Sebastian Pfülb graduated summa cum laude with an interdisciplinary B.A. in liberal arts and sciences from Maastricht University’s honors college, focusing on international affairs and Middle East politics. Sebastian has received several research grants for the work on his senior thesis, which examined President Obama’s Middle East policy in the wake of the 2011 revolutions and was jointly supervised by faculty from Maastricht University and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to his graduate studies at Yale, Sebastian spent more than two years in the Middle East, working as a Project Manager & Research Fellow for the Regional Office Gulf States of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Germany’s most prominent political foundation. In this capacity, he was responsible for the design, implementation, and evaluation of development interventions in the fields of good governance, economic development, and civil society as well as high-level policy dialogues. At Yale, Sebastian plans to study the mechanics of economic and political development to gain a better understanding of how outside actors can help build more efficient and effective public institutions that foster sustainable and inclusive growth in the post-revolutionary Arab world. Sebastian is also a fellow of the Studienstiftung, Germany’s most prestigious academic institution.