Nathalie Bekdache, 2011, Lebanon and Brazil

Senior Programme Officer - International Alert, Beirut, Lebanon

Why I chose Fletcher:
I chose Fletcher because I wanted to be part of a unique experience where the interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum meets student interaction, events, conferences, lectures and conversations. All of this leads to expanding our horizons and converging our perspectives. So much is at our disposal, which makes the true challenge lie in reconciling our aspirations with the wide array of possibilities.

Something that has surprised me about Fletcher: What I found most surprising about Fletcher was the effort that everyone put into creating an environment that assisted us in achieving our full potential. From the faculty consultations, to student study groups, writing tutors, Professional Development Program, and career counseling, Fletcher provides students assistance and resources without compromising our independence. Having all that packaged in a tightly knit network of students and alumni creates a better fit between studies and career choices.

Favorite movie:

Before Sunrise. Before Sunset.

Favorite food:


Most rewarding trip:

Greece (study abroad program)

Most pressing world issue:

The Arab-Israeli Conflict

Fields of Study

  • Human Security
  • Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Mediterranean Club
  • The European Affairs Society

Education before Fletcher

  • BBA, Business Administration, American University of Beirut

Experience before Fletcher

  • International Labour Organization, Enterprise Development Focal Point - Tyre, Lebanon


  • Arabic
  • Portuguese
  • French
  • English

Summer Internship

  • Issam Fares Institute, American University in Beirut - Beirut, Lebanon