Nayana Bijli is a recent graduate from Tufts University. Born and raised in New Delhi, she came to Tufts to extend her interests in history, economics and politics. Majoring in International Relations and Economics exposed her to coursework on the socio-political climates in Europe and Asia and international finance.
Her aspiration to work with a strong and respected advocate for human rights culminated in an application to the Oslo scholars program and ultimately an internship with Dr. Alaa Murabit. As a scholar/intern with Alaa, she gained practical experience on the workings international institutions, speech writing, negotiation, and diplomacy. She values the experience for both professional and personal reasons.
I look up to Alaa for many reasons. She is a strong, dynamic powerhouse of a leader, who offers everyone she encounters with the same level of respect. She values good work, but also pushes for great improvement. Finally, she is my friend/boss/mentor/ all in one- I feel lucky to have had this opportunity.
Benya Kraus is a third year student at Tufts University, majoring in International Relations with a concentration in International Security.
Being an Oslo Scholar and working with Alaa this past summer was such a meaningful experience, as it helped shape her understanding of and career trajectory in the fields of gender, security, and peace and conflict negotiation. While working with Alaa, she also interned at The Constitution Project, a DC based bipartisan legal think tank advocating for equity under the law, especially for the most marginalized members of society.