Giorgio Tarraf

Giorgio is a Pershing Square Scholar in the 1+1 MBA Programme. He is studying for the MSc in Comparative Social Policy in 2017-2018, and for the MBA in 2018-2019 at Nuffield College.

Born at the tail end of the Lebanese Civil War, Giorgio witnessed the failings of post-war development policies and their tremendous impact on Beirut and its population. After losing his ancestral family home to rampant urbanization, he co-founded Save Beirut’s Heritage (SBH). During his time at the helm, SBH grew from a small Facebook group to one of the largest nonprofits in the region. Their work helped preserve over 120 landmarks in Beirut and prevented the displacement of many local families. The organization is also a leading advocate for the expansion of public spaces, and for the protection of gardens and parks. SBH also helped implement innovative heritage review mechanisms, encouraging transparency and evidence-based decision making in the Lebanese Government.

Giorgio then immigrated to the United States and joined the United Nations at its New York Headquarters where he worked as an adviser for the negotiation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at various Permanent Missions to the UN. He then worked as a programme management consultant with the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. Before starting his studies at the University of Oxford, he was at the office of the Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, the head of the UN Department of Information.

Giorgio holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the American University of Beirut, and a Master of Arts in International Affairs from the Lebanese American University.

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