Merzouga, Morocco
Beirut, Lebanon
Byblos, Lebanon
Deir al-Qamar, Lebanon
Baalbek, Lebanon
Asilah, Morocco
Petra, Jordan
Siq Karak, Jordan
Fez, Morocco
Souq Khan Al-Khalili, Egypt

Marina Lorenzini

US - MENA Relations & Mediterranean History

I'm Dynamic & Resourceful

  • Name: Marina Dolcetta Lorenzini
  • Position: Communications & Development Manager
  • Organization: American Middle East Institute
  • Current Location: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • Citizenship: Italy, United States

At the American Middle East Institute, Marina forges bilateral trade and development partnerships between the US and the countries of the Middle East and North Africa in the natural resources, technology, pharmaceutical, and higher education industries. She focuses on connecting with new partners, attracting clients, developing relationships, and implementing new programs. Upon graduation from Franklin University Switzerland, she studied and worked in Arab countries.

My Languages



Latin (Classical)

Arabic (MSA and Levantine Dialect)


My Education

  • The Fletcher School, Tufts University

    Boston, USA Aug. 2019 - May 2021

    M.A. in Law & Diplomacy

    Concentrations: International Negotiation & Conflict Resolution, Southwest Asia & Islamic Civilization

  • Franklin University Switzerland

    Lugano, Switzerland Aug 2012 - May 2016 Cum Laude

    Bachelor of Arts in Art History, minors in History and Italian Studies

  • University of Pittsburgh

    Pittsburgh, USA Dec 2018

    Arabic Language & Linguistics Certificate

  • Qasid Institute

    Amman, Jordan June 2016 - Aug 2016

    Modern Standard Arabic, Intermediate II
    Jordanian Arabic Dialect, Intermediate

My Work Experience

  • Communications and Development Manager

    American Middle East Institute June 2017 - Present Pittsburgh, USA

    - forge bilateral trade and investment partnerships between the US and MENA Region in the healthcare, manufacturing, and petrochemical sectors
    - produce research on business and political news pertaining to clients’ industries and countries
    - main activities: Annual Business Conference (Pittsburgh 2017, Dubai 2018), Student Program to Egypt (June 2018)

  • Assistant to the Office of the President

    Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane Sep 2016 – June 2017 Ifrane, Morocco

    - perform educational sector analysis of American-accredited universities in the MENA region
    - support preparation for NEASC American university accreditation
    - revise Policies and Procedures, Manuals, Handbooks, and Forms across all University units

  • Scholarships Without Borders Launch Manager

    Franklin University Switzerland Jan 2016 – May 2016 Lugano, Switzerland

    - develop the launch of a new scholarship initiative at Franklin University aimed at funding a Franklin education for Syrian refugees having been granted asylum in Switzerland
    - deliver a formal presentation to students, faculty, trustees, local government officials, and private sponsors
    - implement online media strategy for the scholarship fund

  • Ticket Sales Manager

    TEDxLugano Jan 2014 - Apr 2014, Jan 2016 – Apr 2016 Lugano, Switzerland

    - market to potential applicants via online and print media
    - review applications, curate audience members, and manage VIP guest logistics
    - communicate with 250+ guests concerning event logistics

  • Curatorial Research Intern

    The Andy Warhol Museum Oct 2015 – Jan 2016 Pittsburgh, USA

    - conduct literary and archival research reports for upcoming exhibitions: Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, Michael Chow aka Zhou Yinghua: Voice for My Father, and Andy Warhol: My Perfect Body
    - support curator on research pertaining to the Museum archives or Warhol artworks in private or public collections
    - develop reports to field inquiries on Warhol's artworks from buyers or university researchers

My Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant for Comparative Political Systems

    Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane Gina Pia Cinali, M.Phil. May 2017 - July 2017 Ifrane, Morocco

    - provide research on political structures of countries in Africa and the Middle East
    - lecture on Switzerland’s political history and contemporary repercussions
    - support all students in Academic English skills: syntax, argumentation, and citation styles

  • Teaching Assistant for ESL Program

    Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane Dr. Moncef Lahlou Sept 2016 - Dec 2016 Ifrane, Morocco

    - research and prepare weekly lesson plans discussing current events in Morocco
    - lead bi-weekly English Conversation Group for 30 students
    - support all students in essay writing, grammar, and presentations

  • Teaching Assistant for Intro to Art History, Part II

    Franklin University Switzerland Dr. Johanna Fassl Jan 2016 – May 2016 Lugano, Switzerland

    - lecture on Renaissance, Baroque, Impressionism, and Contemporary art periods
    - present my own research papers
    - lead review sessions for midterm and final exams

My Features

  • The Ellis School

    Marina LORENZINI ’12, October 4, 2017.

  • RAI News

    RAINews, “L’università Al Akhawayn in Marocco, un antidoto al fondamentalismo”, November 11, 2016.

  • Radio Fiume Ticino

    Radio Fiume Ticino, “Le elezioni presidenziali americane” (The American Presidential Elections), Nov. 8, 2016.

  • Franklin University Switzerland

    Franklin University Switzerland, “Becoming a Polyglot”, January 2016.


My Research

As a Franklin University Switzerland student, I academically focused on Modern and Contemporary Visual Art, Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean History, and International Antiquities Law.

  • Capturing the Sound of Abandoned Space
  • Cicero's Presentation of Epicurean Theology
  • Developments during the Baroque Age: A Prefiguration for Installation Art
  • Ethical Debates Surrounding the Return of Egyptian Antiquities
  • Interior Spaces' Connection to Female Identity
  • Islamic Influence on Art and Architecture of the Mediterranean: Sicily and Venice
  • Jean-Léon Gérôme's Role in Constructing A Secular French Nation
  • Motives behind Refugee Policy in Switzerland
  • On the Dichotomy of Perceptions Regarding Sicily
  • Sultan Mehmet II Construction of Muslim and Ottoman Prestige"
  • The Camaraderie of Living in the Skies
  • Women of the Garden
  • 10 Facts You May Not Know About Artemisia Gentileschi

Connect with me

BNY Mellon Center
500 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219