Moumena Alajrad holds a Bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Damascus University, a Higher diploma in Tourist and Hotel management from the Syrian Ministry of Tourism, and an MSW in Social Work and Community Development from the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies in Qatar; and ranked first in her class.
During the Syrian crisis, Moumena volunteered her full time and joined the Syrian Red Crescent where she worked with IDPs to provide aid and support. She worked at the Syrian Centre for Social Development for two years as a psychosocial support facilitator and a program manager. She was responsible for developing and conducting awareness and training programs and educational curricula for children.
In 2014, she volunteered with the War Child Organization as a facilitator and program specialist. Along with her team, they helped and managed to support IDPs and develop their skills by implementing training and educational programs for all age groups. In 2016, Moumena worked as an Assistant Manager to the Vice President for Academic and Scientific Affairs at the University of Kalamoon, Syria.
In Qatar, she worked as a Program Specialist at the Centre for Elderly Empowerment & Care – Ehsan. Following her time at Ehsan, she worked as an Assistant Researcher for a research project funded by Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) focused on The Psychosocial Effects of the Blockades on Qatari Family Well Being.
Moumena’s research interests focus on Refugees and IDP Studies and integration with a focus on the Syrian Crises. She further focuses on mental health and development studies. Her MSW Capstone project focused on Self-Esteem and depression among young Syrian refugees: A comparative study in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.