Ari Jacobovits is the All Africa Managing Director, connecting MIT students, staff, and faculty to mutually beneficial internships, research projects, and teaching opportunities with partners in Africa. Ari's background is in business development and operations mangement across industries and sectors. He is also the Host and Producer of radio show MISTI Radio on WMBR 88.1 FM and organizer of the MIT-Africa Forum speaker series.
Ari’s interest in Africa began while studying abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. After graduating college, he worked in marketing with Zipcar, leaving to pursue an interest in international development. Ari served in the United States Peace Corps - Kenya where he worked with a group of fishermen on building the country’s first community managed marine park. After completing the Peace Corps, Ari spent four years working with the State Department’s Refugee Admissions Program across Africa and in Washington, DC. As a graduate student, Ari spent his summer managing operations for the e-commerce company Jumia in Tanzania. He is passionate about forming strategic partnerships in research, education, and innovation with colleagues in Africa.
Ari holds a Master of International Business with a specialization in Development Economics from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BA in Journalism and Music from Indiana University – Bloomington.