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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Aisha Saad, 2016

JD, Yale University

Aisha Saad is an immigrant from Egypt

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD at Yale University

Aisha was born in Cairo, Egypt and immigrated to the United States with her family in the early 1990s. She was raised on an Islamic concept of tawhid, the unity of all creation, and in a community and family that expressed this tenet through service and compassion. Her parents sought educational opportunity in the US and futures for their children that were not limited by political and social constraints.

Aisha’s early childhood in Egypt and regular summer visits growing up gave her dual exposure to industrial development and its disparate impacts on a global scale. During a summer project in Bhopal, India in 2008, Aisha was exposed to Union Carbide’s industrial disaster site and the ongoing legal campaigns for justice. She became captivated by the corporate form and by its social and environmental impacts.

After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill, Aisha pursued master’s and doctorate degrees at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, focusing on public challenges to the modern corporation and the development of effective corporate responsibility regimes. Aisha then spent two years as an assistant professor at the American University in Cairo, helping to launch a master’s in sustainable development and teaching courses on corporate social responsibility, and social and environmental policy.

Aisha is now pursuing a JD at Yale Law School. She is dedicated to advancing progressive scholarship focusing on the legal theory of the corporation and to representing marginalized communities through impact litigation in cases of environmental and corporate injustice.

Education
  • DPhil Geography | University of Oxford 2013
  • MPhil Nature Society & Environmental Policy | University of Oxford 2011
  • BS Environmental Health Science | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2009
  • BA Spanish Literature and Language | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2009
Awards
  • Rhodes Scholar
  • Morehead-Cain Scholar
Work History
  • American University in Cairo, Assistant Professor | August 2013 - December 2015
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