Conference Organizers

Saska Icitovic

Saska (she/her/hers) is pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at The Fletcher School, focusing on Human Security and Development Economics. Prior to Fletcher, she worked at Jewish Vocational Service as an Academic and Financial coach, where she assisted refugees and immigrants gain access to higher education in the Greater Boston area. Earlier in her career, Saska worked at Arlington Migration and Refugee Services, a refugee resettlement agency where she assisted in resettling newly arrived refugees and had a significant role in ensuring education enrollment for clients’ children. Most recently, she worked at the International Organization for Migration in The Gambia, where she focused on the new EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration. Saska holds a B.A. in International Relations and French Language Studies from Suffolk University.


Emily Santos

Emily (she/her/hers) is pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School, focusing on International Conflict Resolution and Gender Analysis, with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to Fletcher, Emily was a Maternal and Child Health Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Rwanda. She also has experience in museum monitoring and evaluation. Most recently, she interned with Search for Common Ground, analyzing programming around gender and countering violent extremism in Mombasa, Kenya. Emily holds a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis.


Nicholas Cicchinelli

Nicholas (he/him/his) is pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School, focusing on Public International Law, Human Rights, and Conflict Resolution. Prior to Fletcher, Nicholas worked on democracy assistance and human rights programs in the Eurasia region with the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC and was a Fulbright to Moldova. He has also been active in organizing for causes related to civil liberties, social justice, and civic engagement. Most recently, Nicholas was a Tisch College of Civic Life Summer Fellow interning with the Department of State at the U.S. embassy in Riga, Latvia. Nicholas holds a B.A in International Relations and Russian Studies from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.


Samantha Chen

Samantha (she/her/hers) is a first-year MALD candidate focusing on International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and Humanitarian Studies. Before arriving at Fletcher, she worked in program management at a nonprofit in Oklahoma. This summer, she will be working at InterAction, a humanitarian organization in Washington, D.C. Samantha holds a B.A. in International Studies and Japanese Studies from Emory University.


Audrey DaDalt

Audrey (she/her/hers) is pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School, focusing on gender and conflict resolution. Prior to Fletcher, Audrey worked in finance at Bloomberg in New York City.  Most recently, she is studying the impact of gender on homelessness in the United States. Audrey holds a B.A. in Government and Law from Lafayette College.


Mónica C. Pellerano

Mónica (she/her/hers) is pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School, focusing on Human Security and Cyber & Tech Policy. Prior to Fletcher, Mónica served as Assistant Project Manager to the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, where she worked on community building events for the Dominican diaspora in South Florida. She also spent time as a translator and legal assistant in Poland, facilitating Roma and Sinti peoples’ procurement of legal documentation allowing for their temporary settlement in Wrocław. Most recently, Mónica spent some time as research collaborator at The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the University of Pennsylvania. Mónica holds a B.A. in International Relations from Syracuse University.


Emelia Williams

Emelia (she/her/hers) is pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School, focusing on International Environmental and Resource Policy and Business for Social Impact. Prior to attending Fletcher, she worked in the Puget Sound region as a grant writer and community organizer for urban agricultural and environmental non-profits. She also has experience as a newspaper reporter and graphic designer. Most recently, she worked for Sustainable Energy for All in Vienna on their Cooling for All project, researching the state of play of access to sustainable cooling solutions. Emelia holds a B.A. in International Relations and Environmental Science from Centre College.


Kelsey Wise

Kelsey (she/her/hers) is pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School, focusing on Gender Analysis and Human Security, with a geographic focus on the MENA region. Prior to Fletcher, she worked at the NGO Seeds of Peace, as well as the Arab-American Family Support Center, a community based organization in New York City. Most recently, Kelsey worked at Reclaim Childhood, a nonprofit that provides sports programs to refugee and at-risk girls, and at a development and stabilization consultancy in Amman, Jordan. This summer, Kelsey will intern at the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia’s Centre for Women in Beirut, Lebanon. Kelsey holds a B.A. in World Politics and Women’s Studies from Hamilton College.


Rocío Magali Maciel

Rocío (she/her/hers) is pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School, focusing on Gender Analysis and Immigration and Refugees. Prior to Fletcher, she worked in the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and later became a career diplomat for the Mexican Foreign Service. As a diplomat, she has been posted at the Consulate of Mexico in Detroit, Michigan, USA, the Embassy of Mexico in Bangkok, Thailand and more recently, the Embassy of Mexico in Georgetown, Guyana. During the summer, she volunteered at La Casa del Migrante, a shelter for migrants, asylum seekers and deportees in Tijuana, Mexico, on the US-Mexico border. There, she worked on a new pilot program for migrant children from Central America. Rocío holds a B.A. in International Relations from the School of Social and Political Sciences, of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).