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Maria López Conde was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and grew up in Managua, Nicaragua. Maria graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Political Science. Inspired by a desire to become the next Christiane Amanpour, Maria interned at various journalism outlets, including CNN and The New Yorker, and worked as a desk assistant at the PBS NewsHour. Over the last two years, Maria’s investigative journalism experience led her to positions uncovering indications of money laundering, fraud and corruption for corporate clients in Brazil. Her academic interests focus on strengthening democratic governance in the developing world. When she is not cooking vegetarian meals in her tiny kitchen, Maria is most likely watching political documentaries on Netflix. She speaks fluent Spanish, Portuguese, French and English, and is currently learning Italian.



Brittany Grabel is a second-year International Development student from Boston. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2012 with a B.A. in International Studies. Prior to SAIS, she worked on governance and civil society programs at the National Democratic Institute and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law. She has also worked for the World Food Programme in Lilongwe, Malawi.



Krishnan Raghavan graduated from Haverford College in 2011, where he earned a BA in Comparative Literature. He is originally from Portland, OR but has since fled the Pacific Northwest in search of better weather, moving to Bangkok, Thailand to teach English after graduation and more recently to Nairobi, Kenya where he worked for a humanitarian NGO and a social enterprise. At SAIS, Krishnan is concentrating in International Development with a minor in Conflict Management. He spends his free time in Bologna eating his feelings about economics and traveling whenever he gets the chance.



Adam Weber is a first-year International Development student from Alameda, California. He is a former Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay (2009-2011) and more recently, a Teach For America corps member. Adam spent the last four years teaching high school mathematics in south Texas along the Mexican border. An avid traveler, while in Bologna he tears himself away from his studies only long enough for quick workouts at the gym.



Ammar Khalid is currently a first-year student from Pakistan concentrating in International Development. Prior to joining SAIS, he worked on an economic research project focused on introducing citizen-centric policing practices through a Randomized Control Trial experiment in Pakistan's populous Punjab province. He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He loves the outdoors and has trekked and traveled extensively across Pakistan's mountainous North. He tweets @paharibakra.



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Grace Cramer is a first-year International Development student from London. Previously she worked in the Corporate Social Responsibility Team of Deloitte Global, where she looked after communications and partnerships. Prior to this, she studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Durham University. When not studying, she is easily distracted by baking or the gym. 



Past editors and themes

2016, "Migration and Displacement": Gabor Debreczeni (editor-in-chief), Ashley Augsburger, Deea Ariana
2015, "Urbanization": Jacob Morrin (editor-in-chief), Gregor Schueler