Current Fellows

2019-2020 Fellows

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Asha Athman
Community Center Programs Assistant - Collateral Repair Project
Amman, Jordan
My name is Asha and I was born and raised in Northern Virginia. I graduated from George Mason University in 2018 with a dual BA in Global Affairs and Foreign Languages. My areas of academic focus were international development, Middle East and North Africa studies, and Arabic. During my time as a student at Mason, I became interested in refugee and migration issues and participated in several research projects on refugee integration practices in the U.S., Middle East, and East Africa. I had the incredible opportunity to study Arabic abroad in Morocco during the summer of 2017 and in Jordan for an academic year thereafter. I am very excited to return to Amman and merge my academic and professional passions through the MENAR Fellowship at Collateral Repair Project.

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Aman Falol
Data Officer - Collateral Repair Project
Amman, Jordan
My name is Aman. Born to two globetrotting refugees, I call home where Eritrean coffee beans (or really beans of any origin) are roasting and hearts are connecting over the most beautiful words and stories. Most of the adults I grew up around spoke between 4-7 languages and we’re often fluent in at least three. I am working on my second. Their stories, tracing the complex map left by their footsteps, and the intellectual foundations of my heart and mind, ground my work. I graduated with my Bachelors from the University of California, Berkeley a few years ago and have acquired unique experiences in access issues, art, education, technology, and immigrant integration. As I transition to working in Jordan, I am excited to collaborate with Collateral Repair Project and impact holistic refugee services with data. I am also eager to advance further in my knowledge of Arabic through daily study with local teachers, breathing the language with every interaction, crafting multilingual poetry, and drowning in the deep ocean that is Arabic.

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Kirsten Mullin
Primary School English Teaching Fellow - Ecole Canadienne de Tunis
Tunis, Tunisia
My name is Kirsten and I’m from Long Island, New York. I just graduated from Haverford College, where I majored in Political Science and minored in Economics. In the summer of 2017, I received a fellowship through Haverford’s Center for Peace and Global Citizenship to travel to Sefrou, Morocco for 10 weeks to teach French and computer skills at a women’s center and work at a local women’s cooperative that aimed to increase the economic autonomy of women in the region. I am excited to return to the MENA region where I hope to continue to practice my French, learn Arabic, and refine my teaching skills at Ecole Canadienne de Tunis!

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Jessica Murphy
Secondary School Fellow - Ecole Canadienne de Tunis
Tunis, Tunisia
My name is Jessica and I am originally from New York City. I recently graduated from Brown University, where I studied (International) Development Studies and Middle East Studies. My sophomore year, I coordinated a college readiness program for local high school students, and throughout college I volunteered as an SAT tutor in Providence, New York, and beyond. I also studied Arabic, which brought me to Amman, Jordan, my junior year. I look forward to returning to the MENA region, where I will be working at Ecole Canadienne de Tunis, facilitating community engagement opportunities for secondary school students and assisting with their transition to higher education. I’m excited to collaborate with civil society organizations and explore all that Tunisia has to offer.

Angela Pham
English Teacher - ClubAnglais
Tunis, Tunisia
My name is Angela and I graduated from Azusa Pacific University in southern California with a degree in Economics for International Development & Honors Humanities in Spring 2019. I chose my major in the wake of the 2015 Paris bombings, as I grieved the loss of life and the uneducated response from many Western countries who closed their doors to Arab refugees. I began learning Arabic in tenth grade, in the context of Yemeni immigrant communities in the United States. Since then I've pursued cultural and linguistic fluency in Arabic and Islamic studies through summer language and culture programs in Los Angeles, NSLI-Y Morocco, and CLS Jordan. After teaching English to Iraqi refugee children in Eastern Amman as well as interning with Banaat Connect in Jerash last summer, I decided to return to the Middle East for an extended period of time. With these experiences and a deep love for the people and places of the Arab world, I hope to continue working for women and children’s education among displaced peoples as well as economic and job development. With ClubAnglais, I am excited to learn about life and work in Tunisia while teaching children and picking up a new dialect!

Laura Robinson
Associate Sales and Marketing Manager - Experience Morocco
Casablanca, Morocco
My name is Laura and I’ll be working as a MENAR Fellow for the year as an Associate Sales and Marketing Manager with Experience Morocco. I’m originally from Denver, Colorado and graduated from Denison University with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Sociology/Anthropology. I first started learning about Morocco in French language classes and have been passionate about languages and cross-cultural understanding in the MENA region ever since. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity to be in North Africa for the first time and am especially excited to work for an organization that provides authentic experiences for visitors to explore the dynamic traditions and culture of Morocco!

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Hannah Rosenwinkel
Product Manager - Bayt.com
Amman, Jordan
My name is Hannah and I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2017 with a BSB in Supply Chain and Operations Management and a BA in Global Studies with a concentration in the Middle East. During my time at the U, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Amman, where I fell in love with the country, the people, the language, and the culture. Prior to becoming a MENAR Fellow, I worked at Land O’Lakes, Inc. as a Supply Chain Transportation Analyst. I am grateful for the chance to return to Jordan as a Product Manager at Bayt.com and look forward to combining my passions for business and the Middle East.

Benjamin Vega
Hacker in Residence - ReBootKamp
Amman, Jordan
My name is Benjamin and I am from San Antonio, Texas. Recently, I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in International Relations and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures. Studying Turkish while in both middle and high school as well as Arabic in college, I’ve had the privilege to live in both Turkey and Morocco for various intensive language programs. My time in the Middle East and North Africa region shaped who I am today and future work I want to do in global health equity. I hope to combine my skills of language, policy, and programming to work on using tech to provide equitable access to health care. I look forward to my position as Hacker in Residence with ReBootKamp, gaining a better understanding of tech startups in the Middle East and exploring the sites in Jordan.