Academy Associate
Kholoud Mansour


Kholoud Mansour’s current research focuses on foreign aid and its impact on Syrian civil society. Prior to joining Chatham House in February 2015, she was a researcher at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at Lund University. She has been a guest scholar with the Secular Ideology in the Middle East research group at Roskilde University, and has been a senior consultant for a Local to Global Protection study that examined Syrian refugee communities’ protection concerns, their own risk mitigating strategies, and their perceptions of external assistance. Her research interests also include examining the understanding of Syrian religious leaders of the Syrian uprising and their prospective role in confidence-building.

Kholoud is a member of the Syrian Women Initiative for Peace and Democracy. She has participated and spoken at several conferences and forums pertinent to Syria, the Arab Spring, refugees and migration, international security, intercultural and interreligious dialogue, leadership and civil society. She has a bachelor's degree in Economics and postgraduate diploma in International Economic Relations from Damascus University and MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Lund University. In Syria, she has worked extensively with refugees, resettlement programmes, human trafficking and humanitarian assistance. 

She has published, under a pseudonym, in The National newspaper and other media platforms.


  • Refugees, internally displaced people and migration related-issues
  • Civil society and NGOs
  • Conflict resolution, confidence-building and reconciliation
  • Syria’s politics


2015Academy Senior Fellow, International Security Department, Chatham House
2012-15Visiting Researcher, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University, Sweden
May 2014Guest Scholar, Secular Ideology in the Middle East, Roskilde University, Denmark
Aug-Dec 2013Senior Consultant, Local to Global Protection Study
2007-12Team Leader, International Organization for Migration


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