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TIMEP’s 2021-2022 Nonresident Fellowship Cohort

TIMEP is thrilled to announce the members of its 2021-2022 Nonresident Fellowship cohort!

The fellows, based in countries around the world, bring expertise on thematic areas from public health to sexual and gender-based violence and on countries from Sudan to Syria to the TIMEP team.

Throughout their one year fellowships, TIMEP’s nonresident fellows will be producing engaging and interactive content on top issues affecting their mandate, connecting and collaborating with like-minded organizations, and sharing their knowledge and analysis with journalists, advocates, and policymakers.

Interested in getting in touch with TIMEP’s fellows? Email [email protected]


Meet the 2021-2022 Nonresident Fellowship Cohort:

Habiba Abdelaal is a public administrator and program specialist focusing on women and gender studies. She has volunteered and worked in many NGOs, civic initiatives, and social institutions in Egypt, across the MENA region, and in the United States—including grassroots Egyptian organizations fighting sexual assault such as Imprint and Harassmap. Read her full bio here.

  • Fellowship Mandate: Sexual and gender-based violence (Egypt)


Basma Alloush is the Policy and Advocacy Adviser at NRC USA, where her role includes engaging with interlocutors to bring about humanitarian policies that could alleviate the impact of conflict on vulnerable populations. Throughout her time at NRC, Alloush has conducted field missions to Iraq, Nigeria, Yemen, Lebanon, and Jordan. Read her full bio here.

  • Fellowship Mandate: Humanitarian trends and emerging issues (MENA)


Muzan Alneel is a writer and public speaker with an interdisciplinary professional and academic background (engineering, socioeconomics, public policy). Muzan is the co-founder of The Innovation, Science and Technology Think-tank for People Centered Development (ISTiNAD) – Sudan. Read her full bio here.

  • Fellowship Mandate: People-centric approach to economy, industry, and environment (Sudan)


Veronica Bellintani is a human rights researcher and transitional justice specialist, focusing on the Syrian conflict. She works as Legal Analyst at the Syrian Legal Development Programme, where she conducts legal research and provides legal support and capacity-building and training to Syrian civil society and associations of victims and survivors and families of victims. Read her full bio here.

  • Fellowship Mandate: Victim and survivor-centric justice (Syria)


Chaima Bouhlel is an independent consultant based in Tunisia. Over the past few years, her work has focused on the decentralization reforms taking place since the adoption of the Tunisian constitution in 2014, as well as issues of citizen participation, transparency, and good governance. She is also involved in the media scene in Tunisia. Read her full bio here.

  • Fellowship Mandate: Decentralization (North Africa)


Noura Ghazi is a human rights lawyer who has helped over 1,000 detainees and their families in Syria. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Nophotozone, an organization providing legal assistance, empowerment, and advocacy for detainees and their families and families of those forcibly disappeared in Syria. Read her full bio here.

  • Fellowship Mandate: Enforced disappearances and detention (MENA)


Ghinwa Hayek is an epidemiologist who works mainly in the fields of maternal and newborn health, mental health, and now on COVID-19 in the academic and humanitarian sector in Lebanon and the Middle East. She recently joined an international humanitarian organization as an Evaluation, Analysis and Learning Coordinator, working with their shelter and legal assistance programs for refugees and other vulnerable populations in Lebanon. Read her full bio here.

  • Fellowship Mandate: COVID-19, public health, and access to data and information (MENA)


Karim Merhej is a researcher and writer at The Public Source, an independent media organization based in Beirut. He was previously the Google Policy Fellow at the Governance and Policy Lab, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut, where he focused on the nuanced impact that digital technologies have on governance, activism, the economy and society. Read his full bio here.

  • Fellowship Mandate: Corruption, socioeconomic inequality, and governance (Lebanon and Jordan)