Academy Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security
Dr Abdulkarim Ekzayez
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Dr Abdulkarim is a Syrian medical doctor and an epidemiologist. His work at Chatham House focuses on the public health impacts of conflict, as well as challenges around the protection of healthcare in conflict, both issues he has experienced first-hand in Syria.

In 2013, Karim was training to be a neurosurgeon when his residency was interrupted by the war. He joined Save the Children in North West Syria, where he led the health response until 2017 – helping build the primary health care system and restarting routine vaccinations.

Dr Abdulkarim is a regular contributor to several medical and civil society institutions in Syria, and has been active in advocacy for Syria through media and conferences. He is a trustee member of two NGOs, Shafak and Eye to the Future.

He received his MD from Aleppo University and his MSc from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


  • Health in conflict
  • Epidemiology
  • Emergency response, management and communication
  • Outbreaks of infectious disease


2017 - presentGlobal culture fellow, Institute for International Cultural Relations, Edinburgh University
2016-17MSc Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2015-17Senior health and nutrition program manager, Syria Response, Save the Children (Turkey office)
2015Emergency team leader for Idleb massive displacement response, Syria Response, Save the Children
2014-16Technical backstop, Polio task force, Idleb governorate
2013-15Health coordinator, Syria Response, Save the Children (Turkey office)
2012-17Consultant, Idleb Health Directorate
2010-13Neurosurgery resident doctor, Ministry of Health, Syria
2004-09Medical degree (MD), Aleppo University, Syria