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Maya Gainer is a second-year International Development student from Seattle, Washington. This summer, she interned with the Governance and Leadership team at UN Women's East and Southern Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya. She previously worked as a researcher at Princeton University’s Innovations for Successful Societies program, which took her to six continents to study governance and service delivery. She also spent a year working for the International Rescue Committee in Nairobi after completing her undergraduate studies at Princeton University. She loves the mountains, rugby, and trying unusual foods.



Alison Decker is a second-year International Development student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and African studies, Alison worked as a communications consultant with the United Nations World Food Programme in West Africa, focusing on digital content covering the Ebola crisis. She has also worked as the managing editor of Ideas: The Magazine of the Aspen Institute, a think tank in Washington, DC to write and edit pieces on domestic and international policy. 



Deboleena Rakshit is a second-year International Development student from India. After completing a Bachelor's (Honors) degree in English Literature from Jadavpur University, Deboleena worked in the corporate and non-profit sectors as a learning and development specialist for three years. She also has six years of freelance experience as a copy editor and content developer. In her free time, she is passionate about photography, traveling and poetry.



Saksham Khosla is a first-year International Development student from New Delhi, India. He previously conducted research on India’s economic, welfare, and administrative reforms at Carnegie India. After graduating from Oberlin College with degrees in politics and creative writing, he spent a year as a James C. Gaither Junior Fellow in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He tweets @khoslasaksham. 

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Yifan Powers is a first-year International Development student from Boston. After graduating from Boston University, she served as an Americorps VISTA in the District of Columbia and later worked in communications and tax policy at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. She loves her DC neighborhood of Park View, traveling, and noodle soup.  

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Sarah Sassoon is a first-year International Development student from New York City. Before coming to SAIS, she worked on the business development team at The Dodo, a digital media company focused on making animal welfare a mainstream cause, particularly among Millennials. Sarah completed her undergraduate degree in Middle East Studies at Cornell University, during which time she studied Arabic and spent her semester abroad in Jerusalem, Israel. In her spare time, she loves (to attempt) to cook, spend time outdoors and dance to any and all 90s hits.


Past editors and themes

2018, "Inclusive Development": Ammar Khalid (editor-in-chief), Grace Cramer, Adam Weber

2017, "Technology and Development": Maria Lopez Conde (editor-in-chief), Krishnan Raghavan, Brittany Grabel

2016, "Migration and Displacement": Gabor Debreczeni (editor-in-chief), Ashley Augsburger, Deea Ariana                          

2015, "Urbanization": Jacob Morrin (editor-in-chief), Gregor Schueler