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. 

Madi Jolly - Program Manager

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Madi Jolly joined BNID as the Program Manager as a way to learn about international development and diversify her skill set. A few of her responsibilities include digital marketing, intern development, and program management.

As a proponent of global education, Madi works full-time as a Financial Analyst at Boston University Global Programs and has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia in pursuit of her own education. Most recently, she earned her MBA from ESCP Business School where she studied with over thirty nationalities in Turin, Italy and London, England.

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.

Andrew Cook - Special Projects Intern

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Andrew Cook serves as BNID’s Special Project Intern. He is currently a fourth-year undergraduate student at Bridgewater State University. He is majoring in Political Science, with a concentration in International Affairs, and minoring in Economics and Sustainability. He hopes to pursue work that focuses in areas such as climate change, economic development, and migration. He is particularly interested in the region of Eastern Europe, and how these nations have been affected politically and economically since the collapse of communist regimes. During the Summer of 2021, Andrew received a grant from BSU to design and execute a research project titled “How Human Capital Flight Impacts Romania’s Economy”.