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Raina Kadavil

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EDUCATION:

Boston University: Class of 2019

Bachelor of Arts in International Relations

Minor in Economics

 

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE:

“The Voice of Thunder”rainakadavil.com/vot (August 2015)

Author

Young Adult Fiction Novel, 497 pages

 

Rt Hon David Lammy, MP: London, United Kingdom (January – April 2017)

Intern

Draft letters, write briefings, articles, and press releases on a range of policy issues; Accompany Mr. Lammy to meetings both in the constituency and in around the House of Commons; Compile PR material from events.

 

The International Commission of Jurists: Sydney, Australia (June-July 2016)

President’s Intern

Research various legal issues and preparing summaries of state government legislation; Identify key threats to human rights in Australian legislature; Present these reports at monthly ICJ meetings; Work with the President of the ICJ to organize meetings and legislature.

ActionAid Australia: Sydney, Australia (June-July 2016)

Media Intern

Organize the Mt. Kilimanjaro initiative to empower rural women in Africa to fight for their land rights; Research case studies of women affected by female genital mutilation; Write and publish press releases and blog posts; Communicate with ActionAid’s partners; Create trailer videos from footage compiled in Uganda.

Creative Consequences: Law, Business and Regulation Advisory: Sydney, Australia (July 2016)

Research Assistant

Research Alternative Business Structures in England, Wales, and Australia; Create multilateral reports on the function and significance of existing ABS’s.

 

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation: New York, NY (October 2014 – August 2016)

Programming and Mission Visits Coordinator

Network with speakers, workshop leaders, NGOs, UN Missions, UNDP and UNOP offices, UN logistics people, and Microsoft to coordinate the 2015 and 2016 Youth Assemblies at the UN; Oversee and speak in front of 1,000+ youth at the General Assembly Hall; Moderate two UN panels on sustainable environmental development; Develop a report on global youth’s ideas for action on the Sustainable Development Agenda.

 

Pardee School of Global Studies: Boston, MA (September 2016 – Present)

Dean’s Research Assistant & Office Assistant

Conduct research throughout Boston University about the Pardee School, International Relations courses, student satisfaction levels, post-graduate careers paths; Conduct subsequent research among external sources about international relations programs in other high-ranking schools and programs; Compile data into report form and present to the Pardee board and Dean; Answer phones, assist visitors, coordinate lectures.

 

Global Ambassadors – wphsambassadors.org: White Plains, NY (September 2008 – Present)

Co-Founder, President

Design, print, and sell peace-themed merchandise to raise money to build fresh water facilities in the Gesusu Chibwobi School in Nyanza, Kenya (raised over $2,000); Collect 100+ eyeglasses for donation; Lead a group of over 200 students grades K-12; Write and receive grants; Set records in the Students Rebuild art-service challenges; Develop and run all social media; Design and update website; Organize videoconferences between schools in 6 different countries.

 

REACT News: White Plains, NY; Boston, MA (September 2010 – Present)

Co-Founder, President

Host, edit, and market episodes about social and international issues; Teach other students how to write scripts, conduct interviews, and use TV studio technology (tricaster, teleprompter, mics, lights, iMovie)

Episodes feature politicians, CEOs of NGOs, Syrian refugees, UN Ambassadors, etc.

Founded REACT News at Boston University in November 2015, as a branch of the International Relations Review.

 

Huffington Post: New York, NY (August 2015 – Present)

Blog Writer

Write about the UN, Sustainable Development, and social/human rights issues.

 

UNA-USA: Hastings-on-Hudson, NY (May 2013 – August 2015)

Intern

Speak at the United Nations and the New York Times Building about the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda; Organize conferences about Sustainable Development; Develop the “World I Want” video contest to raise awareness among youth

 

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, MA (October 2015 – Present)

Museum Ambassador

Guide museum patrons; Give talks about art history and style; Help with museum events.

 

Digital Media & Production Classes: White Plains, NY (May 2014 – Present)

Co-Founder, Teacher

Teach students how to create REACT News episodes; Network around the community to connect students with local partners such as City Hall.

 

EXTRACURRICULARS:

2015-16             Boston University International Affairs Association (Executive Board: Marketing Director)

2015-16             Boston University International Relations Review (Staff Writer, Media Specialist)

2015-16             Boston Area Model UN Conference – (Chief of Staff, Modern Crisis Coordinator)

2015-16             Boston University Travel Model UN Team (Competed in Harvard’s MUN Conference)

2015-16             Boston Invitational Model UN Conference – (Chair, Assistant Crisis Director)

2015-16             Boston University Chankaar (Premier Girls’ Bollywood Fusion Team, 3rd place, UGA Competition)

2012-15             Independent Science Research: The Impact of Climate Change on Limulus Polyphemus Populations and Breeding Patterns Along the Northeastern United States Coast – placed 2nd in the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair.

 


SPEAKING EXPERIENCE:

2016     UN General Assembly Hall, SDG #12

2016     Sustainability Panel, 16th UN Youth Assembly

2016     Women’s Club Fundraising Fashion Show Gala

2015     White Plains Youth Bureau 45th Anniversary Gala 2015         Zonta International District 3 Conference

2015     14th Youth Assembly at the United Nations

2014     UNA-USA’s UN Day: 70th Anniversary Event

2014     Featured in United Nations’ 2014 Day of the Girl 2014         HHREC Institute at Manhattanville College

2015     HHREC Institute at Iona College

2014     Solomon Schechter Human Rights Assembly

2013     UNA-USA “Post 2015 Development” Conference

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:

2015     Coca Cola Scholarship

2015     American Association of University Women Excellence in Writing Award

2015     Claes Nobel Academic Scholarship

2015     The President’s Volunteer Service Award

2015     Zonta International Scholarship: Regional, District, International

2014     Nobel Week: Sweden Travel Ambassador

2014     City of White Plains Youth of the Year

2014     ABC Service Grant Recipient

2014     AXA Community Scholarship

2013     ADO Youth in Philanthropy Award

2013     Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Aw


SKILLS:

Languages: English, Malayalam (fluent); Spanish (7 years), Arabic (2 semesters)

Computers: iMovie, Photoshop, WordPress, HTML code, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

 

INTERESTS:

International law and policy, human rights, sustainable development

Writing, reading, public speaking, dancing, hiking