Archive for Alumni Accomplishments

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

DPMI alumnus puts training to work in food security efforts in Ethiopia

IMG_1772Sitting down with Care Deputy Chief of Party and January 2015 Monterey DPMI Alumnus, Girma Hailu

During a 3-day trip to Addis Ababa after the DPMI Kenya training, I was able to meet-up with January 2015 DPMI Monterey alumnus, Girma Hailu in his hometown of Addis, Ababa, Ethiopia.

Girma has been serving as Deputy Chief of Party, Food Security for Farmers (FSF) for CARE in Ethiopia since last fall.

The CARE Food Sufficiency for Farmers project (FSFP) is a 5 year project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and executed by CARE Canada through CARE Ethiopia. The project aims at ensuring sustainable food security of chronically food insecure women, men, girls and boys in selected districts of the Oromiya and Amhara regions. The project works in collaboration and builds on the Ethiopian government National Food Security Programs and targets over 34,000 households; among which 13 percent are female-headed. The project will be implemented through 3 main components: i) improving the enabling environment for food security; ii) diversifying economic activities for food insecure households and iii) improving resilience to climate risks.

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Friday, June 19th, 2015

Adventures to Parts Known & Unknown

MIIS and Frontier Market Scouts alumna, Yuniya Khan, has certainly been making the most of her experience in Brazil. Yuniya is wrapping up a seven week stint working with entrepreneurs in Salvador, Brazil. Her work with the organization Instituto Mídia Étnica (IME) has included workshops on design thinking, business modeling, financial sustainability, fundraising, and marketing. And she’s done it all while learning Portuguese!

In addition, Yuniya has also been learning about the obstacles that entrepreneurs face while starting and running a business in Salvador. She plans on returning to Salvador in late August to continue working with IME to launch the organization’s first ever co-working space targeting black entrepreneurs. She will also be collaborating with another organization, the Amani Institute, to offer courses on social innovation, design thinking, and other relevant topics to the entrepreneurs in our co-working space, as well as in Salvador at large.

Yuniya is a FMS alumna and founder of Team El Salvador.

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

MIIS IPSS alumnus tracks illicit weapons trading around the world

Information provides governments and policymakers with arms data previously never available.

It was my first year working at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at Monterey when I met MIIS IPS ’06 alumnus Jonah Leff. He was studying the effects of conventional and small arms violence under the tutelage of MIIS professor Edward Laurance, a pioneer in the field of small arms and light weapons trade treaties and research. Jonah was also a fellow serving an internship at the United Nations Office for Disarmament Research (UNODA) through the MIIS International Professional Service Semester (IPSS) program. The IPSS program is designed to help students jump-start their careers through junior-level internships in their field during their final semester of graduate schoo.

Jonah currently serves as Director of Operations at Conflict Armament Research and is based out of Nairobi, Kenya (where we recently met). It’s been wonderful reconnecting with Jonah over the years and to see the MIIS and Middlebury College students he has supported in entering the important field of preventing armed violence.

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Monday, June 15th, 2015

Greater Middlebury alumni community comes together in Nairobi

IMG_1640 IMG_1633 IMG_1636 IMG_1635 IMG_1639A June 9th reception in Nairobi drew over 25 members from the entire Middlebury community including alumni from Middlebury College, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), the MIIS Frontier Market Scouts fellowship, and the MIIS Program on Design, Partnering, Management and Innovation (DPMI).

The event was held at the Aga Khan Graduate School of Media and Communications in the 9 West building in the Westlands neighborhood of Nairobi, the site of the June 2-11 DPMI Kenya training. The group welcomed the wonderfully diverse group of DPMI Kenya trainees to the alumni community. DPMI Kenya participants in the June training hail from over seven different countries (Kenya, Nigeria, Niger, Venezuela, the Philippines, South Africa, and the US).

Highlights from the event include how effortlessly the group of alumni from different Middlebury backgrounds connected as well as the short speech made by guest of honor, Dr. Beryl Levinger, a Distinguished Professor and Development Policy and Practice Program Chair at MIIS. During Beryl’s speech, she likened what many alumni are doing in the development and social enterprise space to a quote from Thomas Edison on the process of inventing the light bulb, ‘I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Beryl then told the group, “You fail many times trying to find the right approach. The common thread is that you are all here trying to make a difference.”

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Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Nicholas Tomb (MAIPS, 2002) participates in VIKING 14


MIIS alum Nicholas Tomb is participating in the Viking 14 exercise, a multinational exercise that simulates an integrated UN Peacekeeping Operation in the fictional country of Bogaland.  VIKING 14 is a Command Post Exercise/Computer Assisted Exercise in the “Spirit of Partnership for Peace.” Previous VIKING-exercises have been stated as the premier Multinational and Comprehensive Approach exercise in the world.

This exercise includes nearly 3,000 participants from almost 50 countries and addresses many of the challenges in civil-military relations that modern, integrated missions face around the world.  More specifically, he is serving as a Civilian Integration Planner with the Armed Forces of Georgia and will spend the 10 day Exercise session just outside of Tbilisi, Georgia.  Nick is participating in the exercise through his affiliation with the Center for Civil-Military Relations at the US Naval Postgraduate School, where he works as an Assistant Program Manager in the Prevention, Relief and Recovery program.




Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

MIIS Faculty and Alumn Accomplishments

Monthly update on MIIS faculty and alumni in the news:



MIIS alumn Arash Asady goes to Wall Street in Fox Business.



yerxa_ambassadorDeputy director-general of the World Trade Organization to join MIIS on MIIS Blog.



smithson_amyCNS fellow Amy Smithson on weapon inspection in Syria on NPR.




Glenzer publsihes article on social change in Sub-Saharan Africa on MIIS Blog.

Friday, September 20th, 2013

MIIS in the news and headlines

Every week, MIIS and its faculty is featured in news and articles. Here are the latest ones:

wehling_fredFred Wehling quoted in Crossing the red line: The taboo of chemical weapons

lewis_jeffreyJeffrey Lewis’s Op-ed in The New York Times: Even a Flawed Plan Will Be Useful

Phillip C. Bleek and Raymond Zilinskas mentioned in What chemical weapons does Syria have?
sunderPresident Ramaswamy’s letter in The Herald: Letters: MIIS helps vets transition
MIIS as part of an IIE initiative in Myanmar/Burma: International relations course for developing-world higher education

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

MIIS Alumna Offers The Uncommon Business Summit in Monterey on September 13-15, 2013


This weekend, MBA Alumna Jane Deuben is holding  The Uncommon Business Summit in Monterey. This event attracts an interesting mix of small business entrepreneurs from around the country and Canada. It’s very entrepreneurial in its content.

The Uncommon Business Summit is for entrepreneurs who are seeking to grow their business in an innovative and uncommon way.  We attract a mission-driven tribe made up of trainers, authors, speakers, consultants, coaches and professional service providers who are looking for creative ideas, perspectives and strategies for taking their business to the next level and beyond.

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Past DPMI Participant Featured in the Huffington Post

Congratulations to Cory Ybarra! Cory, who participated in DPMI in 2009, recently had her non-profit, Building for Generations, featured in a Huffington Post article.  Building for Generations works to provide medical treatment to children with disabilities. Read more about her story here.


Monday, June 11th, 2012

Visit MIIS Alumna Corey McAveeney’s Blog

Corey McAveeney graduated from Monterey Institute in 2009 with MA in International Trade Policy. She and her husband Dmitry Dragilev, also a MIIS 2009 MBA almunus, blog together about their exciting accomplishments and adventures.


Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

MIIS Alum and Former IPSS Participant Miriam Rayward Featured in Boren Newsletter

Miriam Rayward, a MIIS alum, former IPSS participant, and 2010 Boren Fellow, interned at Hand in Hand School in Jerusalem. The school teaches Jewish and Arab children together and incorporates conflict resolution lessons into the curriculum. Read more in the December 2011 Boren Newsletter!