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Phone: +1 860.486.5184
Zahra Ali became the Director of the Global Partnerships & Outreach, within the Office of Global Affairs in March 2015 after serving as Global Partnerships & Communications Coordinator since August 2013. Prior to joining UConn in August 2013 she had worked at New York University since 2008.
As Director of Global Partnerships & Outreach, she works in collaboration with faculty, key university administrators and partners around the world to advance UConn’s global initiatives. She works closely with the University’s Office of the General Consul to construct specialized agreements tailored to programmatic needs of UConn Schools/Colleges and partners abroad. Zahra oversees data collection and reporting on global endeavors for dissemination to senior administration, donors, government officials, and the broader community. She is responsible for managing the communications activities for the Office of Global Affairs and providing Global Affairs’ units and special initiatives with support in design and/or content creation for websites and marketing materials. Additionally, the Global Partnerships & Outreach office manages special events and promotes engagement in global networks—all aimed at expanding the University’s global engagement. Zahra also serves on the Norian Armenian Programs Committee, the Abrahamic Programs Steering Committee and is Global Affairs' representative on the University's Diversity Council.
She holds an M.Sc. in Global Affairs, with specialization in energy and environmental policy from New York University, and a B.Sc. in International Business from the University of Rhode Island.
Multimedia Project Specialist
Nicholas Hampton graduated from UConn in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communication. As a student, he developed multimedia packages and marketing resources for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and worked as the Associate Photo Editor at The Daily Campus.
Nick began working with UConn Global Affairs in June 2019 for the Abrahamic Traditions and Environmental Change conference where he provided multimedia coverage of the initiative. He is now working as a Temporary University Specialist creating content and designing websites to help tell the UConn Global story.
Multimedia Project Specialist
Sahil Laul graduated from the University of Connecticut in May 2019 with a bachelor’s of science in Molecular and Cell Biology and a bachelor’s of arts in Global Health. During his time at UConn he danced for Husky Bhangra, was actively involved with clinical research at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Yale New Haven Hospital, and held positions as a founding member and Panel Coordinator for UConn’s Global Health Spaces on Campus (GloHSOC) and Music Director for WHUS Radio
Sahil began working for the Office of Global Affairs through the Human Rights Institute under the tutelage of Catherine Masud and Kathy Libal in April 2019 for the Human Rights and Politics of Solidarity Conference where he provided multimedia coverage. He was later brought on by the Office of Global Partnerships and Outreach to provide multimedia coverage for the Abrahamic Traditions and Environmental Change Conference in June 2019. He currently marries his interests in the creative arts, sciences, and humanities as a multimedia project specialist for the Office of Global Affairs and Human Rights Institute.
Program Assistant II
Phone: +1 860.486.4406
Matthew joined the UConn Global Affairs’ team in May 2018. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The College of the Holy Cross (2011) in Worcester, MA, and a master’s degree in Statecraft and International Affairs from the Institute of World Politics (2017) in Washington, DC. Prior to joining UConn he worked in Washington, DC for Meridian International Center in their External Affairs office, coordinating roundtables and panel discussions convening a cross-section of public, private, and diplomatic audiences, as well as for Bipartisan Policy Center in their Development office. Most recently, he was the Senior Secretary to the Mayor in his hometown of East Hartford, Connecticut.
Global Partnerships Coordinator
Phone: +1 860.486.4112
Marisa joined UConn Global Affairs in September 2019 after working in corporate partner relations for UConn’s Center for Career Development since 2017. Prior to coming to UConn, she lived in India and Thailand since 2008, working with social enterprises and a study abroad institute to promote sustainable development initiatives.
Marisa graduated from UConn with a B.S. in Business Administration – Finance, and is currently completing her MBA with a focus in compliance.