The faculty/staff team shown on this page is a sample of the individuals who may lead your specific program. Faculty and coordinators are subject to change to accommodate each program’s unique schedule and locations.
Kathryn Ledebur, Program Director
Kathryn Ledebur studied Andean history at FLACSO in Quito, Ecuador, and is a graduate of Oberlin College. She has collaborated with a series of human rights and drug policy organizations in the United States and Latin America. Since 1997, she has worked at the Andean Information Network (AIN), which promotes human rights and socioeconomic justice in Bolivia and more humane and effective illicit drug control policies. AIN provides information and analysis to NGO colleagues, the media, and international policymakers on developments in Bolivia and the impact of the US government and European policies. Working closely with civil society organizations in Latin America and the United States, AIN promotes policy dialogue and the development of pragmatic alternatives that address the underlying economic, social, political, and cultural needs of Bolivia. Kathryn lives in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and has been AIN’s director since 1999. She is the author of numerous articles as well as the chapter on Bolivia in the book Drugs and Democracy in Latin America (2003).
Anna Gail Caunca, MA, Program Manager
Anna Gail's previous work experience has focused on the areas of youth and young adult leadership development, community-building, residential life and student welfare, international education, and human rights education. Building on her graduate studies in social justice and international education, Anna Gail worked with World Learning’s Youth Leadership and Peacebuilding Programs facilitating workshops with the Governor’s Institute of Vermont on current issues and youth activism and traveling with and supporting students through the LondonX and Iraqi Youth Leadership Program for two years. In 2013, she traveled as the IHP Trustees Fellow for the inaugural year of the Human Rights: Foundations, Challenges, and Advocacy. After four adventurous years living in Wellington, New Zealand, she is excited for a new chapter as the IHP program manager in 2015.
Anna Gail earned her BS in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She graduated from SIT Graduate Institute with an MA in intercultural service, leadership, and management and received her educator’s licensure in secondary education: social studies, incorporating social justice in the classroom. She is a vegetarian, photographer-in-the-making, and running enthusiast with a hearty laugh.
Jawad Moustakbal, Country Coordinator, Morocco
Jawad Moustakbal graduated in 2000 with a degree in civil engineering from the EHTP engineering school in Casablanca. He worked as project manager in several companies including OCP, the Moroccan phosphates state company. He is working as consultant in construction management services (CMS). He worked also as a temporary professor in Bouchaib Doukali University. Jawad is also an active member of ATTAC/CADTM Morocco and ACME: Moroccan association for an international water agreement.
Michael Shanks, Country Coordinator, Bolivia
Michael Shanks first came to Bolivia in 1996 as an undergraduate student in SIT’s study abroad program. The experience sparked a passion and love of Bolivian culture and history that continues to this day. After completing the semester, Michael stayed in Bolivia to work as a research assistant with the Andean Information Network (AIN) and later produced a documentary video with AIN on human rights, coca production, and alternative development. Since 2013 Michael has lived and worked in Cochabamba, Bolivia: raising a family, building a house, and fundraising for a local equine therapy program that serves at-risk youth.
Michael’s professional experience also includes many years employed as a field examiner with the National Labor Relations Board. During that time he investigated unfair labor practices, administered formal hearings on union representation issues, and held elections on the question of union representation in the workplace.
Michael received his bachelor’s degree in international relations at San Francisco State University and his master’s degree in Latin American studies at U.C. Berkeley. His master’s thesis focused on the emergence of indigenous political parties, the reaction of traditional elites, and how concepts of “race” influence society, politics, and governance. While at Berkeley, Michael was a teaching assistant for courses on international political economy and economic history.
Phuong Hoang, Country Coordinator, Vietnam
Phuong earned a master’s degree in sustainable development from SIT Graduate Institute in 2010 and a bachelor of science in international relations from Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin, in 2007. After ten years studying and living in the US, Phuong moved back to Vietnam in late 2010 and worked for UN-REDD Programme Vietnam as a communication and network officer, and now she is a coordinator for Participatory Governance Assessment for REDD+ with UNDP Vietnam.
Niels Hahn, Traveling Faculty (Spring 2015)
Before joining the Climate Change program, Dr. Niels Hahn convened and taught courses on the political economy of war, conflict, and development at the University of London. His research interests include issues such as political economy of industrial development, labor, energy, environment and climate change, neoliberalism, international relations, power, knowledge, propaganda, war, and conflict. His research and teaching is partly based on his professional experience with Médecins Sans Frontières. Niels has worked in countries such as Afghanistan, China, Ethiopia/Ogaden, Liberia, Tanzania, Somalia, and Sudan/Darfur.
Caitlyn Clark, Trustees Fellow (Spring 2015)
Caitlyn Clark is pursuing her degree in sustainable development at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT. She received her BA in cultural anthropology from Bryn Mawr College in 2007 and spent the following summer studying Maya archaeology in Mexico. Caitlyn then moved to Philadelphia where she served under AmeriCorps for two years, working in public high schools. She also rehabbed an abandoned elementary school garden, taught summer school, coached soccer, and frequented many farmer’s markets. But it was a humanitarian trip to Cuba in 2006 that fostered Caitlyn’s passion for traveling, more specifically, traveling with the purpose of engaging with people in different countries, while studying the cultural, socioeconomic, and political factors within a specific context. Before moving to Vermont, she returned to Cuba and then backpacked through Latin America for eight months, setting up volunteer gigs along the way. She started in Peru, where she served as the coordinator for undergraduate students in an archaeological field school, and ended in Guatemala, at a health and nutrition nonprofit serving youth in the Tz’utujil community. Caitlyn’s studies at SIT have merged her interests in Latin America, sustainable food systems, climate change, and community development.