Marie A. Principe is a Program Officer for the Middle East & North Africa at CIPE where she manages CIPE’s programs in the Levant – Syria, Palestinian Territories, Jordan, and Lebanon. In this role, she also manages the Livelihoods Innovation through Food Entrepreneurship (LIFE) Project, which develops mutually beneficial and sustainable livelihood solutions for Syrian and other refugees and their host communities in the food sector in Turkey. Since 2017, the LIFE Project has provided intensive support on how to start and scale food businesses to more than 300 entrepreneurs in Turkey from 10 countries.
With nearly 15 years of experience working in the Middle East and North Africa, her work primarily focuses on inclusive entrepreneurship and the economic empowerment of women. Prior to joining CIPE, Principe was with the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Wilson Center and, before that, an Iraqi women-owned development consulting company in Baghdad, Iraq. Principe holds a Master of Arts in International Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science from Appalachian State University in North Carolina.