Qutaiba Idlbi
New York City
Qutaiba is a researcher, social entrepreneur, and refugee advocate. His past research experiences include analyzing education and security policy in the Middle East as a non-resident fellow at the Global Policy Institute, and developing governance and security atmospheric reports for the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command as a Senior Consultant with Pechter Polls, and for USAID Office of Transitional Initiatives as an Associate with Caerus Associates. Qutaiba is a Co-Founder and former Vice President of People Demand Change (PDC) where he established an enterprise to develop, fund, and implement solutions to humanitarian, social, and political issues. He designed, managed and evaluated programs on governance and civil society strengthening, and peacebuilding. His time at PDC included directing survey research programs and managing monitoring and evaluation efforts in Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen, and leading PDC's long-term strategy and mission.

Qutaiba has extensive refugee experience, advancing national engagement efforts as a Research Assistant with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services; promoting refugee awareness through speaking engagements across the U.S, acting as Associate Producer for the Red Lines documentary; and volunteering for refugee relief organizations in Lebanon and Egypt. He currently serves as a board member of Paper Airplanes, an organization facilitating online language and skills instruction for refugees across the Middle East. Qutaiba is completing his bachelor's degree in Political Science at Columbia University.