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ECSF 1998

Nageeb Ali '99
Internship with Aga Khan Foundation Rural Support Programme, Karachi, Pakistan
Hometown: Tehran, Iran
Nageeb received his PhD in economics from Stanford in 2007. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of California, San Diego.

Ariele Cohen '99
Internship with Institute for Liberal Studies, Sofia, Bulgaria & Center for Anti-War Action, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Ariele graduated from law school in May 2002, and sat for the New Jersey and New York Bar examinations in February of 2003. In 2002-3, Ariele was a clerk for a judge in the New Jersey Superior Court, Chancery Division (court of equity). She married in September of 2003, after which she worked for a Sri Lankan law firm. Her husband Cresenta (also a Brandeis alum) worked as an economist for the World Bank in Sri Lanka. Sadly, Cresenta lost his life in the tsunami (read Ariele's essay). Ariele is currently working at a law firm in New York City.

Liora Cobin '99
Internship with Interfaith Action for Racial Justice, Baltimore, Maryland
Hometown: St. Paul, MN
After graduating from Brandeis, Liora went to Jerusalem for a year where she worked at the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel as a New Israel Fund/Shatil Social Change Fellow. She then returned to the site of her ECSF summer internship, Baltimore, where she worked for an independent bookstore for a year, as well as for SPARK: Partnership for Service, a non-profit organization focused on developing and implementing service programming within the Jewish community, particularly in  Service Learning programming. She then moved to Chicago where she completed an MA in Public History at Loyola University Chicago and curated "Milestones & Memories: An Exhibit of Evanston History," a long-term exhibit at the Evanston Historical Society. She is currently working as a public historian in Brooklyn, NY. She is married to Adam Barbanel-Fried, also a Brandeis alum.

Manuel Costescu '99
Internship with Bagamoyo College of Art, Bagamoyo, Tanzania & GTZ (Gesellschaft fur technische Zusammenarbeit), Lushoto, Tanzania
Hometown: Sibiu, Romania
Manuel received his MBA from MIT and a development degree at the Kennedy School at Harvard University. He is currently working for McKinsey in New York, doing management consulting. He writes, "Life is pretty stressful, but still bearable. I love NY just like on the first day when I moved here, which makes the stress at work seem less relevant."

eldadEldad Elnekave '00
Internship with Medical Care Development International Child Survival and Community Health Project, Cuamba, Mozambique
Hometown: Marina Del Rey, CA
Directly after graduating, Eldad went to Israel on a Hart fellowship from Duke University where he participated in documentary writing and research in an Arab-Israeli village in northern Israel. In 2003 he was selected to be a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)-NIH research scholar. He published a paper in the July 1, 2004 edition of the Journal of Health Policy on the experiences of Arab-Israeli women in the Healthcare system, based on research from that year. The academic year 2004-5 found him attending medical school at Tufts University, and doing research at the National Institutes of Health for 2 years as a Howard Hughes scholar. He is currently doing a residency in Philadelphia.

Forsan Hussein '00
Internship with B'Tselem: The Israel Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, Jerusalem, Israel
Hometown: Israel
After graduating in 2000, Forsan worked independently for one year, participating and speaking at events, doing NGO consulting, and other such jobs. He then worked for the Abraham Fund in New York for two years, and went on to pursue a Master's in International Relations and International Economics at SAIS (Johns Hopkins). Forsan received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Brahmy Poologasingham '00
Internship with NOVA Program & National Interest Public Law and Research, Pretoria, South Africa
Hometown: Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Upon graduating Brahmy became a practicing attorney, a supporter of tsunami relief fundraisers and a member of the Seattle Human Rights Commission. She then served as Special Advisor to the Rule of Law Initiative (ROLI), a nonprofit run by the American Bar Association with programs based in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Central Europe, and the Middle East. She was also involved in creating support for the more than 300,000 displaced Tamils from the war in Sri Lanka. This past year, Brahmy was in Haiti after the earthquake working on assessing justice sector needs in the aftermath of the disaster. Brahmy now works on a gender based violence project involving the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Benjamin Singerman '99
Internship with Fundacion Sinchi Sacha, Museo de Arte Etnico
Amazonico, Archidona, Ecuador
Hometown: Longwood, FL
Upon graduation from Brandeis, Ben received a Fulbright award to continue his work in Ecuador. He then attended Stanford Law School. In August 2004, he completed the Half Vineman Triathlon (one of five Half Ironman Triathlons in the United States). In 2009 he left his private law firm to work as a judicial clerk for a federal judge in the Northern District of California in San Francisco.