Melissa Diamond

Founder and Executive Director of “A Global Voice for Autism,” Irbid, Jordan; Jenin/Ramallah/Silwad, Palestine; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Mersin, Turkey; Algiers, Algeria; Beijing, China Advisor | Prize

Melissa Diamond is a social entrepreneur who is passionate about catalyzing sustainable solutions for conflict-affected communities. She holds a Master’s degree in Conflict, Security, and Development from the University of Bradford, where she was a Rotary Peace Fellow, a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Peace and Conflict from the University of Richmond and is currently a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China where she is pursuing a Masters of Management Science in Global Affairs. Melissa is also the Founder and Executive Director of “A Global Voice for Autism,” an international non-profit organization that supports the development and success of children with autism and trauma-related behavioral challenges in conflict-affected communities. Passionate about youth empowerment, Melissa is a Regional Focal Point for the UN Major Working Group on Children and Youth-SDG 4, has twice served as the Disabilities commitment mentor for the Clinton Global Initiative University, and sits on the Board of Directors for AMENDS, a U.S.-Middle East dialogue and entrepreneurship organization.