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Anna Medearis

Assistant Director of Events

The Pearson Institute

Anna is the Assistant Director of Events at The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts. In this role, she coordinates and manages Pearson events to highlight the Institute’s mission, engage its stakeholders, and enhance its reputation as a leading research center.

Medearis previously worked in Beirut, Lebanon, as the founder and director of The Olive Grove, a coworking space and business hub which encourages entrepreneurship and economic growth in the Middle East. She also spent some time working at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission of Western Asia with the Emerging and Conflict-Related Issues Division and with the National Agenda for the Future of Syria. While in Beirut, she also volunteered at a Syrian refugee school teaching art and English.

Medearis holds a BA in international studies and media communication from Taylor University. She is also completing her MA in Middle Eastern studies from the American University of Beirut.

Baidoa, Somalia

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