Deborah Kaufmann is a Master of Public Administration in Development Practice Candidate at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. Her main interests within the development field are the protection of children in vulnerable contexts and urban violence.
Ms. Kaufmann has always worked in causes related to the development of vulnerable children in the civic and public sectors. In order to contribute and understand how to impact the younger generation better and promote a meaningful change, she engaged in different spheres and fields as a professional or volunteer in Brazil and Ghana: health, education, social assistance, citizenship, and child protection.
After graduating, Ms. Kaufmann is eager to work with the protection of children in vulnerable situations and contexts. In the future, she plans to return to Brazil to work specifically with child protection, urban violence and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Born in Rio de Janeiro, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro and a diploma from Saint Mary’s University, where she started to study development with the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarship.