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Mohammad Majd Itani


Mohammad Majd Itani, MPP'19, is deeply invested in conflict resolution and the study of the politicoeconomic and social dynamics of conflict. Growing up in Lebanon, a “battleground” of the Middle East, he interacted directly with conflict-affected Arab people and states. He is driven to better understand the region and thus tackle conflict from a better-informed position.

Itani earned his undergraduate degree in economics from the American University of Beirut. While studying there, he completed internships at the Central Bank of Lebanon, focusing on fiscal law and monetary policy, as well as the Ministry of Economy and Trade. He also volunteered with the United Nations Refugee Agency, where he collaborated with teams distributing aid to Syrian refugees in Mount Lebanon, and completed an internship at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia Secretariat in Beirut.

Itani additionally gained significant international perspectives through extensive study abroad experiences at the University of Michigan, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Peking University. His interest in East Asian affairs took him to China, where he lived for a year studying language and experiencing the culture firsthand. As a Pearson Fellow, Itani felt empowered by the tools, resources, and community that bring a wealth of unique experiences using data-driven methods to tackle conflict.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.