Alumni Profiles

The field of international relations is a broad one, encompassing opportunities in ‘classic’ IR professions such as  employment at the State Department or an intelligence service, or careers in areas including environmental policy, media, and the corporate sector. Our alumni have gone on to enriching careers in many different fields. For statistical information on our graduates’ careers, click here. Below we present profiles of a few of our alumni.

Ana Pantelić:
Project Coordinator, Fundación Capital

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Ana Pantelić received her BS in Communication (2007) and her MA in International Relations (2008) from Boston University. Upon graduating, she spent a year working as a language and cultural auxiliary with the Ministry of Education in Madrid, Spain, after which she moved back to her hometown of Belgrade, Serbia to work with USAID’s Municipal Economic Growth Activity program. Pantelić began working towards her PhD in Social Policy at the University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Political Sciences (expected 2015), and remains affiliated with its Center for Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development. She has engaged in various research initiatives, publishing in peer reviewed journals and books in English, Serbian and Spanish. In addition to her professional activities, she also founded the Sustainable Habits for Sustainable Development volunteer project, maintaining an active forum and organizing two successful “No Impact” experiments in 2011 and 2013, with over 200 participants [].

Pantelić is currently working with Fundación Capital, a regional nonprofit dedicated to fostering the generation and accumulation of assets in low-income and marginalized populations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Working out of the office in Bogotá, Colombia, she coordinates the LISTA initiative, which is harnessing innovations in mobile technology to expand financial capability and asset building among the poor, providing them with the tools they need to make more informed financial decisions. In its 2012 pilot phase, the LISTA team designed, developed and disseminated the world’s first ever tablet-based financial education program for low-income women in rural areas. After a very successful pilot, training more than 1270 people in 10 weeks, her team is working on scaling up this initiative and designing similar products for other countries and their government social programs.

Justin Tinsey:
Project Coordinator, US-Africa Business Center

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Justin Tinsey is the project coordinator at the U.S.-Africa Business Center (USABC) at the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) in Washington, D.C.  The USABC is a program sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is designed to create business linkages between U.S. and African small and medium size enterprises (SME) and heighten the profile of Africa for U.S. investors.

As project coordinator, Tinsey helps develop business partnerships by facilitating one-on-one company introductions through a series of events, publications, and targeted web-based outreach. In his time at the USABC, Tinsey has helped facilitate numerous inward and outward bound, cross-sectoral, and trade missions for African and American businesses. Additionally, his team was responsible for hosting the Private Sector/ Civil Society Session at the 2011 African Growth and Opportunity Act Forum in Zambia.

Tinsey holds an MA degree in Global Development Policy (2011) from Boston University along with a graduate certificate in African Studies.

Charles Hernick:
Associate, The Cadmus Group

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Charles graduated in the spring of 2006 with an MA in IR & Environmental Policy. As an associate consultant at The Cadmus Group, Inc., Charles specializes in analyzing new and controversial issues affecting natural resources and devising effective methods to address them. Based out of Washington, DC, Charles works largely for USAID clients on international development projects and USEPA clients on domestic policy.

Charles has conducted environmental impact assessments for agriculture projects in Asia and Africa, and has supported environmental compliance training in Latin America and Africa. He has managed extensive policy and finance research and analysis, and facilitated expert consultations in the design of U.S. policy for mitigating the financial risks associated with environmental liabilities (i.e., polluter pays principle). Focusing on the U.S. drinking water industry, Charles has led several projects examining how source water protection and investments in infrastructure—particularly water and energy efficient technologies—and adjustments in water pricing (i.e., full cost pricing) can improve utility finances, promote economic growth and employment, and improve the stewardship of water resources.