Waseem Mardini is a 2008 graduate from the University of Pittsburgh. He then went on to obtain his Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University, studying subjects such as Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Sustainable Development. He has worked in New York City and Washington, DC, working for groups such as the Foundation for Middle East Peace, Equitable Origin, and the Arab American Institute. He was the Policy Advisor at Publish What You Pay, where he focused on the corruption in the oil, gas and mining sectors. He also has worked on governance of extractive industries, transparency and accountability, international human rights law, and international corporate responsibility standards. Furthermore, Mr. Mardini has experience in researching human rights violations and conflict in the Middle East. Currently, he works as a Project Manager for KnowTheChain, an organization devoted to educating companies and investors about forced labor and what it means to be transparent and accountable.