Mouayad Albonni graduated from the Economics Department at the American University of Beirut. He is from a town in the Qalamoun mountains north of the Syrian capital, Damascus. Arabic is Mouayad’s mother tongue, he is fluent in English, and can communicate fairly well in French. After receiving a high score in his Baccalaureate, he earned a scholarship to study Economics at the American University of Beirut. During his years as a student, he minored in political studies, volunteered with several organizations responding to the Syria refugee crisis in Lebanon, and did internships with institutes such as Carnegie Middle East Center and Issam Fares Institute. Working with an international aid agency such as Mercy Corps after graduation has provided Mouayad with a considerable amount of experience and knowledge with regards to the Syria conflict, and has allowed him to personally observe the often controversial operations of international and local aid agencies in a war-torn country. Studying international development will allow him to build a solid theoretical basis to become a professional and valuable element in constructing and implementing development projects in Syria and other countries. While in Washington DC, besides attending graduate courses, Mouayad wishes to build connections with students and experts in and outside Georgetown, and potentially participate in producing papers covering topics in development, hopefully under the supervision of some of the world’s most prominent development experts residing in Washington DC. After acquiring his Masters degree, Mouayad wishes to continue working with international organizations implementing international development programs.
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