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Saeb Ahsan

Pearson Fellow Alum, MPP '18

Saeb Ahsan is passionate about utilizing economic, urban, and social opportunities to build bridges globally. Growing up as a foreigner in Malaysia, he was forced to make sense of a range of different perceived conflicts—including the suspicions and mutual distrust between the Western and Muslim communities that erupted after 9/11. He completed an internship in Kuala Lumpur with International Movement for a Just World, and after college he conducted a Fulbright research project at Koç University in Istanbul. He strives to make a measurable impact on conflict resolution and prevention by capitalizing on avenues to build bridges between population groups.

Ahsan studied finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was a change management analyst at Accenture, concentrating on the health and human services industry before Harris Public Policy. He has worked as an impact fellow at the nonprofit institution Asian Americans Advancing Justice, where he was assigned to the City of Chicago, and joined a Chicago Commission on Human Relations task force that focused on reducing youth violence. While at the University, Ahsan joined Chicago Booth Social Impact project with the Institute of Nonviolence Chicago, led the Interfaith Dialogue at the University of Chicago, and was a member of the Chicago Steering Committee of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Ahsan was also an Executive Editor of the Chicago Policy Review, covering the “International Affairs,” “Law and Politics,” and “Environment” sections. In the summer of 2017, Ahsan was an Open Cities Fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, a DC nonprofit advocating open data and government transparency.   

Baidoa, Somalia

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