Belfer IGA Student Fellows – Academic Year 2013-2014
The Belfer IGA Student Fellowship Program prepares a community of high-achieving Kennedy School students to cultivate 21st century, global ideas. The program creates an environment that fosters innovation, stresses the importance of community, service, and leadership, and provides BIGA Student Fellows with the strong analytical leadership skills necessary to excel in the global arena. Learn more about Harvard Kennedy School’s International and Global Affairs (IGA) concentration.
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.
2013-14 Belfer IGA Student Fellows and Faculty: First row (left to right): Graham Allison, Belfer Center Director; Gretchen Bartlett, IGA Area Manager; Heather Dennehy (MPP2); Zeina Shuhaibar (MPP2); Mark Dlugash (MPP2); Olivia Zetter (MPP1); Amelia Mitchell (MPP1); Jieun Baek (MPP2), and Gary Samore, Belfer Center Executive Director Second row (left to right): Bill Clark, IGA Area Chair, Roy Dalton (MPP2); Michele Golabek-Goldman (MPP2); Iranga Kahangama (MPP2); Farzin Mirshahi (MPP2); Frank Broomell (MPP1); Jonathan Hillman (MPP2); and Charles Warren (MPP1). Missing: Julia Stern (MPP1)
Jieun Baek is a Master in Public Policy 2014 candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. She is the student body president of the Kennedy School, and was a co-chair for the Diplomacy Professional Interest Council and the co-chair for the HKS North Korea Study Group, for which she co-led a trek for 24 students to North Korea in August 2013. Before graduate school, she worked in Sales at the Google Headquarters office in Mountain View and also serves as Google’s North Korea Lead to manage projects related to bringing Google resources to North Korean defectors. In her free time, she writes articles about her experiences speaking and working with North Korean defectors to engage her readers about the various difficulties that North Koreans experience. Jieun studied Government at Harvard University for her Bachelors degree, where she founded a student organization called Harvard Undergraduates for Human Rights in North Korea (H-RiNK). Jieun hopes to work on US policy in North Korea and the greater East Asian region.
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.
Roy Dalton is a is a Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School and proud native Floridian. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering, Bale qualified as a Naval Aviator and began his career as a search and rescue helicopter pilot. He supported Gulf Coast relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and provided medical evacuation, special operations assault, close air support, and terminal attack control services to U.S. and Coalition forces during six deployments to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. He continues his military service in the Naval Reserve as a special operations support pilot. Bale is the co-Chairman of the HKS Armed Forces Committee, serves on the Center for Public Leadership Student Advisory Board and is a member of the Diplomacy Professional Interest Council. He is most interested in international security, modern diplomacy and global governance.
Heather Dennehy is a Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. She graduated from Syracuse University in 2008, summa cum laude, having majored in International Relations, Anthropology and Magazine Journalism. As an undergraduate, she held internships at the Council of Europe, in the senatorial office of Hillary Clinton and at the International Center for Research on Women. Following graduation, she became a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso, serving in the health sector. After the completion of her two year contract, Heather extended for a third year with the Peace Corps, transferring to Botswana, where she worked primarily in the Red Cross Youth Center at the country's only refugee camp. Heather is pursuing a Master in Public Policy at the Kennedy School to increase her own capacity as advocate, with the goal of promoting human rights internationally, focusing on gender empowerment and reproductive health.
Mark Dlugash is a Master in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Previously, he studied Refugees and Forced Migration and Criminology and Criminal Justice at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He has worked at Human Rights Watch, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center, the U.S. Public Service Academy, and the District Office of Congresswoman Nita Lowey. Before coming to the Kennedy School, he was the recipient of a Social Innovator Award from Americans for Informed Democracy for his work with internally displaced people in Uganda. He has written extensively on the dissemination of academic research, the global refugee regime, and prison reform vis-à-vis nudges in prison architecture. He graduated from Swarthmore College with highest honors.
Michele Golabek-Goldman is pursuing joint J.D. and M.P.P. degrees from Yale Law School and Harvard Kennedy School. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford with a B.A. in International Relations. At Stanford, she wrote her award-winning honors thesis, “Adequacy of U.S. Hospital Preparedness for Mass Casualty Incidents: Critical Lessons from the Israeli Experience,” under the supervision of former Secretary of Defense William Perry. Following college, Michele worked as a disaster preparedness consultant, collaborating with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District to augment the region’s ability to meet the emergency medical needs of its 2.8 million children during a disaster. While pursuing joint degrees, Michele has worked in the Department of Defense, Office of the General Counsel (International Affairs), Department of Justice, National Security Division (Counterterrorism Section), and the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers. She is the co-author with Paul Stockton of the forthcoming Stanford Law & Policy Review article, “Prosecuting Cyberterrorists: Applying Traditional Jurisdictional Frameworks to a Modern Threat.”
Jonathan Hillman is a Master in Public Policy candidate and Presidential Scholar at Harvard Kennedy School. A former research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, he has written on U.S. foreign policy and national security issues for the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and the National Interest, among other publications. At Harvard, he has worked as a student associate in the Managing the Atom Project and was one of three young professionals selected to attend the 2013 Munich Security Conference. During the summer of 2013, he interned in the National Security Division at the Office of Management and Budget. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University, where he received the Garrison Prize for best thesis in International Relations.
Iranga Kahangama is a Master of Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. His research interests include US foreign and security policy in South Asia including Afghanistan. Prior to enrolling at HKS, he spent two years at Control Risks Group as an international political and security analyst focusing on South Asian affairs. Previously, he served as an intern with the Center For a New American Security and Institute for the Study of War. He spent this past summer in Islamabad, Pakistan at the Jinnah Institute, a public policy think tank, assessing US-Pakistan relations as well as Pakistan’s regional trade policies. He is co-chair of the International Security Professional Interest Council at HKS. A graduate of The George Washington University, he holds a BA in International Relations and Political Science.
Amelia Mitchell is a Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. Before coming to Harvard, she worked for the State Department in the Bureau of African Affairs and the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Her research interests include conflict resolution, transitional justice, and security sector reform. She graduated summa cum laude from Smith College in 2011, where she studied government and economics, and received the Dawes Prize for best undergraduate work in political science.
Farzin Mirshahi is a Master in Public Policy Candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. Half Kenyan-Indian and half Iranian, but born and brought up in the UK, Mirshahi studied Classics at Cambridge University for three years, focusing on Platonic philosophy and logic. Having learnt Russian, during University Mirshahi worked for two summers in the Russia Section of the British Foreign Office, during the MI6 and Lugovoy debacle. He then worked as a cross-asset trader at Goldman Sachs London for two years, focusing on the Emerging Markets, and trading commodities and foreign exchange. Mirshahi’s foreign policy interest lie in the Middle East: he will be working for McKinsey Dubai after graduation, focusing on building both the private and public sector there. Mirshahi’s long-term ambition is to become a British diplomat. At HKS, Mirshahi is a CPL Dubin Fellow as well as a BIGA Student fellow; he also co-chairs the Diplomacy Pic.
Zeina Shuhaibar is a Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. She came to Harvard from the private sector, working in client relations at a hedge fund in New York City. She also spent time working in human rights advocacy at an NGO with special consultative status to the United Nations. As a Lebanese-American, Zeina has a vested interest in the Middle East, specializing in the Levant region and in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She is also interested in impact investing, and exploring the for-benefit sector. For the summer of 2013, Zeina interned in the Middle East/North Africa office at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where her portfolio included Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. Zeina holds a B.A. in International Political Economy from Fordham University, where she graduated summa cum laude.
Julia Stern is a Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. She spent the last five years in Washington as a Senior Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, where she worked primarily 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 generation’s spirit of service since 9/11, whose mission is to bridge the gap in understanding along civil-military lines. She has published on this topic in The New York Times and Huffington Post. Stern also served as a vice president of the global non-profit, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Prior to working in DC, Stern graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, where she concentrated in International Relations and Italian Studies. At HKS, she is interested in studying international security and defense, and the nexus between intelligence, policy, and negotiation strategy. Stern is a native of Boston.
Charles Warren is a Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. Previously a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, his interests include the geopolitics of energy, natural gas markets, energy access, renewables, and sub-Saharan Africa. He has also conducted commodities research for Ergo, a consulting and advisory firm specializing in frontier and emerging markets. In addition to extensive fieldwork in eastern and southern Africa, the African Security Review published his analysis of shale gas in South Africa. He serves as a trustee and program committee chair of the Cape Town-based Children’s Radio Foundation. Charles graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Bowdoin College and speaks Swahili
Olivia Zetter is a Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. Olivia graduated Phi Beta Kappa from American University in 2010. As an undergraduate, Olivia focused on conflict resolution and negotiation, and designed and implemented non-violent conflict resolution programs in rural areas of Peru and grassroots community development initiatives in Uruguay. She was the recipient of the Dacor Bacon House Heyward G. Hill Memorial Scholarship and a Research Assistant at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Since graduating, Olivia has worked for Creative Associates International, Inc., a USG implementing partner. At Creative, she worked in Washington and on-site abroad to manage USAID and U.S. Department of State-funded stabilization and counter-violent extremism programs in Pakistan and Syria. Additionally, she has supported current programs in Yemen and conducted research for new projects in West Africa and Zimbabwe. She is especially interested in dynamic conflict paradigms and the formation and execution of US security policy.