In studying toward a Master of Public Administration in Development Practice at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Boris Maguire applies a diverse experience base in international development, policy, logistics, management and communications. The recipient of a bachelor of arts in international relations and history from Duke University in 2008, Boris spent a year teaching high school in the Dominican Republic before returning to Washington, D.C. to work in the U.S. House of Representatives. he interned for Representatives Niki Tsongas and Louise Slaughter before advancing to the staff of the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, within the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
With the Subcommittee, Mr. Maguire managed oversight hearings and supported investigations of multibillion-dollar military logistics contracting in Afghanistan, Dubai, and Kyrgyzstan. He entered the private sector in 2011 with America Abroad Media (AAM), a non-profit international media development organization. At AAM Boris advanced from an Executive Assistant position to the role of Communications and Production Associate, focused on implementing and strengthening the Pakistan Information Network, a news media development initiative in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad.
At SIPA, Boris Maguire has applied his fascination and experience with communications and logistics to concentrate on the evolving role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in humanitarian and development projects (ICT4D) in conflict and disaster scenarios. Outside the classroom he serves as co-president of the Humanitarian Affairs Working Group and as president of the New Media Task Force (NMTF). He is also part of a team of SIPA students working with mWater to design and implement a pilot program for their mobile technology to improve water testing in Mexico City. He’ll build upon that experience this summer as a consultant for USAID’s Cambodia Development Innovations project in Phnom Penh, facilitating ICT4D initiatives by connecting local tech sector with civil society groups.