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Arianna Faraco – Brussels 2015-16
Arianna joined ID in January 2015. In 2014, she obtained a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs at University of Bologna Italy, where she focused on security issues in South-East Asia. Her dissertation was the result of a six-month research project in Myanmar where she analyzed the triangular relationship between Yangon, Beijing and Washington from a security prospective. Previously, she obtained a First Class Honors Degree in Political Science at University of Roma Tre.
Before joining ID, Arianna served as Operations Assistant at the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. She also worked for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, where she significantly strengthened her diplomatic and negotiation skills. During her studies, she interned at a local NGO in Yangon where she participated in a series of lectures on International Relations Theories. Arianna is also a contributing writer for an Italian online journal.
Arianna is an Italian native speaker and she also speaks English, French and Spanish.
Helen Jiang – New York, 2017
Helen joined ID in February 2017. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs, concentrating in Asian Studies, from the George Washington University. Her academic interests include history, China-Africa relations, Indo-Pacific defense, Central Asia, and global energy security. She’s passionate about foreign language study and global communications, having completed French, Chinese, and Bahasa Indonesia immersions in Switzerland, France, China, and Indonesia. As part of her degree, Helen’s thesis “Poppies vs. Pomegranates: Agricultural Empowerment Potential in Afghanistan” examined alternative counter-narcotic strategies and evaluated existing international demand, infrastructure, and trade agreements for indigenous Afghan agricultural exports. During college, she held leadership positions in the college radio station and Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority, and interned in anti-poverty counseling at AmeriCorps’ LIFT-DC, in U.S.-Asia public affairs at Strategy XXI, and in marketing for the Cultural Diplomacy Research Coalition (Cuba), Global Language Network, and the American Red Cross.
She currently volunteers as a children’s literacy tutor for AmeriCorps’ Reading Partners and as the Indonesian Alumni Ambassador for the Critical Language Scholarship (a U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs program); she bartends and registers voters at concerts in her free time. Helen will serve in the Peace Corps as a university English teacher focusing on oral English in June 2017.
Joanna MacGregor – London, 2016
Joanna joined ID in September 2016. She recently completed her Master’s degree in Global Governance and Diplomacy at Oxford University, where her thesis focused on how climate change adaptation programs can be made conflict-sensitive. In order to conduct this research she carried out extensive fieldwork in the Greater Mekong Region, mostly in Myanmar and Vietnam. She graduated with a distinction from her undergraduate degree in Politics and International Relations in which most of her studies focused on the governance of peacebuilding and statebuilding. During this time she also spent a year at 外交学院 (China Foreign Affairs University) studying Chinese foreign policy and basic Mandarin.
Joanna has a multi-disciplinary background in the development sector, previously holding the position of Deployment Manager for an international education foundation. This role saw her manage a team in London to deliver education technology to underprivileged children in Laos, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Colombia, where she was deployed to train the new office. During her time in Beijing, Joanna interned at the UN High Commission for Refugees, becoming the first point of contact for asylum seekers registering in China. This role included advising persons of concern of their security situation, status and rights whilst in China.
For the past six years Joanna has volunteered for peacebuilding organizations such as International Alert. She is a keen sportswoman, and after a knee reconstruction surgery in late 2015 is looking forward to getting back in action. She is a British Citizen who grew up in the DC area.
Sreyneath Poole – New York, 2017
Sreyneath joined ID in January 2017. She received her MSc in Global Affairs from Rutgers University and was a student associate and the Documentation Center of Cambodia’s (DC-Cam) liaison officer at Rutgers Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. Her undergraduate studies led to her earning a self-designed degree in “The Nature of Imbalance: East Asian Politics and Media” with honors in International Relations. During the course of her studies, she traveled to North Korea on a student delegation trip, immersed herself in South Korea through the US Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship, and conducted research on geopolitical strategies and Chinese politics in Beijing and Tibet.
After completing her studies, Sreyneath returned to her home country of Cambodia where she worked at the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam). She was tasked as communications coordinator to work with DC-Cam’s international partners setting up Cambodian genocide museum exhibitions as part of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal’s reparation projects. She also worked closely with DC-Cam’s Genocide Education Project, Searching for the Truth Magazine, and Cambodia Tribunal Monitor project. Sreyneath also worked at Oxfam Cambodia on its pilot Active Citizenship project where she researched Cambodian diaspora engagement strategy. She also contributed to the larger Oxfam team in development initiatives such as the World Bank’s “Implementing the Social Accountability Framework” project.
Sreyneath loves to write and is the author of the “Inspiring Cambodian Women” blog. Her blog was used in a case study that was presented at the 11th World Islamic Economic Forum. Born and raised in Cambodia, she is fluent in Khmer and has studied French, Korean, and Chinese.
Matthew Porges – Brussels, 2016
Matthew Porges joined ID in September of 2016. He previously conducted fieldwork in Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, and Western Sahara. His MA thesis focused on nonviolent resistance in Western Sahara’s occupied zone, and his subsequent research looked at, among other things, the dynamics of nomadism in the Sahara, especially in light of climate change.
Matthew has previously interned at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies in New Delhi, India, and spent the 2015-16 academic year on a research fellowship. He holds an MA from the Royal Military College of Canada and a BSc from the University of Victoria. He has also studied Arabic at the Qalam wa Lawh Center in Rabat, Morocco, and refugee politics at the University of Oxford.