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Sherine El Taraboulsi–McCarthy

Sherine El Taraboulsi–McCarthy

Director

NatCen International

Sherine is Director of NatCen International where she is responsible for expanding the National Center for Social Research's global impact and setting the strategic direction of its international programme. She is an established research expert on humanitarian and development policy, conflict, security and evidence uptake, and has research experience in over 13 countries.

In addition to her role at NatCen, Sherine is a Politics Visiting Fellow at Keble College, University of Oxford where she is leading a project on the political economy of global solidarity in the age of COVID-19. Prior to joining NatCen, she was a Senior Research Fellow with the Politics and Governance team and a Research Fellow with the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). At ODI, Sherine oversaw a portfolio of work on conflict and security, particularly within the MENA region. She also launched and co-led ODI-MED, a cross-institutional initiative on peace and sustainability in the Mediterranean region.

Sherine has served as an adviser and consultant to governments as well as a wide range of international NGOs, multilateral and bilateral agencies including UNDP, UNV, UNWomen, UNICEF, Transparency International and others. She is a member of the Yemen Safe Passage Group and the British Academy’s Society for Libyan Studies.

Sherine has published articles in various key academic and policy journals and outlets. These include the International Review of the Red Cross, the Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of the Middle East, as well as book chapters in edited volumes with Palgrave Macmillan and James Currey. She has been featured in various media outlets such as al Jazeera, the BBC, RT, Thomson Reuters, and the Guardian.

Sherine was a Weidenfeld-Hoffman Scholar at the University of Oxford and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’. She holds a doctorate from the Department of International Development and St. Cross College, University of Oxford.

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