Ciara Daly - Marketing & Operations Intern

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Ciara Daly serves as BNID’s Marketing & Operations Intern. She is currently a third-year undergraduate student at Boston College. She is majoring in International Studies, with a concentration in Cooperation and Conflict, and minoring in Management and Leadership. Ciara hopes to work on issues related to development in Latin America and aspires to find solutions for developing countries to become more self-sufficient, sustainable, and achieve more equal outcomes in social, political, economic, and cultural areas. She was an undergraduate research assistant on Professor Krause’s Political Violence Project where she aided in researching United States government policy in the Middle East, political extremist and terrorism, the status of post-insurgent states, and methods for constructive discussions. Ciara also writes for The Gavel, which is the progressive student newspaper of Boston College; she is a staff writer for the opinions section of the paper.

Bupe Mazimba - Programs Associate

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Bupe Mazimba serves as a Programs Associate focused on supporting BNID’s membership program, newsletter, and event planning. Bupe holds a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University as well as a BA in Economics and Global studies from St. Lawrence University. While at Fletcher, Bupe was involved with the Africana Club, The Fletcher International Development Club and PRAXIS – The Fletcher Journal of Human Security. Bupe is passionate about the evolving role of the African continent within the international development ecosystem and hopes to bring that same passion to her role with BNID. Previously, Bupe worked with Boston based non-profit Room to Grow supporting programmatic priorities and in supply chain management with Dell EMC. Outside of BNID commitments, Bupe enjoys international travel and cooking with her family.

Nanako Tamaru - Executive Director

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Nanako Tamaru serves as BNID's Executive Director. As a licensed attorney and peacebuilding practitioner, Nanako's areas of expertise include gender justice and social inclusion, preventing and countering violent extremism, constitution drafting, and inclusive approaches to statebuilding.

Nanako is also an Associate for Peacebuilding Effectiveness at CDA Collaborative Learning and a faculty member at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management. She also serves as the Principal and Founder of The Peace and Security Collaborative, where she provides research, training, and facilitation services to a range of NGO, governmental, and multilateral clients.  

Previously, Nanako worked for Inclusive Security where she led research and training programs examining why women's inclusion matters for peace and how it can be achieved. She has also managed peacebuilding programs in Syria and Somalia and has written on issues related to governance and conflict resolution for Mercy Corps, UN Women, United Nations Development Programme, International IDEA, and Conflict Dynamics International.

Nanako holds a Master's Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Juris Doctor from the Boston University School of Law. 

Amanda Tragert - Programs Associate

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Amanda Tragert serves as a Programs Associate for BNID. She works with university partnerships, social media, event planning, and intern management. Amanda holds a Master’s Degree in International Higher Education and Intercultural Relations from Lesley University, and works in global education. She most recently supported programs in MIT’s international internships office, and previously worked on-site with a study abroad program in Germany (returning to the country 10 years after a high school exchange near Dresden). She is passionate about languages, experiential learning, and social justice.