The Global Knowledge Initiative is thrilled to welcome new talent to our team, including two new interns for the spring semester: Mahnoor Hussain and Serena Gobbi. We are glad to have the help on several of our new projects. See below for profiles Mahnoor and Serena:
Mahnoor is an intern for the Spring 2016 semester and contributes her research and writing skills to several GKI initiatives. Mahnoor has been working closely with the GKI team in creating material for the upcoming Thought For Food Global Summit in Switzerland and has written blog posts reporting on GKI’s work on the Potato Taste Challenge Prize with the Alliance for Coffee Excellence and the Rwanda Agriculture Board.
Mahnoor is a senior at American University’s School of International Service with a regional focus in South Asia. As an active member in both academic and student life she serves on the e-board as a marketing director for the U.S. Pakistan Women’s Council Student Chapter, which facilitates discussion with inspiring Pakistani professionals on topics of gender and development. In addition, Mahnoor has interned at the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project where she coordinated outreach and provided technical assistance to members of the community. Prior to joining GKI, she studied abroad at the University of London, SOAS and went on to conduct fieldwork with local minority communities in Lahore, Pakistan.
At GKI, Serena contributes research, writing, and editing to several initiatives. She serves in a support capacity for several initiatives, including GKI’s current research and design project developing anticipatory monitoring and evaluation tools for assessing innovation impact potential (AIIP). Her work includes research on systems-of-systems thinking, network analysis, and human centered design.
A senior in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Serena specializes in international political economy. At Georgetown, Serena serves on the Carroll Round Steering Committee as Editor-in-Chief of the Carroll Round Proceedings. The Carroll Round hosts an annual research conference highlighting original research in the fields of international economics and political economy by U.S. and international undergraduates.
Before coming to GKI, Serena spent the beginning of 2015 studying abroad in Yaoundé, Cameroon while working for a microfinance organization. She then spent the second half of the year working in DC with Cure Violence, collaborating on design, development, and presentation of the Cure Violence model and adaptations to potential funders, including the US Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the World Bank. Her work also included developing a deeper understanding of violence reduction in urban systems and countering violent extremism through team program design, data monitoring, and program evaluation in Syria, Palestine, Latin America, and the U.S. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Serena speaks English and French.