Alumni Making a Difference

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APSIA Schools’ Dedicated Graduates

Graduates of APSIA schools dedicate their professional lives to changing the world.

They bring an international, interdisciplinary understanding to their work for public, private, and non-profit organizations. They leverage the training they received in graduate school to connect different issues and solve problems.

Learn about some of our alumni and their work to transform the world:

Alumni Stories

Promoting Green Growth in Asia


Jin Young is in charge of  a growing portfolio of programs and in -country operations  in Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan for the Global Green Growth Institute.

Advancing Peace and Economic Development in Northeast Asia


Jongbeom Choi is program officer for The Asia Foundation’s Korea office, where he is mainly responsible for North Korea and Northeast Asia regional programs.

Rejuvenating Communities in Zimbabwe


Shingi Mavima was disheartened by the educational inequality in Zimbabwe, but his time at the Penn State School of International Affairs helped him become an author and non-profit founder.

Giving a Voice to Afghan Women


Inspired by her time at PSIA, Samina Ansari decided to head back to the country of her birth to work in the areas of conflict resolution and women’s rights. 

Alumni nominated spotlight: Renewable energy expert Peter Moritzburke


As part of our ongoing Pass the Pen series, we feature MEC Development Principal Peter Moritzburke ’96 who shares his favorite GPS memories and his key to success in renewables and the environment

Alumnus negotiates EU-Mercosul agreement


Rodrigo Serran ’14 forges opportunities for Brazilian economic growth in the EU as part of the largest trade agreement in Brazil’s history

Walking the path to global sustainability


Alumnus Andrés Prieto, MPP ’19, unearths pathways to sustainable land and food systems in Mexico City as part of the United Nations network

Reuniting Families Across Borders


Immigration officer Jack Bisase, MA ’15, reunites siblings, children and spouses from the Dominican Republic on US soil.

Defending our Right to Clean Water


John Noël, an SIS alum, turned his passion for environmental issues into a career. He protects drinking water through research, policy, and advocacy.

Sowing Opportunity


Dilanthi Ranaweera has forged a path of public service from Washington, DC to the rural farms of Myanmar and Kenya. The SIS alumna helps smallholder farmers develop a better quality of life.

Interview with Nicole Bibbins Sedaca


Conversation with Nicole Bibbins Sedaca after 20+ years promoting democracy and respect for human rights

Interview with Jessica Deharo


Conversation with Jessica Deharo, Bush School Alumna and Refugee Officer at the US Department of Homeland Security

The Many Benefits of A SAIS Europe Education


Lisa Satolli
Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) ’17
Recipient of the Dennis Amato Fellowship and Christine Giangreco Memo

Environmental heroes work towards a healthier California at CSE


As part of an ongoing series to spotlight GPS’s top employers, we profile why CSE hires our graduates, plus why current alumni enjoy working there

Alumni Mentor Program brings GPS toolkit to the East Coast


UC San Diego and GPS alumni are paired with current students who are exploring policy and public service during their summer internship in Washington, D.C.