The AFLSE Scholarship for 2019-2020, covering tuition costs for a year of graduate study at LSE, has been awarded to Rawnag Abdelaziz.
Rawnag Abdelaziz graduated with Honors from the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Economics and a minor in Islamic Studies. During her time at JHU, Rawnag served as the President of the Arabic Club and President of the Microfinance Global Brigades Chapter in Honduras, of which she also founded. In addition, Rawnag served as a member of the Corporate Relations Committee of the JHU Consulting Club and participated in the JHU Model United Nations Conference. Rawnag studied abroad in Morocco while interning with Amnesty International in Rabat, for which she was awarded the prestigious Gilman International Scholarship. Prior to JHU, Rawnag tutored English and Economics and served as a College Ambassador at the City University of New York. She also has extensive volunteer experience, including volunteering with the American Red Cross and Muslims Giving Back, a religious charitable organization based in New York.
Upon completing her undergraduate studies, Rawnag interned with the United Nations Environment Programme in Kenya, where she researched and helped implement ways to create and bolster partnerships with governments and the private sector to better address environmental concerns, and worked on promoting the Greener Cities Partnership which advocates for environmental sustainability in urban development and aims to mainstream environmental considerations into urban policymaking. Prior to that, Rawnag interned with the United Nations Global Compact in New York, conducting research on key topics pertaining to the advancement of the United Nations Global Compact’s mission and the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. Most recently, Rawnag worked as a Research Associate at the Environmental Law Institute, where she assisted lawyers and scientists to conduct research on disaster mitigation and resilience in the face of climate change.
Rawnag is pursuing a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Regulation at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her research interest is in sustainability transition and climate change adaption policy development, particularly in East Africa. After completing her degree, Rawnag hopes to continue her education with the goal of earning a Ph.D.
Rawnag is incredibly honored to be the 2019-20 recipient of the AFLSE Scholarship and is enthusiastic to join the AFLSE family.