Grace Awabdeh Boeve (Washington)

The Resume

Grace leads Endsight's advisory services for Middle East issues.  She comes to Endsight with fifteen years of experience living, working, and studying in the region.  As a native speaker in both Arabic and English with a proficiency in French, Grace worked at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Damascus, reporting on political activity for UNHCR headquarters in Geneva.  She worked at the US Department of Justice investigating the political and economic climate of the Middle East and the Foreign Corrupt Policies Act in cooperation with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Grace’s expertise spans into African health programs, where she has managed the daily operations of a $52 million humanitarian relief and development portfolio across seven countries in West Africa.  She oversaw three USAID projects in DRC, Burundi, and Sierra Leone and provided in-country support for program start-up, monitoring and evaluation, and donor coordination.  Grace developed innovative program initiatives in the Great Lakes/West Africa and Latin America/Caribbean regions, and ensured organizational compliance to donor standards and regulations.

Grace received her B.A. in International Relations from Wheaton College, IL, and is pursuing her MBA degree at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

The person

Originally from Syria, Grace developed an early interest in international development and foreign affairs.  Grace enjoys escaping to tropical islands with her husband Jon, visiting her family in Syria and traveling throughout the Middle East, trying new restaurants, cooking, going on walks, swimming and wake boarding.  Her greatest weakness is her sweet tooth, and chocolate is her kryptonite.