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Pierson Racanelli Consultant

Pierson Racanelli – Consultant

Sectors : Education, peacebuilding, international development

Specialties : Middle Eastern affairs, quantitative and qualitative analysis, statistics

Education : M.A. in International Economics and Middle Eastern Studies from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), 
B.A. in History from Cornell University

Professional Experience

Pierson is a Program Associate at Search for Common Ground, a peacebuilding nonprofit with HQ in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium. He is currently based in Tunis in the Tunisia office. He previously worked as a Senior Consultant for an educational consultancy in Beirut, Lebanon as well as AMIDEAST, a Department of State-funded nonprofit, in Tunis.


Pierson previously served as a Research and Translation Intern on Syrian Conflict at the Humanitarian Research Services in Jordan.


Pierson previously volunteered at the Collateral Repair Project, teaching English to Iraqi and Syrian refugee children from ages 5-11 in eastern Amman.

Passion for Social Impact

Pierson is driven by a passion for bridging cross-cultural divides through peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and increasing economic opportunity. He believes that almost any problem can be solved via a practical approach that combines contextual understanding of underlying issues combined with an innovative and inclusive approach to resolution. He seeks to incorporate data analysis into his projects where possible.

Personal Interests

Soccer, travel, history, international affairs, philosophy, languages (particularly Levantine Arabic, French, and Spanish).

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