Resla Wesonga

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Global Affairs

Resla is a second year MA in Global Affairs at the Jackson Institute at Yale University from Kenya. She graduated from Yale College in 2019 with a double major in political science and African studies where she completed her joint senior thesis on Rwanda’s use of nation branding as a tool to advance its geopolitical goals and its effect on politics in East Africa. While at Yale, she completed several internships with the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington D.C., where she conducted an impact assessment of the Zimbabwe grants program; Fidelity Bank in Accra, Ghana, where she worked to expand the bank’s financial inclusion programs; and Keepod in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she helped diversify Keepod’s partners in the Kenyan educational market. After graduation, she moved to Princeton, New Jersey to work as the outreach coordinator for Princeton in Africa. At Princeton in Africa, she managed all the West Africa-based fellows, revamped and diversified the organization’s communication strategy, and organized fundraising campaigns that gathered over $250,000. At Jackson, she is exploring the international relations of countries in Africa and the Asia Pacific, effective governance and public goods delivery in low- and middle- income countries, and risk governance.