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Mehsum Basharat

Grant Writer
Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan

Mehsum discovered his passion for the development sector when he first engaged in a year-long ethnographic study for his undergraduate thesis. Since then, he has worked with leading nonprofit organizations on a variety of program areas. Before joining Elevate, he helped The Brookings Institution develop an early childhood education program for refugee students in the Middle East. Before that, he worked with the World Resources Institute on an international-scale urban transformation prize focused on promoting sustainability and clean energy for cities.

Mehsum has expertise in renewable energy, environmental sustainability, and international development. He holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University, where he also served as an Associate Editor for a graduate student-run academic journal. He earned his BA in Liberal Studies from Beaconhouse National University.

Outside of work, Mehsum loves to attend music shows in the city. While that is not possible anymore, he is slowly transitioning to outdoor activities such as biking, kayaking, and hiking.

What is your hidden talent?

I can write in three languages and converse in four.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I would be brackets because I can hold a lot in.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

Besides the popular its-versus-it's issue, my biggest pet peeve is the use of misplaced modifiers.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Exploring the city on a bike.

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