TBG 2016 Fall Internship Team!
By admin September 12, 2016


Carla Maria Emanuel Issa

Carla Maria Emanuel Issa – The American University of Beirut

Carla Maria Emanuel Issa was born in Chicago to parents of Middle Eastern and Italian descent. Currently, she is working on her second Master’s degree in Political Studies in Beirut, Lebanon. She holds a Master’s in International Affairs from The American University of Paris where her thesis was based on the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and the balance of power between Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Her academic interests include ancient Greek philosophy, international relations theories, and Middle Eastern affairs amongst others. She has previously presented her research at international conferences at The American University of Beirut, The American University of Cairo, The London School of Economics and for the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Doha, Qatar. Previously she worked for three divisions of the United Nations, UNDP (Jordan), UNESCO (France and ESCWA (Lebanon). Along with her work with TBG she is a fellow for the Association for Middle Eastern Public Policy Administration. She is fluent in English and proficient in Arabic, French and Italian. She is an avid traveler having visited twenty-eight countries across five continents, with her favorite places being the islands of Bali and Zanzibar.

Matteo Vidiri


Matteo Vidiri – London School of Economics and Political Science

Matteo was born and raised in Italy, where he currently resides. He obtained his B.Sc. from the University of Bologna, majoring in International Relations and Diplomatic studies. Prior to his Master’s degree in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Matteo founded a local NGO directed to the younger generations and worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) both in its Headquarters in Rome and in a field project in Tunisia. During his Master’s degree, Matteo worked for the Italian Embassy in London, furthering the country’s interest in international affairs and development; his final thesis was focused on the interplay between international trade and food security in India. Matteo believes that TBG is a perfect organization to get exposure to a wide range of programs and reinforce his skills in the international development sector. He is studying Arabic and he is fluent in Italian, English and French.


Michelle Chen

Michelle Chen – Columbia University SIPA

Michelle is currently enrolled in Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), specializing in environmental science policy. Before coming to New York, she was an undergraduate student at one of China’s top universities, Peking University (Beijing), completing a dual degree in business management and history. Besides her extensive knowledge of statistics, economics and business management practices, as well as highly developed quantitative and modeling skills, Michelle has further applied her knowledge to real world experiences. Michelle served as project coordinator at the National Development and Reform Commission (Beijing), where she gained deeper understanding on green city planning, renewable energy technologies and smart grids, and also served as a sales intern at Yinhua Fund Co. where she managed investors’ and customer relations. Additionally, she has worked at the secretary in International Finance Forum (IFF), under the Research Department. Michelle speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Korean, English, and has a particular interest in the arts and music.


Pietro Bonanome

Pietro Bonanome – School of Oriental and African Studies

Pietro was born and raised in Venice, Italy. He obtained his Bachelor’s in International Affairs and Diplomacy at the University of Bologna, where he had the opportunity to cultivate many interests regarding the interconnections between politics and the international economy. Prior to his Master’s degree in International Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Pietro worked with the Tunisian Red Crescent in Tunis, in a project aimed at collecting and providing food supplies to the poorest families before and during the holy month of Ramadan. While pursuing his Master’s degree, he deepened his particular interests in international trade and sustainability. He is currently working at the European Commission Delegation to Singapore, under the Trade Section, utilizing his studies into practice. Pietro Master thesis focused on the assessment of the European Union’s Free Trade Agreements with South East Asian counterparts, examining and analyzing concluded agreements with Singapore and Vietnam, and the on-going negotiations with Indonesia. He believes TBG will provide him expertise and the knowledge needed to push him further in his professional aspirations related to development consulting and trade.

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