• Nafees graduated from Georgetown University in 2012 with a degree in Government focusing on International Relations, a minor in French, and a certificate in Muslim-Christian Relations. She studied abroad in Turkey, Egypt, and France. While at Georgetown, she was a Manager at The Corp, the largest student-run business in the US, and hosted a radio show called Riot on the Radio. In the north of Pakistan, she interviewed micro-entrepreneurs for Sarhad Rural Support Program’s monitoring and evaluations team. She helped start-up Swat Relief Initiative, an NGO that helps victims of Taliban occupation of Swat, Pakistan. Upon graduation, Nafees worked as a Fellow at the United Nations Information Center. She then worked as a Senior Associate at Chemonics International, where she managed the last USAID project in Mongolia, which worked to increase the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises. Nafees joins the Village Enterprise team as our Princeton in Africa Fellow and will spend her fellowship year redesigning the conservation program, working with the M&E team, and developing linkages between the innovations team and the M&E team. She enjoys reading, planking, anything to do with John Oliver, and long walks on the farm.

    Nafees Ahmed
    Princeton in Africa Fellow
  • Heidi graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2013 with a degree in History and a minor in Educational Studies and Applied Psychology. She studied abroad in Ghana where she worked as the Program co-Director at Exponential Education, an NGO focused on improving access to education and empowering youth to become leaders in their community. Following graduation, Heidi interned at Kiva where she managed the nonprofit’s social media strategy as well as developed outbound communication to the lender community. She then worked as Community Manager and User Researcher at Brigade, which aims to boost American civic engagement. Heidi joins the Village Enterprise team as the first Development Fellow and will spend her fellowship year collecting stories in Kenya and Uganda that reflect the essence of Village Enterprise and our poverty alleviation model. She enjoys exploring the great outdoors, eating dessert, and spending time with her family.

    Heidi Graves
    Development Fellow

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