Ari Jacobovits is the All Africa Managing Director, connecting MIT students, staff, and faculty to internships, research projects, and teaching opportunities that advance the research, innovation, and education goals of Africa based organizations. Ari's background is in international development, humanitarian affairs, and digital technologies encompassing a variety of business development and operations management roles. He is also the producer of the 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.
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.