Shashank Iyer graduated with honors from UC Berkeley with a BA in political science, focusing on refugees and displaced populations. His honors thesis explored the feasibility of land for peace agreements in settling territorial disputes, with an emphasis on the Arab-Israeli conflict. Shashank has also studied at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey and has conducted field research in Syria and Lebanon. After Berkeley, Shashank served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in a rural fishing community in the Philippines for 27 months. There, he implemented and facilitated environmental and livelihood education trainings, improved English language skills for students and teachers of his host community, fund-raised for the creation of a livelihoods education center and partnered with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to implement trainings for educators from conflict-affected regions of Muslim Mindanao. Most recently, Shashank worked for USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), where he reviewed and evaluated proposals for projects to provide assistance to populations marginalized and displaced by armed conflicts, droughts, floods, food insecurity and disease in East and Central Africa. Shashank is a joint-degree candidate with the Jackson Institute and Yale School of Management. At Yale, Shashank studies issues related to disaster management, with a focus on forced migration, displacement and resettlement. Shashank is fluent in Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Tagalog and English and possesses limited working proficiency in Spanish and Turkish.