Benjamin Harburg


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Germany Germany 2005


Ben Harburg is the Managing Director of Avra Commodities, a physical commodities trading and shipping firm with active operations in 11 countries across Asia and Africa. He was previously a Director at MRI Trading AG in South East Asia and worked for The Boston Consulting Group in Europe and the Middle East. Mr. Harburg has been affiliated with the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of State, NATO, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, and the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership. Mr. Harburg graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University, where he was a Neubauer Scholar and twice captained the varsity rowing team. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Freie Universität Berlin, where he conducted research on the radicalization of Muslim youth in Europe and homegrown terrorism networks. He was appointed a Franklin Fellow by the Department of State (which he declined). Mr. Harburg currently sits on the boards of various private companies and was recently elected to the board of directors of Beyond Conflict. Mr. Harburg is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Germany 2005).

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