Jezza Syed

Fellow, Programs & Data Management @ Meridian

Jezza Syed currently serves as a GlobalConnect Programs and Data Management Fellow. She first joined the Meridian team in May 2020 as a Summer and Fall Programs Intern, and has worked on the U.S. Department of State youth programs, including the Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) Global Student Leaders Program and the Pan Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP). She assisted in the transition to virtual programming by conducting capstone research project over the summer that focused on Technology and Best Practices for Virtual Exchange Programs.

Jezza is a graduate student at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. She will complete her M.A. of Public Policy degree in May of 2021 with a concentration on U.S. Institutions, International Governance, and Program Development. Jezza also holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia in Foreign Affairs, with a minor in Bioethics. Throughout her time at UVA, she worked with several organizations that promoted international unity and minority rights, including the International Relations Organization, Minority Rights Coalition, and Muslim Students Association. She has experience in research and policy writing, working at the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) and UVA's Center for Health Humanities and Ethics as a Bioethics Research Intern. Jezza hopes to use this Fellowship role to expand her knowledge and skillset to understand innovative and effective ways to create policy in advancing international diplomacy. She speaks conversational Urdu and French.