SAM VAGHAR, Executive Director
Sam Vaghar is a social entrepreneur committed to helping young leaders find their voice and own their power for social impact. Sam is the Executive Director and Co-founder of Millennium Campus Network (MCN), a global student network addressing humanity’s greatest challenges. Sam’s deeply held belief in youth leadership is informed by MCN’s programs which have engaged students from 300 universities worldwide, and by his own experience as a student leader co-founding MCN in his dorm room a decade ago. Under Sam’s leadership, the MCN convenes and trains over 1,000 campus leaders annually through its conference, Fellowship, and campaigns.
As MCN’s Executive Director, Sam represents MCN on the global stage, sharing MCN with US Presidents, US Embassies, the UN, and with CEOs of the world's leading companies and foundations. In 2011, Sam was invited by the State Department as the featured speaker in a tour across Bosnia and Herzegovina. During that summer Sam met with President Barack Obama in the Roosevelt Room at the White House to share perspectives of US youth leaders. In recognition of his leadership, Sam was selected for the 2012 list of the “Top 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33″ by The Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Through his talks on youth leadership and social impact, Sam has directly engaged over 25,000 people at over 100 institutions worldwide. Some notable talks include keynotes at:
- Harvard University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Four countries for the U.S. Department of State (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Morocco)
- The White House
- United Nations
- The Vatican
In addition to leadership with MCN, Sam serves in the following capacities:
- Advisor to the Executive Director of UN Women as one of the twelve members worldwide of her Advisory Group for the term 2017-2019.
- Steering Committee Member of the Opportunity Collaboration, with annual convenings in the U.S. and Mexico.
- Member, Board of Directors of FLIP National, a grassroots network supporting first-generation and low-income college students that was co-founded by MCN alumni.
- Advisory Board Member of the Regis College Honors Program.
Sam is a 2008 graduate of Brandeis University and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Becker College. More on Sam's story with MCN here.
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RAINA FOX, MA, Partnerships Director
Raina Fox, MA, has been doing grassroots social justice and peacebuilding work for a decade in the United States, India, Hong Kong, Morocco, and beyond, alongside partners at the United Nations, US State Department, Universities across the US and beyond. For the past three years, she has led program partnerships at Millennium Campus Network, including managing our global Fellowship program, campaigns, and conferences at the United Nations, in Washington DC, and in Rabat, Morocco.
She is committed to exploring the systems that govern, shape, prohibit, and/or support the development and redevelopment of healthy societies, and is particularly passionate about ensuring that those most marginalized in societies- particularly women, LGBTQIA+, racial, ethnic and religious minorities, and young people - are at the center of policies, education, and civil society initiatives for peacebuilding and social justice.
Raina has been a guest speaker and moderator at global forums including:
- United Nations, Moderator for panel on the role of Higher Education in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals
- SwissNex Boston, Moderator for panel on role of universities as humanitarian players in Refugee contexts
- United Nations Youth Commission on the Status of Women, Speaker on panel about education and sustainable development
- Laayoune, Morocco/Western Sahara, Guest speaker at "Sustainable Developments' Youth" convening
- Rabat, Morocco, 9th Annual Millennium Campus Conference
She has a Masters from Brown University and a BA from Macalester College. She is on the Board of Advisers for Asylum Connect- a nonprofit connecting LGBTQIA+ Asylum seekers with life saving resources that began as an MCN Campaign launched at the 7th Annual Millennium Campus Conference at the United Nations. She is also on the Board of Directors of Boston Network for International Development, a dialogue facilitator for Essential Partners (Public Conversations Project), and is a part of the UN Women Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality.
ABIGAIL KELBLE, MPH, Managing Director
Abigail Kelble, MPH, leads MCN's Operational, Strategic, and Programmatic Impact, bringing experience in leadership development, education, public-civic-private partnerships, and global health to the Millennium Campus Network. Abigail served with the Peace Corps [Moldova '06-'08] and worked with City Year, the Flour Fortification Initiative, and Broadreach. Her international work experience includes Poland, Belize, Moldova, and Jamaica. Abigail also serves on the Board of Advisors with the Boston Network for International Development. Abigail believes that university students will make the world a better and more equitable place for all of us. Abigail completed her Bachelors in Anthropology and Biology at the University of Colorado, completed her Master’s of Public Health at Emory University, and is also an MBA-Candidate at the University of Massachusetts.
KATHRYN BARON, Director of Development and Outreach Intern
Kathryn Baron is a recent graduate of Boston University's Pardee School of Global Studies, from which she received her BA in International Relations. She is passionate about human rights, migration, world cultures, and global politics. Kathryn is very excited to join the MCN team and learn valuable skills to take with her as she begins a career in the private sector. She is very passionate about MCN's mission and excited to help grow the new Millennium Fellowship!
MATHER HOYT, Director of Outreach Intern
Mather Hoyt is a senior seeking a Bachelors of Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from the University of Missouri. Mather is a Sustainability Research Assistant who works with the University of Missouri to minimize waste generation, recovering recyclable materials, and promoting sustainable practices on campus. He has traveled all around Europe while he studied international business at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy.
Mather is excited to be apart of the MCN team this summer and gain experience in the non-profit sector. Mather is eager to help young leaders find their voice through the Millennium Fellowship.
AMANDA RIPPEL, Director of Campaigns Intern
Amanda Rippel is a junior at Kansas State University studying Anthropology and International Studies. After undergrad, she plans to get a Masters Degree in Public Health Nursing. She is deeply passionate about health equity and social justice issues. At her University, she is involved with the Red Cross club and International Buddies, an organization dedicated to supporting international students on campus. She is also the Director of Hospital and Family Relations for KSU's Miracle Dance Marathon. She enjoys competing in three-event waterskiing, camping, hiking, and traveling. She has been fortunate to visit many places around the world and worked with a local non-profit in the community of Oceanview, South Africa for three months.
GHEWA SROUR, Director of Admissions Intern
After being affected by various women's and children's abuse stories around the world and especially in her country Lebanon. Ghewa, a Chemist graduated from the Lebanese University in Beirut, worked for more than 3 years on spreading awareness among Lebanon concerning women's/children's abuse and rights. Being a president of a local organization - Access Alumni Association- at that time, had helped achieving her goal by targeting a wider range among the Lebanese society. Had participated in various workshops and conferences to improve her skills at different countries, and she is sure that being part of the MCN team will add a value to her work experience.
LIA GABRIELLE, Director of Outreach Intern
Lia Gabrielle is a senior studying Psychology, Management and Sociology at Suffolk University. After graduation, she plans to receive a Masters of Business Administration in Organizational Behavior. She is currently a research assistant at Suffolk University, studying the effects of racism in the classroom. Lia enjoys dancing, reading and traveling in her free time. She is inspired by the work of the Millennium Fellows, and strongly believes in MCN’s mission. Lia hopes to develop the necessary tools and skills to help student leaders make a difference in the world.
SALMA EL FARD, Director of Regional Engagement Intern
Salma is a recent graduate from Mohamed V University in Rabat , holding a BA in Linguistics . She is currently attending SIST British University and working towards achieving a Master of Business Administration in project management . She is a dedicated human activist who has been involved with Amnesty International for years . She is also the president of Rabat World Merit council and has been volunteering several local non profit associations prior to working with MCN . She has also volunteered as a facilitator for Soliya connect , a cross-cultural education program that establishes a deeper understanding for the perspectives of others around the world on important socio-political issues. She is passionate about women empowerment , social justice , leadership development and realizing global development by working towards SDGs. Salma is excited to be part of MCN team and she believes that students are the counterpart to make a local impact for a global change.
OYEMEN EHIKHAMHEN, Director of Marketing Intern
Oyemen Ehikhamhen is a recent graduate from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Health: Science, Society and Policy. While on campus, she was a coordinator for Brandeis Bridges, a club committed to bridging the Black and Jewish communities on campus, a publicist for Brandeis African Student Organization, and the Creative Director of the Undergraduate Theater Collective. Her interests include social justice theater, cultural immersion, community building, and dancing the night away! In the future, she plans to continue her pursuit of using entertainment to enact social change. She believes in MCN’s vision and is ecstatic to continue her work there this fall.
YULIA LAPINA, Director of Programs Intern
Yulia is a second year Master’s student in International Relations at New York University. She was born in Moscow, Russia, and raised in Milan, Italy. She completed her BA in Politics at Milan’s Catholic University. Her international experiences include two internships in Brussels, Belgium, and a semester abroad in Melbourne, Australia. Her biggest passions are traveling, dancing, and scuba diving. After graduation she is planning to pursue a career in international relations working for an international organization dealing with human rights in Eastern Europe. She is extremely confident that students can and will change the world.
CHRISTINA B. GILMORE, MCN Student Ambassador
Christina B. Gilmore is currently a rising Junior at Shaw University and a part of the Shaw University chapter of the NAACP. She is a Political Science and International Relations major. Something unique about Christina is that she sings Opera. Currently an active community member within Raleigh North Carolina with RESULTS Raleigh Chapter, Athena International of the triangle and International Focus, Inc. She hopes to one day become a United States Ambassador and you can usually find her somewhere doing humanitarian relief work or giving a helping hand.
CAMILLE BANGUG, Director of Evaluation Intern
Camille Bangug is a junior majoring in International Politics with a minor in International Development at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. As an MCC alumnus from MCC 2015 at the United Nations, Camille has developed a passion for the advancement of global development and justice, with a specific focus on gender equality. On campus, Camille served as one of the first members of the Student Executive Committee of the Georgetown University HoyasForShe movement, one of the first HeForShe campus student movements. She is also a Student Consultant for the pro-bono microfinance and non-profit consulting organization Georgetown Global Consulting. This past summer, Camille worked as a Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation Sustainable Development Fellow, where she developed sustainable tourism solutions for the Ten Knots Development Corporation in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. Outside of these activities, Camille is an avid cellist and enjoys spending time with her family in her home in Long Island, New York. She is extremely excited to be returning to MCN as an intern and continues to be inspired by the passion of MCN's staff and alumni each and every day.