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 - Programs Associate

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Madi Jolly joined BNID as the Programs Associate 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 for 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.



PerinAnn Katrak - Marketing & Operations Intern

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PerinAnn Katrak (she/her) is a 2nd year student of Sustainable International Development at the Heller School. She’s the co-chair of the Heller Gender Working Group and the Director of Advocacy & Collaboration for the Brandeis Graduate Student Association. Within the international development field, she hopes to work on issues relating to climate change, women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and mental health. She also strongly believes in the importance of education, having spent 2 years working in low-income schools with Teach for India.

Peri is from Bangalore, India, where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Literature and Journalism in 2018. Outside of work, she loves being outdoors and spending time with animals.


Serena Saini - Strategy & Development Intern

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Serena Saini serves as BNID’s Strategy and Development summer intern. Currently, Serena is completing her master’s in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. At Fletcher, Serena focuses specifically on International Business and International Security, with a minor concentration on Global Governance. Before her studies at Fletcher, Serena graduated from Boston University in 2019 with a B.A. in International Relations, concentrating on Foreign Policy, and Security. Professionally, Serena has worked in both the state and federal levels of the U.S. Government and for international development NGOs. Following her graduation from the Fletcher School, Serena hopes to continue her career in International Relations, focusing specifically on policy development.