Academy Associate
Rana Khalaf


Rana Khalaf was an Academy senior fellow with the Middle East and North Africa Programme in 2016. She is the author of several key publications on Syria that seek to bridge the gap between academia and the world of civil society, activism and policy-making. Her research interests span across conflict, governance, state building, civil-society, youth and peace building. At Chatham House her work tackled emerging trends in local politics, by looking into governance in the non-government controlled parts of Syria.

Prior to joining Chatham House, Rana provided research consultancy to several local and international institutions and social movements. These include the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, Badael Foundation and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the UNDP Bureau for Development Policy and the League of Arab States.

Rana is also a non-resident fellow with the Centre for Syrian Studies at the University of Saint Andrews and is actively engaged with bodies and civil society networks working on Syria and the Levant.

Areas of expertise

  • Governance during conflict
  • Civil society
  • Youth
  • Social protection
  • Region: Syria and the Levant

Past experience

2016Academy Senior Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

Independent Consultant / Researcher
- Syrian Female Journalist Network 
- International NGO Training & Research Centre (INTRAC) 
- Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung 
- The Asfari Foundation 
- University of St Andrews, E- International Relations Journal


Resident Research Fellow, Centre for Syrian Studies, University of St Andrews 


Independent Consultant / Researcher
- United Nation Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) 
- Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung 


Co-founder/ Project Manager, The Syrian League for Citizenship


Research and Development Manager, Al Wataniyya Microfinance Institution at the Syria Trust for Development 


Independent Consultant / Researcher
- League of Arab States Youth Forum 
- Bureau for Development Policy – United Nations Development Program (UNDP)


Fellow, Y-PEER PETRI-AUB, American University of Beirut


Business Awareness Assistant/Youth Leaders Initiative Manager, The Syria Trust for Development


Student Life Coordinator, The International School of Choueifat