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Wasil Engel

Pearson Fellow

MPP Candidate

Wasil Engel is a second-year MPP student at Harris Public Policy. He is a dual-degree master's student, pursuing an MA in Middle Eastern Studies in the Social Sciences department at the University of Chicago. He hopes to explore migration policies from a quantitative viewpoint while keeping a regional and linguistic focus on the MENA region.

Prior to his time at the University of Chicago, Engel spent three years in the Middle East learning Arabic and working for German development aid agency GIZ. He was engaged in the Better Migration Management program in Sudan, which aims to improve migration policy frameworks in the wider Horn of Africa region where Sudan plays a particularly crucial role due to the major migratory routes that run through the country. During his time in Khartoum, he was particularly involved in efforts related to anti-human trafficking, labor migration, and communications. Previously, he completed an internship with the East Africa Unit of Germany's Federal Foreign Office.

Engel holds an undergraduate degree in international relations from Technische Universität Dresden in Germany. He studied abroad in Tunisia, Iraq, and Israel and Palestine. He speaks German and Arabic.

Baidoa, Somalia

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