Maysam Ali is Assistant Director of the Stevens Initiative, a public-private partnership bringing together youth in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa through online education technology programs. She was previously Deputy Director of Middle East Programs, leading Partners for a New Beginning, an economic development initiative promoting job creation the MENA region. In this role, Maysam launched boards comprised of business and civic leaders in Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco, and forged partnerships with US-based businesses and early-stage investors to support the region’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. She also launched the Levant Program, a policy program focusing on key economic, political, and social issues pertaining to Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. Prior to that, she worked as a reporter in Dubai and Beirut. Maysam holds a Masters in International Economics and Middle East Studies from the Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies. Maysam was named an Asia 21 Young Leader, offered to individuals selected through a highly competitive process based on outstanding achievement, commitment to public service, and a proven ability to make the world a better place.