CV

Nada Berrada
Email: nada1@vt.edu

Summary of Qualifications                                                                                                                         

  • Interdisciplinary background in political science, economics and social studies
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and writing skills in three languages: French, Arabic and English
  • International research experience focusing on Youth Inclusion and Agency in North Africa and the Middle East
  • Served as the United Nations Youth Delegate from Morocco during the 70th UN General Assembly
  • Competently serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the past three years at the Department of Political Science

Education and Qualifications

PhD in Political and Social Thought. The Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought (ASPECT): Virginia Tech, USA (current)

 Masters in Public & International Affairs: Virginia Tech, USA (2016)

  • Dissertation: Concentrating on underprivileged youth in Morocco and the potential of civil society in enabling youth participation and alleviating youth delinquency and extremism. Will illustrate the following by presenting a case study of a successful NGO in Morocco
  • 2016 GIA Founding Faculty Award: Graduate Student demonstrating ideals of community engagement, public service, and social justice

Certificate in Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organization Management: Virginia Tech, USA (2016)

Bachelors Degree in Political Science & Economics: Ecole de Gouvernance et d’Economie de Rabat, Morocco (2014)

  • Won the prize for Best Academic and Professional Trajectory

Career Summary

08/2016 – current: INSTUCTOR OF RECORD, Dept. Political Science, Virginia Tech, USA

  • Teaching IS 2004 Research and Writing in International Studies during Fall 2016 and Spring 2017

08/2014 – 05/2016:  GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT, Dept. Political Science, Virginia Tech, USA

  • Acquired managerial competency in administering academic research to aid professors in collating information for lecturing purposes and competently undertake responsibilities for five university professors, assisting with class support as well as holding lectures, group discussions and grading

06/2016 – 07/2016: TEACHING ASSISTANT, Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University, USA

06/2015 – 07/2015:  RESEARCH INTERN, The OCP Policy Center, Rabat, Morocco

06/2014 – 08/2014:  INT. GOVT. RELATIONS & PUBLIC AFFAIRS INTERN, Coca-Cola Company HQ, USA

09/2012 – 10/2012:  VOLUNTEER, German Marshall Fund, OCP Foundation, Morocco

06/2012 – 07/2012:  PROJECT MANAGER ASSISTANT, Foundation Orient Occident, Morocco

03/2012 – 05/2012:   VOLUNTEER, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Morocco

Career Achievements

70th United Nations General Assembly, USA (2015)

  • Served as a United Nations Youth Delegate from Morocco as an advocate for Youth and Women
  • Attended the work of the Security Council, General Assembly, Third and Fourth commission
  • Interviewed on United Nations radio and local news

Coca-Cola MENA Scholars, Global Business Institute Program, USA (2013)

  • Selected among top 10 participants to present the best team’s entrepreneurial idea to the State Department
  • Participated in panel entitled “Youth Future Perspective” at U.S. Chamber of Commerce and delivered remarks on challenges facing 21st century youth in Middle East and North Africa

Leadership Experience

12th Annual University Undergraduate Research Conference, USA (2014)

  • Confidently presented contribution on “Democracy in the Middle East and North Africa and the Role of Civil Society” at the Annual University Research Conference

National Youth Debate, Morocco (2012)

  • Served as youth voice in National Youth Debate on Status of Education and worked hand in hand with other youth representatives on initiatives, proposals and projects designed to provide better education
  • Monitored the debate and reported a list of practical consultative recommendations to Ministry of Youth and Sports with regards to education

AIESEC International, Morocco (2012 – 2013)

  • Efficiently managed the International Exchange Department with board facilitation and delegation, event planning, fundraising and outreach projects
  • Built successful partnerships with NGOs and prepared for arrival of international exchange students

Exchange Experience

Exchange Year, Virginia Tech, USA (2013 – 2014)

  • Management Major & Undergraduate Research Study in Political Science

The Research was about conducting a comparative research study on “Democracy in the Middle East and North Africa and the Role of Civil Society in Morocco, Lebanon and Yemen”

Zeytun Academic Exchange Program, University Van Amsterdam, Netherlands (2013)

  • Studied Comparative Politics of Europe

Global Business Institute, University of Indiana, USA (2013)

  • At the Kelley School of Business, intensive courses in business, finance, communication & project management
  • Entrepreneurship program sponsored by U.S Department of State and The Coca-Cola Company

Key Skills

I.T.:                          Microsoft Office, HTML, STATA, SPSS
Languages:           English (fluent), Arabic (native), French (native)