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Specialist Topics Humanitarian Response
Displacement Recovery
Disaster Management & Recovery
Humanitarian Aid
Internal Displacement
Refugees and Migrants
Gender Based Violence in Emergencies and Fragile Contexts
International Organizations
Governance for Development
Human Rights
Child Protection
Bi/Multi-lateral Agreements
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AYAT EL DEWARY Humanitarian
Law & Governance


Ayat El Dewary is the Senior External Relations Officer at the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). As a passionate humanitarian, she advocates for the rights of women and children around the world and fundraises to ease the plight of the displaced in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Bangladesh, Somalia, and further afield. An astute strategist, she spearheaded her organization’s foray into devising innovative funding streams to meet the ever increasing needs of most vulnerable populations.

In addition to her current role in UNHCR, she has spent the past 13 years working across various United Nations organizations, including UNDP, UNOCHA and IRIN. Prior to joining the United Nations in 2006, Ayat held various short functions at the United Nations Association in Canada and at Carleton University as head teaching assistant in law.

Ayat is a Harvard Alumni having undertaken the prestigious Senior Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. In addition, she holds an MA in Legal Studies from Carleton University in Canada and a BA combined honors in International Development Studies and Social Anthropology.

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