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 was the co-founder and CEO of Bandura Games, a company he created with Israeli and Palestinian partners, 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.
Justin continues to be inspired and guided by that desire to ensure safety for all people, regardless of their background. In 2015, Justin co-led a successful operation to help the interfaith activist and author Mohammed Al Samawi escape the civil war in Yemen, and he continues to assist those who bravely advance human rights around the world. In 2017, Justin was part of the international team that launched The AMEL Project, which trains the next generation of human rights activists who advocate for women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and religious freedom in some of the most oppressive regimes across Africa and the Middle East.
Justin is currently purshing his masters degree in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and serves on the board of directors for The AMEL Project and AJC San Francisco.