Sahar Atrache, Senior Advocate for the Middle East
Sahar Atrache is the senior advocate for the Middle East at Refugees International. Prior to joining Refugees International, Sahar was the senior advocacy officer at the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), where she led research and advocacy efforts around Syria policy and humanitarian issues in the United States and the Middle East. Prior to SAMS, Sahar was a senior analyst on the Middle East and North Africa at International Crisis Group, where her policy reports and articles were the basis of direct international advocacy and media engagement. Her research took her to refugee camps and conflict zones throughout the region, where she interviewed affected individuals and collaborated with local communities. From July 2007 to July 2008, Sahar also served with the United Nations in Lebanon, where she coordinated post-conflict relief and reconstruction in a Palestinian refugee camp. She previously worked with several Lebanese and international NGOs on projects aiming at socio-economic development, empowering vulnerable groups and improving governance. Sahar holds Post Master's degrees in Political Science and in Journalism. She is fluent in English, Arabic, and French.