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Hannah Balikci

Pearson Fellow

MPP Candidate

Hannah Balikci is an MPP student at the Harris School of Public Policy. Her areas of interest include forced migration, humanitarian aid, and emergency response policy. Hannah serves as the Marketing Director for the University of Chicago Public Policy Podcast Network (UC3P) and is involved with the Pearson Institute’s Root of Conflict podcast.

Prior to her studies at the University of Chicago, Hannah worked at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) as a project manager. She was responsible for strategic planning and content production for the organization’s global marketing teams, social media, and communications, developing more than a dozen emergency fundraising campaigns.

After the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in 2021, she deployed as a volunteer to support the initial processing of evacuated Afghans at a U.S. military base. Through this work experience, Hannah developed a strong interest in emergency humanitarian programs.

Hannah completed her B.A. in economics and modern Middle Eastern studies from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the Varsity Women’s Rowing team as well as a Teaching Assistant for the Economics Department.

Baidoa, Somalia

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