Adam Silow graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 2016 from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University (ASU) with a B.S. in economics and a B.A. in global studies. At ASU, he was president of the Model UN club and co-founder of GATE, the university’s first journal on global affairs. For two summers, Adam traded dry, Sonoran heat for D.C.’s humidity by interning first at Social Impact, Inc., an international development consultancy, and then in the Senate, focusing on national security and U.S.-Africa foreign policy. He spent a third summer in Accra, Ghana on a microfinance project for a grassroots women’s rights NGO.

Rather than return home to California after graduation, Adam used his German citizenship to explore his European roots and take a job across the Pond in the Berlin study abroad office of New York University. After a year and a half in Germany, Adam returned to his long-term career interest of working on issues of conflict, law, and politics by moving in February 2018 to the city of Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. There, he worked as the international operations manager for Fempo, an NGO startup supporting Congolese women politicians. Adam, who speaks fluent German and conversational French, enjoys running, boxing, hiking, and finding the next far-flung location to go backpacking.