60 Heller Alumni Around the World

June 03, 2020

World map with red dots representing locations of Heller alumni
Heller’s 4,500 alumni are scattered across the globe, creating social change on virtually every continent. From working for the United Nations on youth development in Jordan to starting a manufacturing company in an economically depressed Massachusetts town, serving in a leadership role with the Botswana ministry of health to teaching the next generation of public policy professionals in New York City, our alumni are making an impact everywhere they go.

North America

Vancouver, Canada
Trilby Smith, MM'98
Director, Learning and Evaluation,
Vancouver foundation
Salt Lake City, Utah Dr. Mark Savarise, EMBA'17 General Surgeon, University of Utah
Lawrence, Massachusetts Brenna Nan Schneider, MBA’12 Founder and CEO, 99Degrees 
Toronto, Canada Jared Goldlust,
MA SID’10/MBA’10
COO, Joyride
Seattle, Washington Filimon Ghebretinsae, MS/SID’18 Project Manager, Panorama Global
Willowbrook, Illinois Rebecca Sliwoski, MBA’16/MS’16 Director of Strategy and Partnerships, Kletjian Foundation 
Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Florida Jacob Markey, MPP/MA Hornstein'18 Associate, Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Atlanta, Georgia Ann Hedges, MPP’16 Research Associate, Georgia Health Policy Center
Raleigh, North Carolina Brian Kennedy, MPP'16 Consultant, Frontline Solutions 
Washington, D.C.  Marion Cros, PhD’18 Senior Health Economist, World Bank Group
Woonsocket, Rhode Island Wesley Dickerson, MBA’18 Health Plan Product Development Adviser, CVS Health
Boston, Massachusetts Abby Alexanian, MBA/MPP’17 Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Root Cause
Madison, Wisconsin Mee Her, MA COEX/SID'17 Assistant Director, Visiting International Student Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sacramento, California Kristin Capritto, MA COEX'17 Senior Associate, Downey Brand
Madison, Wisconsin Marsha Mailick, PhD’78 Emeritus Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Boston, Massachusetts Mary Grant, PhD’00 Senior Administrative Fellow for Civics and Social Justice, Bridgewater State University
Washington, D.C. Elle Chang, MA SID'15 International Environmental Program Specialist U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
Los Angeles, California Fernando M. Torres-Gil, MSW’72, PhD’76 Professor of Social Welfare and Public Policy; Director, Center for Policy Research on Aging, University of Southern California
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Jeff Lurie, PhD'87 Owner, Philadephia Eagles
El Salvador Rodrigo Moran, MA SID’16 Technology for Development Manager for Central America, Creative Associates International 
Haiti Lesly Joseph, MS’16 Co-Founder, Saint Apollonia Mobile Dental Clinic 

Asia

Phnom Penh Pritesh Chalise, MA SID'19 New Business Development Officer, Swisscontact Cambodia
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Huong Le, MBA/MA SID’17 Co-Founder, Save Son Doong 
Colombo, Sri Lanka Sultan Mohammed Zakaria, MA SID'17 South Asia Regional Researcher, Amnesty International
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan Assemgul Kaliyeva, MA SID’11 Projects Officer, The British Embassy
Nepal Lokesh Bhatt, MS’18 Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Consultant, JHUCCP 
Afghanistan Bashif Najeeb, MS’15 Program Specialist, UNFPA
Dhaka, Bangladesh Pushpita Samina, MS’15 Clinical Services Lead, USAID Bangladesh 
South Jakarta, Indonesia Endriani Siswanti, MA SID’12 Regional Major Gifts Manager, Greenpeace South Asia
Japan Akiko Mera, MA SID’05 Manager, International Programs, Hunger Free World
Gilgit, Pakistan Aejaz Karim, MA COEX’08 Project Manager, Aga Khan Rural Support Program
Shanghai, China Mengji Chen, MS'13 Consultant, World Health Organization

Middle East

Doha, Qatar Marwa Farag, MS’05, PhD’10 Associate Professor of Health Policy, University of Saskatchewan 
Turkey Ahmet Can Celtikci, MA SID'08 Corporate Communications and CSR Coordinator, Sanofi
Israel David J. Portowicz, PhD’80 President and Founder, Jaffa Institute
Amman, Jordan Bothaina Qamar, MA SID'14 Youth Program Analyst, UNFPA

Europe

Brussels, Belgium Marine Rageuneau, MA COEX'19 Consultant, IOM UN Migration
Geneva, Switzerland David Kokiashvili, MS’07 Public Health, M&E Officer, The Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria
London, United Kingdom Naveed Noormal, MA COEX’16 First Secretary, Embassy of Afghanistan
Moldova Octavian Bodareu, MA SID’15 State Prosecutor
Rome, Italy Jacopo Monzini, MA SID’04 Natural Resources Management, Specialist Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations
Hamburg, Germany Julia Beier, MA SID'13 Sustainability Manager, Beiersdorf

Africa

Maiduguri, Nigeria Kerri Leeper, MA COEX’18 Humanitarian Context Analyst, Mercy Corps
Nigeria Obioma Obikeze, MS’13 World Bank Scholar and Managed Care Programs Coordinator, Federal Medical Center Yenagoa
Uganda Peter Apell, MA SID’11 Field Programs Manager, The Jane Goodall Institute
Benin Maxime Houinato, MA SID'96 Deputy Regional Director, UN Women in West Africa
Gaborone, Botswana Rajunisa Rose Molomo, MS’14 Senior Health Officer, Partnerships Coordination, Ministry of Health and Wellness
Ghana Mohammed Amin Dawuda, MA’11 Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Social Impact Inc.
Kenya Dorcas Wepukhulu, MA SID’11 Co-Founder, African Storybook Project 
Morocco Naima Benwakrim, MA SID’04 Director of Human Rights and Monitoring, National Council on Human Rights

South America

Lima, Peru Maria Fernanda Awapara Franco, MA SID'13 National Officer for Partnerships and Development Finance, United Nations
Region de Los Lago, Chile Rodrigo Fernando Aguayo, MA SID’09 Regional Director, INJUV Chile
Brasilia, Brazil Jason Anthony Hobbs, MA SID’05 Housing and Urban Development Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank

Australia

Canberra, Australia Tanya Price, MA SID'02 Assistant Director, Respondent and Collection Methodology, Australian Bureau of Statistics

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