Cornell SMART Program – Bangladesh Project Team Members
Amanda Ward, is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus in International Development from the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs. She is expected to graduate in May 2015. She is currently serving as the Vice President of Cornell Latin America Student Society, treasurer for Women in Public Policy and CIPA-NOLA, and as an editor for the Cornell Policy Review Journal. She also works as the Graduate Student Assistant for Outreach Coordination at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.
Amanda earned a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and International Social Justice from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York in 2011. She was accepted into the Teach for America 2011 corps and worked as a Middle School history teacher in Memphis, Tennessee from 2011 to 2013 at the title 1 school, Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering. She spent this past summer in Sierra Leone and Kenya interning for the UNForgotten Fund and Among the Least, working on developing and improving microloan and education programs for women living in slum areas.
Hill Wolfe is a fellow at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration concentrating in Public and Nonprofit Management. Hill began his studies at Cornell in the Fall of 2014 and is the 2015 President of the Cornell Public Affairs Society (CPAS) and the Communications Chair for Women in Public Policy (WIPP). In 2014, Hill worked on Cornell’s research database, VIVO, which brings together publicly available information on the people, departments, graduate fields, facilities, and other resources that collectively make up the research and scholarship environment in all disciplines at Cornell in one site.
Prior to Cornell, Hill worked as a Project Manager for a technology firm for two years, where he administered a variety of client-facing software platforms. He spearheaded the training of an information technology company in India in data ingestion and quality assurance. In addition to working as a Project Manager, Hill also worked for the City of Seattle as an appointed Commissioner and for Seattle Public Utilities.
Hill graduated from Northern Illinois University with a double-major in Public Administration and Media Communication.
Shamir Shehab is a first year fellow at Cornell Institute for Public Affairs specializing in Environmental Policy. He completed his undergraduate degree with a major in Energy and Power System. While in college, Shamir founded the Bangladesh Youth Environmental Initiative to provide environmental education among youth in Bangladesh and to develop future leadership in the inter-connected fields of environment. He was running the organization for the last five years before coming to graduate school at Cornell. Shamir also worked as a consultant to Japan-based Granma Inc helping them to expand their operations in South Asia and design their business model for grass-roots innovation projects for the bottom of the pyramid people. He also served as a Project Manager for Friendship Bangladesh’s Rural Electrification and Water projects where he was responsible for oversight and coordination of the development of a solar powered micro-grid and community-based pure drinking water system for the people in the remote island areas of Bangladesh. He developed a sustainable pro-poor business model to ensure that those projects are financially sustainable in the long run as well as poor people can buy electricity and water at an affordable price.
Calvin I. Okwuego
Calvin Okwuego is a first-year graduate student pursing a master’s degree in Public Administration at Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) with a concentration in Economic & Financial Policy. He is also the Social Chair for the Cornell Public Affairs Society (CPAS). Calvin graduated from Rutgers University with a double-major in Political Science (BA) and Criminal Justice (BA). Prior to CIPA, Calvin worked as a legislative aide to a county elected official in New Jersey. In this role, he assisted with managing the Freeholders personal office, calendar of events, daily schedule, and served as point of contact between the Freeholder and the county constituency.
He has a strong background with community outreach and working with diverse populations. Calvin maintains a global perspective and diverse outlook on the world. He truly embraces learning about new cultures, religions, and backgrounds. As a member of the TEEAL project, Calvin anticipates learning more about Bangladesh and utilizing his professional and academic skills.