Hailing from Easton, Maryland, Spring Associate Shereef Abdel-Gawad is a senior at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, with a double concentration in International Economics and Middle East Studies, and a minor in Arabic. On campus, he engages with the George Washington community as the President of the GW Arab Student Association.

Prior to joining GGS, Shereef held different positions in a wide variety of fields. This past summer, he worked as a Project Research Assistant at CG/LA Infrastructure, where he helped develop a data model based on a wide-ranging data set from hundreds of infrastructure projects across North America. The goal was to identify one hundred of the most important projects, as part of a published report.

At the Economic and Commercial Office of the Embassy of Egypt in the summer of 2015, he conducted research on the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) treaty, and identified sectors that Egypt could apply to receive GSP treatment for deeper trade benefits. With Arab America, he assisted in a membership expansion campaign and in social media outreach. Additionally, he volunteered with Higher Achievement, where he tutored middle-school students in mathematics and mentored them in planning for high school and beyond.

At GGS, Shereef has found an opportunity to explore his academic interest in international affairs, and an interest in consulting work, through producing country assessments and attending various think-tank policy events throughout D.C. Through this work, he has also been further developing his writing, research, and professional skills.

Outside of GGS, you can find Shereef binge-watching Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, planning his world travels, and learning how to cook.