Kefah Barham (Ed.D. 2013)

After graduating in 2013, I returned home to West Bank where I have been active in a number of different areas.   I first began working as an assistant professor at An-Najah National University in the Faculty of Educational Sciences and Teacher Training. 


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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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Benjamin N. Oganga (M.Ed. 2013)

Benjamin Oganga is currently serving as an Assistant Director for Secondary Education in the President's Office (Regional Administration and Local Government) in Dodoma, Tanzania. He was previously Education Coordinator and Principal Education Coordinator.


Oganga has also worked as a monitoring and evaluation specialist for the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training as well as for the Kigoma Regional Administration, focusing on the Kigoma Special Economic Zone.


He wrote to CIE about this work after he graduated in 2013:


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Ricardo Leon Gomez Yepes (Ed.D. 2013)

After completing his doctoral program at CIE, Ricardo returned to Colombia. He is back at University of Antioquia, his home institution, working as a teacher of quantitative research and evaluation methods. He also works as a policy analyst and consultant for several government agencies and private organizations.


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Mjege Kinyota (M.Ed. 2013)

As a PhD student at the Institute of International and Comparative Education (IICE) of Beijing Normal University (BNU), PRC, I still cherish my experience at the Center for International Education (CIE) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Not only has that experience influenced my enrollment at BNU, but also the focus of my current research.


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Angela Yang-Handy (Ed.D. 2013)

I have been living in the Philippines since 2009 with my husband and our two daughters.  In September 2013 I completed my doctorate, having produced a dissertation entitled, “Preparing Visually-Impaired People in the Philippines for Mainstream Employment: The Impact of ICT Accessibility.”  I am an active board member of the Manila-based ATRIEV Computer School for the Blind, and have been assisting with a range of education, fund-raising and administrative concerns. 


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Mshauri Abdulla Khamis (M.Ed. 2013)

After getting my Master’s degree, I returned to Tanzania and was posted to the Department of Secondary Education as a head of the Secondary Education Division in Zanzibar. Four months later, I moved to Dar es Salaam, after being selected to work with the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC), in the Secretariat. Once again I left my family and worked on the mainland for 14 months.


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Habibullah Wajdi (Ed.D. 2013)

Habibullah Wajdi, a citizen of Afghanistan, is an educational development professional with over 16 years of experience in education development particularly in conflict and post-conflict settings. During his career he has worked nationally and internationally with governments; well reputed national and international organizations; civil society, and donors on various projects and programs. 


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Kefah Barham

Salam to all!  I'm from Palestine and I have come to the USA to study in a doctoral program under a program that provides training for faculty members of Palestinian Universities. Actually this is not my first time in the states, I came here ten years ago after finishing high school accompanied my husband "Abdelrahim ."  He was doing his PhD in Statistics at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. I stayed lived three and half years and my two sons were born there. At that time I wasn’t able to start my studies.

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Patrick Thoendel


I did not intend to start a career in international education, but more or less wandered into it.  I began my career by teaching English in Japan with the now defunct chain of English conversation schools called NOVA. I lived and worked in Japan for 2 years teaching English to everyone from 4-year-old children to 70-year-old pensioners. Despite the challenges of working in Japanese office culture I really enjoyed the work and the lifestyle. I began to see education and teaching English as a way to finance my travel habit.


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