Vanessa E. Beary is currently a doctoral candidate, Kauffman Dissertation Fellow, and Presidential Scholar at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is interested in entrepreneurship education in developing countries with large youth populations. Vanessa recently spent thirteen months in Khujand, Tajikistan conducting her dissertation research as a Fulbright Fellow. Prior to starting her degree at Harvard, Vanessa worked in Iraq for two and a half years. In March 2009, she was awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the U.S. Department of Defense for her service in Iraq. It is the third highest award that the U.S. Army can grant to civilians.