Global NGO Master’s Program

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FROM LEFT: Don Tajaroensuk from Thailand, Stephie Melina Kabre from Burkina Faso, and Dinesh KC from Nepal pose during their graduation ceremony at Chonnam National University in Gwangju last August.

Started by the Foundation in 2016, the Global NGO Masters Program is a two-year-long master program at the May 18 Institute, Chonnam National University in Gwangju. Currently, there are eight students pursuing their graduate degree under the said program. The first batch of GNMP students has recently graduated this August.  The GNMP welcomes individuals who are passionate and energized to be transformative thought NGO workers and leaders in Asia-Pacific region and Africa.

We aim to educate global NGO workers and the next generation of leaders who will help transform nonprofit, social enterprises, international NGOs, social services agencies, art, and cultural institutions, foundations and advocacy, and volunteer organizations across the globe. We encourage anyone with a passion for social change, human rights, democratization, community development, solidarity across borders, and humanitarian aid to apply for the GNMP program.

The program provides a multidisciplinary curriculum, integrating academic and practitioners’ training. The curriculum covers a wide range of current issues from both regional and global perspectives, all of them taught in English. The GNMP is intended for the people who have been contributing or have the potential to contribute to leading social progress in the region. GNMP offers intensive and flexible preparation for those who seek leadership and skills for more just and equitable social development. For this purpose, the program provides the foreign students with volunteer opportunities, excursions, and a living stipend.

The first GNMP cohort completed their studies in August 2018. They are Stephie Melina Kabre from Burkina Faso, Don Tajaroensuk from Thailand, and Dinesh KC from Nepal.

2nd Cohort

Lee Suk Pei (Malaysia)

Lee Suk Pei worked as a publicity manager for Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy and its education arm, Democracy Academy of Malaysia. Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy is an NGO back in Malaysia that advocates for victims of death in custody and political persecution. She is currently the project manager of the Gwangju Cultural Mapping Project which works with locals and foreigners to document the historical and cultural resources of Gwangju.

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Mia Rosmiati (Indonesia)

For more than five years, Mia worked for Konpederasi Pergerakan Rakyat Indonesia, an organization working to fight against poverty among urban poor and farmers.


Zico Mulia (Indonesia)

Zico finished his Bachelor’s in Political Science at the University of Indonesia.  Prior to joining the GNMP,  he worked as a staff member at the Indonesia Koalisi Untuk Keadilan & Pengungkapan Kebenaran (KKPK) in Jakarta. Currently, he is the Vice President of the Indonesian Student Association in South Korea.

3rd Cohort

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Shan Nawaz Khan (Pakistan)

Shah Nawaz is an experienced sociologist, having a Master’s degree and more than nine years of professional experience in the social science field. He has contributed and served in the emergencies of supreme floods 2010 and 2011 in Pakistan. He has worked with many reputable organizations like Plan International, ACTED. International, Community World Service Asia, among others.

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Rosy KC (Nepal)

Rosy worked as a Sponsorship Assistant for SOS Hermann Gmeiner Village in Ithari, Nepal. She was the founder of Bikalapa Nepal and previously worked as an English teacher for several years. During her time as a human rights defender, she conducted human rights education in different schools in Nepal. Moreover, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Journalism and Masters in English.

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Mr. GM Nur Lintang Muhammad (Indonesia)

Lintang finished his undergraduate degree in International Relations at Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta. Soon after, he worked as a journalist for Antara News Agency, one of the oldest and well-respect news agencies in Indonesia. He covered several conflict-prone areas in his country, particularly Aceh and West Papua. However, his most monumental achievement was his involvement with Archiving Urban Kampung, a volunteer project aimed at assisting victims of forced evictions in slum areas across Jakarta.


Nong Thi Nghi Phuong Fiona (Vietnam)

After finishing her bachelor’s degree in International Relations in Vietnam, Fiona went to Finland to pursue a bachelor’s degree in International Business. She came to Korea for the first time to do her exchange study and later interned at the Gwangju Convention and Visitors Bureau. She is deeply interested in feminism and environmental issues.