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2018-19 MPS Cohort

2018-2019 MPS Cohort

Ashraf Bhuiyan Ashraf Bhuiyan

Ashraf Hossain Bhuiyan is pursuing a professional Master’s degree in International Development in the field of Global Development with focus on Development Economics. Prior to his studies in Cornell, he worked as Assistant Manager at Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL), a state-owned financial institution in Bangladesh which works towards implementation of Renewable Energy and Infrastructure projects in rural Bangladesh...Read More

Gloria Irene Burgoa Gloria Irene Burgoa

Gloria Irene (Ire) Burgoa is a Master´s degree candidate interested in farmer-centered extension approaches and agroforestry systems in the tropics. She leans towards incorporating gender and anthropological perspectives into the integrated management of landscapes. Born and raised in Bolivia, she has carried out on-the-ground development work in rural Bolivia, the Dominican Republic and Panama, as well as policy research for UNESCO and the Inter-American Development Bank. During her time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama, Ire worked with indigenous, small-scale farmers on the production, pest management and marketing of cacao and/or coffee in agroforestry systems...Read More

Ashley Celestin Ashley Celestin

Master of Professional Studies candidate in International Agriculture and Rural Development. Her areas of concentration involve sustainable agriculture production with linking farmers to foreign markets...Read More

Charles Higgenbotham Charles Higgenbotham

Charles Higgenbotham is an MPS candidate in International Agriculture and Rural Development at Cornell University. His research and project interests comprise developing agricultural systems that simultaneously increase food production, restore ecological resilience, and improve economic opportunities for small farmers internationally. He was also awarded the Kirchner Food Fellowship, a lean impact investment program aiming to train the next generation of capital allocators with a focus on socially responsible agriculture-based businesses...Read More

Yerlan Issimov Yerlan Issimov

Yerlan Issimov is a Masters of Professional Studies candidate in International Development in the field of Global Development with the concentration in Development Policy...Read More

Luna Lee Luna Lee

Luna Lee is pursuing a MPS in International Agriculture and Rural Development and leads the supply chain human rights work on the social consciousness team at EILEEN FISHER, a women’s clothing and design company. She has extensive volunteer and leadership background in the women’s movement with the YWCA, as well as multistakeholder engagement experience through Social Accountability International, Nest, and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition...Read More

Michal Matejczuk Michal Matejczuk
Michał (me-how) Matejczuk is pursuing a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in the field International Agriculture and Rural Development. At Cornell University, using his culinary prowess as a catalyst and inspiration for behavior change, he aspires to create better sustainable business models across Africa’s powerful agricultural industry through the use of food preservation models...Read More
Jefferson Mecham Jefferson Mecham

Jeff is an MPS candidate in International Agriculture and Rural Development specializing in forest/land restoration and regenerative enterprise. From 1991-2016 he was engaged as a project coordinator and consultant with indigenous and rural organizations, local governments, foundations, and landowners in Ecuador, with occasional assignments in other Latin American countries, India, and the Philippines...Read More

Ackson Joseph Mwanza Ackson Joseph Mwanza

Ackson Joseph Mwanza is a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) candidate in International Agriculture and Rural Development (IARD). While at Cornell University, he is focusing on Food and Nutrition Security, Agricultural Innovation, and Systems thinking and strengthening in Agricultural Extension...Read More

Mame Ndaiye Mame Ndiaye

Mame Diara Ndiaye is pursuing a Master of Professional Studies in International Development in the field of Global Development. A major focus of her research is mending the gender gap in education in Sub-Saharan African countries, specifically in Senegal. She specializes in women’s empowerment and her research incorporates areas that address policy, gender inequality, social change, and education reform...Read More

Fiona Rodgerson Fiona Rodgerson
Fiona Rodgerson is an MPS candidate in Global development, with a focus in International Agriculture and Rural Development. She is passionate about working at the intersection of smallholder livelihoods and conservation in Latin America...Read More
Kasim Saiyyad Kasim Saiyyad

Kasim Saiyyad is a candidate for a professional master’s degree in International Development, with a concentration in development policy.  Through this program, Kasim wants to explore the factors associated with poverty and their effects on food choices and nutrition, particularly in developing countries...Read More

Karuna Salve Karuna Salve
Karuna is a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) student in International Development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), Cornell University. She also holds a master’s degree in Social Entrepreneurship from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India...Read More
Laura Simmons-Stern Laura Simmons-Stern
Laura Simmons-Stern is a Masters of Professional Studies candidate in International Development, with a focus in sustainable rural development and climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. She comes to Cornell from an international sustainability consulting firm in her hometown of Boston...Read More
Yunqing Tian Yunqing Tian
Yunqing Tian is a Master of Professional Studies candidate in International Development, with a focus in Climate Smart Agriculture and Food Security...Read More
Vy Vuong Vy Vuong

Thao-Vy Vuong is a Master of Professional Studies candidate in International Development with a focus in food-based interventions in disease prevention and treatment for poor people while protecting the environment where food is grown or raised. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam...Read More

Gretchen Worth Gretchen Worth
Gretchen is an MPS candidate in Global Development, focusing on community engagement and heritage conservation in under-served communities. She has returned to academia after many years working in China and Southeast Asia, where she was a founder and CEO of a regional media company...Read More