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TIMEP is thrilled to announce the members of its 2024-2025 Nonresident Fellowship cohort!


TIMEP is thrilled to announce the members of its 2024-2025 Nonresident Fellowship cohort!

Tackling critical issues from migration and displacement to surveillance and digital rights in countries from Sudan to Lebanon, these fellows bring a diverse and dynamic array of expertise, experience, and insights to the TIMEP team.

Throughout their one-year fellowships, TIMEP’s nonresident fellows will produce engaging and interactive programming and analysis on the top issues affecting their mandates, connecting and collaborating with like-minded organizations, and sharing their knowledge and insights with journalists, advocates, and policymakers.

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

Meet the 2024-2025 Nonresident Fellowship Cohort:

Salma Daoudi

Salma Daoudi is a researcher and policy analyst; she has focused predominantly on human (in)security in asymmetric warfare, the security-development nexus, and more broadly MENA geopolitics. She is currently a Dphil candidate in International Relations at the University of Oxford, specializing in international security and global health, with a regional focus on the MENA region. Her research primarily revolves around the weaponization of health in Syria and its repercussions beyond the locus and temporality of violence. Read her full bio here.

Fellowship Mandate: Health and Conflict (MENA)

Mohamed El-Baqer

Mohamed El-Baqer is an Egyptian lawyer and human rights defender. In 2014, he established the Adalah Center for Rights and Freedoms that focuses on criminal justice, student rights and academic freedoms, refugee and minority rights, and support for NGOs and human rights defenders’ initiatives. His dedication and impact have been recognized globally, earning him several prestigious awards. He spent four years in prison in Egypt for his human rights work before being released in July 2023. Read his full bio here.

Fellowship Mandate: Rule of Law (MENA)

Mohaned El Nour

Mohaned Elnour is a Sudanese human rights lawyer with 19 years of experience in human rights. Mohaned has represented prominent clients and collaborated with local and international NGOs. He has represented victims of human rights violations domestically and before the Human Rights Council, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. After his work as the legal analyst assistant for the European Union Election Observation Mission to Sudan in 2010 and the South Sudan Referendum in 2011, Mohaned established the Justice Centre for Advocacy and Legal Consultations, which mainly focuses on freedom of religion or belief. You can read his full bio here.

Fellowship Mandate: Religious Minorities and Freedoms (Sudan)

Ibrahim Ezzeldin

Ibrahim Ezzeldin is an Egyptian urban planner and researcher who has been active since 2016 in supporting impoverished local communities. His work focuses on offering alternatives to government policies to enhance urban development processes, as well as preventing forced evictions carried out by the government against residents of poor neighborhoods. Ibrahim is interested in the philosophy of urban planning and sustainable development. He examines various influencing factors in this field, such as political, economic, social, and cultural aspects, along with environmental considerations. You can read his full bio here

Fellowship Mandate: Land and Urban Development (Egypt)

Inès Jaibi

Inès Jaibi is a lawyer and a civil society activist dedicated to defending freedom of expression, both in public and digital spaces, in Tunisia. She is the founder of Lab 117, an initiative dedicated to monitoring the presidential decrees and public policies issued in Tunisia under the state of exception imposed since July 25, 2021. As part of her work, she has published an impact study of Decree No. 54 (known as the Cybercrime Law) and a legal guide to raise awareness about expression in the digital space. She has frequent appearances in the media and has published various articles about the situation of freedom of expression in Tunisia. She holds an LLM in Common Law with a focus on the UN’s role in intra- state conflict and an MA in Media Studies with a focus on conspiracy theories. You can read her full bio here.

Fellowship Mandate: Legislation, Governance, and Rule of Law (Tunisia)

Baraa Khurfan

Baraa Khurfan is an Assistant Researcher at the Omran Center for Strategic Studies. His research interests include foreign policy analysis, governance, and political economy in Syria. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from İstanbul Şehir University. You can read his full bio here.

Fellowship Mandate: Governance, Politics, and Economy (Syria)

Jawhratelkmal Kanu

Jawhratelkmal Kanu is an economist, program management expert, and political economy analyst.  Over the years, Jawhara has directly overseen and participated in the formation of multiple youth groups, women rights networks, and local initiatives, which have and are contributing to shaping the political scene in Sudan. In her eight years experience implementing development projects in Sudan and the broader East Africa region, Jawhara’s interests have also expanded to include political economy, conflict economics, and nonviolent mobilizations; she engages with these topics by conducting research and analysis, participating in local initiatives, and using multimedia to connect and share information with various audiences, including academics, nongovernmental organizations, and policymakers. You can read her full bio here.

Fellowship Mandate: Economy and Conflict (Sudan)

Assala Mdawkhy

Assala Mdawkhy (She/They) is an LGBTQI+ rights advocate and a human rights defender, who initiated and has taken part in a number of different social and political movements and actions against injustice, impunity, and repressive legislations in Tunisia, in the MENA region, and on a pan-African level. Assala’s work now focuses on facilitating access to justice for LGBTQI+ individuals, setting up strategic litigation to repeal Article 230 of the Penal Code that criminalizes same-sex consensual relations, banning the use of anal tests, working on empowering the LGBTQI+ persons and community in Tunisia legally, socially, politically and economically, and also working on national and international advocacy. You can read her full bio here.

Fellowship Mandate: Gender and Sexuality (MENA) 

Drew Mikhael

Drew Mikhael is a researcher and consultant who works with governments, and local and international organizations to aid the inclusion of marginalized groups, primarily displaced persons, and develop better peacebuilding practices in the MENA region and Africa. Some of the stakeholders he has worked with have included the UK, German, Dutch, and Lebanese governments as well UNHCR, UNDP, EU, and OECD. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Queen’s University Belfast and is a scholar at the School’s Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict. You can read his full bio here.

Fellowship Mandate: Migration and Displacement (MENA)

Kassem Mnejja

Kassem Mnejja is the MENA Campaigner at Access Now, an international organization working at the intersection of human rights and technology. Before joining Access Now, Kassem contributed to civic education initiatives and projects within Tunisia’s civil society. He also brings experience in debate, peacebuilding, and regional engagement. He holds a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Sfax. You can read his full bio here.

Fellowship Mandate: Digital Rights and Cyberspace (MENA)

Zeead Yaghi

Zeead Yaghi is the co-founder of Megaphone, a Lebanese independent news platform, as well as a writer and editor with bylines in several American and Arab magazines and journals which can be found at: zeeadyaghi.com. He is a PhD candidate in History at the University of California, San Diego. His work is focused on state modernization, planning, and political economy of rural Lebanon. You can read his full bio here.

Fellowship Mandate: Governance, Politics, and Economy (Lebanon)


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