Chiara Ayad provides operational support to projects in the Middle East North Africa programme. Prior to joining NOREF, she worked as a Researcher and Program Officer at the Arab Reform Initiative where she led programming on Decentralization of Governance and Women, Peace and Security (WPS). Her previous work experience includes work in the humanitarian sector and youth empowerment initiatives in the MENA. She has particular expertise on the Israeli Palestinian conflict and has been a regular commentator on international media. Chiara holds a Masters degree in International Security from the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po Paris and a BA from Sciences Po in Middle Eastern studies.