Student Bios

Yashna Gungadurdoss
II - International Development
Cornell University, 2015
Economics/Psychology, B.A.
Vacoas, Mauritius
Yashna was born and raised in Mauritius. She left her home country to attend Cornell University, where she earned a double degree in economics and psychology. During that time, she also undertook internships in the field of social impact bonds with Instiglio in Colombia and impact investment with IIX in Singapore. After graduating in 2015, Yashna joined the Entrepreneurial Finance Lab, which uses psychometric credit scores to advance financial inclusion in developing countries. She initially led the company’s marketing initiatives and thereafter moved to India to spearhead projects with financial institutions in Mumbai. She more recently grew very interested in the field of education and after her MPA, she wishes to gain experience that will prepare her to join the Mauritian government and contribute to education-related policy in the longer term. Yashna loves Latin dance, yoga, meditation, good food, languages and travel. She, in fact, spent the summer before Princeton exploring Europe!
Rohit Gupta
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi 2004
Electrical Engineering, BTech
Punjab, India
Rohit grew up in Punjab and graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi with a major in electrical engineering. After briefly working in different technology based research roles, he felt his calling lay in public services. He was selected as an Indian Administrative Services officer in 2006. He has worked as district magistrate, which is the head of District Government in India, in six different districts. As district magistrate, he was responsible for direct supervision of more than twenty government departments, maintaining law and order in jurisdiction, and coordinating with multiple agencies to ensure the holistic development of district. He has also served as municipal commissioner of Jodhpur, a city of million plus population in Rajasthan. He passionately believes in promoting and executing policies that protect the environment along with economic development. He likes to spend his time outdoors; and he is always looking for a new book to read and a reason to travel.
Jasmine Haddaway
II - International Development
University of Florida, 2018
International Studies, B.A.
Orlando, Florida
Jasmine was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, and received her bachelor’s degree in international studies with a minor in women’s studies from the University of Florida (go Gators!). She is passionate about using gender equity and sustainable international development as tools of diplomacy, utilizing advocacy and capacity building to empower the communities she serves. Her past experiences include interning at the White House, serving as a Planned Parenthood Global Youth Advocacy Fellow, participating in the 2018 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and implementing sustainable development initiatives in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, with P4H Global. In addition, Jasmine has conducted research that measures the impact of women’s engagement in agriculture through her work on the USAID Feed the Future Livestock Innovation Lab and compiled a qualitative history of the West African Ebola outbreak with the Ebola 100 Project. Jasmine is a 2018 Rangel Fellow with the U.S. Department of State and is eager to continue building relationships with communities to create social change through a career in the Foreign Service. Jasmine’s interest include scouting out cheap international flights, eating brunch, hiking, hanging out in art museums, and exploring new places.
Artin Haghshenas
III - Domestic Policy
Rutgers University, 2015
Political Science, B.A.
Wyckoff, New Jersey
Artin was born and raised in New Jersey where she also received her undergraduate degree in political science from Rutgers University. During her time at Rutgers, she was an undergraduate associate at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, where she explored state and national politics through research, education and public service, linking the study of politics with its day-to-day practice. She spent the last three years working as an adviser to United States Senator Bob Menendez, where she provided strategic direction to New Jersey’s senior senator and managed a portfolio with a focus on health care, women’s rights and education. She also sits on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA), the state’s only statewide organization working to create a culture that addresses the impact and prevalence of sexual violence. Artin is a second-degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, enjoys running (half) marathons and is an avid traveler. After graduating from the Woodrow Wilson School, Artin hopes to continue working at the federal level with the goal of improving access and affordability of health services to low-income women.
Henri Hammond-Paul
I - International Relations
Washington and Lee University, 2012
English, B.A.
Nyack, New York
Henri was born in Chicago and grew up in the Hudson Valley region of New York. He earned a B.A. in English literature from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. For his senior thesis, he built a replica of Henry David Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond on the University’s campus. Following graduation, Henri served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay. He then worked as a programme and policy officer for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) where he was stationed first in Panama and then at Headquarters in Rome, Italy. Most recently, Henri worked as an emergency management specialist for the NYU Langone Medical Center helping the Enterprise ensure business continuity and build resilience to natural and manmade shocks and stresses. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, climbing mountains, cooking, traveling and playing with his puppy, Marvin.
Aung Hein
II - International Development
Earlham College, 2010; University of Kent, 2012
International Studies/Politics, B.A.; International Political Economy, M.A.
Yangon, Myanmar
For over the past four years, Aung has been a research coordinator at the Centre for Economic and Social Development, a local policy think tank at the forefront of reforms in Myanmar. At the Centre, he led policy advocacy, research and capacity building activities of the Food Security Policy Project team. Prior to his current job, he was a faculty member at the Pre-Collegiate Program for a year teaching classes in international political economy and existential philosophy. Aung went back to Myanmar after the four-year study at Earlham College, the nine-month Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, and the one-year master’s program in international political economy at University of Kent. Along the way, he has cultivated an avid love for playing soccer, and picked up rock-climbing, swimming and sitting out in the sun with friends at various parks.
James Holtsnider
I - International Relations
University of Colorado, 2006
Physics, B.A.
Cresco, Iowa
Jim is a career State Department foreign service officer, most recently assigned to U.S. Mission to Somalia as the management officer to reestablish operations in Mogadishu. He previously served as a general services officer for Tri-Mission Rome; as special assistant in the office of the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources; as a watch officer in the State Department’s Operations Center; as a political advisor at Regional Command East in Bagram, Afghanistan; as Vice-Consul in Tunis, Tunisia; and as a provincial action officer on Provincial Reconstruction Team Ninewa in Mosul, Iraq. Before joining the Foreign Service, Jim served for six years in the United States Marine Corps. He earned an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Colorado. Jim is married and has two children.
Olivia Hompe
I - International Relations
Princeton University, 2017
Public and International Affairs, A.B.
New Canaan, Connecticut
A SINSI scholar from New Canaan, Connecticut, Olivia graduated in 2017 from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School with a certificate in Near Eastern studies. In the summer of 2015, she interned at Running Start, a non-partisan nonprofit dedicated to increasing the involvement of young women in politics. In the summer of 2016, she worked in the intelligence community, serving as an honors intern in a unit that augmented her knowledge of the Arabic language and U.S. foreign policy. In addition to her academic studies, Olivia played on the varsity women’s lacrosse team at Princeton. In her free time, she loves playing various sports, cooking and doing crossword puzzles. After completing her MPA at Princeton, Olivia plans to work in the government, pursuing her interests in U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.
J. Thomas Huelskoetter
III - Domestic Policy
Kenyon College, 2012
Political Science, B.A.
Madison, Virginia
Thomas was born in New Orleans, but grew up in Alabama and Virginia before heading north to Kenyon College, where he studied abroad in Strasbourg, France. Prior to starting at Princeton, he spent almost five years working as a health policy analyst at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. In this role, Thomas was deeply involved in the national campaign to save the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid from Congressional repeal legislation, and later helped write CAP’s universal health care proposal. Before his time at CAP, he returned to France for a year to teach high school English and further develop his cheese expertise. He also interned with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and with President Obama’s re-election campaign in Virginia. In addition to health policy, Thomas loves trivia, chow chows, and the New Orleans Saints.
Danielle Hull
II - International Development
Harvard University, 2013
Government, A.B.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Danielle was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she learned how to make authentic gumbo, and peel a crawfish in less than five seconds. She graduated cum laude from Harvard in 2013, with a concentration in government and secondary field in African studies, as well as language citations in French and German. While at Harvard, she studied abroad in Berlin and Bamako. Post graduation, she returned to Bamako to work for the Mali Health Organizing Project, a public health nonprofit, serving first as projects fellow, then as monitoring and evaluation coordinator. After her term in Mali ended, she returned home to work in the office of a local parish - otherwise known as county - councilwoman. In the summer before joining the Woodrow Wilson School, Danielle was able to catch cheap flights to Oslo, Bergen, Paris and Denver.
Sakari Ishetiar
I - International Relations
American University, 2015
International Relations, B.A.
Midwest, USA
Coming to you live from the Midwest, Sakari lived in Houston, Chicago, Kansas City and St. Louis before awakening his passion for travel. Having a background in acting and performance theater transformed into a skill in international communication as he found many opportunities to travel abroad. Sakari completed his undergraduate degree in international relations at American University in Washington, D.C., interning at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute and becoming curious about a career in the USFS. Determining first to explore public-private partnerships, he was hired as an international communication-focused specialist for government contractor, Gryphon Scientific, where he worked to strengthen counter-WMD security in North Africa and Southeast Asia. This past summer, Sakari traveled to Kazakhstan to volunteer and participate in the World’s Fair Expo 2017 themed on Future Energy. His foreign languages are French and Russian.
Grace Jackson
II - International Development
Oxford University, 2012
Politics, Philosophy and Economics, B.A.
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Grace grew up in Oxfordshire in the south of England. After studying politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University, she joined the U.K. civil service. Since 2013, she worked for the Department for International Development covering Lebanon, Jordan, Sierra Leone and Iraq. Grace spent two years living in Freetown while working on the Ebola response and was most recently based in London, where she led DFID’s Iraq policy team.
Hope Jackson
III - Domestic Policy
University of South Carolina, 2012
International Business/Management Science, B.S.
Columbia, South Carolina
Hope is a native of Columbia, South Carolina, and attended the University of South Carolina majoring in international business and global supply chain and operations management. Since graduating, she’s worked as a business analyst, and in project management, purchasing and contract negotiations. In 2015, she traveled to Kelantan, Malaysia, as a Fulbright English teaching assistant where her classes and camps highlighted the arts, female empowerment, and the effects of racial and socioeconomic barriers. A member of Alpha Phi Omega and Delta Sigma Theta, Hope has always been committed to public service. After spending time post-graduation working at a predominantly African-American school, she wanted to further understand the role of education and economic status in individual and communal achievement. Hope aspires to unite her business and personal experience in ways that will close the achievement gap and create more opportunities for all Americans. Hope volunteers at local theatres and digs poetry, symphonies, travel and action movies.
Mark Jahnke
I - International Relations
Harvard University, 2013; SOAS University of London, 2018
Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, A.B.; Development Studies, MSc
Ketchikan, Alaska
Mark grew up between Ketchikan, Alaska, Geneva, Switzerland, and Seattle, Washington, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in Near Eastern languages and civilizations and global health and health policy. During undergrad, he conducted research in Tehran and Esfahan, Iran, and was awarded high honors for his dissertation on Iran’s program to address HIV and AIDS in injecting drug use communities. After Harvard, Mark worked for two years in global health communications and at the U.S. Senate before spending two years working with the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan as a Peace Corps volunteer, with a focus on health education, organizational development, and HIV/AIDS and drug use harm reduction programs. Following the Peace Corps, he spent a year as a Fulbright scholar in London reading for an MSc in development studies with special reference to Central Asia at SOAS, University of London, while also working as an intern with the John Smith Trust and the London International Development Centre. A former competitive ice dancer, Mark now enjoys coaching figure skating, running marathons, traveling and Argentine tango.
Caroline Jones
I - International Relations
Princeton University, 2018
Public & International Affairs, A.B.
Princeton, New Jersey
Born and raised in Princeton, Caroline graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School in 2018 with certificates in Latin American studies and the history and practice of diplomacy. She’s now back at the Woo for round two as a SINSI. In summer 2017, she interned at the U.S. Mission to the U.N. where she worked on the Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Colombia portfolios in the Security Council. The previous summer, she interned for CNN’s flagship international news show, Fareed Zakaria GPS. Caroline’s academic and professional interests lie in U.S. foreign policy, particularly in Latin America and the Middle East. Outside of the Robertson basement, she sings with the Princeton University Glee Club and Chamber Choir, drinks a lot of Small World Coffee, and loves backpacking.