Hala Agha has a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Damascus, Syria. Her thesis was titled: “Violence against Wives in Damascus and Damascus Countryside Directories, a field Sociological Study from a Gender perspective” (at individual level). It was a pioneer study in sociology on family in Syria. The aim the study was to find out the true scale of the phenomenon and discover the relationships between all factors, related to gender based violence against wives in Syria at all levels (micro, mezzo, and macro). The study won a grant from the Arabic Women’s Organization for the best thesis project in sociology in all of the Arab countries in 2009.
Hala also participated in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Division of Continuing Education Programme. She worked for 24 years as a Community Development & Relief Social Worker for UNRWA in Syria. She supervised many Community Development Centers and she was a Capacity Building Facilitator on Gender Based Violence (GBV) referral system and gender workshops. Hala also worked as a freelancer trainer on the topics: Assessment of Community Needs, Gender& Gender Based Violence (GBV) and drugs prevention for the staffs of NGOs and local community members. She worked as a consultant on Palestinian Youth Strategy with UNRWA & UNICEF. She participated in the formulation process for the strategy, did gender analyses and the editing of the strategy document. Hala has been a representative of UNRWA in many forums and workshops such as the Syria child protection assessment interpretation, Amman 2013 (UNICEF). Hala is an outspoken feminist and active in field of gender equality and human rights. She is a co-founder of the Palestinian commission against drugs. She also found time to be a lecturer in the cultural and social centers and on TV, aiming to raise the awareness about social and community development.
Mohamed holds a Bachelor degree in Administrative Science majoring in economics and accounting from Kuwait University, College of Administrative Science. He has worked in finance, accounting and administration for about ten years in different companies in Kuwait. He knows Tigre, Arabic, English and Swedish. His goal is to work with new challenges and develop his skills while doing it. He also plans to continue his studies in economics. In his free time Mohamed likes to read books about history and watching movies.
Jens was born and raised in Gothenburg but has previously also lived in Norway and in the US. He enjoys meeting new people and he is great at disc golf. Jens has a bachelor’s degree in economics, and has besides that taken courses in Swedish, English, and political science. Jens did an internship at the Program on Governance and Local Development during spring 2016. During the summer of 2016 he worked as a research assistant for GLD. He assisted the research team with data collection, dissemination, and writing reports. In addition, Jens is also interested in development economics and health economics. For his bachelor thesis he conducted a field study in India, examining the relationships between microfinance and child health.
Anmar was born and raised in Manama, the capital of the smallest country in the Middle East, Bahrain. Anmar has a Master’s degree in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden), where he researched the topic of Sustainability Education for his Master’s thesis. His previous academic background was in business, as he did a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance at the University of Warwick (UK), followed by a Master’s degree in International Management for Middle East and North Africa at the University of London. Anmar has five years’ work experience in banking, as he was a manager at Gulf International Bank, a major wholesale bank in Bahrain. He currently works as an Assistant Researcher for GLD. Anmar enjoys reading, playing piano, travelling and drinking coffee!
Evangelia holds a bachelor degree in Law from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and a Master Degree in European Studies from the University of Gothenburg. She has worked as freelance lawyer, having her own firm for five years, and she is a member of Katerini Bar Association (Greece). Evangelia is interested in topics related to the EU integration, migration, gender issues, corruption and accountability. She hopes that her internship at GLD program would enrich her knowledge on governance and local development and would give her an insight on the working life of a researcher. Evangelia speaks three languages English, Italian and French and she is currently learning Swedish. In her free time she likes to travel, hike, read books and meet with friends.