Masters in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School (student)
Justin loves bringing people together, especially from across conflict zones. He has seen the incredible power of face-to-face interaction and shared experiences to help people overcome extreme differences, and has dedicated his life to finding ways to recreate similar experiences for millions of people around the world. Justin is the co-founder and CEO of Bandura Games, a company he created with an Israeli and a Palestinian partner, that builds mobile video games to connect youth from around the world. Their mission is to make the world a more understanding and less violent place by encouraging people from different countries and backgrounds to play online games together on the same team. An American from Chicago, Justin found his inspiration and passion for conflict resolution at a young age. A painful experience with anti-Semitism at age 15 helped shape Justin’s belief that everyone, regardless of background, should have a place to feel safe and free from hatred. When he arrived at Stanford University as a freshman and saw the animosity and distrust between the Jewish and Muslim communities, Justin hosted a series of events that brought Jewish and Muslim students together, facilitating dozens of relationships that would not have happened otherwise. Through Bandura Games, Justin has connected with an international community of Jewish and Muslim peacemakers, and has been involved in operations to help rescue Muslim peacemakers from Yemen, Sudan, Egypt, and Iran who have been threatened for their work.