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Nitsan Shakked

Associate Director, Tufts Institute of the Environment

Nitsan joined TIE in August 2016 as Associate Director. Together with Prof. Abriola, she sets TIE’s vision, sustaining and building programs and initiatives. In addition, Nitsan directly supervises the TIE staff to foster interdisciplinary partnerships across campus.

Nitsan has a rich cultural and educational background that combines strengths in environmental science, technology, and international policy. She was educated in Israel, Germany, and the United States. Her research and professional interests lie at the intersection of water, energy, conflict, policy and society. Nitsan recently graduated with an M.A. in Global Affairs from Yale University, where she focused on technology and innovation in development. While at Yale, she played a pivotal role in several developmental projects, including those related to forced migration in the Levant and refugee education, human trafficking in India, and conflict-mineral extraction in the Congo. She is also a co-founder of a public health tech startup, TextDirect, whose aim is to increase adherence to malaria medication in Sierra Leone. Prior to her graduate studies at Yale, Nitsan worked at the Department of Applied Research at Karlsruhe University, where she directed an E.U. and GIZ-funded project and developed a small-scale renewable desalination unit that provides reliable water solutions to developing countries, including Small Island Developing States. She has also advised the USAID, the U.S. State Department, and various international environmental, water, and energy ministries.

In addition to her M.A. in Global Affairs from Yale University, Nitsan holds a B.S. in Geology and Earth Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Tübingen University. Nitsan enjoys going on geology trips, collecting rocks, reading poetry in the park, and swimming.


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Theresa Silver
Program Coordinator, Water Diplomacy | IGERT
Theresa also contributes to TIE’s communications and administrative functions.

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Lauren O’Brien
Graduate Intern, TIE and Water: Systems, Science, and Society
MS in Agriculture, Food, and Environment Candidate, Class of 2017

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and PolicyLauren assists in administrative task management for all TIE programs, handles website maintenance and manages TIE social media accounts. She earned a bachelors degree is in Political Science from Villanova University where she also completed pre-medical studies. Her attention to human health evolved into a passion for addressing the nexus of social and environmental justice in community development. Outdoor sports, yoga, drawing, and listening to live music are among Lauren’s interests outside of school.

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