Conference Organizers

Elizabeth Alexion

Beth (she/her) is studying conflict resolution and human security at the Fletcher School. Prior to Fletcher, she taught high school English as a Peace Corps Volunteer in northern Ethiopia and subsequently worked with the International Rescue Committee on gender-based violence response and prevention programs in Eritrean refugee camps. This summer, Beth was a Fellow at the Advocacy Project, where she partnered with the National Network of Families of the Disappeared in Nepal to support their international outreach and advocacy. She holds a B.A. in Government and Classical Studies from Wesleyan University (CT).

Erin Engstran

Erin (she/her) is pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at The Fletcher School, where she focuses on humanitarian studies, gender, and human security. Prior to Fletcher, she did a State Department internship at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland and then spent a year working as an English language teaching assistant in France. This summer, she worked as a research assistant studying child marriage in situations of armed conflict and humanitarian crisis around the world. Erin completed her undergraduate studies at the University of St. Thomas, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Political Science with minors in Economics and French.

Caitlin Flynn

Caitlin (she/her/hers) is pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School, focusing on Gender Analysis and Human Security. Prior to Fletcher, she served in the Peace Corps as a secondary school teacher and youth programs director in Benin. This summer, Caitlin interned with Save the Children US’s Gender Equality team researching the gendered effects of COVID-19, and gender-based violence in Latin America. She also interned with the Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones team at Physicians for Human Rights, working on PHR’s mobile app that standardizes medical intake forms for forensic documentation of sexual violence. Caitlin holds a B.A. in Journalism and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Diana Haber

Diana (she/her/hers) is pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School, focusing on International Mediation & Conflict Resolution and Civic Education & Engagement. Before joining the Fletcher Community, she served as a middle school English teacher with Teach for America in Miami-Dade, Florida. Committed to educational equity as a pathway for building peaceful and participatory communities, Diana most recently worked as a Policy and Advocacy Fellow for the Boston City Council, supporting their school reopening plans and restorative justice practices. She currently works with USAID as a Youth Civic Education, Engagement, and Leadership Development researcher supporting the 5-year initiative, Global LEAD. Diana holds a B.S in International Affairs with minors in Leadership Studies and Law & Philosophy from Florida State University.

Samira Manzur

Samira (she/her/hers) is pursuing a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at The Fletcher School, focusing on Development Economics and Humanitarian Action. Before Fletcher, she worked for the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Jordan and remotely supported their research projects in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Indonesia. Most recently, Samira is interning with the Gender Section of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Samira holds a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University and calls Dhaka her home.

Chloe Pan

Chloe (she/her/hers) is pursuing her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School, with concentrations in Humanitarian Studies and International Mediation & Conflict Resolution. Prior to Fletcher, she worked with a nonprofit consulting organization in California focused on economic development and disaster management. Most recently, she has been working as a Field Programs Consultant in conflict early warning and response programming in West Africa with Fund for Peace and ECOWAS, as well as supporting research on refugee integration in Ankara, Turkey with the RIT Project. She currently works with Physicians for Human Rights on their Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones team, conducting survivor-centered research amongst Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Chloe holds a B.A. in Global Studies and French from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Marilena Pelekoudas

Marilena (she/her/hers) is pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School, focusing her studies on Business for Social Impact. Before joining the Fletcher community, she worked at a government tech firm, ClearGov, bringing modern technology and processes to government operations to increase transparency and efficiency. She has volunteered in the Human Rights space both as a research assistant at Verité, a labor rights nonprofit, and with the Caritas Refugee Center in Athens, Greece as a student volunteer. Most recently she has been supporting a rapid response nonprofit, Project N95, working to get PPE to frontline workers in need during the ongoing pandemic. She holds a B.A. in Economics and Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Eric Smith

Eric is a second-year MALD studying Migration and Gender Analysis. Before Fletcher, he worked as a middle school english teacher in Indianapolis. He holds a M.A in teaching from Marian University and a B.A in International Relations from Valparaiso University.