Cynthia Nassif

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Cynthia Nassif is a peacebuilder and a former Fulbright Scholar, fluent in English, French, and a native Arabic speaker. She developed a deep understanding of the conflict and context of the Syria crisis and the MENA region while working with Mercy Corps as the Capacity Development Manager for South Central Syria and as the Refugee Status Determination Associate at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Beirut, Lebanon.

As a practitioner in conflict resolution, she has focused on youth development and their contribution to civil society through nongovernmental organizations and/or faith-based institutions. She has worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) global support programs in the fields of conflict prevention, infrastructures of peace, and crisis recovery. As part of this program, they launched a Global consultation on radicalization with the rise of groups like Al Shabab, Boko Haram, and the Islamic State to inform policy makers and guide development programming.

As a current PhD student at George Mason University, she is examining the integration of policy recommendations towards violence extremism in development programs. She hopes to contribute to the literature that aims to support government and nongovernmental organizations in their programs and policies towards peace and sustainability.