Student Bios

Anna Yalouris
MPA2
II - International Development
Bates College, 2009
Economics, B.A.
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Anna was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and received her undergraduate degree in economics from Bates College. Early experiences working with communities in rural Thailand exposed her to a diverse range of social issues including labor rights for informal scavengers, genetic crop modification, export agriculture, mining, energy and education. After college, Anna spent six years with the policy group at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in Cambridge, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Rwanda and Botswana. At J-PAL Africa, she was responsible for providing technical expertise to support governments to scale up high-impact antipoverty interventions, as well as design new programs based on evidence. She left J-PAL in 2015 to train as an aerial acrobat with the South African National Circus. Anna interned with the Emergency Unit at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) during summer 2017. Anna is a lover of the mountains and rivers of the Western Cape, dancing, music and anything to do with rabbits.
Yujing Yang
MPA1
II - International Development
Shanghai International Studies University, 2009
International Politics, LLB
Chongqing, China
Yang grew up in Chongqing, an inland city in southwest China, where people feed on chili peppers. Influenced by her family members in public service, Yang took special interest in politics and received a bachelor’s degree of law from Shanghai International Studies University where she learned about world politics in an idealist manner. To put the theories to test, Yang returned to her home city and started a five-year relationship with the U.K. Foreign Office, picturing herself in West Wing-style scenes. She didn’t get to indulge in her fantasies for long. Exposed extensively to real-world public policy making in two governments, she witnessed how little an “agreement” can deliver and how much a whimsical idea costs. She was not disheartened after all. Trying out different roles, from press officer to science and technology officer to climate change and energy officer, Yang discovered the environmental and energy policy field was a place where she could not only insatiate her intellectual curiosity, but also continue her quest for inspiring-yet-practical solutions to one of the biggest global policy challenges: climate change. Yang hopes to pair the training she receives at WWS with her past experience to guide her future journey in the policy realm, where uncertainties and false hopes are never out of print.
Álvaro Zapatel Malpartida
MPA1
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Boston College, 2011
Economics, B.A.
Lima, Peru
Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Álvaro earned a B.A. in economics and a minor in international studies from Boston College. Since graduation, he has worked as an economist, public servant, university professor and journalist. Accordingly, his passion for public service led him to actively participate in Peruvian politics. In 2009, Álvaro co-founded an NGO focused on vulnerable teenagers’ social-emotional development. Realizing the impact of working in policy and politics, in 2012 he began to work first at the private sector as a journalist at Semana Económica, a Peruvian business and economics magazine, and as a strategic planning consultant at APOYO Consultoría’s Public Administration Practice. Later, Álvaro ran for mayor, becoming the youngest candidate in his district’s history, and with that experience, in 2016 his party appointed him as the presidential campaign manager for Lima. After running for office, he started to work at the Ministry of Education of Peru leading projects to improve public schools’ management. In parallel, he also taught courses in economics and communications at the University of Lima. Álvaro plans to work in public service and international development after graduation. He expects that the MPA program will help him to expand his knowledge about public policy and merge it with his experience in politics. Álvaro enjoys to cook, read a good book, go running, and play and watch soccer.
Zachary Zappone
MPA1
III - Domestic Policy
Georgetown University, 2013
American Studies, B.A.
Spokane, Washington
Zack was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. He attended Georgetown University where he majored in American studies and developed an interest in educational inequality. He worked with high-poverty communities in Washington, D.C, and Sacramento, California, before moving back to eastern Washington to be a middle school teacher where he created several civic engagement programs for students. Prior to starting at the Woo, Zack was a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Colombia. He is an avid fan of young adult fiction and enjoys traveling, hiking and bowling.
Mitik Zegeye
MPA1
II - International Development
College of Wooster, 2014
International Relations, B.A.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Mitik is from the Horn of Africa nation of Ethiopia and grew up in Addis Ababa, its capital city. She holds a B.A. in international relations from the College of Wooster in Ohio. While at Wooster, she engaged in various research, internship and fellowship opportunities, one of which was taking part in the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) fellowship program. As a PPIA fellow, Mitik spent the summer of 2013 at the Woodrow Wilson School’s Junior Summer Institute where she was exposed to concepts related to public policy analysis. Upon graduation from Wooster, she completed an internship at the U.N. International Fund for Agricultural Development following which she returned home to work for the Ethiopian federal government at the Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA). Through her work at ATA, Mitik engaged in strategy development and program design across the agricultural value chain. She also developed a newfound appreciation for coffee and teff, both of which originate from Ethiopia. Mitik hopes to continue working on agricultural development and climate change issues after WWS. She spent the summer before grad school traveling within Ethiopia.
Andi Zhou
MPA2
I - International Relations
Yale University, 2013
Global Affairs, B.A.
Windham, New Hampshire
Andi was born in the U.K. and grew up in the Greater Boston area after brief childhood stops in Japan and Arizona. He received a B.A. in global affairs from Yale University’s Jackson Institute of Global Affairs in 2013. Prior to attending Princeton, Andi worked at the EastWest Institute, a New York City-based NGO, coordinating unofficial diplomatic exchanges between the U.S. and China as well as a project on U.S.-Russia cooperation to combat Afghan narcotrafficking. His opinion pieces have been published by The Diplomat, China-US Focus and other outlets. Andi completed his summer internship at the Department of Labor, working on international child labor, forced labor and human trafficking issues as a Harold W. Rosenthal fellow. Outside of his international affairs interests, Andi is an avid musician who has performed professionally as a piano accompanist for improv comedy shows. He can also be overheard beatboxing under his breath while waiting in line or humming Bollywood soundtracks in between classes.
Amber Zuberi
MPA2
II - International Development
Swarthmore College, 2007
Economics, B.A.
Karachi, Pakistan
Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Amber graduated from Swarthmore College, where she majored in economics and minored in religious studies. After graduation, she worked at Standard and Poor’s Vista Research conducting research for institutional investors. She moved back to Pakistan in 2010 and co-founded Teach For Pakistan (TFP), an independent education nonprofit working to eliminate education inequity in the country. Prior to returning to graduate school, she worked with a nonprofit organization in New York City, partnering closely with private sector and government agency organizations to create development opportunities for low-income high school students. She also interned at the Pakistan Permanent Mission to the United Nations, where she served as a representative on committees pertaining to finance and economic development. Amber spent the summer between her first and second year at WWS working as a consultant in the Education Global Practice group at the World Bank focusing primarily on education reform work in Liberia. After graduating from WWS, Amber plans to pursue her interests in global education policy and development.

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