Chief Programmes Officer
Carol joined Generations For Peace remotely from the US in June 2021 as the Chief Programmes Officer and moved to Amman in July 2021. In this position, she leads the Programmes Department and the strategic innovation and development of GFP’s global programming. She also works very closely with GFP’s Institutional Learning Department on competencies development; with GFPI on curriculum, research, thought leadership, and policy advocacy; with the Communications Department on Media For Peace programming and advocacy campaigns; and with the Fundraising Department on engaging partners and donors.
Carol was born in Nazareth and lived most of her life in Jerusalem. She brings over 20 years’ experience to GFP, challenging injustices and violence through peacebuilding, dialogue, and advocacy work with communities from all faiths, political opinions, and identities, across the world. She has led and directed numerous peace and conflict programmes, providing programmatic and technical oversight of complex and dynamic portfolios in high tension conflict areas, including Palestine, Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Cyprus, Turkey, and Bosnia. She has experience working on programmes with USAID, US State Department, US embassies in Iraq and Cyprus, the EU, IREX, German GIZ, and UNESCO. She also has experience building a team and a non-profit international organisation, such as Search for Common Ground and Catholic Relief Services, where she directed multimillion-dollar programmes for conflict sensitive reporting, Peace Journalism, and advocacy in the region. Prior to joining GFP, she taught as an Adjunct Professor in the Carter school for Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding.
As a social scientist with an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in conflict analysis and resolution, Carol connects research and practice to help individuals, ethnic groups, marginalised communities, and organisations to resolve issues in a collaborative and constructive way. Her award-winning PhD thesis at George Mason University in Virginia, USA captured the effects of “everyday resistance on relations of power” and the practices and tactics developed by ordinary citizens which demonstrate their resilience living under oppression in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Her passion and interest in these topics did not stop there, as she currently writes policy papers for the Middle East Institute.
Being born to a Palestinian family and living under external occupation had a tremendous effect on her career path and life. Her profound personal investment in working with marginalised communities living in situations of destructive conflicts is what informs her passion and ability for this work. She finds great joy and fulfilment in making a difference, even the smallest one in challenging situations. Her greatest pleasure is to witness people living in conflicts be capable to see beyond the existing limitations and to contribute to others even when it seems futile.
Carol’s favourite escape is under the water. She finds peace of mind with the fishes and corals through her scuba deep diving adventures, especially in the Red Sea. She also enjoys hiking trips and river rafting with her family and friends.