Each year, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) welcomes two classes of research fellows to the organization. Each fellow is selected for their expertise and passion for their field, as well as for their ability and desire to deepen their knowledge and share it with a wider community. Fellows publish regularly on the topic of their YPFP Fellowship, develop a curriculum for a Leadership Incubator Module, and participate in a range of other enrichment programs. 

Current Fellows:

Tania F. Cohen, Presidential Foreign Policy Fellow

Tania F. Cohen is employed by the American Society of International Law and is a Campaigns Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Her interests include domestic civic engagement, refugee and migration policy, and the influence of history on contemporary policy development and foreign relations. 

Michael Goldfien, Presidential Foreign Policy Fellow

Michael Goldfien is a Campaigns Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, and has an MA in International Policy Studies from Stanford University. His research interests are in international relations, diplomacy, and the U.S. foreign policymaking process.

Dimitar Georgiev, Trade and Finance Fellow

Dimitar Georgiev is a global strategy and operations analyst at the Crumpton Group LLC, where he specializes in emerging and frontier markets in the Middle East and Africa, global trade, and technology. Mr. Georgiev is also a 2016 International Trade and Investment Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Prior to joining Crumpton Group, Mr. Georgiev worked for Fortress Investment Group (NYSE:FIG), where he was an analyst with the firm’s private equity business and served in various operations, finance, and business development roles supporting portfolio companies’ management in the healthcare innovation space. Previously, Mr. Georgiev completed an assignment with the US Chamber of Commerce’s Middle East and North Africa team during the 2011 Arab Spring and is the author of numerous articles and lectures that have appeared in American and international publications. He earned his MA in Security Studies from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and holds a BA with honors in History from St. Francis College.

Sam Mulopulos, Energy and Environment Fellow

Sam Mulopulos is an Energy and Environment Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, and legislative staffer in the United States Senate. He has a degree in political science, and a concentration in environmental studies from Grinnell College.

Kate Moran, Humanitarian Aid Fellow

Kate Moran is a Program Assistant for the Middle East and North Africa at the Center for International Private Enterprise, an international NGO that works to strengthen democracy and promote market-oriented economic reform. She has a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic from Emory University, and currently serves as a Humanitarian Assistance Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Follow her on Twitter at @katewestmoran.

Sarah Lohschelder, Security Fellow

Sarah Lohschelder is a MSc Foreign Service/Juris Doctor candidate at Georgetown University. She is a Defense Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

Margo Berends, Sustainable Development Fellow

Margo Berends is an expert in sustainable development with a strong research background in sub-Saharan Africa and program management experience in the Middle East, India, and Brazil. While earning dual degrees in Economics and Political Science, she studied abroad at Oxford University and in Benin. After graduation, she taught English in France and interned with the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, publishing on the Wilson Center’s Africa Up Close blog. She currently works as a Program Associate at Global Communities, where she handles of a portfolio of sixteen programs covering a variety of development themes including economic empowerment, vocational training, community development, refugee assistance, and governance.

Paul A. Friesen, Sustainable Development Fellow

Paul A. Friesen is a Program Assistant for Southern and East Africa at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to strengthen democratic institutions worldwide. He holds a MPP with a specialization in International Development from Michigan State University and is a 2016 Sustainable Development Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

Michelle DeFreese, Africa Fellow

Michelle DeFreese is a consultant with the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD) based in Tanzania. She completed her Master’s degree in International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) and is an Africa Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

Alvaro Zapatel, Americas Fellow

Holds a BA in Economics from Boston College, currently works as a Specialist in Project Monitoring and Evaluation at the Peruvian Ministry of Education. Accordingly, is a Professor at the Department of Economics and Communications at the University of Lima. Alvaro is a former candidate for Mayor in his district, San Borja, and currently holds the position of National Campaign Youth Coordinator for Alfredo Barnechea's candidacy to the Presidency of Peru.

Karlijn Jans, Europe Fellow

Karlijn Jans is a defense and security policy expert. She completed her masters in European law at Maastricht University and European Politics at King's College London, specializing in defence policies and German politics. Karlijn spent exchange semesters at the Humboldt University in Berlin and the University of Bologna in Italy. She previously worked at the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin, the European Institute of Public Administration, the Dutch Ministry of Education and Science and is currently an EU policy advisor in Brussels. Karlijn is a part-time modular student at the Netherlands Defence Academy and chairs the Netherlands Atlantic Youth Association. Her work has previously appeared in publications like Charged Affairs, European Geostrategy and the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

David Wemer, Europe Fellow

David Wemer is currently the Washington DC Program Coordinator for the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College. David recently received his Master’s in European Union Politics from the London School of Economics, where he focused on European Union Foreign and Security Policy and transatlantic relations. Previously, David worked as an intern for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, where he provided support to NASA’s international activities, with specific emphasis on NASA-European relations and international aeronautics research. David’s writings and research on European politics and history have been recognized by the American Historical Association, the National Council on Undergraduate Research, and the Undergraduate Conference on German Studies.

Lily Lousada, Middle East Fellow

Lily Lousada is based in Jordan where she works on conflict mitigation, socio-political stability, and governance development. Prior to that, Lousada worked as a consultant for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on emergency, and non-emergency relief efforts across the region. She gradated early, with a double major in Middle East Studies and International Relations at Pitzer College where she founded the Claremont Journal of International Relations and completed her undergraduate research thesis on tribal-state relations in Jordan and Yemen. She has been living and working in the Middle East since 2014, and speaks Arabic and Spanish.

Amanda Zeidan, Middle East Fellow

Amanda Zeidan is a second year student at Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service, where she is pursuing a concentration in Global Business and Finance. Amanda worked as a Foreign Affairs Fellow in the Office of Senator Harry Reid (Nevada). She has also worked in community economic development in Peace Corps Azerbaijan and on election monitoring issues for The Carter Center. She is currently a Department of State International Affairs Graduate Fellow and Institute for the Study of Diplomacy 2015-2016 Dulles Graduate Fellow. Amanda holds a B.A. from University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a focus on Political Science. Her languages are Azerbaijani, Turkish and Arabic.