Expert Profile



Mr Hafez AbuAdwan

Hafez AbuAdwan is from the Gaza Strip, Palestine. He graduated with a Master’s degree in International Education with a focus on peacebuilding and peace education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2017. He is now a 2nd year Master’s student in Development Studies majoring in Power, Conflict, and Development and minoring in Global Security at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. His research focuses on non-state armed actors in Libya, Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine. He is currently conducting research for his Master’s thesis on the life-cycle of militias in Libya’s ongoing conflict, titled “The Mutation Syndrome: An Analytical History of Libya’s Militias”. Mr. AbuAdwan has 9 years of experience working with both non-profit and for-profit NGOs and INGOs in Palestine, Switzerland and the USA. He has worked in project management, proposal writing, desk research, drafting documents and training. Most recently, he concluded work within the Project Management & Support Unit for the MENA region at Interpeace HQ in Geneva. He was a FULBRIGHT recipient in 2011 at Loyola University Chicago, and the Center for International Education Endowment Fund (2015-2017) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 2018, Mr. AbuAdwan became the recipient of a highly competitive scholarship offered by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Hafez’s areas of interest are Conflict and Intervention, Non-State Armed Actors, Terrorism, IHL, Peacebuilding, Negotiations. He speaks Arabic, English and French.