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Max Kober: Class of 2016
International Relations, International Security Concentration, and Spanish Max Kober is currently the senior Appellate Litigation Fellow at the Office of the New York Attorney General, Division of Appeals and Opinions (A+O). Under the Solicitor General, A+O is responsible for defending Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman's legal initiatives at an appellate level, including suits against the federal Environmental Protection Agency and ExxonMobil Corporation. A+O has also recently filed United States Supreme Court briefs as amicus curiae in cases concerning the federal travel ban, voting rights, and sex discrimination. In his capacity providing paraprofessional legal support to the assistant and deputy solicitors general of A+O, Max has filed hundreds of legal documents in New York and federal courts. He regularly cite-checks, proofreads, and files briefs, records, motions, and memoranda in appellate courts. After graduating magna cum laude from Tufts with a degree in International Relations and Spanish, Max began the process of applying to law school, and hopes to enroll in the fall of 2018.

Abuzar Royesh: Class of 2016
International Relations, International Security Concentration
Abuzar is currently a Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program at Stanford University. He is one of 49 inaugural Knight-Hennessy Scholars form a pool of 3,601 applicants, and will be pursuing a masters at the Stanford School of Humanities and Science. He graduated magna cum laude from Tufts with a degree in International Relations. Among many achievements, Abuzar was the co-founder of the Bridges Academy, a Nobel Peace Prize-nominated organization which worked to promote literacy and education among at-risk groups in Afghanistan. He also is the founder of the One, Two, Three Project in Afghanistan, and has received the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts.

Katherine Monson: Class of 2013
International Relations, concentration in International Security
Katherine Monson is an aerospace executive focused on strategic partnerships in the aerospace industry. In her newly designated role as Director of Business Development for KSAT, she works with the majority of "New Space" companies to design and implement communication infrastructure to get data down from space. Previously, Ms. Monson ran the Ground department at Spire Global, the first company to provide commercial weather data to NOAA. Prior to her work in aerospace, Ms. Monson was a consultant for top executives at Fortune 500 companies, including Coca-Cola, Deloitte, and Thomson Reuters. Having majored in International Relations, Economics, and Chinese at Tufts, she began her career in international negotiations as a Tufts Tisch Fellow at the U.S. Department of Defense. Ms. Monson will be the speaker at our first career workshop of the academic year centered on the international relations of space.

Renata Aráuz-DeStefano: Class of 2011
International Relations and French
Renata Aráuz-DeStefano is an international development professional turned ethical fashion entrepreneur and investment banker. Upon graduating magna cum laude from Tufts University with a double-major in International Relations and French, she spent over 3 years in the microfinance sector, first in the Latin America region and most recently in Malawi. After leading the implementation of a new credit product in 4 countries she relocated back to her hometown of Philadelphia to pursue her MBA at The Wharton School. While there, she founded Mwayi, a social enterprise that empowers at-risk Malawian women through vocational skills training and offers bespoke, made-to-measure African print apparel via an eCommerce platform. Upon graduating from Wharton, she joined the Natural Resources team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch as an Investment Banking Associate.

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