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Class 23 (2024-2026)

Khaled Shaath, Palestine

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Global Studies

Project Management | International Development | International Education | Community Service

Khaled Shaath earned his BA in Business Administration from the Islamic University of Gaza. Following his graduation, he joined Amideast, an American non-profit organization dedicated to fostering understanding between the US and the MENA region through exchange programs and international education. Khaled's own experience as an exchange student in the YES program, where he lived in San Diego and Leavenworth, WA, for a year, deeply influenced his career path.

During his tenure at Amideast, Khaled gained extensive experience collaborating with colleagues in Gaza, the MENA region, and the US. From 2011 to 2024, he managed programs funded by the US Department of State and partnered with the US Embassy in Jerusalem, such as the YES and Fulbright programs. These initiatives enabled numerous students to travel to the US and other countries for degree and non-degree programs.

Khaled also oversaw a growing network of alumni from the programs he managed. He planned, approved, supervised, and implemented numerous community service projects that benefited the local community, promoted program goals, and upheld the values of US culture and volunteerism.

His work with a multicultural team and his support for students from diverse backgrounds left a significant impact on the blockaded and conservative community of Gaza. Through his efforts, Khaled has spread messages of peace, community service, and intercultural communication. He believes that the Global Studies program is a natural extension of his experience and passion. This program will provide him with the best practices and knowledge to further his understanding of peace and conflict resolution.