Each year, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) welcomes a new class of Fellows. Through a highly selective process, Fellows are 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 in major online media outlets and participate in a range of professional development programs.
2017 Fellowship Program:
Anthony Orlando is an Africa Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). He is an Associate Consultant with WARC Consulting, based in Freetown, Sierra Leone. His work at WARC includes developing business plans and conducting market research and value chain assessments for social enterprises. He also assists with the operations of WARC's rice farm in Bonthe District, which seeks to increase the skills and access to finance and inputs for local farmers. Before joining WARC, Anthony worked as a Junior Consultant with Imani Development in Malawi as a Princeton in Africa Fellow. He also worked for USAID's Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) in Washington, DC. Anthony graduated from The University of Arizona in 2013 with a double major BA in East Asian Studies and Economics. His research interests include Sino-African relations, economic development, humanitarian and emergency response coordination, and education.
Hayley Elszasz is an Africa Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Hayley is currently a Program Associate at World Learning, an international development non-profit. Her interests include governance, public health, and electoral politics in East Africa. She graduated from Williams College with a BA in Political Science and Global Studies, with a focus on African Politics.
Robert C. Thomas is an Asia-Pacific Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Robert received his BA in Economics, Business, and Philosophy from Randolph-Macon College, where he pursued a coursework and research focus on East Asia. Now based in Arlington, Virginia, he works as a government security contractor, and also serves as Managing Editor of foreign affairs analysis website Parabellum Report. He was previously Managing Editor of the journal Ethics, Policy & Environment. He is in the final phase of his thesis research on ethics and organizational psychology in conflict settings for his MA in Ethics and Public Affairs at George Mason University. Robert previously served as Chair of YPFP's East Asia Discussion Group.
Daniel Urchick is the Eurasia & Eastern Europe Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Daniel is a compliance contractor at the Department of Defense. He earned his MA in Political Science from Central Michigan University and expects to receive his MA in Security Policy Studies from George Washington University in 2018. He is also a Researcher on the Eurasia Desk for the online crowdsourcing consultancy Wikistrat. Daniel previously worked at the Institute for the Study of War on the Ukraine/Russia Portfolio during the beginning of the Russian intervention in the Syrian Civil War, where he helped assess geopolitical ramifications of Russia’s actions and provided military capabilities assessments. Daniel has also worked at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Political-Military Analysis on two separate occasions. He writing has previously appeared in Geopolitical Monitor, Small Wars Journal, Real Clear Defense, and Defence IQ.
Britt L. Bolin is a Europe Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Britt is a doctoral candidate in political economy at the University of Mannheim, where she earned her MA in political science. Her research interests include international and comparative political economy, international relations, and quantitative methods. She earned her BA in international affairs at George Washington University, and spent time abroad in Vienna, London, and Paris during her studies. Her professional background is in diplomacy and she has worked in diplomatic capacities in Washington, DC and Berlin.
Corey Cooper is a Europe Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Corey earned his BA in International Studies from American University. His degree program had a regional emphasis on Europe, and was partially completed at King's College London where he spent a semester at their War Studies Department and Department of European Studies. While completing his degree, he interned with the Council on Foreign Relations and the US House Foreign Affairs Committee. Corey is passionate about transatlantic relations. He is currently interested in dissecting the recent political developments in Europe and discussing the future of NATO.
Glenn Ojeda Vega is a Latin America Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Glenn is an emerging markets consultant in Latin America. He earned his BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Glenn specializes in international trade and development in Latin America and Africa. He has worked with the Smithsonian Institution, as well as the US Department of Defense as a Boren Scholar. Recently, Glenn contributed the chapter “China, India, and East Africa: The Indian Ocean in the 21st Century” to the Routledge publication “Reconfiguration of the Global South.” Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Glenn lives in Bogotá, Colombia, where he conducts graduate research at the Pontifical Xavierian University.
Jeanette Bonifaz is a Latin America Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Jeanette earned her BA in International Relations, Latin American Studies, and International Development from American University. Originally from Bolivia, she moved to the DC area 8 years ago. Her experiences range from working at advocacy and human rights organizations, like the Latin America Working Group and Greenpeace, to think tanks such as the Center for Economic and Policy Research and international organizations such as the Organization of American States and the Inter-American Development Bank. Her work has appeared online in Common Dreams, openDemocracy, the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, and CEPR’s The America’s Blog: Analysis Beyond the Echo Chamber.
Brett Sudetic is a Middle East Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Brett is an Analyst at LMI, where he works on international and defense sector business development focused on the MENA region. Previously, he has worked at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Syrian Commission for Justice and Accountability in Brussels, Belgium. Brett received his MS in supply chain management from the University of Maryland, in addition to a BA in Arabic language in literature and a BA in international security studies from The Ohio State University. He is fluent in Arabic and proficient in Persian.
Sumaya Almajdoub is a Middle East Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Sumaya expects to receive an MA in Middle East Studies from George Washington University in 2017. Her capstone project examines the opportunities and challenges facing Tunisia's post-2011 transitional justice process. In addition to an interest in democratization and conflict resolution, she's particularly interested in identity politics and the long-term implications of the Saudi-Iranian regional rivalry. Sumaya holds a BA in Political Science from Ryerson University. She currently works at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, and has previously held positions at the United Nations, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Brookings Institution.
Angel Sharma is the South Asia Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Angel is a South Asia Program Officer at the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative. She received her MA in International Security from American University, and her BA degree in International Relations with a minor in Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her focus in the South Asian region includes analyzing security infrastructure, counter-terrorism operations, cross border relations, and the social impacts of South Asian politics. Angel has previously worked at FHI360, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, the World Affairs Council in Dallas/Ft. Worth, and the Supreme Court of India in New Delhi. She speaks fluent Hindi and conversational Urdu and Spanish.
Julija Simionenko-Kovacs is the Economics & Trade Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Julija is a policy analyst focusing on international investment and competitiveness, and is associated with the Lithuanian Free Market Institute. She graduated with a MSc in Economics from the University of Amsterdam, specializing in International Economics and Globalization.
Emma O'Malley is the Environmental & Energy Politics Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). She works at an environmental non-governmental organization that focuses on international ocean preservation. Prior to her current role, she worked for a DC think tank, specializing in energy politics. She earned her BS in environmental sciences and international relations from the University of Virginia. Emma is particularly interested in the intersection of environmentalism and national security.
Ian Armstrong is the Geostrategy & Diplomacy Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Ian is a defense and foreign policy analyst that has served as a consultant to governments, intergovernmental organizations, and international corporations. His research explores the competing diplomatic and military considerations behind a variety of international issues, such as nuclear nonproliferation, climate change, and missile defense. He is currently Commissioning Editor and Senior Analyst at Global Risk Insights, an online publication offering geopolitical risk analysis. Ian also serves as a Simulation Supervisor and Researcher at Wikistrat, the world's first crowd-sourced consultancy. His previous work has been published at The Huffington Post and Foreign Policy Association, while his analysis has been featured in at major outlets such as CBS News, RealClearEnergy, and The China Times.
John J. Martin is the Global Transparency Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). John is primarily concerned with answering one simple question: how do we get our information? He earned his BA in International Relations from New York University, and has resided and studied in Abu Dhabi, New York, and Washington DC over the past five years. During his undergraduate studies, John authored a thesis illustrating the positive relationship between transparency within autocratic regimes and foreign aid inflows. He has previously worked at the US Department of State, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, and the Office of the Manhattan Borough President.
Savannah Fox is the Human Rights Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Savannah is a Regional Advocacy Coordinator at CARE International in the Advocacy and Policy Unit in Washington DC. She leads advocacy and legislative work on ending poverty with a focus on woman and girls’ education and health. Previously, Savannah was a National Field Organizer at Amnesty International USA where she developed and implemented grassroots strategies on some of the most pressing human rights challenges both domestically and around the world. She has the opportunity to train over a hundred activists around the country each year and is a trained human rights observer. She earned her BA in International Relations and German from the University of South Carolina. Over the past six years she has led winning campaigns on death penalty abolition, women rights, immigrant rights, police accountability, and ending gun violence. Savannah is also a 2017 New Leaders Council Fellow in Washington DC.
Emily Foecke is the International Development Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Emily is a Research Assistant with the Center for Global Development, an international development policy think tank in Washington, DC. Prior to joining CGD, she worked in corporate global sourcing, led a maternal health nonprofit in Sierra Leone, and performed program design and implementation for irrigation and water sanitation projects in Kenya. Emily has previously supported and performed research on forest fire and crime in Indonesia, PEPFAR and state stability in sub-Saharan Africa, remote sensing image classification methods, and the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak. Emily holds a Master of International Affairs from the University of California-San Diego, and a BA in French and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Merve Demirel is the International Law & Governance Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Merve earned her JD from American University, and is an attorney barred in New York with a background in international law and foreign policy. She holds a BA in international studies and Russian studies from Macalester College and speaks Turkish and Russian. Her interests include the relationship between domestic policies and international law, as well as the role of international organizations in world affairs.
Will Moreland is the International Order Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Will is research assistant to the vice president and director of the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. There, he also serves as senior research assistant for the Project on International Order & Strategy. Will has previous professional experience with the Departments of State and Defense in transatlantic security and Eurasian affairs. His writings have appeared in Foreign Policy, The National Interest, The Huffington Post, Vox, and at Brookings. He holds a MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a BA in History and Political Science from Yale University.
John Ashley is the Nuclear Security Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). John received a Master of International Policy from the University of Georgia in 2015, where he concentrated in CBRN nonproliferation and international security. While in graduate school, he conducted independent research on the Iran nuclear program and the JCPOA, the development of German internal security during the 1970s, North Korea's nuclear program, and the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540. John has also done work on trade compliance at a consulting firm based out of the University of Georgia. He also has Bachelor's degrees in History and International Affairs from UGA, where he focused on the First World War.
Cody Knipfer is the Technology & Cybersecurity Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Cody is an Associate at PoliSpace, a D.C.-based space policy consultancy serving clients in the commercial space industry, and expects to receive his MA in International Science and Technology Policy in 2018 from George Washington University's Space Policy Institute. Previously, he worked at the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and was the Corporate Secretary of the Space Frontier Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and settlement of outer space. His research interests include public-private partnerships in the space industry, the evolution of international space law, and the policy challenges involving emerging technologies.
Jacqueline R. Sutherland is the Terrorism & Asymmetric Warfare Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Jacqueline is a Senior Security Analyst at The Chertoff Group, a premier global advisory firm, where she advises government and Fortune 500 clients on how to best protect and fortify their security architecture from terrorism and other external threats. She also serves as a non-resident Counterterrorism Fellow at the London-based Asia-Pacific Foundation. In this role, she is regularly interviewed as a counterterrorism expert on international news, and has authored numerous reports in the aftermath of terrorist attacks that have been used to brief high-ranking officials in government, military and law enforcement. In April 2016, Jacqueline was invited to present her original research at a conference hosted by West Point's Combating Terrorism Center (CTC), where she briefed cadets, CTC staff, and experts in the field on terrorist propaganda and recruiting methods. Jacqueline holds a MSc with highest honors from The London School of Economics and a BA from Wake Forest University, where she served as the President of the Student Body.
Anna Blue is the US Foreign Policy Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). She earned her BA in International Relations from Stanford University, where she graduated with honors in Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. In her current position as Junior Fellow at the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy (CCLP) at the USC Annenberg School, she conducts political research and plans programming related to foundation-funded journalism, political organizing, and public diplomacy. Before working at CCLP, Anna interned at the US Department of State, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Flora Family Foundation, and La Alianza Por La Solidaridad. In her previous experiences, Anna worked on issues related to migration, human trafficking, refugees, and international labor. Since the beginning of 2017, she has also served as a Community Engagement Associate for the human rights start-up Human Rights Connected. Anna is a native of Washington, DC.