Madeeha Ansari


Madeeha Ansari is a Fulbright scholar at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Her graduate studies are focused on human security, particularly on education in emergencies. Before Fletcher, Madeeha worked as an editor at a public policy think tank, and a Communication Specialist for a network of non-formal schools in the urban slums of Islamabad, Pakistan. She has also had experience working in the Curriculum Design and Communications Unit for a capacity building consultancy. Madeeha earned her undergraduate degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has had a keen interest in the role of media in development, and has written for a range of publications and international forums.

Diana Rodríguez Gómez

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Diana earned her B.A. in History in her hometown, Bogotá, Colombia, where she worked for four years as a primary and high school social studies teacher, before completing a M.A. in International Education and Development from University of Sussex. She worked at the Early Childhood Department at the National Ministry of Education in Colombia where in 2010, she secured a Fulbright Colciencias grant in order to pursue her doctoral studies at Teacher’s College, Columbia University.  At present she is an Ed.D. Student in International Educational Development at Teachers College, with a concentration in Peace and Human Rights Education. Currently, with the support of the ILAS pre-dissertation grant, she is conducting research on access and inclusion to secondary education for migrant and non migrant youth in Ecuador.

Nirina Kiplagat


Nirina Kiplagat is currently a Programme Specialist in the UN Interagency Framework Team for Preventive Action, a framework of UN agencies, programmes, funds and departments to catalyze integrated initiatives for early preventive action. The Framework Team is a member of the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Working Group on Education and Fragility. Within the Framework Team she leads on initiatives related to conflict sensitivity. Ms. Kiplagat previously worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-Kenya Peace Building and Conflict Prevention Unit, focusing specifically on projects related to peacebuilding, reconciliation and recovery following the 2007 post-election violence and implementation of the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation (KNDR) Agreements. In addition, Ms. Kiplagat served as one of the Gender Focal Points for UNDP-Kenya and output lead on Gender and Governance for the Government of Kenya and United Nations Joint Programme on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. Ms. Kiplagat holds a Masters of Science Degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and she has worked in a number of internationally and regionally renowned organizations specializing in the field of conflict analysis, prevention and peacebuilding, including The Carter Center, Project Ploughshares, Nairobi Peace Initiative-Africa, and the Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in the Great Lakes and the Horn of Africa (FECCLAHA). Her professional and training background have equipped her with a varied and rich experience in the various levels of intervention, from influencing policy to designing mediation workshops for youth groups from divided societies. Ms. Kiplagat has also published several articles examining conflict dynamics in the Horn, East and Great Lakes regions of Africa.

Rachel Cooper

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Rachel Cooper completed her MA in International Educational Development with a concentration in International Policy and Planning at Teachers College. She has recently written her Masters’ thesis on Teacher Absenteeism and Accountability in Rural Southern Gujarat, where she conducted field research this past summer. Rachel is currently a Program Manager at the SUNY Levin Institute, where she manages a scholarship program for undergraduate women focused on international relations and global affairs. Prior to enrolling at Teachers College, Rachel worked in fundraising for non-profits in NYC and studied political science as an undergraduate at George Washington University. Rachel has a keen interest in peace and human rights education, and how this intersects with policy.

Justin Barbaro


Justin Barbaro is a 3rd year PhD student in Education Leadership and a Graduate Research Assistant at the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership at Teachers College. His research foci include international school leadership and management, role transition theory, and school choice. He is a current student in Professor Lesley Bartlett’s course on Globalization, Mobility, and Education (ITSF 5045) where he is working with a research team investigating the relationship between the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and graduate’s perceptions of global citizenship and mobility.

Prior to Teachers College, Justin was a 3rd grade teacher at I.G. Conchos Elementary School as a Teach for America corps member in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also the recipient of a Fulbright grant awarded to study the Korean education system while teaching English as a second language at Bullo Elementary School in Gwangju, South Korea. Justin holds and M.Ed in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and B.A.s in History and Archaeology from the University of Virginia.

Samir Ahmad


Samir Ahmad, is a PhD Research Student at the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institute of Kashmir Studies,University of Kashmir, Srinagar. He also serves as a contract lecturer at the same department. A former Fulbright Scholar, Samir’s research interests include India- Pakistan relations and the politics of Kashmir. He has recently published a book entitled, “The Kashmir Issue and its Resolutions: Relevance of Musharraf’s Proposal”.

Hadeel Qazzaz

Hadeel Qazzaz

Dr. Hadeel Qazzaz, Program Director-Pro-Poor Integrity in Integrity Action. She was born in Gaza Shati refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, a specialist in gender and development. She received her Ed.D. from Leeds University. Qazzaz has contributed to the first Palestinian human development report, the Palestine national poverty report, the Palestine time-use survey, and reports on the right to education. She was involved in the adaptation of the Transparency International Source Book into Arabic.

She worked for 10 years as the program manager and deputy director of the Heinrich Boell Foundation in Ramallah. This enriching experience has enabled her to work closely with researchers and activists from many Arab countries and Germany. She is an activist in the Palestinian women’s movement and active member in the Palestinian civil society movement. She is involved in different types of cultural dialogue and exchange including dialogue between Europe and the Middle East. She has organized and has participated in many regional and international conferences that dealt with issues of development, women’s rights, and democratization processes. Currently she is a board member of the Women’s Affairs Technical Committees and the General Union of Palestinian Women, Ramallah branch

Karen Ross

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Karen Ross recently completed her PhD in Inquiry Methodology and International & Comparative Education at Indiana University, where she continues to teach as a research methodology instructor.  Her research focuses on the methodological and conceptual intersection between peace building, education, and social change, with a geographic focus on Israel/Palestine.   Outside of academia, Karen is a dialogue facilitator and facilitator trainer, and has worked as a consultant for UNESCO, GPPAC, and the American Friends Service Committee.  She holds a M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a B.A. in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from Columbia University.


Kevin C. O’Dowd

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Kevin C. O’Dowd has been working in the documentary field for over 7 years. He has worked with Google, CNN, Travel Channel, NOVA, MacArthur Foundation, Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams) and many other documentary companies from around the world. Together with the Norwegian Refugee Council Colombia, Kevin produced a short documentary film focused on ‘Education in Emergencies’ in a rural village on the Pacific Coast of Colombia. Kevin worked in Colombia for nearly two years as the Program Manager for the Bilingual Educational Program at Colegio Santa Ines, were he spearheaded the inception of the program. He also taught his students media literacy, photography, and video production.

Kevin holds an advanced degree from the Center for Global Affairs at New York University, with a concentration in humanitarian assistance and international development and a Bachelor of Arts degree in film and video from Columbia College.

Kathryn Moore

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Kathryn (Katie) Moore is a peacebuilding and international development professional. She has five years of experience working in diverse global organizations throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, the East Asia and Pacific region, and the United States. Her education, peacebuilding, and training interventions have engaged hundreds of leaders and youth in leading organizations within the public sector. Among her most recent work, Kathryn has been named an International Development Fellow for Catholic Relief Services’ Laos country program, has conducted short-term projects for UNICEF’s New York Headquarters’ Performance Management Unit, UNDP Fiji’s Peace and Development Adviser, Amnesty International’s National Youth Program, Columbia University’s Peace Education Network, Save the Children Mozambique, and U.S. Peace Corps Mozambique.

Kathryn has a broad base of experience providing a range of interventions including: facilitation, training, program design, program management, program evaluation, and research design, implementation, and analysis.  She has specialized experience in the areas of international family and community mobilization, peacebuilding, youth development, adult learning, and early/middle childhood education.   Some examples of recent projects include: 1) designing and delivering a project sustainability and best practices in emergent literacy training for over 100 Mozambican government officials, primary teachers, and local community leaders 2) supporting logistical preparation for Amnesty International USA’s nation-wide annual youth training for over 100 youth and designing/analyzing the training’s survey assessment 3) reconceptualizing monitoring and evaluation for peacebuilding purposes with the UNDP Fiji’s Peace and Development Adviser 4) supporting all aspects of UNICEF’s Performance Management Unit (PMU) including drafting a survey deployed to 700 staff worldwide on their experiences as part of a Soft Skills Workshop program and revising/creating PMU materials for UNICEF staff and external stakeholders.

Kathryn’s Master of Arts degree from the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University was conferred in February 2013. Kathryn has a B.A. in Early/Middle Childhood from Butler University in Indianapolis.  She is in the process of transitioning to her new role as a fellow in Laos.