Abraham Faham

Impact Story: Abraham Faham

Hometown/ Recent location: Brooklyn, NY

Undergraduate Institution: Hunter College, City University of New York

Degree: B.A in Religious studies and Environmental Management & Policy

Additional Degrees: Certificate in Permaculture Design

Interest/Hobbies: Supply chain management, architecture, dancing, ethic food, the oceans

Previous Work Experience / Internships:

  • Eco –educational farm guide, Modi’in, Israel
  • Sustainable development associate for entrepreneur Jack D. Hidary, NYC
  • Real estate manager, NYC

Current Program: Agriculture, Food and Environment

1. Why did you choose to attend the Friedman School?

The Agriculture, Food and Environment (AFE) program is the only of its kind, and not just in its focus on the interrelationship between agriculture, food and the environment. AFE is unique in its interdisciplinary emphasis on history, science, policy, economics, and research skills related to food systems. On top of that, Friedman has a reputation not only for top-notch professors but also for collaborative learning where students develop a strong community and work together.  I also have the opportunity to be a part of the greater Tufts University which offers relevant courses in the school of Urban Environmental Planning and the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy.

2. What are you most looking forward to during your time at the Friedman School and/or what have some of your favorite experiences been at the Friedman School?

I have been at the Friedman School for only a month, but I already recognize the quality of communication and class discussions. I have always been one to ask questions, and I am happy that at Friedman questions are not just respected but encouraged. I look forward to continue engaging in an environment where I learn from professors and students who both have a high degree of professionalism and expertise. I also look forward to the opportunity to learn what I am currently most interested in!

3. What are your career aspirations and how do you think your Friedman School education will help you achieve these goals?

I aspire to work in the food industry, and AFE is a proper choice to prepare me for such a career.  I am not sure if that means working for a big food company to improve its commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainability, or working with a smaller company to promote and develop alternatives to current food systems. What I do know is that at Tufts I will develop literacy in both economics and the food industry that will qualify me for a job in the field.  Furthermore, a relevant internship is more than just encouraged but required as part of the program – something I consider critical for my professional development.

4. How has financial aid impacted your Friedman School experience and/or what would you like to say to thank our donors for their generosity?

Thank you for your support. A key part of my decision to come to the Friedman school over others was the generous offer for financial assistance. Now that I am here I could not be happier with my choice. I have a strong sense that I am pursuing a valuable path and that my financial investment in education will better my career in the future. You also invested in me, and I hope to someday pay forward your philanthropy with a profession that is in line with the principles of the Friedman school.