Second-Year Fulbright Scholarship Holders
Amal Abdulqader is from Yemen. She is a second year Fulbright scholar pursuing her second master's degree, this time in International Development Studies with focus in socioeconomic development. She has a bachelor's degree in Pharmacy from Yemen and earned an MBA from Audencia School of Management in France, with a focus in the Social Responsibility of Cooperation.
She has seven years of experience in the development field, including working with one of the pioneer local organizations in Yemen (SOUL for Development) as a project manager for variety of projects regarding health, education and women rights. In addition, she worked in the Yemen National Conference as manager for the Community Participation Unit and later as national coordinator for Women and Youth Forum with UNOPS. She has experience working in collaboration with governments, NGOs and business leaders for sustainable development.
Akisiha Miwa is a second year student who is originally from Japan.
He graduated from Chubu University in Japan in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies.
Currently, he is pursuing a master’s degree in International Development from Ohio University.
Outside of his academic work, he has a strong interest in sports, especially in baseball.
Akwasi Acheampong is from Ghana. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of Ghana. After college he had an opportunity to work with both an airline and financial companies and these fields of work gave him a diverse way of providing an excellent customer services.
Currently, he is a second-year graduate student of IDS program in Ohio University and his concentration is Development in Health.
HIs area of study is Global Healthcare and this has given him the passion to advocate for policies and programs that will promote quality health care in rural communities.
Eunice Nyamekye Ebuh
Eunice is a professional journalist from Ghana. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies, Journalism major, from the African University College of Communications in Accra, Ghana. While in school, she engaged in many voluntary and community life-changing activities through non- profit organizations such as “Journalists for Human Rights, of which she is a member. After graduation, she worked with one of the major television stations in Ghana as a broadcast journalist.
Eunice is presently a second-year graduate student in International Development Studies with a concentration in health. Before joining Ohio university, she volunteered with the United Nations as Communications Officer for UNAIDS Ghana. In that capacity, she was in charge of implementing the Information, Communication and Advocacy priorities of UNAIDS Ghana and its key partners and also became a member of the Joint UN Team on AIDS, as well as a member of the United Nations Communication Group. She is passionate about HIV/AIDS education, prevention and treatment.
Born and raised in the rural-southern region of Malawi, Jack earned his bachelor's degree at African Bible College in 2009 majoring in Biblical Studies and Communications. Prior to Ohio University, he worked with the youth in Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi (ELCM) for one year and then at Landirani Trust where he also worked as education manager since 2011. Jack helped to manage a few educational projects: Early Childhood Development, Global School Partnership, Secondary and University Sponsorship, Inclusive Education and Library Resource.
Jack’s both life and work experience make him believe that pursuing International Development Studies will give him a better understanding and a platform to make an impact to a larger society, not only to his home country but also Sub-Saharan region. Jack's interest is more on social sciences, especially issues related to youth education and policy development.
Katie Norman is a second year IDS student from Medina, Ohio, with a concentration in the social sciences. She holds a dual bachelor’s of arts in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Dayton. Katie is a Graduate Assistant with Rural Action, a local non-profit with the mission of promoting social, economic, and environmental justice in the region. Her research interests include the role of social enterprise in development practice and policy and East African citizens’ perceptions of refugee resettlement and intake.
Katie spent the past summer as an intern with Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley’s Refugee Resettlement program. Before that, she worked as a World Associate in the University of Dayton’s International Student and Scholar Services office, and interned at Global Ties Akron. Katie loves the interdisciplinary approach that Ohio University’s IDS program takes—she has enjoyed taking classes in new-to-her fields including Economics, Geography, Swahili, and Political Science. She has developed lasting and beautiful relationships with her cohort and is thrilled to call each one of them her forever colleagues.
Maria Jose Carrasco Tenezaca
Majo is originally from Quito, Ecuador. She is an architect and she is interested in working with refugees and in areas affected by conflicts or natural disasters. Her experience is mostly in traditional building methods in rural areas with community involvement, in the construction itself as well as in learning activities.
For the last five years, she has been involved in a health development project in southern Ecuador between Ohio University and Catholic University, where she first became interested in International Development.
Majo is a second year student pursuing a master’s degree in International Development Studies with Gender concentration. She also works with the Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute, Ohio University, and CISeAL, its partner institution in Ecuador.
Nicole Hector Jackman
Nicole Hector Jackman is from Grenada and is an advocate for cultural development in the Caribbean. She received her BSc in International Relations from the University of Guyana and is pursuing a dual master in International Development Studies and Environmental Studies.
Nicole’s interest in international development stemmed from her involvement in national & cultural development in Grenada, her undergraduate years in Guyana, South America and her work on a few development projects in the Caribbean.
Her research interests include community capacity development in rural communities, ecotourism, agritourism, sustainable agriculture, environmental sustainability, land use planning and risk assessment.
Purnima Neupane is a Graduate Assistant for the International Development Studies. She is from Nepal, a beautiful country that lies on the lap of the Himalayas. She received a graduate degree in Population Studies from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Before coming to Ohio University, she worked as a Research Assistant for Centre for Social Sciences Studies, Kathmandu, Nepal and contributed as a Census Supervisor in the National Population Census, 2010, Nepal.
Realizing the importance of a development practitioner, she started her graduate studies at OU focusing on health. Currently, she is working on a research related to refugees in the US. As she is passionate about helping other, she hopes to use the knowledge acquired at Ohio University, as a way to contribute to Health and Environment sectors especially in context to the developing countries.
Ruhun Wasata, from Bangladesh is a second-year Graduate Student in IDS. She completed both of her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Development Studies from University of Dhaka in 2012 and 2013 respectively. After her graduation, she briefly worked with Save the Children International. For pursuing her long cherished dream to be in teaching profession, she then joined East West University, Bangladesh as Lecturer.
She wants to concentrate in Social Sciences and Health with a certificate in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her research interests fall under the realm of how Women’s Health issues are influenced by different social aspects. Her ongoing Capstone Project is on “Awareness and Education on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) among Bangladeshi Women. She has also devoted her time at OU to raise awareness on PCOS. After completion of her studies, she wants to go back and serve her country with the advanced applied training she received at Ohio University. She would like to resume her career in academia and contribute in women’s health related policy formulation.
Samba Bah is from The Gambia, West Africa. He acquired a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a master's degree in African History from the University of The Gambia, where also he taught Political Science.
Samba has a vast experience in civil society, he served in different organizations in The Gambia among which is the National Youth Parliament, where he served as Speaker for a three-year term.
Samba is currently studying International Development at Ohio University with a Specialization in Social Science. He has interest in Youth Empowerment and Development.
Sara Hinck is originally from Orinda, California (Bay Area), but now calls Moab, Utah home. She is a second-year graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in International Development Studies with a concentration in Sports for Development, as well as a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She graduated in 2011 with a BA in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.
Prior to her enrollment at Ohio University, Sara served as a Community Outreach Coordinator through AmeriCorps VISTA in Moab, UT with the BEACON Afterschool Program. She has also worked for Purdue University Athletic Programs (Women’s Basketball Team and Athletic Promotions Office), USA Diving Marketing Department, The Golden State Warriors Community Outreach Program, and Indiana Sports Corp. Through her work experience, Sara found the unique cross-discipline approach of community development and sport. This had lead to her current research interests in gender, sport and development initiatives that use sport (basketball in particular), education, and cultural circles to assist in identifying and addressing the gender-differentiated needs of indigenous peoples.
Seth is originally from Lakewood, Ohio, the first suburb West of Cleveland. As it is a diverse immigrant community, his exposure to global friends and issues began early, especially from playing soccer (football) all of his life. Seth studied at Ohio University, and earned bachelor’s degrees in Communication & Public Advocacy, and Sociology. He also minored in Philosophy and Spanish, and loves learning and speaking other languages. He participated in an International Students Union and helped to start a breakdance club here at OU, Brick City Dance Crew. His favorite program by far though was the Global Leadership Certificate, which is a 2-year consulting program that allows him to leave the country and travel for the first time in his life. Since then, he has been to 12 countries, with a goal to travel to 30 by 30 years old. Seth love to talk about music, play soccer and volleyball, dance, write, and meet new friends.
Seth is a graduate student pursuing a MA in International Development. He has worked closely with the Center for International Studies program in his undergraduate career and cannot wait to continue his academic pursuits with them. Seth's mid-term professional goals are to secure a consulting or policy advocacy position in a global NGO, with a long-term goal to work for or closely with a branch of the United Nations. His specialization is with social sciences, with a strong passion for community engagement and development, as well as social advocacy and policymaking.
Vanessa Morgan is a young woman who comes from Accra, Ghana.
She holds a B.A in French from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in Ghana and she has a Master’s in French Language and Literature from Ohio University.
She is now pursuing another master’s in International Development from Ohio University.
Vanessa is interested in community health education, and she hopes to do her research specifically on sickle cell anemia.
IDS: First-Year Fulbright Scholarship Holders
Samar (Summer) Elkahlout is from Gaza-Palestine, but her country of birth is Yemen. She finished her undergraduate study in English Literature from the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) in 2008 in addition to a one-year diploma in Education in 2008 and another one-year diploma in Translation/Interpretation from Arabic to English and vice versa in 2009. She worked as an instructor of English Language at the IUG and British Academy for Languages in Gaza for one year.
Samar then started her career as a translator/interpreter at the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), which is a non-governmental organization based in Gaza City, in 2010. Working in the field of human rights, being exposed to a wide range of topics and legal work within human rights in addition to communicating with international experts from the ICRC and other international organizations for eight years has triggered her passion to complete her graduate study in the development area. She was awarded the Fulbright scholarship in April 2017 to start the MA program in International Development Studies with focus on Gender at Ohio University. She is glad to have this opportunity which will shape her future career as a development practitioner to make a real change in her country.
Ahmad Elyas Saboor
Ahmad Elyas Saboor is a first-year graduate student from Afghanistan pursuing master's in International Development with concentration in Environment Sustainability under the Fulbright program.
Elyas has a bachelor's of Political Science and Public Administration from the American University of Afghanistan.
Prior to joining this graduate program, Elyas was working with the Asia Foundation as capacity building officer where he provided support and leadership for education and development projects. He has also worked in various capacities with other international organizations, private sector and government of Afghanistan.
Elyas has particular interest in environment and natural resource management.
Dareen Tadros is passionate about generating a change in the world that would impact lives especially in Palestine as it is a developing country. She is a first-year graduate Fulbrighter pursuing her master degree in International Development Studies with a concentration in Health as well as Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Dareen graduated in 2015 from Bethlehem University with a Business Administration degree. She did her third year at Bilkent University in Turkey as an exchange student.
Post graduating, she worked for Bank of Palestine, one of the leading institutions investing in local development and social responsibility. Later, she was a part of teams that implemented projects with several local and international NGOs that tackled many fields including a project in education that aimed to make schools more inclusive, another project was to empower the youth and equip them with skills required for the job market. In her opinion, to achieve development, the main sectors that require intervention and improvement are education and health. She has a vision and accordingly, she is focusing her studies in health and pursuing to conduct projects in that sector to enhance the health system in Palestine towards being well-built, more effective and sustainable.
Deni Wahyudi Kurnaiwan
Deni Wahyudi Kurnaiwan, is a first year graduate student from Indonesia at IDS. He graduated from Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN Jakarta) majoring in Islamic Studies in 2010. He worked as program manager for Tobacco Control project at the Indonesian Institute for Social Development (IISD). He also a member of Public Health Council of the Central Board of Muhammadiyah, an one of the largest social movement in Indonesia. He has seven years of experience in public policy advocacies and public health campaign in Indonesia such as avian influenza outbreaks control, tobacco control, tuberculosis and maternal and neonatal health. He also involved in student organization and was a president at Muhammadiyah Students Association in 2008-2010.
He wants to concentrate in public health and social sciences and eager to upgrade his capacity in policy analysis and development theories. He also wants to further his understanding to Sustainable Development Goals agendas. After the completion in the IDS program he want to seek experience in International Development agency or continuing his education to doctoral level.
Mohammad Zia Sanaban
Mohammad Zia Sanaban is from Afghanistan and a Fulbright grantee who is currently a first-year student in International Development Studies (IDS). Zia will be pursuing his master’s degree in IDS with focus in Social Science.
Zia has completed his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Kabul Polytechnic University (KPU) in 2012. Since then, he has worked with several organizations in the development field in Afghanistan, which include national and international organizations. He took an interest in the development studies in 2012 when he began his first job as technical proposal writer at Appleton Consulting Inc.(ACI), a Canadian company provided consultancy services for construction companies in Afghanistan. His professional career gradually shaped ever since and he continued working in communication, fundraising and planning fields for the next five years.
Recently, Zia has worked with Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (CHA), one of the biggest Afghan NGOs, where he managed fundraising, capacity development, and program planning. Zia has developed several winning proposals in CHA and other organizations (valuing over $ 20 million in total) in the field of construction, rural development, health, and capacity development. Such multidisciplinary work shaped his career as he applied for Fulbright scholarship and finally succeeded to secure that grant to pursue his graduate studies at Ohio University.
Safia Amiry was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and completed her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Rana University in Kabul. She started her career with Roshan Telecom Company in 2009 and later started working in Government Relations for the AKDN Diplomatic Office in Afghanistan.
For more than a decade Safia has volunteered with many civil society institutions in Afghanistan to help the humanity. She is the founder of Movement for Change where she and her team work in activities promoting women’s empowerment. Safia is also the co-founder of Street Angels, an organization which supports street children in getting education.
Safia has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship for a Master’s Degree in Development Studies at Ohio University. She is hoping to have a career as a development expert with the Afghan Government on her return to Afghanistan.
First Year Students
Gloria Dikun Taban Thomas
Gloria Dikun Taban Thomas has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and is currently a first year student MA in International Development Studies/Environment. She is an environmentalist with 5 year work experience with the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA), South Sudan program. Gloria is from South Sudan and has lived in Kenya and Uganda, where she mostly attained her education from.
Gloria worked under Food Security and Livelihoods program, as Natural Resource Management/ Geographic Information Systems Officer with NPA South Sudan from 2012 - 2017. She worked in a project that involved mapping of natural resources using GPS technology and training local community about natural resource management. She is passionate about the environment and hopes to make a change in her country and globally in issue relating to environmental conservation and sustainable resource utilization.
Lori Boegershausen is from Tampa, Florida. She is a first-year graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in International Development with a concentration in social science. Lori graduated with a BA in History from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida.
Prior to her admittance to Ohio University, Lori served as a member on the National Standards Committee for the Real Food Challenge. On this committee, she and her research partner distilled and created a rubric for the fair trade category, which is currently in use for over 38 universities across the United States. After this, she served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant for Artland Gymnasium in Quakenbrück, Germany. She not only taught English and cultural lessons, but also volunteered with the Garden Club, Nature Club, and Youth Integration Center. It was through these experiences and others that she learned the importance of transformative education, fair purchasing, and collective organizing. Lori is enthralled to research deeper into these themes.