Fall 2022 Fellows
Cameron is a senior from the USA studying Social Research and Public Policy with a minor in Computer Science. He loves studying language, gender, and technology, and how exactly we can create more representative and diverse tech. He loves to hang out with friends over mate and talk about life. He also plays violin and viola, and likes listening to Brazilian samba music.
Sanzad is a Bangladeshi sophomore majoring in Economics. He is most passionate about solving problems that people don't really care about, for example, waste management in which he has been working for the last four years. Apart from that, he likes to brainstorm new ideas to have a sustainable society. Fun Fact: He has 4 different names and everyone in his family calls him by separate names.
Joshua is a Singaporean Senior studying Global Affairs. While in primary school, he started a 'company' that was in the business of producing and selling easer dust, even briefly explored a merger with his cousin that was in a similar line - needless to say, he was not too successful then. He can now be found swimming about the startup ecosystem, excited to see how strategic capital allocation, tech innovation, and businesses can make a lasting social impact within their communities. He also enjoys meeting new people to find out their why's, watching Conan O'Brien & The Office, and discussing matters of spirituality.
Linh Phuong Nguyen
Linh is a freshman from Vietnam majoring in Business, Organization, and Society. Her mantra: Eat, play, love. Her hometown: Hanoi (drop-dead gorgeous, a harmonious combination of historicity and modernity; nothing is better than strolling in Hanoi's chilly autumn weather with a cup of warm coffee in hand, if you come to Hanoi, ping her, she's more than ready to be your tour guide). She loves cats and kids (but not much raising them, she trusts them all to her Mom). She is unafraid of new experiences and makes spontaneous "out-of-nowhere" (unique, in unknown areas) decisions.
Pauline is a Chinese-Filipino sophomore majoring in Computer Science. She is passionate about design, emerging technology, the humanities, the future of the world, and how everything is connected! She also loves digital illustration, science fiction, Studio Ghibli, and fruit. Fun fact: She crochets!
Rocell is a freshman from the Philippines studying Engineering! She is passionate about discussing anything that has an unspoken truth to it. She likes to get to the very end of things which is why she often finds herself in deep conversations although neither of both parties has thorough knowledge; just their emotions and thoughts tangled together. A fun fact about her is that she searches for the meanings of the things that she finds frustrating and that in turn would ease the sentiment.
Mira is an Egyptian sophomore studying Computer Science. She is passionate about global health, equal rights issues, and crime and justice. A fun fact about her is that ever since she was a kid, she dreamt about becoming Sherlock Holmes and another weird fact is that fish make her anxious.
Yaghyesh is a Nepali freshman studying Computer Engineering. He is passionate about ML, AI, and their possibilities. He also enjoys listening to music and watching horror movies.
Sonya is a freshman from Russia thinking about studying Economics with a minor in Arabic and possibly Legal Studies. She loves economics and the way it connects with other studies: law, politics, urbanistic, psychology, and even linguistics! She also enjoys bringing order to things; She is not someone who would likely start a project but she is definitely someone who can upscale and improve it. Fun fact about her? Well, She always hated heat. Yes, tough time adapting to Abu Dhabi climate, but she is doing her best to get used to it!
Raya is a Bangladeshi sophomore studying Interactive Media and Computer Science. She is very passionate about mental health awareness, feminism, and reproductive rights. Fun fact: She likes reading plot description of movies in wikipedia even before watching them.
Magdalena Alicja Bąk
Magdalena is a junior from Poland majoring in Bioengineering. She is interested in biotech and medicine. She has been part of Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) since her first semester at NYUAD. She is passionate about creating inclusive and comfortable spaces for womxn interested in the STEM fields. She likes running, traveling, and hiking. When she is not studying, you can find her doing distressing runs on the indoor track. A fun fact about here is that she's been a vegetarian for over five years.
Her name is Arya, and she is a sophomore studying Political Science and Film and New Media. As someone who is Indian but grew up in Qatar, she has always been surrounded by reports of issues related to migrant worker rights in Qatar, particularly for the construction of structures for FIFA 2022. Due to this, she has found passion in raising awareness for migrant worker rights, and she is also interested in pursuing immigration law. she loves watching and making hilariously bad films. Fun fact about her: she is lactose intolerant but cannot go a day without drinking the Almarai double chocolate milk!
Mohammad Abdullah Ahmed
He is a sophomore from Pakistan and the United States of America studying Economics. He loves listening to music and he can never resist petting a cat when he sees one.
Keji is a Nigerian junior studying Biology. She is passionate about public health, graphic design, and data science, most especially in projects that can be created using the intersection of those fields. She enjoys cooking and binging series in her free time. Fun fact: She loves the smell of donuts.
Mariam is an Egyptian freshman planning to major in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering. She is passionate about creating an impact and leaving her own unique fingerprint in this world to always be remembered as someone who created a change. Fun fact about her is that I have a fraternal twin sister, her father has an identical twin, and her mother has a fraternal twin too. We are basically a twin family.
Maram is an Egyptian freshman studying Electrical Engineering. She loves meeting new people and working with them, listening to their stories, and learning from their experiences! She is super interested in photography and would love to learn some new tips and tricks (if you'd like to share)
Fun fact: She is obsessed with the color purple!! (If you have any purple NYU merch she is happy to collect all of them).
Sarah is a sophomore from the US studying Business studies and Computer Science. Her passion revolves around working to improve living conditions in developing nations and foster a sense of belonging. Not only does this give hope to these communities but also serves her purpose of having the opportunity to help those in need. A fun fact about her is she loves traveling and meeting new people abroad!
Chamindu Dakshina Don Baddewithana
Chamindu is a sophomore from Sri Lanka studying Economics and Applied Mathematics. His passion is to work towards promoting equality in opportunities between holders of "privileged" passports and holders of "not so privileged" passports. i.e, he wants to establish a system where everyone will be treated equally without any pre-judgment based on their nationality.
A fun fact about him is that he loves traveling. He has traveled to 15 countries so far this year and it is his goal to be the first Sri Lankan passport holder to travel to all countries before he turns 30.
Irem Naz Celen
Naz is a Turkish sophomore studying Computer Engineering. A fun fact about her is that she is very interested in different languages, and loves to learn them. She always thought learning new languages helped her expand her ability to perceive the world.
Ahmed is a sophomore from Pakistan studying Engineering. He loves everything Math! Fun Fact: He has grown up pronouncing his name differently from how it's actually spoken in the language it comes from.
Shaunak is a sophomore studying economics. He's from India but has spent his entire life in Dubai. He's an avid follower of TV shows, movies, sports, music and is interested in all kinds of discussions. A fun fact about him is that he can move his ears using just his muscles :D
Dikshya is a Nepali sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering. She is passionate about making the world a better place in whatever small or big way she can. Fun fact - Her favorite way to spend weekends is to watch random videos on Youtube on her bed.
Zyad Yasser Hassan
Zyad Yasser is an Egyptian senior double majoring in Computer Science and Math. He is passionate about theoretical computer science, mainly programming language theory, and algorithmic game theory.
Fun fact is that he enjoys playing the Oud.
Aaryan is an Indian senior studying Physics. He is passionate about space exploration, sports, and science fiction. He also cares deeply about morality and wants to play a role in improving people's lives.
Fun fact: He requested his high school to alter the academic calendar so that he could focus on watching the Rio 2016 Olympics on TV without school & classes to distract him.
Ameen is an Indian sophomore majoring in Computer Engineering. He is passionate about Robotics and learning new things related to this field. He loves to travel and explore different cuisines.
Aditi is a sophomore majoring in economics and computer science. She is deeply passionate about entrepreneurship, music, basketball, and facilitating good vibes. A fun fact about her is that she had her own podcast.
Revathi is a freshman from India who lived in South Africa for most of her life. She plans to double major in Film & New Media and BOS since she is passionate about film as well as business and startups. Her hobbies include making experimental short films, writing poetry and playing badminton. She also likes engaging in philosophical discussions.
Sudarshan is a freshman planning to major in Biology and Business. He is passionate about Startups, environmental protection and listening to music. A fun fact about him is that he is vegan.
Ahamed is a Bangladeshi freshman studying Computer Engineering. He is mostly passionate about tech products and looks forward to every Apple event ever. He likes to buy books a lot but is too lazy to finish all the books that he has already bought.
Farhan Kamrul Khan
Farhan is a sophomore from Bangladesh studying SRPP and Computer Science. He is passionate about football, sleep, and FIFA. All about good vibes.
Aneeka is an Indian freshman studying Psychology and Computer Science. She loves learning about the human mind and she is also fond of coding. She also has interests in Film and Music. She is deeply passionate about disability issues and empowering people with disabilities, and sustainability and climate action. In her free time, she sings, listens to Indian Indie music, or watches the sunset. Fun fact, She grew up in Dubai.
Vanessa Medina Vázquez
Vanessa is a sophomore from Mexico studying Literature & Creative Writing and Political Science. She is passionate about writing, cinema, human rights, the environment, and philosophy! Specifically, She is very committed to feminism and LGBTQ+ rights. A fun fact about her is that like everyone in her hometown, she claims to be protected from hurricanes by aliens 👽
Aalia is a freshman from India. She is passionate about a variety of things like volunteering, community service, reading new genres, and venturing out into new experiences. A fun fact about her is that she is a very curious person who finds anything and everything super interesting.
Dilnaz Utemissova is a sophomore from Kazakhstan majoring in Biology. She is interested in doing research in neuroscience and stem cells. She is also interested in community service and volunteering opportunities. In her free time, she loves having brunch with her friends, listening to music and dancing. Fun fact: Dilnaz took a j-term course in Florence and really enjoyed the city and her time there!
Muhammad Musa Khan
Muhammad is a freshman from Pakistan majoring in Computer Science. He is passionate about improving himself in a wide variety of things and developing his ability to articulate exactly what he wishes to say. He loves Islamic Poetry (love Allama Iqbal's Jawab-e-Shikwa) and loves to research early Islamic History (and historical events in general), and he is trying to figure out what it means to be a Muslim, especially in the 21st century. He loves learning languages, and he is hoping to graduate with advanced fluency in at least two of the three languages, Arabic, Russian, and Spanish. It's going to be a lot of work. He loves playing sports; at the moment, he plays Volleyball and Table Tennis, and you'll also find him in the Baraha playing Billiards often. But he also wants to try the rest of the sports played here in NYUAD, namely Basketball, Football, Tennis, and Squash (he is also hoping he can get back into Badminton - after an eight-year-hiatus). He is also learning Photography. And he tries to spend every weekend off-campus doing something new. So, in other words, he is always looking to try out new things.
Sonia Claudia Cătinean
Sonia is a rising senior from Romania, majoring in Social Research and Public Policy, with minors in Economics and Psychology. She is passionate about inequality, human rights, activism, social work, and social change. She aspires to become a policymaker and work towards improving the quality of economic and social systems. Her dream is to move to New York and work on humanitarian projects that will contribute to the well-being of many other vulnerable populations around the world.
Aayan Masood Pathan
Aayan is a Pakistani sophomore studying Math. He is interested in understanding the universe through a mathematical perspective. He enjoys overanalyzing thought experiments and coming up with fun hypotheticals.
Luka is a Slovenian sophomore studying Economics. He is passionate about traveling, reading philosophy, playing squash (although poorly), and eating pistachios. Fun fact: his favorite thing to do during the summer is looking for bunkers and exploring them, especially if they are hidden and look scary/almost demolished.
Fathima Linsha Basheer
Linsha is eternally inquisitive about “why we humans are the way we are?. Most importantly she is curious about “why am I the way I am”. So naturally, her interest lies in psychology, and especially fascinated by topics of behavioral change. She believes aligning our public policies, economics, technology, etc.. with human tendencies (with right intent) can bring about positive change in the world. Hence she is hoping to further her career in the behavioral economics / social psychology realm. Fun fact about her is that she loves old rusty buildings with architectural details.
QM Naushadul Islam
QM is a Bangladeshi sophomore studying Interactive Media. His passions are Film, fiction, food, football, and felines. Fun fact: His parents had to shorten the first two words in his name to 'QM' because his original name had too many characters for his kindergarten's software to hold. Now 'QM' is his official first name.
Aazim Hamza Anver
Hamza is a Sri Lankan freshman studying Computer Engineering. He likes to make/build things. Fun fact: he has two cats, he is also allergic to cats
Syed Mustafa Bin Aqeel
The world is in dire need of a new world order governed not by nation-states but by the presence of a mutually beneficial system. The movement that has bound capitalism with democracy leads to peace as one extreme and socialism with a monarchy that leads to chaos as the other extreme has blinded the current world. In an effort to change the world from scratch the first step to effectively alter the world is through altruism. Syed Mustafa loves conversations about the details of how even the most minute things can change the world and enjoy talking about interesting movies.
Jam is a Filipino sophomore studying Business and Film and New Media. He likes dancing, thrifting, and hanging out with friends!