Current Fellows

The Human Development Fellowship program selects a group of Dartmouth’s top students to advance their technical skills and foster professional experiences for work in diverse fields of international development. The following students are currently Human Development Fellows.

Current Human Development Fellows


Benny hails from Manila, Philippines, having also spent some years in Los Angeles, California. He is pursuing a degree in Geography modified with Environmental Studies, with a possible minor in Spanish. At Dartmouth, he is involved in GlobeMed, a global health club partnered with the Kachin Women’s Association in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he spent his freshman summer interning to participate in development work related to Kachin and ethnic rights. Benny worked as a Research Assistant to Prof. Lisa Adams. AHe is also involved with the Divest Dartmouth campaign. 


Nithila is from Poughkeepsie, NY. She is studying Economics modified with Human-Centered Design, a major that allows her to combine my interests in development economics and design thinking. She is particularly interested in how concepts from development economics and design thinking can be practically applied to ameliorate humanitarian issues. Nithila spent a semester abroad studying development at the University of Edinburgh, where she led a consulting project for FreshSight, a social impact consulting firm. At Dartmouth, she has worked as a Collis After Dark Programming Intern, as a French drill instructor, and as a research assistant to Professor Dinkelman.


Adil grew up in Lahore, Pakistan. Adil was the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Pakistan’s first student-syndicated science magazine, “Solaris,” and was a co-founder of the Pakistani chapter of The Planetary Society. At Dartmouth, Adil is double majoring in Economics and Mathematics. Over his freshman summer, he conducted research on the religious coping mechanisms of schizophrenics in Pakistan, and during his sophomore year, he was a research assistant to Professor Diego Comin, while also participating in the Rockefeller Center's Global Leadership Program. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in Developmental Economics.


Solomon was born in Seoul, South Korea but spent the majority of his life in Dhaka, Bangladesh. At Dartmouth, he is pursuing an Environmental Studies and Economics double major. Solomon is the treasurer of the International Student Association, a member of the International Development Forum, and a member of Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering. As a Fellow, Solomon worked as a Research Assistant to Prof. Anne Kapucinski and pursued an internship with HeartCapital, a social venture capital firm, in South Africa. 

Allyson proudly hails from Upstate New York. At Dartmouth she is pursuing a Geography major and either a Global Health or Spanish minor. Before coming to Hanover, Allyson took a gap year and lived as a Rotary Exchange Student in Ecuador; an experience which stoked her interest in all things development. On campus she is a resident of the Global Village, an America Reads tutor, a Great Issues Scholar Mentor, and a member of the Dickey Center's International Development Forum. Allyson worked as an intern at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA. 


Michaela is from Acton, MA. She is majoring in anthropology modified with African and African-American Studies and minoring in Environmental Studies. As a Wilderness EMT, she took the last year off from Dartmouth to spend five months working as a medic at the Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance Camp with the Medical Healer Council. She then spent several months working on an organic farm and doing local community organizing. At Dartmouth, she runs the Student Mindfulness Group and has been involved in different student organizing efforts. As a recipient of the Anthropology Department’s Claire Garber Goodman Fund, Michaela conducted ethnographic research into the generation and effects of normative culture at Dartmouth. 


Meriem ‘21 was born and raised in Rabat, Morocco. At 16, she left her hometown to pursue a global education in United World College (UWC) in Norway. During her time there, she was the Co-President of Living Environment And Future, a sustainably-oriented and humanitarian NGO that designed and implemented a development project in Ghana. After graduating, Meriem decided to cross the Atlantic and to attend Dartmouth College. She is considering a double major in Economics and Quantitative Social Science. Meriem is interested in using research-based evidence and data to explore sustainability, female empowerment and poverty alleviation, especially in developing countries. During her freshman year, she was an Ecorep intern for Dartmouth’s Sustainability office, an Economics and Arabic tutor, a member of the Women Basketball Club, and a member of Ledyard Canoe Club. As a Fellow, Meriem will work as a Research Assistant for Prof. Ryan Edwards.


Arunav is from India, where he switches his time between the capital New Delhi and the old royal city of Jaipur. He hopes to complete a double major in English and Economics, two fields he enjoys talking at great length about. He is also highly invested in Studio Art. Aside from academics, his time at Dartmouth is mostly directed towards working as a writing tutor for RWIT, Pan Asian Community Student Coordinator for OPAL, and Research Scholar in the English department. During his first year, he was a Great Issues Scholar, which sparked his interest in exploring how majoritarianism influences economic policy in developing nations to the detriment of minorities and makes human development exclusive instead of inclusive. He is also interested in investigating the intersection of local culture and poverty and studying how signs of poverty are normalised and integrated into a community’s daily culture. 


Maanav is from various places in India, most recently from New Delhi. He is majoring in Environmental Studies and interested in many other disciplines including English and Anthropolgy. While he is a generally involved in sustainability efforts on campus, Maanav is particularly invested in the fossil fuel divestment campaign. He works in a Dartmouth ecology lab on soil and insects, and when in India works in an anti-caste publishing house, Navayana. Maanav is an executive member of the International Development Forum and has been a Great Issues Scholar.


Genna comes from West Virginia and is pursuing a major in Economics and Government. During her first year, she participated in the Great Issues Scholar program, for which she is serving as a mentor this year. She is also involved with the Dandelion Project, a student-run organization that provides course materials and volunteer English teachers to under-resourced schools in China.


Carolyne hails from Machakos, Kenya. She is pursuing a degree in Geography modified with African and African American Studies, with a possible minor in Computer Science. At Dartmouth, Carolyne is a Dickey Center Global Health Fellow, King Leadership Scholar, education fellow with the Office of Pluralism and Leadership, a Social Impact learning fellow and Undergraduate advisor. Previously she was a Rule of law Index Intern at the World Justice Project in Washington D.C and she is currently working on a project that seeks to promote access to legal justice in the rural/ marginalized areas in Kenya. She is also  currently working as a research assistant to Professor DJ Brooks on the Dickey Center Global Girls Forward Lab Team: Project on Menstrual Hygiene in the Developing World. She is also a first-generation Program mentor and the Dartmouth African Students Association.


Iris hails from the San Francisco Bay Area, California. She is a first-generation American and a second-generation immigrant, as her parents immigrated to the US from mainland China in the 1990s. At Dartmouth, Iris is studying Economics, Human-Centered Design, and Public Policy. Iris’ interest in developmental economics and human development stems from her family's immigrant background and her experiences last summer conducting anthropological research in remote Inuit communities in arctic Canada with the Smithsonian’s Arctic Studies Center. During her sophomore year, Iris conducted independent research under the mentorship of Professor Patricia Lopez studying the economic geographies of the Upper Valley and the impact of student service work on alleviating economic hardship. Iris was also a SEAD mentor this summer, and is highly passionate about issues of educational access and inequity. 

Benny Adapon '19

Benny Adapon

Nithila Arumugam '19


Solomon Bang '19


Allyson Block '19


Meriem Fouad '21


Arunav Jain '20


Maanav Jalan '19


Genna Liu '19


Carolyne Musyoka '20


Iris Wang '20

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