Abigail Appleton is currently pursuing an M.A. in Political Science with an International Relations focus at The American University in Cairo (AUC). She is spending this semester as a graduate exchange student at American University. After receiving a Masters in Library Science from Indiana University, Abigail moved to Cairo, Egypt, for further study in June 2009, and was employed as a librarian at The American University in Cairo from 2010-2013. During her years in Egypt, Abigail had the opportunity to represent AUC at the 2011 World Development Report Launch in Cairo, participated in the first joint course with AUC, Cairo University, and the University in Tuebingen (Germany) about Arab Spring revolutions during the fall 2011 semester, and assisted in planning the Global Library Leadership Workshop sponsored by ELIME-21 in May 2013. She is currently researching the international structure's effect on United Nations Peacekeeping missions and has a general interest in the efficiency of conflict resolution and peacekeeping efforts.
Julian Florez is a DeSardon-Glass Fellow at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, where he is currently pursuing an M.A. in International Relations, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Conflict Studies, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Post-conflict Reconstruction. This past summer Julian worked with the World Food Programme in Djibouti, East Africa, where he contributed to the implementation of a cash-voucher project for 6,500 food insecure households. Previously, he worked as an International Cooperation Consultant for the Municipality of Medellin, Colombia's second largest city. In 2010, Julian interned with the Trade Office of the Colombian Embassy to the United States, where he helped on issues pertaining to the U.S. Congress. Julian has travelled extensively and has lived in Colombia, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States. He is fluent in Spanish and English and he is currently learning French. Upon completion of his studies Julian wishes to pursue career in international public service in the fields of humanitarian action, peacekeeping, food security, and postconflict reconstruction.
Clara González is currently pursuing an M.S. in Foreign Service with concentration in International Development at Georgetown University. After doing her undergraduate studies in Journalism in Spain and working three years for the Spanish National News Agency, both in Madrid and in Chile, Clara decided to specialize in international politics and pursue a career in a multilateral organization. These plans took her to Brussels, where she worked for the spokesman of the European Parliament, and eventually to Washington, DC. During the summer she interned at the Organization of American States (OAS), where she focused on election observation and democracy promotion. After graduation in 2014, Clara plans to continue developing her international career in the United States.
Hannia Hafeez is a senior at the University of Georgia’s Honors Program, where she is pursuing a double major in International Affairs and Arabic. Her interest in international organizations was spurred by her time spent interning and writing public policy for the Dutch NGO World Population Foundation in Islamabad, Pakistan. During the summer of 2011, she returned to Pakistan to teach English in an orphanage for Afghani refugees and internally displaced persons. Hannia spent the following summer of 2012 studying Modern Standard Arabic in Marrakech, Morocco. Her studies took her abroad once more in spring 2013, when she spent a semester studying at the University of Oxford in England. Following her time at Oxford, Hannia worked this past summer in Muscat, Oman strategizing foreign policy for Omantel. After graduating in 2014, Hannia plans to pursue her Masters and a career in intelligence.
Amy Werner is a senior at the University of Georgia where she is pursuing a double major in International Affairs and Journalism and minor in Spanish. On the campus of UGA, Amy writes for the independent student newspaper, The Red & Black. In the Athens community, she volunteers with Pinewoods Library, which partners with the Mexican Consulate to create Plaza Comunitaria, a program offering residents education from basic literacy to primary and secondary school instruction. In the fall of 2009, she interned for her district’s Congressman, Nathan Deal, and his campaign for Governor. In fall 2011, Amy interned with the news publication, Athens Banner-Herald. In spring 2012, she spent the semester abroad studying at the Universitat de Valencia in Valencia, Spain. Prior to her time at UNIC, she traveled to Italy where she volunteered through Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF) to work on an organic farm specializing in permaculture. Amy plans to earn a law degree after her undergraduate studies.