Class of 2023
Christine was born and raised in Egypt before she immigrated to the United States in 2005. Starting in middle school, she began participating in several domestic and international service trips, including ones to Zambia and her own homeland. The most memorable trip was her most recent one to Egypt, where she worked with a local aid organization to lead a three-day conference for orphans and widows, deliver aid to victims of ISIS attacks, and conduct home assessments for families living in the rural regions of Upper Egypt. Coming face-to-face with the suffering of her own people and hearing their stories solidified her commitment to international development. Christine joins GHD after working at Blumont, a non-profit international NGO managing development and humanitarian aid programs in some of the world’s most challenging environments, including Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Colombia. Her tasks included working closely with field teams across countries to collect and produce stories that showcase program impact and improve communications with donors, partners, and beneficiaries. Her proudest achievement is producing content that has been shared by USAID, the U.S. Department of State, and UNHCR on their websites and social media platforms. Outside of work and academics, she loves to learn about new cultures and her favorite way of doing it is through dance. In college, she experimented with different dance styles, including hip hop, contemporary, belly dance, and step dance. Her favorite was Bhangra–a dance style that originated from the Punjab region of India–because of its high energy and colorful costumes.