Graduates from the Sié Fellows program have gone on to work at international organizations, world governments, and to pursue academic careers.
Matt Bloise is a fifth-generation Coloradan. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where he studied English, History and Philosophy, and interned for Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO 5). After graduation, he returned to Washington as a legislative reporter for the Congress, and would eventually become a freelance journalist. Matt moved to Southern California and wrote for a variety of publications, but focused his work on local government in Santa Barbara County. Deciding to change directions, he signed up for the Peace Corps and was delighted to receive an assignment in China. He spent two years teaching English at Chongqing University of Technology, in a sprawling metropolis in western China, learning to enjoy spicy food and trying to understand the Middle Kingdom. He graduated with an MA in Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration program, and hopes to work in the private sector upon graduation. His hobbies include literature, travel, hiking and microbrew root beer.
Morgan graduated with an MA in International Studies with a concentration in gender. While at Korbel, she worked with Professor Rebecca Galemba as a research assistant studying wage theft among immigrant day laborers in the Denver area. She also worked as a volunteer translator for Human Rights Watch through her participation in the Humanitarian Assistance Applied Research Group. While traveling in Dharamsala, India, she studied Tibetan nonviolent movements and interned at the Center for Living Buddhist Art. Before studying at DU, Morgan graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma with degrees in International Studies and Arabic and a minor in Spanish.
A native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Catherine graduated with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with a BA in International Studies, concentrating in politics, nation-states, and social movements. After graduation, she spent two years serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines where she worked as an English teacher in a rural high school. During her service, Catherine collaborated on several projects designed to promote English education in rural schools and organized activities to engage local youth in environmental service. With her service completed, Catherine graduated with an MA in International Development at Korbel and explored her interests in human rights, education and global health.
Aleksandra is from St. Petersburg, Russia. She graduated with honors from the Smolny-Bard College double diploma program, earning a BA in International Relations, Political Science, and Human Rights. During her studies at Smolny, she volunteered as a Russian language teacher to migrant children and worked as a faculty assistant helping with publications on African conflict minerals. She also studied abroad with the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program in New York City, where she interned with Seeds of Peace, a peacebuilding NGO. During her senior year, she wrote her thesis on conflict resolution and disaster diplomacy and co-authored a publication on the “New Silk Road” as part of the Stanford U.S.-Russia forum. At the Josef Korbel School, Aleksandra graduated with an MA in International Studies with a concentration in conflict resolution. She worked as a research assistant for the Project on Environment, Food, and Conflict at the Sié Center.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Ben is a MA candidate in International Studies. Ben graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Rhodes College in 2014, earning his BA in History and International Studies. During his time at Rhodes, Ben published independent archival research on the 1878 epidemic of yellow fever in Memphis. Additionally, he has worked as an intern in the Brussels office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, where he researched transatlantic maritime cooperation and security. At Korbel, Ben explored his research interests in the Middle East and North Africa, political Islam, and social movements. As a Sié Fellow, Ben was a research assistant for the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research with Dr. Erica Chenoweth.
Sarah is from Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated magna cum laude from Ohio State University, earning her BA in International Relations and Diplomacy, with minors in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic. Following graduation, Sarah served as a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. During her service, she ran after school programs for youth, organized several day and overnight camps, and taught aerobics classes at a local women's associations. She graduated with an MA in International Development.
Christine graduated summa cum laude from Pepperdine University with degrees in International Politics and Spanish. During her undergraduate career, she spent a year in Buenos Aires, Argentina studying Spanish and Latin American culture and politics and implemented programs in her role as student body president. She also published and presented research reports on Intervention in Libya and Sex-selective Abortion in India in her undergraduate academic journal. Christine has performed research on counter-terrorism at a policy institute in Israel and has contributed to Latin America regional programs as an intern at Vital Voices and as a project assistant at the National Democratic Institute. She graduatd with an MA in International Security, focusing on conflict issues with particular emphasis on Latin America and the Middle East. As a Sié Fellow, Christine worked as a research assistant for the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research with Dr. Erica Chenoweth.
Brandon graduated with an MA in International Studies, with concentrations in security, political economy, and comparative politics. While at Korbel, he also explored interests in defense policy and terrorism. Prior to graduate school, he lived and worked in western Europe, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan as an aviation officer in the U.S. Army. A Colorado native, he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and he has since returned to West Point as an instructor of International Relations and Comparative Politics.
Molly graduated with an MA in International Development. She holds a BA with High Honors in political science, sociology, and anthropology from Swarthmore College. Molly has worked with a number of development nonprofits, including Limitless Horizons Ixil, a Guatemalan organization where she now serves on the Board of Directors. She has also worked as coordinator for a human rights advocacy project in Salt Lake City, UT, as well as with nonprofits in Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina. Molly's research interests include community development and environmental issues, with an emphasis on project design and evaluation. A Maine native and lover of the Mountain West, Molly enjoys hiking, skiing, and ultimate frisbee. As a Sie Fellow, Molly was a research assistant for Korbel's NAVCO Data Project.
Andrew graduated with an MA in Global Finance, Trade & Economic Integration (GFTEI) with a geographic concentration in China and South East Asia. Originally from Maryland, Andrew earned his B.A. in 2011 from the College of William and Mary, where he studied international relations and economics. During his time at William and Mary, Andrew studied abroad in Beijing, China and volunteered with a Chinese organization advocating for people with disabilities. After graduation, he worked as a consultant for AidData in the Lao PDR and Uganda supporting the government-led implementation of development aid management tools to strengthen national aid effectiveness. In addition to studying for his M.A. he hopes to pursue research interests in non-traditional aid and microfinance. At Korbel, Andrew was a research assistant with the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research. In his spare time he enjoys photography, playing volleyball, and watching Chelsea FC.
Aldo graduated with an MA in International Relations. While at Korbel, Aldo focused on Conflict Resolution and Security Studies with a regional emphasize in Latin America. Aldo participated in the Korbel in D.C. program, where he worked as a legislative intern in the Washington office of U.S. Senator Michael Bennet. Aldo also worked in the State Department’s Western Hemisphere Affairs Office, were he collaborated closely with Foreign Service officers, and gained exposure to U.S. bilateral relations with Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. Aldo is currently a Spanish Instructor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
Mariana graduated with an MA in International Human Rights and Certificates in Humanitarian Assistance and International Law. Over the course of her studies, Mariana focused on refugees/IDPs, international humanitarian law, and civilian protection during conflict. At Korbel, she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Erica Chenoweth, contributing to the Nonviolent and Violent Campaigns and Outcomes (NAVCO) Data Project and researching campaigns in Syria, Sudan, South Sudan and Pakistan. She also interned with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Maputo, Mozambique, where she assisted the Protection Unit with programs for urban refugees. Before coming to Korbel, Mariana graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University (New Orleans) in 2011 with a BA in International Relations, History and French. Mariana is now working as an Awards Management and Donor Compliance Fellow with Save the Children International in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Ben graduated with a MA in International Security. While at Korbel, Ben worked on the Private Security Monitor research project and received a Rosenthal Fellowship to work with Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA). He earned his BA from Saint John's University in Minnesota, graduating summa cum laude. After his undergraduate education, Ben volunteered abroad for a year through the Benedictine Volunteer Corps. He went on to complete internships with the UN Development Programme in Bosnia-Herzegovina and an international NGO in Jordan. Since 2011, Ben has held several positions with ACTED, an international humanitarian NGO, working in Iraq, Yemen, Turkey and Syria. Ben is now working as a National Graduate Fellow with the Office of Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence at the National Nuclear Security Administration.
Kate graduated with an MA in International Human Rights. At Korbel, she worked as a research assistant for Professor Oliver Kaplan on civilian protection issues. She also participated in the Geneva Program, interned with the International Committee of the Red Cross, and served as a research associate with Korbel’s Human Trafficking Center. Before coming to Korbel, Kate worked for Human Rights Watch in Washington, D.C. as the Coordinator of the Arms Division. She traveled to Geneva and Oslo to support the division's advocacy work at international treaty meetings, and most recently she assisted with the launch of a civil society campaign to ban fully autonomous weapons. Prior to this, Kate graduated summa cum laude from Claremont McKenna College (CMC) with a degree in international relations and a focus on Latin America. Kate plans to conduct research and advocacy for a human rights nongovernmental organization or international organization.
Daniel grew up in Washington, D.C., and earned a BS in English from the University of Wisconsin Madison. While at Korbel, Daniel worked with Dr. Erica Chenoweth on a variety of research projects. Prior to attending Korbel, Daniel taught English in different parts of China for five years. He spent one year living in a small town in Xinjiang, in the far west of China, where he taught English to Uyghur and Kazak students. Daniel is now pursuing a PhD in Political Science at the University of Virginia.
Brittany graduated with an MA in International Development and a certificate in Global Health Affairs. During her time at Korbel, Brittany worked as a research assistant for the Project on Environment, Food and Conflict at the Sié Center. Previously, she graduated magna cum laude in 2006 with a dual degree in English and American Studies from California State University, Fullerton. Upon graduation she received the American Studies Department Academic Achievement Award. She subsequently moved to Germany as a Fulbright Scholar to teach English and pursue her research interest in environmental literature. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, where she trained primary school English teachers and worked to improve health care access and awareness for people with disabilities. She is working towards her PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology with a concentration in Medical Anthropology at the University of Arizona.
Ashley Greve graduated with an MA degree in International Studies with a concentration in Management and Administration. Previously, she graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010 with her B.A. in Spanish Literature. She went on to serve two years in Peace Corps Ukraine, where she collaborated with IOM and local NGOs on counter-trafficking efforts. While at Korbel, Ashley served as Associate Director of Advocacy at The Human Trafficking Center at DU for two years and did policy analysis as an intern at the Denver Anti-Trafficking Alliance. Additionally, she interned in the development office for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, where she now works as a Development Data Analyst.
Nicholas graduated with an MA in International Administration. He grew up in rural Northumberland, England and earned his BA in International Relations at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, graduating with First Class Honours. A semester of this was spent studying in French at the Science Po. de Strasbourg, France. Over the past five years, Nicholas has interned for the East of England Brussels Office, Norwich Green Party, and L'Association Pour La Démocratie Européenne. He has worked in environmentally sensitive areas on the remote West Coast of New Zealand, in the French Alps, and voluntarily for the UK National Trust. At Korbel, he had the opportunity to work for two inspirational researchers, including designing and conducting a research project in East Africa, and to work with two Colorado-based non-profit organizations.
Sabrina graduated with an MA in Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration. While at Korbel, she also explored her research interests in defense policy and political economy and completed two internships with the Colorado Department of Transportation and defense contractor Rockwell Collins. Prior to Korbel, she graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in international affairs and economics. She spent her undergraduate years completing internships with the Carl Vinson Institute of Local Government, the Center for International Trade and Security, and with the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. After receiving her BA, she moved to Colorado Springs to participate in El Pomar Foundation's two-year leadership development program. Her work at the private grant-making foundation included hosting international delegations in Colorado and organizing debates between local political candidates. Sabrina is now participating in the National Nuclear Security Administration Graduate Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C.
Peter Rocco graduated with an MA in International Studies with concentrations in statistics, comparative politics, and intelligence. While at Korbel, he worked with the Human Trafficking Center. A Brooklyn native, he has also worked in Washington, D.C., as a researcher at CQ Roll Call, a media company focused on U.S. politics and policy, where his work focused on homeland security, defense and foreign policy. He previously served as a legislative assistant for Congressman Michael E. McMahon (D-NY), a former member of the Foreign Affairs committee. He also worked as an associate at Edison Research, exclusive exit pollster of the U.S. presidential election for major domestic media outlets. He graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine with BA degrees in German and Sociology.
Kate graduated with her MA in international human rights. She has worked at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement, where she managed the Services to Survivors of Torture and Preferred Communities grant programs. Prior to that, Kate worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she managed discretionary and formula grants to police and sheriffs' departments, U.S. attorneys' offices, correctional facilities, and victims' advocacy organizations. Kate has been an active volunteer for the anti-human trafficking and anti-torture movements, as well as for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Prior to studying at Korbel, Kate also served as a volunteer reading mentor at a Washington, D.C., elementary school. Kate received her BA in economics from Randolph-Macon Woman's College.
Hyshyama was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Nepal. She earned her BA (Hons) in development studies from Kathmandu University. She is currently works for Ushahidi as Programme Officer Asia for the Making All Voices Count - a 12 country programme on technology and innovation for governance in Asia and Africa. Hyshyama has previously worked on women's rights issues in conflict and post-conflict, gender and transitional justice in Nepal and on women and peace-building projects in Sri Lanka. Hyshyama was also a 2009 Cape Town Fellow of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). As a Fulbright scholar at Korbel, Hyshyama earned her MA in International Human Rights with concentrations in international law, humanitarian assistance and gender.
Kyleanne is a PhD Student at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. She earned her MA in international security from the Korbel School and her BS from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Her research interests focus on the role of women in influencing tactics of political violence and shaping post-conflict societies. In addition to her own research, Kyleanne manages the project on Nonviolent Actors in Violent Conflicts hosted at the Sie Center and funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. In addition to her academic work, Kyleanne works with Mountain2Mountain as in-field consultant for the Afghan Women’s National Cycling team. She has served as both a mechanic and coach in Afghanistan, helping the grass-roots team to achieve international recognition. Prior entering academia, she worked for a tech start-up, a defense contractor, and spent more than a decade as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, serving as an AH-1W Super Cobra attack pilot on multiple deployments in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. She spent her last 3 years in the Marine Corps as the liaison officer to the House of Representatives. In addition to her liaison duties, she served as the military escort for several international congressional delegations for the chairman of the Armed Services, Rules and Veterans' Affairs Committees. Kyleanne lives in Denver, Co, where she continues to compete in elite-level mountain bike races.
Graham graduated cum laude from the University of Richmond in 2009 with his BA in history. Since graduating, he has worked at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C., as an analyst in the corporate strategy and development group. During his time at National Geographic his responsibilities included strategic planning and corporate integration, as well as business development functions with domestic and international partners across various media ventures. At the Korbel School, Graham pursued an MA in international security.
Jonathan Pinckney is a PhD student at the Korbel School in the fields of International Relations and Comparative Politics. His research interests focus on extra-institutional means of political contention, primarily nonviolent civil resistance and political violence. Jonathan's work has been published in the Journal of Peace Research and the Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Jonathan received his BA in International Affairs from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, graduating summa cum laude with special honors, and was a 2012 recipient of the Korbel School's Sié Fellowship. Prior to entering graduate school Jonathan worked for study abroad programs in Egypt and India, and helped found BIRDS International, an NGO addressing issues related to rural poverty in South India.
Jessica graduated with her MA in global finance, trade and economic integration. She graduated cum laude from Georgetown University in 2009 with a BA in English and an honors certificate in Latin American Studies. As an undergraduate student, she was a member of The Pearl Project, a journalistic investigation into the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002. After graduating, she joined the politics and policy staff of U.S. News & World Report, where she reported on major national issues including foreign affairs, energy, and elections. She left U.S. News in December 2011 to travel to Colombia, where she worked as a freelance writer in Bogotá and in Cartagena at the Summit of the Americas. In addition to U.S. News & World Report, Jessica has contributed to The White House Bulletin, World Politics Review, City Paper Bogotá, The National (UAE), Café Abroad, The Hoya, and The Georgetown Independent. While at Korbel, she served on the national board of directors for the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS), and worked as a research assistant at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures. She now works as a communications strategist for Bang Australia, based in Sydney.
Paul is a PhD candidate in International Studies at the Korbel School, and he teaches international relations and comparative politics at the United States Military Academy at West Point. His research interests include environmental governance, wildlife trafficking, and endangered species protection. A cavalry officer in the U.S. Army, Paul has led reconnaissance and tank units in Afghanistan, Iraq and Korea. Paul is a native of Edina, Minnesota, and graduated from West Point in 2004 with a BS in political science. In his free time, Paul enjoys conservation, firefighting, exploration, transportation, and design.
Ying Hui is from Singapore. Her upbringing there has inspired her to seek a career in journalism and become an advocate for freedom of the press. She earned her BA in political science at the National University of Singapore, and while a student also worked as an independent journalist for The Online Citizen, the most popular alternative news website in Singapore. After graduation, she worked at CNBC for almost a year. Ying Hui has also written for Al Jazeera and Asian Correspondent, reporting on sensitive issues such as human rights in China and Singapore. At the Korbel School, she earned her MA in international studies. She now works as a writer/researcher at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy's Institute of Policy Studies, based in Singapore.
Matt graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO, where he earned his BA in international relations and political science. As a student at William Jewell, he was named the Outstanding Junior in Political Science in 2010 and Outstanding Senior in 2011. He also studied in Santiago, Chile, and Chania, Greece, through The Fund for American Studies. During his time as a student, Matt also served as a sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserves and remains a senior analyst for 24th Marines. He has been deployed in support of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to Norway with Operation Cold Response. For his work in Iraq, Matt received a Navy and Marine Corps' Achievement Medal. At the Korbel School, Matt earned his MA in international human rights. He now works as a Project Officer for the Oceans Beyond Piracy Project at One Earth Future.
Matthew was born and raised in the suburbs of New York, NY. He completed his undergraduate degree in sociology, with a minor in history, at St. Joseph's College. He went on to earn a master of public policy degree from George Mason University, with a concentration in regional economic development. During his graduate studies, Matt researched the effectiveness of long-term peacekeeping efforts in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Cambodia, and separately studied Denver-Boulder economic development strategies. For the last few years, Matt has directed the veterans affairs division at the law firm at which he works, advocating on behalf of disabled veterans in their claims before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He has also worked as an organizer in the last two U.S. presidential elections. At the Korbel School, Matt concentrated his studies on international diplomacy and development. He is now a Presidential Management Fellow working in the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy with the U.S. Department of State.
Mayela is a native of Queretaro, Mexico. She completed her undergraduate degree in integrated social sciences from Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, where she had the unique opportunity to live and study with students from more than 100 countries. While a student, she interned at the Embassy of Mexico in Berlin, and post-graduation interned at Pemex, the Mexican state-owned oil company. Mayela decided to enroll at the Korbel School to develop her theoretical and practical understanding of world politics.
Hanna earned her bachelor's degrees in Linguistics and Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. While an undergraduate student, Hanna spent a semester abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, sparking her interest in the Middle East. She went on to serve as an intern at the Carter Center's Conflict Resolution Program, and later moved to Syria to study Arabic and write for an English-language newspaper. At Korbel, she worked as a research assistant for the Pardee Center for International Futures and completed an internship with the Atlantic Council's Strategic Foresight Initiative. Hanna graduated Korbel in June of 2013 with an MA in Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration, and worked with the Institute for Security Studies and the governments of the Western Cape and Gauteng provinces in South Africa on issues relating to provincial forecasting and policy planning. She now works as a data analyst at aWhere, Inc., an agricultural intelligence company in Colorado.
Brian received an MA in International Security from Korbel in 2013. He is now a Program Officer at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), an international development nonprofit focused on strengthening democratic institutions around the world. Prior to attending Korbel, he spent two years with the Peace Corps in Madagascar, serving in local communities to improve English-language programs and assisting with other capacity-building measures. Before his service abroad, Brian earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Vanderbilt University.
Harrison is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2002, and upon graduation was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force. Harrison lived and worked in South Korea for three years prior to moving to Denver, and while assigned to Denver was deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Harrison accepted the Sié Fellowship in 2011 and completed his MA in International Security in 2013. He was then selected for a special assignment at the Headquarters for U.S. Forces Korea in Seoul. He currently resides in Seoul and enjoys contributing daily to maintaining and strengthening the strategic partnership between the Republic of Korea and the United States.
Pallavi was born in New Delhi, India and moved to London, England at a young age. In 2009, she earned her undergraduate degree, with First Class Honours, in Politics and International Relations from the University of Manchester. She interned at the Parliamentary office of the former Minister of State for International Development, Gareth Thomas MP and on "The World Today" program at the BBC World Service. Upon graduation from Manchester, she worked as a political consultant at Insight Public Affairs, a London-based public affairs company. In addition to the Sié Fellowship, Pallavi has been awarded a US-UK Fulbright Scholarship and a scholarship by the British Universities North America Club Educational Trust. She now provides crisis, issues and reputation management support to national and international clients at Regester Larkin in London.
Jeongsoon was born in South Korea, but spent most of her life in Malaysia and in China. As a result of her international upbringing, she speaks four languages (Korean, English, Chinese and Malay) and has a genuine interest in global issues, particularly in international business and cross-cultural awareness. After earning her BA from Korea University, Jeong became a certified financial consultant for Shinhan Bank in Seoul, where she was tasked with various responsibilities in the field of foreign investment. She also interned at the ASEAN-Korea Centre, an intergovernmental organization that aims to increase trade, investment, and cultural exchange between South Korea and ASEAN Member States.
Tinúviel Lathrop Jette
Tinúviel graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in 2011 with a BA in Political Science and minors in Peace Studies, Arabic studies and Philosophy. As a student, Tinúviel was instrumental in assisting to establish a Peace and Conflict Studies Institute at UMass Lowell. At the Korbel School, in addition to her position as a Sié Fellow, Tinúviel worked as a Research Assistant at the Pardee Center for International Futures. She now works as a contract manager at the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery in New York.
Boyeon is a native of South Korea and attended college at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, where she majored in Chinese Language and Literature. While completing her degree, Boyeon spent a year and a half in Beijing and Suzhou, China as an exchange student. This experience revealed to her the stark differences that can exist between societies, and sparked her interest in international relations. Upon returning to Korea, she declared a second major in political science and international relations, and following graduation enrolled in the MA program at the Korbel School to further study diplomacy and conflict resolution.
Pedro is a native of Caracas, Venezuela, but spent many of his formative years living and attending school in Muscat, Oman. In 2009, Pedro earned his BA from Northeastern University in Boston. He subsequently moved to Denver, Colo., to work for the Denver Biennial of the Americas as the assistant to the program director. Pedro now works at the U.S.-Mexico Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding opportunities for the people of Mexico through effective philanthropy and binational partnerships. Pedro focused his studies at the Korbel School on Latin American and Western European politics. He now works as a GMDP Senior Associate at Avaya.
Dyah Dinanti Puspitasari
Dyah graduated with an MA in Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration (GFTEI) at the Korbel School of International Studies. Prior to coming to Korbel as a Fulbright Scholar and Sié Fellow, Dyah was a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, serving in the Office of the Director-General of ASEAN Cooperation. Her expertise is mainly in economic cooperation and integration in Southeast Asia, as well as democracy and political development in that region.
Marzia Borsoi-Kelly is a native of Rome, Italy. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Affairs with minors in History and Psychology at the John Cabot University. In 2007, she earned a second undergraduate degree, with First Class Honors, in International Relations from the University of Wales. Upon graduation, she was hired at the U.S. Embassy Rome as a Protocol Clerk. In 2008, she won a scholarship to the University of North Carolina, where she earned an MA in History of the Contemporary Middle East. Upon graduation in 2010, Marzia was awarded a Sié Fellowship to pursue an MA in International Security at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Marzia focused her studies at the Korbel School on Middle Eastern and European diplomacy and intelligence studies. After graduation, Marzia was hired to work at a think tank in Washington D.C., where she further deepened her knowledge of Middle East issues and also developed her understanding of Asian international relations and security by working as a Program Assistant for the Regional Security Program (directed by Dr. Geoffrey Kemp) and the Asia and the Pacific Program (directed by Lt. Gen. Wallace Gregson USMC Ret.). Furthermore, Marzia was additionally promoted to be Gen. Charles G. Boyd (USAF Ret.) the Chairman of the Board's executive assistant, while continuing her work of program assistant to two programs.
Katherine earned her MA in International Security and a Certificate in Global Health Affairs from the Korbel School in June 2012. A resident of the Bay Area, she has most recently worked as a freelance editor and as a humorous content writer for Shmoop, a digital publishing company. Katherine is now pursuing a Certificate in Web and Mobile Application Development at the College of San Mateo as part of her transition to a career in software development.
Mickey lives in Washington, D.C., and has consulted for clients across the Department of Defense. He currently works for CACI managing international programs for the U.S. Navy's Program Executive Office for Littoral Combat Ships. While at the Korbel School, he interned at the Center for Complex Operations at the National Defense University, as well as the New America Foundation's Middle East Task Force.
Lai was born in Hong Kong and moved to the United States at the age of nine. Lai completed her undergraduate degree in international affairs with a minor in religion at the University of Georgia. Before moving to Denver to pursue her MA in International Security at the Korbel School, Lai worked in Washington, D.C. for the Office of U.S. Senator Max Baucus, where she served as the Assistant to the Chief of Staff. While a student at the Korbel School, Lai focused her studies on East Asia, U.S. diplomacy, and intelligence and had the opportunity to intern for the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service.
Balazs Martonffy is a doctoral student at the School of International Service, American University. Prior to his current studies, he served as a counselor in the Defence Policy Department of the Ministry of Defence of Hungary. He was the recipient of the 2013 Hungarian Public Administration Scholarship, during which he worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Budapest and at the Embassy of Hungary to France. Previously, Balazs interned with the International Staff of NATO in Brussels and was a Visiting Researcher at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Balazs holds an MA in International Security from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, where he was an inaugural Sié Fellow. He earned his undergraduate degree as an Eliot Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis, graduating with honors in history from Phi Alpha Theta. Balazs has also completed graduate courses at the Geneva Center for Security Policy and at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
David is a native of South Sudan. He received his primary and secondary education there, and attended college at Kampala International University, Uganda. David has extensive experience in the international arena, having worked as a logistician and storekeeper for Médecins Sans Frontières at the Dadaab refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya; as an operations specialist for the private security firm DynCorp in South Sudan; and most recently (and currently) as the Director for Legislation for the South Sudan National Legislative Assembly. After completion of his MA in International Security at the Korbel School, he returned to work for the government of South Sudan.
Gretchen runs the Satao Project, a small wildlife trafficking consultancy. She previously conducted research and analysis on illicit networks in support of the U.S. Department of Defense. She has served as a subject matter expert (SME) to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counter-Narcotics and Global Threats and CENTCOM's J2, and has supported SOCOM's Counternarcotics and Transnational Threats team. She is also an affiliate instructor at the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center at George Mason University, School of Public Policy. She is the author of Seeds of Terror, a ground-breaking book that traces the role the opium trade has played in three decades of conflict in Afghanistan. An award-winning journalist, Gretchen covered Pakistan and Afghanistan for more than a decade, first for The Associated Press and later for ABC News. Gretchen holds a Masters' Degree in International Relations from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, where she was awarded the Sié Chéou-Kang security and diplomacy fellowship and the Association of Former Intelligence Officers Life's Choices Foundation Scholarship to examine illicit networks and transnational organized crime.
Ambar Velazquez is originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico, and completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Studies at New College of Florida in 2009. As a student at the Korbel School, Ambar pursued her MA in International Security, along with a Certificate in Global Health and a concentration in Humanitarian Assistance. Ambar's research interests focus on the ethics and implications of US military involvement in medical missions abroad.
Jennifer Williams is a research assistant at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. Her recent publications include " ISIS vs. Al Qaeda: Jihadism’s global civil war," co-authored with Daniel Byman. She previously interned in the office of Colorado State Representative Jeanne Labuda and worked as a columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She received her BA in international studies from the University of North Texas and her MA in international security from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.