Marion Abboud is a second-year in the Masters of Global Human Development at SFS where she is focusing on issues of education and human capital, and forced migration in the Middle East. Last summer, she worked at Columbia Global Centers –Amman on two key projects: the first dealing with important questions around refugee integration, and the other on community-based initiatives to counter gender-based economic and structural violence. Prior to Georgetown, Marion worked at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) where she designed, launched, and led the university’s first think tank focusing on regional development issues. In addition, Marion supported a number of refugee aid and assistance efforts in the Sulaimaniya Governorate. Prior to Iraq, Marion led Middle East/North Africa programs at Women’s Campaign International (WCI), a US-based international NGO that focuses on gender development in conflict and post conflict zones.