Reem Atassi coordinates Religion, Conflict, and Peace, RPL's joint initiative with the Kennedy School of Government that addresses the role religions play in contemporary Middle East culture, public policy and international affairs. She holds a master’s in management from Georgia Tech with a focus on International Business. She began her career working in various corporate positions in finance and business management before going back to her true passion, which is education and development. Her recent humanitarian work with refugees in Jordan and Qatar inspired her to seek long-term, sustainable solutions in the region. While in Jordan, she set up a Children’s Center for Psychosocial Services for children traumatized by the war, and worked on various empowerment and development programs, including education and women’s employment. In Qatar her focus shifted to education options for out-of-school refugee students. A U.S. citizen of Syrian descent, Reem is trilingual in English, Arabic, and French, with conversational Turkish skills. She has lived in the US, France, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.