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About Lynn Zovighian

Lynn Zovighian, co-founder and managing director of The Zovighian Partnership (ZP), will visit Northeastern University October 3-7, 2022, as the Social Impact Lab’s inaugural Zameli Family Fellow. Lynn is a social investor, columnist in the largest Middle East English daily, Arab News, and Emerita Director of the Middle East & Arab Diasporas at NEXUS Global. She is the 2022 recipient of the International Religious Freedom Award for Business Leader in Civil Society and sits on the International Religious Freedom Secretariat’s Global Leadership Council.

Deeply committed to building a strong and peaceful future for Lebanon and the Middle East, Lynn established the ZP Public Office to serve communities facing crisis and conflict by using evidence-based practice to promote justice and accountability. Lynn and her team are longtime partners to Yazda, an international Yazidi community-led NGO founded in 2014 to support victims of the Yazidi Genocide perpetrated by the self-declared Islamic State (Daesh/ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. ZP provides pro bono expert advice to NGOs appointed to represent Lebanon in the international donor-led Lebanon Reform, Recovery and Reconstruction Framework (3RF) and is recognized as an independent monitor of humanitarian aid entering the country.

Drawing on philanthropic and social change frameworks developed by Social Impact Lab founder and Juffali Family Director Rebecca Riccio, Lynn and the ZP Public Office are reimagining philanthropy in Lebanon. Their work is empowering NGOs serving women to set their own funding priorities based on local needs and creating pathways for oppressed and marginalized communities to shape the humanitarian initiatives that impact their lives.

About the Zameli Family Fellowship

Northeastern parents Mohamed and Dina Zameli established the Zameli Family Fellowship to demonstrate the Social Impact Lab’s global relevance and introduce Northeastern faculty, staff, and students to frontline social change practitioners from around the world. The Social Impact Lab gratefully acknowledges their vision and support.