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Careers in International Organizations (All Students)

Panel Discussion
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Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Are you curious about careers in international organizations? International organizations address issues in many areas -- from the environment to governance to international development to climate to humanitarian aid -- and much more. There are many types of roles and many possible paths. Join our online panel discussion and learn more from practitioners, including alumni.

During this event, you will learn about:

  • A range of career paths
  • Insights into the field
  • How to establish and build a career in international organizations
  • Aspects that can make this a challenging career path
  • How Covid-19 is impacting the sector


Christopher J. Chung is a consultant to international organizations on topics related to urban resilience, disaster risk management, and monitoring & evaluation. Previously, Chris worked for nine years at the World Bank, serving five years with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), for two years as an Operations Analyst in Urban and Disaster Risk Management with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean, and for two years as a Water Supply and Sanitation Consultant focused on the Middle East. Chris has also worked for a number of UN agencies. Chris holds a Master's degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies and Middle East Studies from Bard College. During his undergraduate studies, Chris spent a semester as a visiting student at CEU in Budapest. 

Ana Medarska-Lazova (LEGS ’09) currently works as the Deputy Head of Unit at the Council of Europe HELP Programme, where she has worked since 2017. Her previous work includes roles with the European Court of Human Rights and with the Open Society Institute Foundation in North Macedonia, as well as an early-career internship focused on rule of law with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Ana graduated from CEU’s LL.M. in Human Rights in 2009 and holds an LL.B. in Law from St. Cyril and Methodius University.

Nvard Loryan (SPP ’16) has worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) since July 2017. Her current role is Programme Specialist and Country Analyst with the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia. Nvard also serves as the Focal Point for Rural Migration in the Regional Office. She previously worked in HR roles with FAO's Budapest shared service center. Nvard’s previous professional experience includes jobs and internships with private sector and international organizations. Nvard holds a Master of Public Administration from CEU’s School of Public Policy and a Master’s in International Affairs from the State Linguistic University of Yerevan.

Benedict Stefani (POLS ’19) currently works at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as a Junior Policy Analyst in the Open and Innovative Government, having initially joined the institution as a fellow through the Carlo Schmid program of the German government. Previously, Benedict held a range of research positions with educational and research institutions, focusing primarily on economic and political analysis. Benedict graduated from CEU’s two-year Master’s of Arts in Political Science and holds a BSc in Social Sciences from the University of Cologne.

International Organizations Event Series

This event is part of the International Organizations Event Series. We also invite you to register for:

The roles presented during employer events in this series will be primarily for graduate students. Future career programming will also include employer events geared towards undergraduate students.

This event will be held via Zoom. Please register in advance to receive the event link.