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Ghassan Elkahlout

Ghassan Elkahlout



Ghassan Elkahlout is the Director of the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies. He is an Associate Professor at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies where he currently serves as Head of the MA Program in Conflict Management and Humanitarian Action. His specialized experience covering three decades of professional work includes the areas of humanitarian response, post-war early recovery, and capacity building. Dr Elkahlout received his PhD in post-war reconstruction and development studies from the University of York, United Kingdom, in 2001.

Prior to joining the Doha Institute in 2016, Dr Ghassan Elkahlout led a distinguished and varied career as a humanitarian professional. This involved working for international organizations including the United Nations, the International Federation of Red Crescent Societies, and Islamic Relief Worldwide. He served as a member of a wide range of emergency humanitarian response teams and has extensive field experience in conflict and disaster-affected contexts including but not limited to Palestine, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Libya, and Jordan.

In 2015, he was appointed as Director of the Humanitarian Forum, playing a key role in convening spaces for training and knowledge sharing in the humanitarian sector in the United Kingdom. He has delivered training courses in the fields of humanitarian response, disaster management, post-war early recovery, and post-war reconstruction.

His research on humanitarian action and post-conflict recovery in conflict-affected context has appeared in prestigious international publications including Housing Studies, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Journal of Sustainable Development, Disasters, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, and the International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis. He is the author of "Humanitarian Action: Reality and Challenges" - - which is one of the leading books on the subject published in Arabic.