Rashad Nimr

Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Agency for International Development

2024 Next Gen National Security Fellow

Rashad Nimr is a Crisis, Stabilization and Governance Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with experience in conflict prevention, social inclusion, and human rights. Most recently he served as the Mexico Desk Officer in the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to this, he was the Inclusive Peacebuilding Advisor in the USAID Center for Conflict and Violence Prevention where he focused on youth engagement, disability inclusion, and LGBTQI+ rights to address issues of fragility and conflict.

Before government service, Rashad held positions in various development and humanitarian organizations. Most notably, he founded and led the Gender and Inclusion Practice at Kaizen, a small international development firm, mainstreaming principles of inclusive development into the company’s programs and operations. He also has worked with Save the Children, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and Human Rights Watch. The proud son of a Palestinian refugee, he has significant experience working on issues related to the Middle East.

Rashad was also selected as a member of Out in National Security’s 2022 New Voices List. He has a Masters in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics and a Bachelors in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

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