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Milken Scholar 2017
Scholar Profile

Namra Zulfiqar


Namra Zulfiqar recently graduated from Yale College with a major in Political Science and a concentration in Global Human Rights Crises.Over her summers, she studied Mandarin in Beijing, wrote cases arguing against the arbitrary detention of human rights defenders in the Middle East, and researched barriers to economic development in Tunisia. On-campus, she led research on human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir at the Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic, was President of the Benjamin Franklin College Council, and sat on the board of various student nonprofits, including Y2Y New Haven and Yale Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). In her final year, as a Kerry Fellow at Yale's Jackson Institute, she prepared Sec. John Kerry for Congressional testimonies on global supply chains connected to the Uighur crisis in Xinjiang.

After graduation, she was seconded by the US to serve on OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) election observation missions in Moldova and Georgia. She currently works at DAI as an Afghanistan Emergency Response Associate.

High school:  Stuyvesant High School


College Year Degree
Yale College
New Haven, CT
2021 B.A. Political Science

News and Highlights

Namra Zulfiqar (MS '17)

Forming part of a Global Community of Leaders: Namra Zulfiqar, MS ’17, was selected to form part of the 2023 cohort of Schwarzman Scholars to complete a one-year, fully-funded master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing! The Master of Global Affairs degree program provides an international network of high caliber global leaders, academics and innovators the opportunity to work together and serve as a bridge between China and the rest of the world. 

Namra Zulfiqar (MS '17)

Developing Global Solutions: Congratulations to Namra Zulfiqar, MS ‘17, for being awarded the Yale University Kerry Fellowship! Along with 21 graduate students and only 4 other Yale undergrads, Namra will work in a team to creatively find answers for international issues like climate change and authoritarian populism. Under the head of former Secretary of State John Kerry, the Fellows will have freedom to conduct their own research, oriented toward global diplomacy and large-scale change. You can find more information about the Fellowship and its 2020 awardees here.