Taraf Abu Hamdan
Taraf is a researcher and an environmentalist and community engagement facilitator with significant experience in multinational organizations in the Middle East, Africa, South East Asia, and North America. Currently, Taraf is pursuing a PhD in political sciences at the Central European University, her research focuses on the climate change, migration, and conflict nexus and specifically on how formal and informal institutions influence communities' vulnerability and adaptive capacity. She is also the current chair of the migration research group at CEU. She holds an MPA in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Columbia University, and a BSc in Environmental, Soil, and Water Sciences from the University of Arkansas. Her expertise is in development, environmental sciences, impact assessment, policy design and analysis, humanitarian relief, livelihoods, and community engagement. Taraf was involved in the initial relief efforts following the December 2015 refoulment of Darfuri refugees from Jordan and was the co-founder of the grassroots community-led volunteer group that inspired the eventual creation of Sawiyan, an NGO which supports and advocates for marginalized refugees in Jordan, of which she is currently a board member. Previously, Taraf worked with Aramex International Ltd. as a sustainability leader, managing projects on carbon emissions reduction, entrepreneurship, and youth education. She supported Ruwwad Development in establishing an alternative tourism project in Beidha, Jordan to create livelihoods for the community, and worked on a project building houses from eco-friendly materials in Thailand.