Expert Profile

Ms Balkis Chaabane
Position(s) Young Leader in Foreign and Security Policy at the GCSP; Peace & Security Researcher; AMEL Institute Program Manager; Project Officer at the Migration Constituency of the UN Major Group for Children and Youth

Balkis is a Peace & Security practitioner and researcher, certified trainer & facilitator, youth engagement expert and program design specialist with 5+ years of experience in the non-profit sector. Balkis has worked with several organizations around the world namely with the UN, IREX, USIP, World Youth Alliance, USAID and many more. She has advanced experience in training on human rights and safe & effective activism, youth-inclusive peacebuilding and online engagement programs with an innovative approach in the Middle East & Africa. Her research interests include youth-led peacebuilding, social cohesion & change, human rights & dignity, WPS & YPS, and youth leadership with a proven ability to mentor young people globally. Balkis is fluent in three languages and currently holds several position working as a Program Manager with the African Middle Eastern Leadership Project, Human Security Team Lead with ITSS Verona, Project Officer with the UN's Major Group on Youth & Children (MYCP) and as a Youth Researcher with USAID in Tunisia. Balkis has recently obtained her MA in International Affairs from the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Lebanon. She is the recipient of two prestigious US State Department Scholarships: The Thomas Jefferson Undergraduate Scholarship Program, and the MEPI Tomorrow's Leaders Graduate Program.