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  • Devin Lightner

    Devin Lightner

    Community Engagement & Outreach Intern, 2015

    Devin Lightner is a Community Engagement & Outreach Intern for the Al Qasimi Foundation, assisting with several video projects and social media tools. He hails from Virginia State University (VSU), where he is studying mass communication with a minor in business marketing. Currently, he is spending the spring semester studying at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah.

    Devin is a photographer and cinematographer who also has skills in graphic design. In addition, he is a college representative for Def Jam Records at VSU and is the founder of DLightOptics, a brand that produces fashion, lifestyle, and artistry entertainment.

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  • Ann-Christine Niepelt

    Research Intern, 2015

    Ann-Christine Niepelt is a graduate student at the Humboldt-University in Berlin, Germany, where she is majoring in international education research with a focus on comparative education. Her academic and research interests are related to globalization and modernity, including issues such as equality, multiculturalism, tradition, and borrowing and lending practices—always in the context of education. In her time with the Foundation, Ann-Christine gained knowledge about family structures and current trends in philanthropy across the UAE. In terms of research skills, this internship gave her the opportunity to conduct qualitative interviews, use tools such as NVivo, and refine her academic writing skills.

    Beyond that, she gained insights into the culture of Ras Al Khaimah and the Emirates by exploring the region over the weekends and experiencing a thoroughly international/intercultural team. Ann-Christine particularly enjoyed visiting Ras Al Khaimah schools as part of her team's research activities. At one of the secondary schools, she was able to participate in an English language carnival held by the students and based on the observations that their teachers had made as part of the Ras Al Khaimah Teacher Exchange with Malaysia. 

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  • Aaesha Al Ahmed

    Community Engagement & Outreach Intern, 2014

    Aaesha is a graduate of Ras Al Khaimah Women’s College and has a BA in applied media studies. Before becoming Community Engagement & Outreach Coordinator, Aaesha worked with the Foundation as a media intern in 2014. In addition to her formal studies in filmmaking, Aaesha has produced a video for the Media and Public Relations sector of the Ras Al Khaimah Police Department.

    Her directing work has also been featured in the 2nd Annual Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival. Aaesha plans to work towards the development of her own abilities, attitudes, leadership, and initiative through her work at the Al Qasimi Foundation.

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  • Hee Eun Kwon

    Research Intern, 2014

    Hee Eun is a rising junior at New York University Abu Dhabi, where she is majoring in Social Research and Public Policy with a concentration in Economics. Her academic and research interests include public policy regarding economic development and education, as well as income inequality. She is also passionate about the international mobility of migrant workers, which led her to serve as an initiative leader for a student group providing assistance to migrant worker communities.

    Prior to joining the Al Qasimi Foundation, Hee Eun was a research assistant intern for SAFIA: Korean Association for Safe Communities and a volunteer leader for Make-a-Wish Roundtable. As a Korean raised in Dubai, Hee Eun is also interested in bridging the different cultures and worked as a resident assistant for her university. Throughout her internship at the Al Qasimi Foundation, Hee Eun looks forward to enhancing her research skills in areas that complement her interests.

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  • Brian Chung

    Special Projects Coordinator

    Brian Chung joined the Al Qasimi Foundation as a Special Projects Coordinator, after previously working for the Foundation as a research intern in 2014. His academic and research interests include public policy relating to social and institutional development, as well as education and cultural anthropology in the Middle East. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with concentrations in history and Middle Eastern studies from NYU Abu Dhabi.

    Before joining the Al Qasimi Foundation, Brian worked for the Legal Aid Society in New York City, where he conducted data-driven research on homeless rights projects and various civil class action suits. He also helped with research and capacity building initiatives at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University and the Of Many Institute at New York University. 

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