Michelle Moghtader is the Director of Global Development and a Co-Founder of Shared Studios-- a multidisciplinary arts, design and technology collective. She is the artistic liaison and producer of Shared_Studios' global projects. Previously, she was a multi-media journalist based in the Middle East. She has written for Reuters, CNN, The Huffington Post and Energy Intelligence Group. She worked as a community organizer in an American electoral campaign and at a U.S. nonprofit where she empowered citizens to become active members of their civil society. Michelle graduated from the University of Virginia and received her master’s degree from the Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. She speaks Persian, French and Spanish. Twitter: @mmoghtader.