Firas is a Master in Urban Planning student concentrating in Urban Analytics and Infrastructure Finance at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is interested in applying new technologies and data analysis techniques to inform better decisions in the design and implementation of infrastructure projects. He is a firm believer in the special role infrastructure has in generating sustainable growth, prosperity, and resiliency in the communities that it connects. Prior to graduate school, Firas was based in Lebanon where he spent time working in on rolling-out a micro-finance program in Lebanon in addition to a brief stint as a journalist. He also helped start the Kayany Foundation, a non-governmental organization that builds portable schools and shelters for refugees. He has spoken extensively about his work with refugees at universities and with government ministries around the world. Firas was born and raised in Chicago, IL and holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from Knox College.