124 Mt. Auburn Street Suite 100, Room 118
Harvard Kennedy School
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Cambrdige, MA, 02138
Director, Middle East Initiative
Hilary Rantisi is the Director of the Middle East Initiative (MEI) at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government (HKS). She received her Masters degree in Middle East Studies from the University of Chicago. As director of MEI she has led the development of multi-disciplinary executive training programs that combine private, public and civil society sector professionals from around the Middle East region. Under her leadership, MEI has also increased its partnership with groups on and off campus to provide public education resources on the region.
Prior to joining HKS, Ms. Rantisi's previous work was with civil society organizations in Israel-Palestine and focused on religion, politics, and grassroots mobilization efforts in Jerusalem. She has co-edited a book Our Story (1999) and a number of other journal articles, as well as being an active public speaker on issues pertaining to the Middle East region. Ms. Rantisi is a native Arabic speaker and has created publications and special educational programs on the Middle East region that integrate theoretical learning with hands-on experience.