Maria Hasan, 2011, Pakistan

Programme Officer/Special Assistant, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Geneva, Switzerland 

Why I chose Fletcher: After completing my first postgraduate degree in Comparative Politics, I was uncertain about how I would be able to translate the knowledge I gained into a career. My academic focus was on democratization which was something I felt passionately about, but the degree was purely theoretical. I felt the need to continue my academic pursuit, but within a more professional-oriented curriculum. The Fletcher School offered just that. The design and content of the degree offered a large and diverse array of specializations and were relevant to current and pertinent world issues. That is exactly what I was looking for.

Current job description: In my current position with J/P HRO, I am responsible for creating the monitoring plan, setting performance indicators, collecting monitoring data, and conducting internal evaluations for our Relocations and Redevelopment Program that aims at resettling displaced families to neighborhoods of origin or choice. In addition, I report to donors and liaise with other organizations implementing relocation programs to ensure best practices and continuous organizational learning.

Favorite movie:


Favorite landmark:

Anywhere by the River Seine, Paris

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:

Counter-terrorism strategies and why they succeed/fail

Fletcher alumnus you admire:

Iqbal Riza; Musa Javed Chohan

Thesis Topic

U.S.Targeted Killings Under International Legal Discourse: What Needs to Change

Fields of Study

  • International Organizations
  • International Security Studies

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Women in Security
  • Fletcher UN Club
  • Southwest Asia & Islamic Civilization Caucasus Forum
  • Fletcher Writers and Bloggers

Education before Fletcher

  • MSc, Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • BSc, Social Sciences, Lahore University of Management Sciences

Experience before Fletcher

  • Assistant Editor, Op-Ed, Daily Times; Lahore, Pakistan 
  • Research Assistant, Lahore University of Management Sciences; Lahore, Pakistan


  • Urdu
  • English

Summer Internship

  • Mercy Corps, Portland