Cambridge, MA – Former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will join the Harvard Kennedy School as the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As Secretary of Defense, Carter, a physicist, became known for pushing the Pentagon to “think outside its five-sided box” in order to transform the way the military fought adversaries and strengthened alliances, managed its budget and talent, developed its technology, and more. He will now lead the Belfer Center’s programs and will focus his scholarship on the role of innovation and technology in addressing challenges at home and around the world.
Nisreen Haj Ahmad is an affiliate at the Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative. She is the co-founder and co-director of Ahel. She is also the founder of Mujtama3i initiative whose mission is to openly share knowledge and experience on community organizing practices in support of campaigns for justice and freedom. She is a member of the Leading Change Network and was a research fellow at the Hauser Center at the Harvard Kennedy School where she completing her Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration in 2008. That’s when she studied community organizing with Marshall Ganz and later joined his teaching team. For the past five years, she has been supporting communities by coaching more than 11 grassroots campaigns in Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Tunisia and Syria and growing a group of community organizing coaches in the Middle East. Before entering the world of organizing, and from 1999 to 2007, she was providing legal counsel to the Palestinian negotiating team in the peace talks with Israel and before it, to the Palestinian Ministry of Economy on international trade agreements. In 1996, she received her LL.M in international trade law from the University of Edinburgh. In 1995, she received her bachelors’ degree in law from the University of Jordan. Nisreen was born in 1974 and currently resides in Amman, Jordan.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm