Iranian-Indian origin, born 1985.
Duke University Durham, North Carolina Sanford School of Public Policy May 2013. Master of International Development Policy. Rotary World Peace Fellow
Johns Hopkins University Bologna, Italy School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) September 2010-February 2011 Middle Eastern Studies & International Economics.
Selected Course Work: Political Islam and Change in the Mediterranean Area; Introduction to Development; Theory and Practice of International Peacekeeping; Microeconomics; Arabic Class of 1983 Lead Fellowship Recipient
The University of West Georgia (Honors College) Carrollton GA, USA Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication and Global Studies August 2009.
Concentrations: Journalism and International Relations
Selected Course Work: International Organizations; Media Law (Honors); International Relations; Politics of the Developing World; Politics of Oil and Global Warming; The Modern State System; Principles of Microeconomics
Northumbria University, Newcastle, England (2007)
West Georgia and Georgia Press Educational Foundation Scholarship Recipient
GPA 3.74; Dean’s List; Graduated Cum Laude; Editor and Producer, Global Pathways to Peace
Center for Constitutional and Democratic Development Bologna, Italy Research Assistant October 2010- Present
Perform research on the participation of women in the Afghanistan electoral process.
Co-author a paper based on analysis of specific case studies related to EMBs.
Plan for and conduct a workshop in April based on the arguments presented in the research paper.
Connecting NGO Pune Maharashtra, India Awareness Program Coordinator January 2010 - June 2010.
Conducted workshops on suicide prevention, personality development, careers, spoken English, time management, leadership, and communication skills at high schools and community events for adults.
Coordinated awareness programs on suicide prevention and stress-free education in the city of Pune.
Created a program that was instituted in one of the city school systems on suicide prevention, and chaired the committee that recruited, fund raised, and trained student leaders who would head the program at their school.
Nonviolence International Washington DC, USA Research Fellow May 2009 – December 2009. Assisted with research for a feasibility study for a “Muslims against slavery” program.
Visited Burma and researched non-violent struggles in the country and the status of young refugees on the Thai-Burma border.
Contributed to, and designed the online Nonviolence International weekly newsletter.
Assisted with research on nation-wide demonstrations in post-election Iran.
Assisted with video-editing of the 2009 Landmine Monitor Report.
Burma Peace Foundation Mae Sod Tak, Thailand
Project Assistant (Part Time, Paid) October- December 2009
Assist in setting up of a physical Burma library in Mae Sot that would aid researchers in their study on Myanmar (Burma).
The University of West Georgia UTV 13 Carrollton GA, USA
UTV13 News Assignment Editor and Reporter August 2008– Dec 2008
Researched story ideas and assigned them to reporters for coverage.
Used field production equipment such as Canon GL2 cameras, wireless microphones, and field lighting equipment for reporting campus and community events.
Global Pathways Producer, Editor and Host January 2008 – May 2009
Cultural Voyage Producer, Editor and Host August 2006 – May 2007
Wrote scripts, scheduled guests and coordinated production crew activities.
Edited all 12- weekly episodes of both shows using Final Cut Mac Pro non-linear editing system.
Interviewed Carl Wilkens, Doug Lansky, academic experts and international students about political, social and economic issues experienced by states, international communities, and organizations.
Rated as the most popular talk-show on campus and in the community.
Eatonton Messenger/Lake Oconee News Eatonton GA USA
Reporter and Photojournalist June–August 2006 and May- Sep 2007
Wrote front page breaking news, local government and feature stories for both papers- a total of 22 articles.
After an initial impressive performance, I was invited to continue the internship the following summer.
Times- Georgian Carrollton GA, USA
Intern Reporter May 2008 - August 2008
Wrote feature stories and learnt to design pages for the newspaper using Adobe InDesign.
The Indian Express Pune Maharashtra, India
Reporter (Full Time, Paid Freelancing) May 2004 - December 2004
Wrote feature and news stories for their Pune City Supplements.
Languages: English, Hindi, Persian, (native); Urdu (fluent); Marathi, and Arabic (beginner)
Computers: Final Cut Pro Editing Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe PageMaker
Leadership: Georgia College Press Association: President 2008; Vice President 2007 STAND- A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition: State Outreach Coordinator 2007-2009
UWG Amnesty International: President 2008-2009
National Collegiate Honors Council Research Conference, San Antonio, USA (October 2008)
Presented a poster version of my independent research about the coltan conflict in the DRC.
One of four UWG students and one of a small percentage nationwide, whose undergraduate research paper was accepted for the conference.
Honors & awards
UWG - University of West Georgia SGA- Student Government Association
Awarding Dept. or Organization Award/ Honor Year Description
UWG - Student Activities Campus Awards Dr. Bruce Lyon Distinguished Student Leader 2009 Student leader who serves as a role model and positive representative of the university, and recognizes outstanding leadership contributions to student life
UWG - NAACP Unity Award 2007 For uniting the campus by organizing campus and community-wide human rights awareness workshops and events
UWG - Multicultural Achievement Program Academic Achievement.
Academic Excellence Awards 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009
2008 &2009 Students with 3.0(out of 4.0) GPA or higher
Juniors and seniors with 3.5 (out of 4.0) GPA or higher
UWG - Dept. of Mass Communications Professional Development Award 2007, 2008 & 2009 Recognition for completing professional internships
Georgia Press Educational Foundation Robert Campbell Scholarship 2006- 2007, 2007-2008 & 2008-2009 Merit Based
Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society Study Abroad Grant 2007 Merit based
University of West Georgia Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and College 2008 & 2009 National recognition for outstanding student scholastic and community achievement
UWG- International Student Club International Student of the Year 2005-2006 Voted by peers for my tireless efforts toward ISC
UWG- Student Government Association Toyal Jackson Making a Difference Award 2005-2006 Recipient is nominated by peers and is voted by members of SGA based on the nominees accomplishments during an academic year
UWG- Student Activities Council Celebration of Womanhood Award
2007 Honors seven outstanding women active on the UWG campus. Awarded for my passion for human rights globally
Mariam Abuhaideri became TFF Associate in March 2011.