Maryam AlHammadi is a first-year MA student in International Studies and a UAE Fulbright Scholar. Her interests lie in the fields of sustainability and energy policy, particularly with regards to the Arabian Gulf. At UW, she has oriented her coursework towards energy and fossil fuel geopolitics, Middle East studies, and international relations in general. Previously, she held roles as an analyst at Axis, a technology Y-Combinator Startup, where she analyzed sector-specific content and current events in the Middle East, and as a research assistant on the CoronaNet Research Project, a COVID-19 government response dataset collection effort. Maryam completed her undergraduate education at NYU Abu Dhabi, where the liberal arts curriculum afforded her opportunities to satiate her multidisciplinary interests, particularly in writing, policy, and science, culminating in her graduating with a degree in Political Science. Throughout her degree, she focused on sustainability-related themes in the UAE and participated as a student delegate in the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, in 2017. In her free time, Maryam enjoys writing prose, engaging in conversation with her peers, and taking walks around the Portage Bay area. In the future, Maryam hopes to take advantage of her graduate education and utilize it to build a career in energy diplomacy in her home country, the United Arab Emirates.