Prior to graduate school, she held various positions in the Department of Justiceís Antitrust Division. At DOJ, she worked on merger investigations in technology sectors in a litigation section, organized press events in the public affairs office, and coordinated the Divisionís international antitrust work in the international section. She is a recipient of the State Departmentís Critical Language Scholarship in Chinese Mandarin, and earned her B.A. in political science from Swarthmore College.
Dina Shahrokhi is a Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. Dina graduated summa cum laude in 2011 from The University of Texas at Dallas, where she studied Political Science and traveled to eight different countries in the Middle East and North Africa. After graduation, she moved to Damascus to work for the United Nations Relief Agency during the first year of the Syrian revolution. In the states, Dina has held internships at the Middle East Institute and The Stimson Center, and she most recently was the Research Associate for the Middle East at the Baker Institute at Rice University. At Harvard, Dina has worked as a student associate for the Belfer Center helping manage the Harvard Belfer-Syria website.
Josh Stiefel is a Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to arriving at Harvard, Josh served as a political military analyst at the Department of Defense where he focused on European and Middle Eastern security issues. In 2011, he deployed with U.S. Special Operations Forces to Iraq supporting combat operations. In his time at the Kennedy School, he has been working as a student researcher for two book projects, one with Michael Morell, the former CIA Deputy Director, and another with Prof. Graham Allison and David Sanger. During the summer of 2014, Josh worked in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy in its Cyber Policy office. Josh graduated with honors from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, and proudly hails from New York City, NY.
Julia Stern is a 2015 Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. She was previously an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC where she worked on Afghanistan, national security and intelligence issues for the Department of Defense, as well as security cooperation policy for the Marine Corps. Outside of work, she founded The Service Project, an oral history of the millennial generationís spirit of service since 9/11, whose mission is to bridge the gap in understanding along civil-military lines. She has published on this and related topics in The New York Times and Foreign Policy. Stern graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, where she concentrated in International Relations and Italian Studies. At HKS, she is studying international security and the nexus between intelligence, policy, and negotiation strategy.
Amira Valliani is pursuing joint MPA and MBA degrees at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Harvard, Amira lived in Washington for four years, where she worked in foreign policy at the White House and the State Department. A native of Silicon Valley, Amira is passionate about entrepreneurship as a tool for global economic development as well as public diplomacy. She shepherded the US government's involvement in the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, as well as the creation of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship, a group of prominent American entrepreneurs committed to supporting and promoting startups globally. Amira graduated with a BA in Political Science from Yale University. In her free time, Amira is an avid runner and completed the 2014 Boston Marathon. She's also a certified open water scuba diver.
Olivia Zetter has had a longstanding interest in international security and conflict management. A Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School, she is the Chair of the International Security Policy Professional Interest Council. Prior to attending HKS, Olivia worked for Creative Associates International, Inc., a USG implementing partner. At Creative, she worked in Washington and on-site abroad to manage USAID and State Department-funded stabilization and counter violent extremism programs in Pakistan and Syria, in addition to field work supporting programs and research in Yemen and throughout Africa. Most recently, Olivia spent the summer of 2014 as a Rosenthal Fellow with the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Office of Near Eastern Affairs, where she covered the impact of ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Olivia graduated Phi Beta Kappa from American University in 2010, with a concentration in conflict resolution and negotiation. She plans a career in U.S. security policy.