I was born and raised in Syria. I have studied law at Damascus University, then completed my PhD at Cairo University in Egypt, with a thesis titled “International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism”. Until 2015, I worked as a lawyer and lecturer at the faculties of Law at Damascus University, and the Syrian Virtual University. At the beginning of the crisis in Syria in 2011, when people took to the streets in demonstrations calling for reform and change, no one expected that the situation would reach this level of death, destruction and displacement.
As a result of the exacerbation of violence during the war in Syria, I had to leave, I moved to the UK in 2015, where I now live and work. I’m currently a visiting research fellow at the School of advanced studies at the University of London (The Refugee law initiative), and I previously worked as a visiting research fellow at the department of war studies (King’s College London), my field of research is about refugees and their integration in the host country, as well as transitional justice and peace process in the post-conflict. I also work as a volunteer and interpreter at some organizations that deal with humanitarian affairs and refugees.
I joined New Citizens’ Gateway as a volunteer in 2016 which gave me the opportunity to contribute to support Refugee and asylum seekers. I was invited to join the Board of Trustees of NCG in 2017 where I am now and where I feel proud while working all together to ensure that NCG has a clear strategy whose goals are aligned with helping refugees and asylum seekers.