CO-CHAIRS

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Lexie Ryan is a second year in the Master’s in German and European Studies Program and is also pursuing a certificate in Diplomatic Studies. A proud San Diegan, Lexie stayed in California for undergrad and attended UC Berkeley, majoring in history and minoring in German. She has spent considerable time in Germany, studying abroad in Berlin, teaching at a forest preschool (twice), and working for the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations. She is a current intern at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center and plans to intern with SportsUnited at the State Department in Spring 2016. In her final year at Georgetown, Lexie is focusing on sport diplomacy or energy diplomacy. She hopes that her degree will help her find a job back in California; however, if international relations does not work out, she will open a bakery/running club hybrid.

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Sarah Unbehaun is in her third year at Georgetown University, pursuing master’s degrees in both German and European Studies and public policy. Originally from the state of Washington, she has always preferred northern locations: she attended Smith College in Massachusetts for her bachelor’s degree and studied abroad in Germany twice, in Hamburg as an undergraduate and recently in Berlin during her master’s studies. She is interested in energy and climate policies and politics and spent the 2016 summer working at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. She enjoys interesting but generally useless trivia, such as the fact that banana plants are herbs, not trees.

PUBLIC RELATIONS TEAM

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Amanda Thoet is currently a first year student in the German and European Studies Master’s program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, pursuing a certificate in Diplomatic Studies. Amanda is a third-culture kid and spent her childhood living in The Netherlands, Pennsylvania and Texas. Prior to attending Georgetown, Amanda completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Leipzig, Germany and also spent this past summer as a speechwriting intern in the Public Affairs sector at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. For her undergraduate studies, Amanda attended The Pennsylvania State University and received degrees in English, German and Communication Arts and Sciences. She looks forward to a future in international diplomacy. Fun fact: As a senior at Penn State University, Amanda danced for 46 hours straight to raise awareness for pediatric cancer.

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Elvia Valle is a second-year student in the German and European Studies program at Georgetown University. I am also a Certificate in Diplomatic Studies Candidate and focus on European foreign affairs and the transatlantic relationship. As a current Pickering Fellow, I will begin my career at the Department of State upon graduation. A fun fact: I once won a baby cow at a church raffle! Unfortunately, I sold it before meeting it. I like to think it’s still out there somewhere, grazing in an open field.

HOSPITALITY TEAM

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Meghan Boroughs is a first-year Masters student in the German and European Studies program. She completed her undergraduate degree at Columbia University, where she majored in Political Science, concentrating on International Relations. She is passionate about public speaking, and taught speech and debate to middle school students in Queens with Youth For Debate during her undergrad. She has studied abroad in Berlin and London, and previously interned at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, DC. She is interested in cultural diplomacy and hopes to complete the certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. Meghan was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she had the same ballet teacher as Charlize Theron!

courtney_editedCourtney Flynn is a second year student in the Master of Arts in German and European Studies Program (MAGES) at Georgetown University, graduating May 2017. She is pursuing a Certificate in Diplomatic Studies, focusing on diplomacy and non-state actors. Public and cultural diplomacy, particularly through international exchanges, has been an interest of Courtney’s since participating in the Fulbright Program from 2014-2015 as an English Teaching Assistant to Germany. Professional experience in this field was gained this summer through an internship in the Public Affairs Sector at the U.S. Embassy Berlin, in the Exchanges Department. Courtney holds a double B.A. in German and Classical Studies from Wake Forest University, having graduated in 2014. Fun fact: I have numerical synesthesia, so I see each number in a specific color!

CONTENT DEVELOPMENT TEAM

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Felipe Gomez Acebo Rico is a graduate of Drew University where he studied Political Science. While at Drew, Felipe participated in the Drew United Nations seminar, gaining access to General Assembly and specialized agency meetings. After graduating in 2013, Felipe interned for the European Parliament where he completed a paper analyzing the multilateral landscape and cyber security governance before joining the European People’s Party Secretariat as an intern on the International Trade Committee.  Before MAGES Felipe worked as a research assistant at ESADE Geo, a Spanish think-tank. Felipe’s research interest centers on how the European Union can support economic transition in Cuba by financing ecotourism. After watching the presidential debates on Saturday Night Live, Felipe desperately wants to meet Alec Baldwin.

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Meghan Reidy is a second-year student in the MAGES program and is also pursuing a certificate in diplomacy. Within MAGES, she concentrates on the intersection of culture and foreign policy; her interests lie in government-sponsored museum, education, and cultural exchanges and intergovernmental responses to issues like cultural heritage preservation. Her career aspirations are to work in this field, either in public diplomacy for the Department of State or in a museum with global reach like the Smithsonian Institution. Her plan B, however, is to become a Jeopardy! phenomenon, and she faithfully takes the exam every time it is offered.

tommy_editedTomas Romero-Batista is in the Master of Arts in German and European Studies program. He is currently focusing on European Security and Diplomatic Studies, as well as the Balkans. He was born and raised in Cuba and moved to the Miami, Florida in 2008 where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations at Florida International University (FIU). While at FIU, Tommy had the opportunity to do an intensive French program at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers in France. He has worked at Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of International Migration and during the summer of 2016, he spent three months working at the Kosovo Center for Security Studies, a leading security studies think tank in Pristina, Kosovo. Currently, Tommy is interning at the Australian Embassy. Fun Trivia: Tommy is Cuban but does not like coffee, alcohol, cigars or baseball.

PROFESSIONAL OUTREACH TEAM

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Rijaab Mansoor is a second year student in the M.A. in German and European Studies program at Georgetown University. Originally from Gainesville, Florida, she holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). Her research interests are European Union migration and integration policy, as well as EU peace-building and democratization efforts. After graduate school, she would like to work in conflict prevention and international development. Rijaab was once featured in a BuzzFeed article, which remains her biggest accomplishment to date.

LOGISTICS TEAM

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Gunther Denk hails from Virginia Beach, but Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service has relocated him to the nation’s capital. He is an undergraduate majoring in Comparative Studies: Asia and Western Europe and minoring in Global Development, with specific interest in Germany and India. Gunther is an avid supporter of A.C. Milan and works as an oceanfront lifeguard during the summer.

triet_editedTriet Pham is originally from Vietnam and lived in Indiana for five years before moving to Washington D.C. for graduate education. He is currently a second year graduate student of the Masters of German and European Studies Program (MAGES) in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His concentration is on transatlantic economy and international development, as he is also a candidate for the International Business Diplomacy Honors Program. Triet interned with UNESCO in Paris over the summer, working on anti-corruption and transparency in governance in less developed countries. He hopes to have a career in NGOs or IGOs, developing initiatives for poverty reduction and governance transparency. Fun fact: The best way for Triet to de-stress after work is watching a soccer game.