Ms. Shaden Khallaf is an international expert on refugee and humanitarian affairs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), currently serving as Senior Policy Advisor at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where she leads regional partnership policy analysis and design. Shaden’s areas of expertise include strategic planning and policy formulation, international human rights law, stakeholder analysis, advocacy and communications, post-conflict transitions and solutions, the protection of refugee women and children, the prevention of violent extremism, and the Sustainable Development Goals.
She has spearheaded the design of innovative partnerships with civil society, academia and the private sector on refugee issues through the MENA Civil Society Network for Displacement. Shaden also previously lectured at the Department of Law and at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies at the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy of the American University in Cairo, as well as at the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan. Shaden has featured in regional publications among trailblazing Arab women in the humanitarian and development fields, and she is a strong advocate for women’s empowerment in MENA and beyond.