IDCE Students Profiles

Brandon Cohen (IDSC '2008)
IDCE Fellow

Brandon Cohen (USA) is a 2004 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. While studying political science and history, he began extensively traveling and experimenting with social entrepreneurship. He soon combined his passions by helping to create a student-initiated NGO which empowers African refugee youth. In the summer of 2004, Brandon safely coordinated a series of development projects in the Dukwi Refugee Camp in Botswana. The next year he returned to Africa as Associate Director of the organization, and coordinated three new development projects in the Kala Refugee Camp in Zambia. After returning to the United States, Brandon worked as the Development Associate for the Tahirih Justice Center in Falls Church, VA, which assists women and girls who are fleeing gender-based human rights abuses. To date, he has traveled, studied, or worked in over 40 countries on five continents.