Kiara’s research focuses on forced migration in Africa. She is interested in how developing countries with fragile economies handle large refugee populations and hopes to one day advocate for African refugees and migrants who are displaced on their own continent.
Kiara has worked with a number of migrant advocacy organizations, most recently with the Jesuit Refugee Service of Southern Africa (JRS SA) where she was able to gain valuable field work experience and meet people from all over the world who had found their homes in South Africa. While with JRS SA, Kiara helped reform the organization’s methods of data collection and pushed for a mass translation effort that saw data collection forms translated from English to French to cater to the organization’s French clientele, leading to an uptick in data collected.
During her undergraduate degree Kiara received the NYU Africa House Development Impact Fellowship and the Gallatin Global Human Rights Fellowship. She used the funds and support provided by these fellowships to pursue her passion for the protection of the rights of refugees in South Africa.
Kiara received her undergraduate degree concentrating in International Economic Development from New York University. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies with a specialization in Applied Economics at the LSE.