Priti Patel bridges the gap between health and peacebuilding by
increasing human security through the distribution of basic health services to
Priti has worked in international public health for over seven
years. She is currently a Senior Procurement and Capacity Building Officer at
Population Services International (PSI). PSI is a global health network of more
than 60 local organizations dedicated to improving the health of people in the
developing world by focusing on serious challenges
like HIV and AIDS, a lack of family planning, barriers to maternal health, and
the greatest threats to children under five, including malaria, diarrhea,
pneumonia and malnutrition.
She has worked on a multi-million dollar malaria project from
The Global Fund, procuring and distributing Long Lasting Insecticide treated
Bed Nets (LLINs) to various Ministries of Health and local NGOs. Under this
project she worked on large scale mass distribution of over 15 million LLINs for
the Ministry of Health and Finance in Uganda.
Priti currently supports Family Planning and HIV Prevention and
Treatment Programs in Latin America, while using her cross cultural
communication skills to provide Capacity Building to various country platforms
and colleagues. She attributes her success in working with various ministries,
NGOs, and donors to her negotiation and conflict resolution skills. Her work
has taken her to Switzerland, Uganda, Dominican Republic, and Guatemala.
Karen Castro (IPCR '16)
Just a few
months after receiving her Master's in IPCR,Karen Castro, IPCR
'16, was offered a job as a United States Diplomat! With a passion for social
justice, particularly pertaining to immigration issues, she is pursuing her
dreams. Karen is also an alumna of the U.S. State Department Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program.
Concentrating in U.S. Foreign Policy, Karen excelled in her
studies at American University. She hopes to continue to represent her country
domestically and overseas. Prior to her time with IPCR, Karen worked as an
Immigration Caseworker at the U.S. House of Representatives and as a
Legislative Aide at the Ohio House of Representatives.
Sean McDonald (IPCR '09)
Sean McDonald provides innovative solutions to
the world's crises. He is the CEO of FrontlineSMS, an award winning technology
company, focused on using mobile technologies to improve the ways that people
reach the things they need most. Under Sean's leadership, Frontline has been
deployed more than 300,000 times in 199 countries, helping tens of thousands of
organizations reach tens of millions of people with
information and services. Frontline has been used to organize disaster response
in the Philippines, support peacebuilding in South Sudan, and improve land
titling in India.
Sean is also an active advocate for user rights in digital
spaces, recently authoring "Ebola: A Big Data Disaster," published by
the Center for Internet and Society. Sean is an advisor to UNDP, the Center for
Internet & Society, TechChange,DoSomething.org, and ECPAT
International, and an affiliate with Harvard's Berkman Center.
Julia Chalphin (IPCR '16)
Julia Chalphin is a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) who works as a Program Analyst with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Earlier this year, Julia was a
Government Affairs and External Relations Intern at the U.N. High Commissioner
for Refugees. During her time at American University, Julia also worked for the
U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs as a Legislative Intern. She also
participated in the 'Water, Cooperation and Peace in the Middle East' Practicum
in Israel and the West Bank. With volunteer experience in the Philippines and
South Africa, Julia is dedicated to making the world a better place.
Sarah Barnett (IPCR '16)
Sarah Barnett applies her expertise
in emergency and peace education as the Curriculum Developer for Safer Schools
Labs, an organization started in the Harvard Innovation Lab. Safer Schools Labs
helps schools prevent, respond to, and resolve sexual and relationship violence by
creating vision and strategy for healthy student identity development. Since
June, Sarah has developed workshops and trainings for students, teachers, and administrators
focusing on emotional intelligence, interpersonal conflict management,
post-crisis response, prevention strategies, and policy-building, as well as
contributing to business development efforts. Sarah has also been invited to
speak in Havana, Cuba on managing cross-cultural interpersonal conflict.
Robert Lord (IPCR '16)
Robert Lord has worked with Chemonics International since June 2015. Chemonics is an international development consulting firm that partners with USAID to promote social and economic change around the world.
As a Senior Project Management Associate, Robert works with Chemonics' Afghanistan portfolio, which includes projects focused on agricultural value chain development, government capacity-building and legal reform, gender inclusion and more. Based in Washington DC, with frequent travel to Kabul and Herat, he specifically works on a project that promotes financial access across Afghanistan.
In addition to project management support, Robert also contributes to business development efforts and technical research focused on countering violent extremism and conflict management in countries around the globe.
During his time at American University, Robert's research largely focused on public international law and the prevention of mass atrocities. He was the recipient of the Lerche Grant, which he used to examine ethnic conflict and genocide prevention in Burma/Myanmar.
Aly Lyons (IPCR '12)
Aly Lyons is a Senior Manager at
PartnersGlobal (formerly Partners for Democratic Change) where she manages a
diverse project portfolio focused regionally on Francophone West Africa and
thematically on governance and security issues. PartnersGlobal is an
international conflict resolution and peacebuilding NGO that promotes the
inclusion of civil society voices in policy and security discussions to create
more accountable and sustainable democratic societies that are responsive to
those it is intended to protect.
Sarah Ahmed (IPCR '05)
For more than a decade, Sarah Ahmed has combined her love of travel with conflict resolution skills to foster
meaningful and sustainable change to improve lives in a number of countries in
the Middle East and South Asia. Sarah’s work has taken her to wonderful and
interesting places with rich cultures and histories, including Iraq, Jordan,
Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey (Syria focused) and Tunisia (Libya focused).
With Chemonics International, an international development consulting firm, she
works primarily in transitioning countries, either during or in the immediate
aftermath of conflict. As a Deputy Chief of Party for USAID-funded projects on
Afghanistan and Syria, and now Chief of Party for a Libya project, Sarah works
on initiatives that support civic engagement, good governance practices, and
creating opportunities for participatory and representative national and local
Katie Gresham (IPCR '10)
Katie Gresham began her career working on international development issues from
Washington D.C. and London, but soon became eager to apply her expertise to
issues closer to home. Working first for a nonprofit focused on homelessness
and now within criminal justice, Katie has combined her education in
conflict resolution with her interest in digital and strategic communications
to find creative ways to encourage national discussions about critical social
problems and possible solutions. Currently, Katie is a communications
contractor working with the National Institute of Justice, the research and
development agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. In this role, Katie works
with social and physical scientists to disseminate evidence-based research on complex
criminal justice challenges and inform decision-making on issues, including the
relationship between law enforcement and the community, backlogs of untested
sexual assault evidence and victimization of Native Americans and Alaska