Abhi Chadha is serving as one of the 2018 Harriman Fellows in the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC.
Abhi is a rising Junior at the College of William & Mary, majoring in Finance and Government. Abhi is a quantitative thinker, which finance allows him to do in a practical setting. He honed his quantitative skills during the summer after his freshmen year, when he worked as a research assistant in a biology lab developing a statistical analysis pipeline to understand variable genomic expression. He has always been fascinated with how our institutions of government work, potentially a function of his upbringing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. This confluence of interests led him to working on finance operations at the State Department. Eventually, Abhi aims to either work in corporate finance for corporations doing work that is meaningful or in developmental finance, helping to uplift those most in need of financial assistance to pursue their ideas.
Outside of his academic pursuits, Abhi is serving as a Senator for the Class of 2020 and the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee. He also is an Orientation Area Director, working with a group of nine other Orientation Area Directors to create the five day fall new student orientation. In addition to this, he is the Director-General of the William & Mary High School Model United Nations conference, in which he is responsible for the logistical operations for the three days of the conference. Finally, he is a member of Griffin Bhangra, a competitive South Asian dance team.
Abhi is deeply honored to have been named as a Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellow. He hopes to emulate her record of servant leadership to this country and taking every challenge on with a new perspective. He looks forward to serving the State Department as best he can over the course of this summer.
Mehvish Khan is serving as the 2018 Harriman Fellow in the U.S. embassy in London.
Mehvish is a rising senior at Emory University double majoring in Economics and International Studies focusing on conflict and security in Africa and the Middle East. She has always been an international affairs wonk. Throughout her life she has nurtured her passion for international affairs, staying up late to watch the news as a child, taking classes in high school titled “The Modern Middle East”, and furthering her studies at Emory University.
At Emory, she harnesses every opportunity to connect her love of international affairs and diplomacy with her extracurricular activities. She is an active member of the Emory International Relations Association and the Model United Nations team, traveling to conferences around the United States and Canada. She has also served as a Crisis Director for her own Model UN committee regarding ending apartheid in South Africa. As a member of Pi Beta Phi and having served as chapter president, Mehvish has the opportunity to encourage the values and standards of sisterhood and encourage positive interactions between members of the Greek community. Currently, Mehvish serves as Vice President of Recruitment for the Emory Panhellenic Council. This role allows her to build bridges between members of the Greek community and the Emory community at large, empower women, and promote the development of a safe and healthy Greek life.
Summer internships in Washington DC on Capitol Hill and at the U.S. Department of State gave Mehvish incredible opportunities to explore her love of politics and international affairs in the field. Supporting the efforts of her Congressional office on Capitol Hill allowed her to explore the legislative side of politics, ranging from experiences researching legislation and attending hearings to writing press releases and assisting constituents. The U.S. Department of State introduced Mehvish to the executive side of politics. During her time at the Department of State, she aided in the implementation of diplomatic efforts related to international security, nuclear affairs, WMD non-proliferation, and countering ISIS. She looks forward to interning with the United States Embassy in London this summer supporting the Political Section.
The Pamela Harriman Fellowship is an opportunity to grow as a female leader. Like Ambassador Pamela Harriman, Mehvish strives to be a role model for young women such as herself who are rising through the ranks of leadership. She hopes to help forge the way for other women in leadership and international affairs. It is an exceptional opportunity to learn from and to be among those who lead the conversations surrounding international affairs, and it is an honor to support the efforts of the United States government.
Daniel Lee is serving as the 2018 Harriman Fellow in the U.S. embassy in Paris.
Daniel is a junior studying Global & International Studies and French with minors in African & African-American Studies and Political Science at the University of Kansas. As part of wanting to both connect his professional passion in international affairs with his personal roots, being a Kenyan-American, Daniel began studying Kiswahili at KU, becoming a FLAS Fellow and having the opportunity to study abroad in Yale University’s Advanced Kiswahili Program in Arusha, Tanzania. This experience, coupled with what he hopes to gain from his experience this summer at the US Embassy in Paris, will provide him a valuable basis to be able to work in the Foreign Service in the future. After graduating, Lee hopes to attend graduate and law school, after which he hopes to pursue a career in Foreign Service with an interest in the Political Officer track.
Daniel is current Chief of Staff of the University of Kansas Student Senate. In this position, he serves as the primary point of contact for students and student groups, manages the senators as well as the boards and committees of the Senate, upkeeps the governing documents of the body, helps to facilitate the legislative process of Senate, and coordinates the executive staff. In previous years, he has served as the Secretary, Associate Senator, and Vice Chair of the Student Senate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, the Student Representative to the University Core Curriculum Committee, and a member of the University Athletic Committee, the Required Campus Fees Review Hearing Board, and the Educational Opportunity Fund Hearing Board. Outside of student governance, Daniel is a member of the KU African Students Association, the University Honors Program, the Global Scholars Program, sits on the executive boards of the Torch Chapter of Mortar Board and the Gamma Mu Chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.
Sean Willner is serving as one of the 2018 Harriman Fellows in the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC.
Sean is a rising senior at the College of William & Mary, double majoring in Marketing at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business and Government at the School of Arts and Sciences. He is also obtaining an unofficial minor in French and Francophone studies. Since his first time traveling to Europe at age 10, he has been fascinated with European culture and history. Since then, he has developed passions for international relations, human rights, and the United States’ potential to act as a force for good in the world. He has taken nine years of French and studied abroad twice: first in a French-language summer program in Montpellier, France, and second in a semester-long internship-based program in Brussels, Belgium. While overseas, Sean was grateful to the many kind Europeans who made foreign countries feel like home. His experiences across the continent impressed on him that despite differences between Europeans and Americans, there exists far more that unifies than divides them.
Sean has interned with McAllister & Quinn, a government relations firm in Washington, D.C. While there, he wrote and edited original content that was distributed to clients, organized and executed fundraising campaigns for Congressional representatives, and filmed promotional videos to be put on the firm’s website. He has also interned with the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) in Brussels, Belgium. In this French-speaking internship, he accompanied delegations of human rights defenders to advocacy sessions at the European Parliament, created promotional videos and print materials for the organization, and researched and wrote detailed reports on the history of EU human rights-related actions around the world. This summer, he will be interning in the Office of Public Diplomacy within the State Department’s Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs. He is eager to get an inside perspective as to how the United States develops effective relationships and communicative strategies with each country and region of Europe and Eurasia.
At William & Mary, Sean is the Digital Media Editor of the College’s official student-run newspaper, the Flat Hat. In this position, he collaborates with executive staff members to determine the broad-scale strategy of the newspaper, liaises between online and print sections to foster collaborative projects, and creates video and media pieces related to news around campus. He is also the Marketing and Outreach director of the Sinfonicron Light Opera Company, a student-run theatre group of approximately 100 students that mounts annual musical productions. In this capacity, he works with the publicity crew to organize marketing campaigns including social media, video products, and print components.
In the future, Sean hopes to forge a career at the intersection of his passions for communications, diplomacy, and European affairs. Whether it be in the State Department, a think tank, or elsewhere, he looks forward to helping foster a more peaceful, democratic, and just world.