This month we kick-off Faces of Change, our campaign to amplify the stories and learn from people creating change using leadership-based organizing.
Our first Faces of Change leader is Nisreen Haj Ahmad!
Join us on Wednesday 30 October 10am EST to hear and learn from thework of Nisreen and Ahel in the Middle East.
In this session we’ll explore the impact of Nisreen and Ahel’s leadership and organizing across the Middle East, and they are achieving it.
Earlier this month Marshall Ganz sat down with Nisreen to explore her personal journey to leadership – stream below!
More about Nisreen and Ahel
For the past ten years, Nisreen Haj Ahmad has invested herself in enhancing organized collective action for justice and equality.
In 2012, she co-founded and became director of Ahel.org, a nonprofit that coached 16 campaigns and trained over two thousand people in organizing in the Middle East, namely Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon and Syria.
She was also involved in supporting the organizing of the BDS Movement and together with other women started its chapter in Jordan.
Nisreen is committed to creating learning and solidarity spaces that inform and sustain leaders and activists around the world.
In 2012, she coordinated the Leading Change Global Gathering, bringing together more than a hundred organizers from around the world, and in 2014 organized a similar gathering of the Network’s Affiliates in Serbia. Nisreen is an advisory board member of Beautiful Rising.
Trained as a lawyer, Nisreen obtained a law degree from the University of Jordan (1995), Masters in Law from Edinburgh University (1997), Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School (2007), and most recently finished a research fellowship at the Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).
With Professor Marshall Ganz, Nisreen taught “Social Movements Today: Critical Questions for Critical Times” in the Spring semester of 2017 at HKS.
She has produced several publications, including a documentation of Stand with the Teachers Campaign for fair pay, published by the International Labour Organization, and her work is the subject of a Harvard case study.
Before entering the world of community leadership and organizing in 2007, Nisreen spent 6 years working as a legal advisor for the Palestinian team in the peace talks with Israel.