The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship is delighted to announce the appointment of its second cohort of distinguished senior international fellows. These fellows have been selected based on their extensive experience, knowledge, and values that align with the institute’s mission and mandate. As senior international fellows, they are entrusted with developing initiatives, programs, and activities that align with the institute’s strategic plan and priorities.
Meet the new cohort of distinguished senior international fellows:
Lamia Moubayed is a seasoned governance expert and serves as the co-chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA). She is a global advocate for responsive and responsible public institutions as well as democratic governance. Lamia will be working with the Asfari Institute in expanding the scope of the role of civil society in enshrining the concept and practice of citizenship and engagement with public institutions with a focus on public money management.
Leila Hessini is a renowned expert in the field of women’s rights and philanthropy, with a vast background in executive and programmatic work aimed at extending the scope and impact of progressive and feminist philanthropic initiatives. Leila will be working closely with the Asfari Institute in researching the philanthropy ecosystem in the MENA region and in devising strategies for connecting this with progressive social movements for justice and equality.
Paola Salwan Daher is the associate director for global advocacy at the Center for Reproductive Rights in Geneva and sits on the Board of Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights. She has a long history and in-depth knowledge of advocacy for human rights within international spaces. Paola will be leading the Asfari Institute advocacy for rights and entitlements efforts through strengthening civil society organizations’ global outreach and research-based capacity efforts.
Rabie Nasser is an economist and the co-founder of the Syrian Center for Policy Research. He has been actively engaged in conducting critical research regarding the Syrian conflict. His scholarly publications delve into the analysis of the Syrian conflict, along with its immediate and lasting implications on the populace of Syria. Rabie will be working closely with the Asfari Institute in unpacking its program on conflict and post-conflict with emphasis on Syrian refugees in MENA both regionally and globally.