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Student Advisory Board

Montage Initiative’s Youth Leadership Development Program

Meet our youth leaders and members of the Student Advisory Board:

Klevisa Kovaci, Co-founder and Chair of Student Advisory Board: Klevisa is a mission-driven international development consultant and advocate who is passionate about making a difference through development and human rights. Her experience includes engagements with international organizations in Eastern Europe, Asia, and North America. She has worked in UN Women in Kosovo and the Permanent Mission of Albania to the UN. As co-founder and chair of Montage Initiative’s Student Advisory Board, she leads the Youth Leadership Program. Her work centers on sustainable development, democratization, youth and gender. 

Klevisa holds Master’s degrees from Columbia University and Sciences Po Paris in international affairs. Prior to, she graduated from Fairfield University with a B.A. in Politics and French.





Sharon Pedrosa, Co-founder and Vice-Chair of Student Advisory Board: Sharon Pedrosa graduated from Fairfield University in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in International Studies and a concentration in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and Sociology. In 2007 she traveled to Japan with the People to People Student Ambassador Program. This was where she discovered her passion for diversity and cultural learning experiences. Soon after she traveled to Colombia and South Africa for short periods of time to teach English to children and elderly people and she fell in love with teaching. Sharon began interning for Montage Initiative and quickly began taking leadership roles, including having spoken on their behalf alongside Klevisa Kovaci at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women conference for two years in a row. She is currently an Academic Advisor at Harding High School in Bridgeport for the Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP Program.  







Dorina Ademi, Student Advisory Board Member: Dorina graduated from Post University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Business Administration. She is currently working as a Quotes Specialist at Data-Mail, and also attending school part-time. She was first introduced to Montage Initiative when she was invited to attend the UN Consultative Status of Women event on May 2015. This immediately sparked her passion to help others as part of the Montage Initiative Organization. Dorina is currently attending the Pre-Health Certificate Program at Central Connecticut State University in order to reach her goal of obtaining he doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine



Rheem Barazi, Student Advisory Board Member: Rheem Al Barazi is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in international business and marketing. She will be graduating in January 2017 and hopes to find a job that will allow her to combine her skills in commerce, such as problem-solving, with her passion for traveling and immersing herself in new and different cultures. She studied abroad in Madrid, Spain and is part of community service organizations such as Rotaract in Fairfield, CT and ILLY in Morocco. She speaks fluent French, and advanced Spanish and Arabic. Causes that she cares the most about are the war in Syria, education for women in developing country and climate change.






Gohar Khan, Student Advisory Board Member: Gohar Khan is a senior from Seymour High School who has a passion for web development and computer science. Since 2010, he has learned over seven coding languages, including HTML, CSS, PHP, and Python. Wanting to give back to his community, he joined Montage Initiative in the fall of 2016. Using his experience from administrating a network of eight websites, Gohar contributes to Montage Initiative by updating the website and managing the social media pages. He is also a research assistant as Southern Connecticut State University, where he is working on a research project on sentiment classification and text summarization. Inspired by innovation, Gohar hopes to use technology to make a difference in his community.