Allison Al-Masri

Senior Philanthropy Advisor

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Allison, a skilled strategist and researcher, brings a fresh perspective and sharp analytical eye to move philanthropists and organizations in the United States and around the globe closer to their goals.

With a panoramic approach to her work, Allison meets clients’ current needs and aligns with their long-term goals by remaining detail-oriented, thinking creatively, and valuing collaboration. She also draws on her deep knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa in her work related to the region.

Prior to joining Geneva Global, Allison was an independent philanthropic consultant, producing deliverables tailored to clients’ unique needs. Some of the issues she worked on include gender equality, education, global health and development, and youth philanthropy.

Allison’s training as a researcher and teacher honed her writing and communication skills while instilling in her a profound curiosity about the world. She leverages her experience in academia to problem solve, identify solutions, and present complex issues and recommendations to clients in dynamic and meaningful ways

She holds a doctorate in Arabic and Comparative Literature and a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science from New York University.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Each day is different, providing new opportunities to learn, grow, and do impactful and meaningful work alongside smart, compassionate, supportive colleagues.

What brings you joy?

Road trips, a hot cup of tea, sleeping in, a good book, a long hike.

What book, film, or quote has shaped the way you think?

I am guided by this line by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish: “There is on this earth what makes life worth living.” These words serve as a double reminder that there is good in every day and every life has worth.

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