Paul Frisoli (M.Ed. 2007; Ed.D. 2013)

Paul Frisoli is currently Senior Technical Advisor in Education at the International Rescue Committee (IRC). He is leading IRC's global work in social-emotional learning and education technology & innovation to promote children’s enrollment, retention and learning in crisis and conflict settings.


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Majid Khan (M.Ed. 2003; Ed.D. 2009)

Majid Khan is currently a Director at the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) in Islamabad, Pakistan. His role involves strategic management, administration and educational outreach, including development and implementation of educational programs with national and international centers and organizations.


He is also co-PI on a research project on high performance work systems funded by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).


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Firuza Gafurova (M.Ed. 2005)

As a Muskie Fellow, I graduated from CIE in 2005 and returned to Uzbekistan to start a teaching position at a public school.


While at CIE, I developed interest in HIV/AIDS and health education, thus, with great enthusiasm I started teaching health education classes to high school students. This was a great experience, starting with developing my own curriculum to seeing how my students were developing confidence in discussing various health issues.


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Antonie Chigeda (M.Ed. 2005)

Greetings from Malawi. Since my days at UMass several opportunities have allowed me to utilize my knowledge and skills from CIE to develop and grow academically as well as professionally. Six months after graduating from a CIE’s Master of Education program in Policy Planning and Leadership, I joined Moi University in Kenya for a Master of Philosophy degree specializing in Philosophy of Education.

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Judith Obiero (Ed.D. 2014)

Dr. Judith Akinyi Obiero is the Associate Director for the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The Center is responsible for leadership and professional development of students as well as the non-technical skills they need in order to be successful in their academic and professional engagements.


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Tashi Zangmo (Ed.D. 2009)

After graduating from CIE, Dr. Tashi Zangmo undertook the challenge of creating an NGO called the Bhutan Nuns Foundation under the patronage of the Queen Mother of Bhutan. The Foundation is dedicated to improving the education and living conditions for the Buddhist Nuns in the country.  Creating a new organization turned out to be a formidable challenge, but she persevered.


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Sonia Lindop

I was born in Lima, Peru. I studied Social Communications at the University of Lima and spent the next four years working as a commercial television producer. I produced a wide variety of programs, from soap operas to children’s and sports programs. Even though working on TV was a lot of fun, I wanted to explore the world of documentaries - an interest that led me to graduate school. I pursued a Masters degree in Social Anthropology in the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology in Mexico - CIESAS.

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Larissa Savitskaya Chekmareva (M.Ed. 2005)

After serving as the Deputy to the President and Dean for Enrollment Management and University Reistrart at KIMEP Univeersity in ALmaty, Kazakhstan, LLarissa (Savitskaya) Chekmarevaarissa is now working as an educational consultant. She regularly conducts professional training for education administrators, focusing on integrationg the best of world practices into the Kazakhstani higher education administration. In Spring 2011 she initiated the First Strategic Enrollment Conference in Central Asia, jointly with American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).

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