Haim Malka

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Haim is a strategic thinker who brings creative problem-solving to complex global challenges. His background and work have taught him the importance of including marginalized and diverse viewpoints to achieve more effective and equitable outcomes. He is adept at creating diverse coalitions of stakeholders to address protracted issues in the United States and globally.

Haim’s deep international experience gives him unique insights into problem-solving from multiple perspectives. For the past 15 years, he has worked closely with the executive branch, congress, numerous U.S. government agencies, foreign governments and international organizations. As a policy specialist, he looks for multilayered and intersectional trends that affect policy debates and outcomes. He is especially interested in how values shape identity and political debates. His family history and personal experiences have fostered a deep interest in migration, and how the intersection of climate change, conflict and well-being intersect with migration trends.  

Haim is an accomplished author, speaker and cross-cultural communicator. He has published dozens of journal articles, book chapters and op-eds. In addition to testifying before the U.S. Congress, he has lectured widely to government, academic and private audiences. Haim’s most recent study examined how narratives surrounding religion influence politics in Africa.


Prior to joining MG in 2019, Haim spent nearly 15 years developing bipartisan solutions to complex foreign policy issues as a researcher and analyst at a leading Washington think tank. During that time, he immersed himself in the politics, culture and economics of North Africa and the Middle East, connecting social and political trends abroad with similar trends in the United States. Before moving to Washington, D.C., he spent five years in Jerusalem as a television news producer covering the Middle East. Wherever he has been, Haim has explored overlooked trends, sought out marginalized communities, and used his storytelling and analytical skills to convey complex issues to diverse stakeholder audiences.

  • Senior fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C.
  • Research analyst, The Brookings Institution, a nonprofit policy research organization

Haim has a Master of Arts from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of Washington. 

In Community

Haim is on the board of CorpsAfrica, a nonprofit organization that trains and deploys African youth to volunteer in rural areas within their own country. He has coached youth baseball, led a Cub Scout den and served on a synagogue board. He is passionate about prison and sentencing reform, which he believes is vital to creating a more equitable society. 

Haim enjoys spending time with his family and exploring the outdoors. He has a deep appreciation for Arabic music and enjoys numerous subgenres from North African hip-hop to Israeli Mizrahi pop to classical Egyptian composers. He has presented lectures on Judeo-Arab music and the intersection of music, religion and identity at several venues including Strathmore Music Center and the State Department. In his spare time, he explores how music tells the story of human migration.

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