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Colin Felsman

Class of 2010-2011

About Colin

as of 2/2010: Colin Felsman spent most of his youth abroad, living in the Philippines, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and now South Africa. His exposure to the Southern African region gives him a unique perspective on the challenges facing urban areas in developing countries. As a double major in political science and anthropology at Columbia University, he complemented his studies with non-profit work at Africa Action, Mercy Corps and the Institute for Democracy in South Africa. While studying abroad in Buenos Aires, he conducted research on development plans and political mobilization in Villa 31, the city’s largest slum. From these experiences, he gained insight into urban poverty as well as the larger challenges of integrating marginalized communities and achieving sustainable economic growth. Over the past eight months, Colin has worked at the Zimbabwe office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), assisting with an integration strategy for populations displaced by political violence, natural disasters and land reform. He is excited by the opportunity to observe and contribute in some small way to the work of a local organization focused on urban poverty and international development in the context of Southeast Asia.

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