More about Mohammed Abu Asaker

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Mohammed Abu Asaker is a Palestinian, currently pursuing his master’s degree in Public Administration at Harvard University. Mohammed has over 15 years of extensive professional experience working in the humanitarian field in the Middle East and North Africa. For the past six years, he has served as the Senior Regional Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). His principle role has been to tell the human story of refugees of Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and the Rohingya refugee crisis.

Mohammed has led several digital fundraising campaigns for UNHCR raising over USD $15 million. He has engaged social media influencers’ as part of his work to promote refugee stories, raising over 100 million impressions for UNHCR across social media platforms.

In 2005, Mohammed won an American Presidential Scholarship for his master’s degree in International Development at the American University, Washington D.C. He has also received an Academic Research Award in 2007. Mohammed was also the Vice President of the Graduate Student Council at American University in 2006.

Additionally, in recognition of his leadership achievements, Mohammed received the International Justice Award in 2015.