LAGO, the Latin American Graduate Student Organization, is a student group that serves as a representative body for its students. It organizes and promotes cultural enrichment, career advancement, community service, and social networking events on campus and in the Washington, DC area with the goal of encouraging further interaction among its students and with the campus community as a whole.
Zoe Dauth - President
Born in Australia, Zoe Dauth is a first year student in MALAS and a candidate in the Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Melbourne, Australia and a Certificate of Social Impact from Melbourne Business School. Zoe is Co-President of Georgetown Women in International Affairs and a Director of the Australia Brazil Chamber of Commerce.
Zoe is passionate about bringing together stakeholders from different sectors to achieve shared value through public-private partnerships. As Latin America Strategy Advisor to the Vice-President of Global Engagement at the University of Melbourne from 2011 to 2014, she led the design and implementation of the inaugural Australia – Brazil Dialogue and the Melbourne Latin America Dialogue. She has lived in Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Chile and the United States. Fluent in Spanish, Zoe is enjoying learning Portuguese in preparation for her internship in São Paulo, Brazil.
Nicolas Albertoni - Vice-President
Originally from Uruguay. He is a Fulbright-Laspau Scholar (2014-2015). MA Student in Latin American Studies Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service. Author of two books: “Instrucciones para inventar la rueda” (Taurus, 2014) and “Entre el barrio y el mundo ¿Mercosur o el modelo Chileno?” (Taurus, 2011). He studied International and Governments Affairs in Spain (2010), Argentina (2012) and Israel (2006). Member of the Global Shaper Community of the World Economic Forum. In Uruguay he words as a Researcher and Professor at the Universidad Católica del Uruguay, Dep. of International Business and Integration. Research Concentration: Latin America Economic Integration, Development and Political Economy. Alumni of the Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business, Global Competitiveness Leadership Program GCL, 2012 (Today Board Member of the GCL Program Alumni Association) Member of the Political Economy Group of Georgetown University. Researcher of the National System of Researchers of Uruguay. In 2011 he obtained the National Award of the National Economy Academy of Uruguay. International Analyst: Infobae America, El Observador, Radio El Espectador, NTN24 and CNN.
Joe Epstein - Treasurer
Joe is pursuing an MA in Latin American Studies with a focus in Political Economy and International Business Diplomacy. Originally from the DC area, he is back for the first time in almost ten years, having previously resided in Sacramento, CA, where he completed his BA at nearby UC Davis in International Relations and Spanish. Before coming to Georgetown, he embarked on a post-college adventure in Rio de Janeiro, where he lived and taught music to children in a favela near Santa Teresa. Along with being an avid Portuguese and Spanish speaker, he loves Latin American film and literature as well as playing the trumpet.
Andrea Arzaba - Director of Comunications
Born in Mexico, Andrea is a first year student in MALAS. She enjoys dancing, writing short stories and learning new languages. Before coming to DC, Andrea worked as a journalist in several countries. Andrea is also the founder of the Georgetown Latin American Studies MA Student Blog: Transformaciones.
Her interests in Latin America are related to peace, memory, sustainability, women and culture. Andrea’s biggest passion is traveling, and one of her life goal’s is visiting one new country every year. Visit her website: arzaba.com
Javier Peña - Director for Career Development and Alumni Relations
Born in Ecuador, Javier is a second year student in the M.A. in Democracy and Governance program, where he focuses on human rights and Latin America. Before starting his Master's he worked in the Foreign Affairs Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, specializing in human rights, democracy, and Latin America. After receiving his B.S. from Georgetown's School Foreign Service, he spent the summer teaching English in a rural village in Hungary.
Javier loves spending time with his fellow Hoya wife and their mix dog Paloma, and his favorite pastime is reading, especially about theology, philosophy, and politics.