Adv. Samar Muhareb is the cofounder and the CEO of Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development – ARDD, a Jordanian NGO which she cofounded in 2008, in response to the Iraqi Refugee Crisis. Having worked as a lawyer and aid worker in many international organizations, such as Oxfam-GB for many years prior, she realized that one of the most urgent needs refugees and marginalized individuals and communities face is access to justice regardless of status. With over 15 years of experience in working for the international aid community, she developed experience in the field of human rights, refugee affairs, humanitarian response and women’s empowerment in Jordan and the Middle East. In addition, she actively supports initiatives focusing on environmental justice in the region. She has been recognized for her efforts towards furthering social justice and strengthening the role of civil society, and was awarded the TAKREEM Arab World Young Entrepreneur Award in 2011. In addition she is currently a board member of the START Network, Greenpeace Mediterranean, the Southern Refugee Legal Aid Network, a member for the Scientific Committee for the Queen Aliya Award, a member of the special committee of the Royal Court’s Human Resources Development initiative, and was also selected as a delegate member to the Arab League under a new initiative to represent the work of civil society in the humanitarian field. She holds a B.A. in Law and a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Human Development from the University of Jordan.
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