Academy Associate
Kholoud Mansour


Kholoud Mansour is an independent consultant and researcher. She was formerly a senior academy fellow at the International Security Department at Chatham House and worked as a senior consultant for the Local to Global Protection Initiative (L2GP). She is affiliated with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at Lund University.

Her current work focuses on humanitarian and development response, the UN system and humanitarian coordination, refugees and migration, civil society and conflict mitigation.

Kholoud has a master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies from Lund University. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics and a postgraduate diploma in international economic relations from Damascus University. She has a diploma in conflict prevention, resolution and reconciliation from the International Peace and Security Institute and Johns Hopkins University.

In Syria, she had worked extensively with refugees, resettlement programs, human trafficking and humanitarian assistance.

Areas of expertise

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

Past experience

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