Shona Hemmady is a rising senior at Yale University, studying Global Affairs with a focus on international development, and Computer Science. She has studied both Hindi and Mandarin, and is currently learning Spanish. She has traveled to China and India for the past few summers, for study abroad and a service trip respectively. In India, she helped organize the Yale Alumni Service Corps project in Rajasthan. In addition to traveling herself, Shona works as part of a worldwide organization called AIESEC, which fosters cultural understanding through sending students on international internships. She also participates in several dance groups including Yale's Bhangra and Raas teams. She plans to use and develop her interest in international affairs as well as her technological skills after graduation.
Violeta Leiva is a M.A. graduate of European Studies at Maastricht University and is writing her thesis on trade agreements and economic integration. During her undergraduate career she studied Law in Chile and completed her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She has worked at the Chilean diplomatic mission at the United Nations, and participated at an ILO Conference and at Human Rights Council sessions. Her study interest is in the field of international cooperation, in particular the challenges of multilateral and regional organizations. She is also passionate about literature, foreign cultures, and languages. Recently she completed an academic honor’s internship program with Philips in cognitive enhancement research for high performers. Violeta intends to pursue a career as an international servant, working in the field of diplomacy. She is fluent in German, French, English and Spanish; and currently learning Russian and Dutch.
Walter Munoz is a rising senior at the University of California, Berkeley studying political economy. As a native Costa Rican, Walter has an extensive background of international education, language, culture, and work experience. While in his home country, he began his studies in International Relations at Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica (UNA) and International Trade at Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR). During this time, Walter also worked in international business development. He is a native Spanish speaker, fluent in English, Italian, and French, with working proficiency in Portuguese and German. He is a trained singer who has performed regularly in the US and abroad. Upon relocating to the US, Walter has worked in the financial and retail fields. Most recently, he has coupled his academic and professional background with volunteer experience as an active member of the UNA East Bay Chapter in California.
Savitri Zala is a rising senior at the University of California, Riverside studying Economics and Political Science with a focus on international affairs. Previously, Savitri was a policy intern for the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs where she was able to refine her interests in international relations and global development. Savitri is also an active volunteer for the BAPS Community Outreach/Public Relations and Media Teams responsible for coordinating tours for foreign dignitaries and planning community events like walkathons, women’s conferences, and health fairs. In her free time, she enjoys books, music, and avocados.