Zaatari Refugee Camp
Harris Public Policy students visited Zaatari refugee camp as part of the 2018 Pearson International Conflict Seminar to Jordan, where they met with Syrian refugees leading NGO programming within the camp.
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Research and Policy
Pearson Fellow Alum
Wasil Engel, MPP'21, is an officer with the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.
While at Harris Public Policy, Engel earned a STEM certificate focused on programming and worked as a TA for statistics and data analysis courses.
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.
Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.