Analyzing development strategies towards a more sustainable, equitable world

Mid-career professionals, scholars and aspiring development professionals from 10 countries unite as the Global Development MPS class of 2024. Each bringing unique specialities — from food security and inclusive economic growth to renewable energy and environmental sustainability, and more — the class will take a transdisciplinary approach to enhance their technical and practical skills in development in order to tackle the world's greatest challenges around the globe.

Class of 2024

Mercy Awazi Abutsa headshot

Grand challenge: Climate change, conflict and displacement in Africa; policy communication

Muhammad Yahya Aftab headshot

Grand challenge: Working towards equitable agrarian development through the strengthening of farming communities and their capacity to make claims on developmental outcomes

Oumar Issoufou Adamou headshot

Grand challenge: Climate change and food security challenges in the Sahel

Headshot of Tabindah Anwar

Grand challenge: Adaptation to climate change using indigenous and local knowledge

Elizabeth	Arrazola headshot

Grand challenge: Engaging migrant youth in their respective communities through inclusive policy design and economic opportunities

Owen Dunn-Hindle headshot

Grand challenge: Development of non-exploitative communities through ecologically integrated design and cooperative ownership

Andrea Durmiaki headshot

Grand challenge: Equitable opportunities and fair access to experiential learning/global education opportunities

Martin Faki headshot

Grand challenge: Interdisciplinary and engaged learning for the preparation of sustainable development professionals

Gretchen Hanson headshot

Grand challenge: Farmer-centered research and pluralism in agricultural extension services; climate-smart and inclusive agriculture solutions; gender equity in food systems

Abdullah Jehanzeb headshot

Grand challenge: Development and facilitation of underproductive and under-resourced smallholder farmers to build inclusive food systems based on food sovereignty

Naveen Kottayil headshot

Grand challenge: Food systems-based approaches to reducing poverty and improving nutrition and livelihoods in South Asia

William Leahy headshot

Grand challenge: Economic Development in Eurasia

Jose Maldonado headshot

Grand challenge: Sustainable agri-food value chains in Colombia

Photo of Elirehema

Grand challenge: Renewable energy for rural development in Tanzania

Ling Niu headshot

Grand challenge: Vocational education and university management in China

Maria De Lourdes Orozco Ramirez headshot

Grand challenge: Empowering immigrant and socially disadvantaged small-scale farmers through social capital and climate education

Rhealynn	Ravarra headshot

Grand challenge: Resilient communities and agroecosystems; adaptability to change; transformed approaches to relief frameworks

Jackie Sayegh headshot

Grand challenge: Empowering displaced women and youths; indigenous coping strategies; associational social structures

Phoebe Wagner headshot

Grand challenge: Social-ecological systems and land justice

Ziqing Wei headshot

Grand challenge: Agricultural economics and policy, with focuses on food, nutrition and environment issues