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Navigating a Career at the Intersection of Peace, Policy and Impact 

Craig Zelizer

October 27, 2023

PCDN proudly presents the upcoming episode of the Social Change Career Podcast Livestream, featuring Dr. Makram Ouaiss, a seasoned Executive Director at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, and expert in Governance and Conflict Resolution. With a career spanning decades, Dr. Ouaiss has made substantial contributions to policy studies, democratic development, civic activism and civil peace around the globe. Join us for an insightful discussion on his career journey and the crucial role of collaboration in the impact sector.

Why You Should Tune In

Discover the career insights and wisdom Makram has gained from his diverse and impactful career in governance, conflict resolution, and international engagement.

Gain actionable advice on building a fulfilling career that intersects with social justice, policy studies, and sustainable development.

Explore how interdisciplinary work has shaped Makram's career, combining governance, human rights, peacebuilding, research, civil society and academia.

In This Episode, We'll Dive Into

1. Career Insights: Makram will share valuable insights on how collaboration and interdisciplinary work have been instrumental in his impactful career.

2. Navigating the Impact Sector: Understand the steps Makram took to build a career that spans governance, conflict resolution, and civic activism. 

3. The Strength of Collaborative Cross-Sector Work: Discover how Makram's career has flourished through collaborative approaches that unite governance, human rights, and engagement with community, national, and global partners, funders, and actors.

4. Advice for Aspiring Impact Professionals: Makram will offer valuable tips for those aspiring to make a difference in the impact sector, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and community engagement.

How to Attend: You can watch the Social Change Career Podcast livestream on LinkedIn & YouTube. If you can't make it live, don't worry! The recording will also be uploaded to our YouTube Channel and converted into an episode of the Social Change Career Podcast.

When: Join us on November 6 from 10 am to 11 am EST for this enlightening conversation with Makram

Why is PCDN doing this? We are committed to helping social impact professionals and students find their path to impactful careers. For those seeking more support, please visit the PCDN Career Campus.

Format:  The podcast features interviews led by the PCDN leadership team with our guests. We encourage questions and active participation from the audience.

Bio: Makram Ouaiss is the Executive Director of the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS). Established in 1989, the center is one of the leading think tanks in the country, conducting evidence-based research in Lebanon and the Middle East and North Africa region in the areas of governance, sustainable economic development, the promotion of inclusive and effective social policies and the environment. Before joining the center, Ouaiss was a professor of political science and international affairs, with a specialization in conflict analysis and resolution, at the Lebanese American University for nearly 15 years. He is the author of a number of articles and studies on the topics of civil peace, elections, and democratization. He has served as Senior Advisor for Elections to the Minister of Interior, and worked or consulted for international organizations such as the United Nations Development Program, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, International IDEA, IFES, and the Carter Center, among others. He is a member of and has served on the board of several civil society organizations working on civil peace, national dialogue, democracy-strengthening, and election observation. Ouaiss holds a PhD from the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and a master’s degree in international affairs and economics from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.

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