The Bulletin welcomes 2024 board fellows

By Sarah Starkey | January 18, 2024

Bulletin board fellows Giovana Rodrigues Manfrin (left) and Reja Younis (right).Bulletin board fellows Giovana Rodrigues Manfrin (left) and Reja Younis (right).

The Bulletin is thrilled to welcome its 2024 board fellows, Giovana Rodrigues Manfrin and Reja Younis.

As board fellows, these women will contribute to the Bulletin’s board work, while “pulling back the curtain” on the regular workings of a governing board. Fellows will receive first-hand experience in governance, finance, fundraising and strategic oversight. The Bulletin‘s board fellows program is designed to help rising experts develop their own unique perspective on leadership. 

About the fellows

Giovana Rodrigues Manfrin is a Master of Arts Candidate in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). At MIIS, she focuses on nuclear nonproliferation, counter proliferation financing, and nuclear-cyber security. Prior to MIIS, Manfrin was a Research Fellow on human security at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she conducted evidence-based analysis for policy design and delivery. In this capacity, she helped advise policymakers on evidence-driven interventions for gender equity, inclusive security, political participation, and economic opportunity. 

Reja Younis is an associate fellow with the Project on Nuclear Issues in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She is also a PhD student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a predoctoral fellow with the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs. At CSIS, she leads research on nuclear deterrence and nuclear strategy. Prior to working at CSIS, she completed a year-long fellowship with the Stimson Center, where she conducted research on nuclear deterrence and escalation in South Asia. Reja holds a BS in social sciences and liberal arts from the Institute of Business Administration and graduated with highest honors in political science. She completed her MA in international relations from the University of Chicago.

About the program

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Board Fellows Program is a professional development opportunity in organizational leadership designed to increase the skill base and diversity of future leaders in the fields of nuclear risk, climate change, disruptive technologies, and not-for-profit journalism. The fellowship is aimed at supporting a next-generation cohort of confident and experienced organizational leaders by providing direct access to a key power center of any organization–the Board of Directors.

This one-year program is designed in partnership with Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation. It is a direct outgrowth of the Bulletin’s participation in Organizations in Solidarity, a partnership among more than 300 organizations and individuals seeking to combat racism and discrimination in all of its manifestations. 

Learn more about the Bulletin‘s Board Fellows Program here.


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