Azaz Elshami is the Manager of Global Field Initiatives at ICNC. Her work focuses on activists, organizers and practitioners around the world who are nonviolently struggling for rights, freedom, and justice. Her responsibilities include developing and sharing educational resources; overseeing ICNC’s translations program; managing grants; developing and moderating online courses; and organizing and presenting at ICNC field workshops.
Azaz has diverse experience in the fields of human rights, gender equality, peacebuilding, journalism, conflict resolution, and Internet rights. She has conducted online and offline workshops on advocacy, nonviolent conflict strategy and tactics, citizen journalism, integrating women into peacebuilding, and developing a national peace agenda with significant gender input following UNSC 1325 guidelines. She has also worked as a non-violent communications consultant and a trainer with grassroots groups in the MENA region.
In previous roles, she specialized in the field of TV production and served as a freelance producer with BBC Arabic, Sky News Arabia, and Al-Jazeera English. She also advocated for Internet access rights and worked as an analyst to produce the Sudan Section for the Freedom on the Net report during 2015 and 2016. In addition, she has engaged in policy advocacy targeting the European Union, the British Parliament, and the Arab League.
Azaz earned an MA in International Policy and Practice from George Washington University’s Elliott School in Washington, DC (2014), where she was selected as an honorary fellow. During her program, she delved into the fields of social movements, nonviolent resistance, identity and conflicts, ethnic policy, and new trends in Islamist militancy in Sub-Saharan Africa. In her free time, Azaz enjoys community volunteering , reading, cooking and walking.