Ari Jacobovits is the MIT-Africa Program Manager, connecting MIT students and faculty to mutually beneficial internships, research projects, and teaching opportunities with partners in Africa. Ari’s interest in Africa began while studying abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from 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 an e-commerce business in Tanzania. He is passionate about innovative approaches to economic development 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.