GLD Alumni


Zoltán Dóczi

Zoltán Dóczi was an intern at the Program on Governance and Local Development at the University of Gothenburg. At the same time, he was a lecturer at the National University of Public Service in Budapest (Hungary) teaching Migration as Security Challenge research seminar. Zoltán was finishing his PhD project entitled Law Enforcement Large-Scale IT Systems in EU Internal Security and Migration Policies at the University of Pécs (Hungary). The project concentrates on how the EU´s migration regime can operate more effectively and fairly at the same time. Previously he worked as Hungary´s migration and asylum expert at the European Migration Network. He was also involved in research on visa liberalization. He holds two master´s degrees in international relations and public administration. Zoltán speaks English, French, Russian, German and Swedish besides Hungarian.

Sara Kenney

Sara is currently in her first year of the International Administration and Global Governance master’s program and is especially interested in gender relations, the efficacy of developmental aid, as well as quality of government. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, with a focus on childhood development. Sara is currently on the board for the Red Cross Youth and is leading a project to make it more accessible to non-Swedish speakers. She is also an avid reader and soccer player, speaks Spanish and French conversationally, and is currently focusing on her Swedish. Sara hopes that the GLD internship will broaden her insight on local governance, and social and political institutions, as well as gain practical knowledge on data analysis

Hala Agha

Hala Agha has a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Damascus, Syria. Her thesis was titled: “Violence against Wives in Damascus and Damascus Countryside Directories, a field Sociological Study from a Gender perspective” (at individual level). It was a pioneer study in sociology on family in Syria. The aim the study was to find out the true scale of the phenomenon and discover the relationships between all factors, related to gender based violence against wives in Syria at all levels (micro, mezzo, and macro). The study won a grant from the Arabic Women’s Organization for the best thesis project in sociology in all of the Arab countries in 2009.

Hala also participated in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Division of Continuing Education Programme. She worked for 24 years as a Community Development & Relief Social Worker for UNRWA in Syria. She supervised many Community Development Centers and she was a Capacity Building Facilitator on Gender Based Violence (GBV) referral system and gender workshops. Hala also worked as a freelancer trainer on the topics: Assessment of Community Needs, Gender& Gender Based Violence (GBV) and drugs prevention for the staffs of NGOs and local community members. She worked as a consultant on Palestinian Youth Strategy with UNRWA & UNICEF. She participated in the formulation process for the strategy, did gender analyses and the editing of the strategy document. Hala has been a representative of UNRWA in many forums and workshops such as the Syria child protection assessment interpretation, Amman 2013 (UNICEF). Hala is an outspoken feminist and active in field of gender equality and human rights. She is a co-founder of the Palestinian commission against drugs. She also found time to be a lecturer in the cultural and social centers and on TV, aiming to raise the awareness about social and community development.

Mohamed Kubub

Mohamed holds a Bachelor degree in Administrative Science majoring in economics and accounting from Kuwait University, College of Administrative Science. He has worked in finance, accounting and administration for about ten years in different companies in Kuwait. He knows Tigre, Arabic, English and Swedish. His goal is to work with new challenges and develop his skills while doing it. He also plans to continue his studies in economics. In his free time Mohamed likes to read books about history and watching movies.

Jens Ewald

Jens was born and raised in Gothenburg but has previously also lived in Norway and in the US. He enjoys meeting new people and he is great at disc golf. Jens has a bachelor’s degree in economics, and has besides that taken courses in Swedish, English, and political science. Jens did an internship at the Program on Governance and Local Development during spring 2016. During the summer of 2016 he worked as a research assistant for GLD. He assisted the research team with data collection, dissemination, and writing reports. In addition, Jens is also interested in development economics and health economics. For his bachelor thesis he conducted a field study in India, examining the relationships between microfinance and child health.