2012 Rangel Scholar Mohammad Zia is currently based in Indonesia where, as a Luce Scholar, he works with the Indonesian Ministry of Energy. He will soon be traveling to Morocco to complete a Fulbright research grant on renewable energy finance. He has interned at the U.S. Department of State and has worked at the U.S. Department of Justice and the World Bank. He is an alum of the Public Policy in International Affairs Program and received a Boren Scholarship for a 9-month Arabic program in Amman, Jordan. Mohammad has been recognized as a Harry S. Truman Scholar and Humanity in Action Fellow for his commitment to public service.
In partnership with three colleagues, Mohammad also co-founded the Advancing Muslim American Leadership organization (https://amal-leadership.org/overview.html), which aims to cultivate the civic potential of young Muslim Americans. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland and holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Oxford. Mohammad was born in Saudi Arabia to parents of Afghan and Pakistani descent, and speaks Arabic, French, Indonesian, and Urdu.