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22 alumni
Bonny Jean Baptiste GLOB 2001-02 | Haiti
Where do you work ? Expert in program management ( 2003- 2016 ) for international cooperation between Haiti and the Dominican Republic , working on building better relationships between these two countries .
How did IOB experience affect your life / career ? The IOB experience has affected my career by enabling me to climb the ladder and become an expert working in various programs and projects funded by major donors : European Union , Canadian Cooperation , IADB , UN Women …
In 2016 , several outcomes of ‘ democratic processes ’ have been perceived as rather surprising . Which result surprised you the most : Brexit , Trump or the rejection of the Colombian peace agreement ? Donald Trump ’ s victory in the US presidential elections in 2016 .
Eugenio Martín del Campo GOV 2015-16 | Mexico
Where do you work ?
Durable Solutions Assistant at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ( UNHCR ) at the Field Office in Tapachula , Chiapas Mexico . The office works to protect and assist thousands of people from El Salvador , Honduras and Guatemala , also known as the “ Northern Triangle of Central America ” who are fleeing violence and seeking asylum in Mexico . How did IOB experience affect your life / career ? The IOB experience gave me security , maturity and a better preparation for my upcoming decisions . Now I feel more equipped for the challenges in my professional career and life choices . Antwerp is a great city to live in and IOB an excellent place to build life friendships and experiences . The classes and teachers helped me refine my methodological and analytical skills that are required in the professional sphere . In 2016 , several outcomes of ‘ democratic processes ’ have been perceived as rather surprising . Which result surprised you the most : Brexit , Trump or the rejection of the Colombian peace agreement ? The rejection of the Colombian peace agreement showed us the flaws in the current peace arrangements , negotiations and democratic processes . After so many decades of violent conflict , massive human rights violations and political negotiations , Colombians raised the complex question : justice before peace , or peace before justice ?
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