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Class 22 (2023-2025)

Laila Abed, Palestine

Duke University – Master in International Development Policy

Ms. Laila Abed has worked with civil society organizations for the past 14 years. In her role as International Relations and Fundraising Manager, her primary responsibilities include developing grants applications and concept notes, developing fundraising strategies, and developing monitoring and evaluation plans for various projects. Ms. Abed worked through the civil society organizations to shore up social structures and promote democratic principles, peace and reconciliation, and increase civic participation. Ms. Abed is committed to the cause of preserving civic peace in Palestine. She improved her knowledge of human rights and conflict resolution methodologies and bolstered her leadership skills during her Humphrey fellowship at University of Minnesota. She hopes the knowledge and leadership skills she gains during the Rotary Peace Fellowship will position her as an integral part of the new generation of leaders in Palestine. Ms. Abed holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Communications Control and an MBA in Commerce/Business Administration from the Islamic University of Gaza.