Niki is a Brussels-based writer, student, activist and photographer, who is currently a candidate for a MA in International Migration at the University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies. Her interests lie most directly with forced migration, borders and the asylum process. In addition to her studies, Niki also works at SB OverSeas where among her tasks, she assists the SB Espoir programme that does workshops and activities with young refugees at accommodation centres in Brussels. Niki has done translation work with Advocates Abroad in Athens and remotely, assisting the lawyers who provide legal aid to asylum seekers in Greece.
Before moving to Brussels, Niki worked as part of the Media Resource Team (MRT) at Voice of America, an international media organization that broadcasts to over 40 countries. In that position, she worked with editors, writers and reporters to provide them with the video and transcriptions of live breaking news political events. She also contributed video, multimedia and text reports in addition to her daily duties with the MRT. In her last six months on the MRT, she was promoted to Team Lead where she played a role in assigning events, coordinating with the editors and supervisors, and trained new hires.
Before joining the workforce at VOA, Niki completed a month-long study in Valencia, Spain with IEI Media where she reported on migrants, the economic crisis and the local culture. She currently works in the media resource team at Voice of America in Washington, D.C. as a media logger. She has interned in the past for World Affairs Journal, The Hill newspaper and C-SPAN and worked for Fourth Estate, George Mason University’s student newspaper and the Prince William/Leesburg Today.
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Niki’s undergraduate academic experience includes her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary global affairs courses with a focus on global governance. The curriculum that she followed in her undergraduate studies covered the social, political and economic aspects of governance, including human rights, international economic policy and international relations theory, to name a few. Niki also participated in the George Mason University’s Global Politics Fellows program in Arlington, Va.
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