Ziad Al Achkar is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. His research focuses on the use of digital technologies in support of peacebuilding and humanitarian action, and the evolving relationship with the private technology sector. Ziad enjoys Football (soccer), cycling, coffee, and binge-worthy tv shows.
Emily Crawford currently serves as a Mason Square Student Ambassador with George Mason University’s University Life office. She is pursuing a master’s in public policy with an emphasis in Education Policy. She currently works in higher education policy for a small non-profit in Washington, D.C. Emily completed her Master of Arts in Counseling and Educational Psychology with an emphasis in School Counseling from the University of Nevada, Reno in May 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in criminology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Emily is passionate about ensuring all students have access and support to complete a college degree. You’ll catch her grabbing a coffee and walking her chihuahua in the Arlington neighborhood when she’s not in class.
Caroline Wesson is a fourth year PhD student studying Political Science, with an emphasis on innovation studies, at George Mason University. She is a President’s Scholar and a graduate research assistant for Dr. JP Singh. She also holds a bachelor’s and master’s in International Affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Caroline is currently working on research related to the intersection of culture, technology, and economic development. This includes her dissertation on innovation clusters around the globe. Caroline was a research intern with Center of Strategic and International Studies as well as a summer associate for the RAND Corporation. In her free time Caroline enjoys creating vocal covers for her soundcloud, planning fan events for BTS, enjoying all things nature, and connecting with the greater GMU community!