Meet our Team
Hannah Walden, Program Manager
Hannah Walden holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Richmond. She studied abroad in Seville, Spain and since graduating in 2012, has continued her love of travel. Hannah has backpacked and volunteered in South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia. She is interested in global politics, policy, and cultural studies.
Mikayla Sherman, Lead Publicity Intern
Mikayla Sherman is from Woodbridge, VA and is currently a Junior at the College of William and Mary majoring in International Relations and double minoring in Arabic and Economics. She has an extensive background in film and media studies and currently serves as the Publicity Intern for the Richmond World Affairs Council.
Sam Bell, Intern
Sam Bell is from Saint Peter, Minnesota and is a Senior at the University of Richmond. He is majoring in Religious Studies with minors in Arabic Studies and Jewish Studies and hopes to work in the State Department in the future.
Shaila Lothe, Intern
Shaila Lothe is a junior in the International Baccalaureate program at Henrico High School. She is interested in fair trade and women’s rights in the developing world. In the future, Shaila hopes to study Political Science.
Advisory Board Members
Peter Smallwood, Professor at the University of Richmond
Dr. Smallwood is interested in science policy and science diplomacy. He has worked as a science advisor to individual US Senators and the Senate Homeland Security/Government Affairs committee. He was the director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s program in Afghanistan (2008—2009), and ran the US State Department’s program for Iraqi scientists (2004-05). He teaches conservation biology, science policy, and ecology.
Judyth Twigg, Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University
Judy Twigg is professor of political science at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she teaches courses on global health, international political economy, international relations, and Russian politics. She is also currently serving as a senior associate (non-resident) with the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she directs the Eurasia Health Project; consultant to the World Bank and U.S. federal government; and adjunct professor at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.