Ala Ali UNDP Iraq

Community Mobilization Expert at UNDP-Iraq


Aala is a Women’s rights and peace activist with over seventeen years of experience working in the field of civil society in Iraq including the Kurdistan Region.

After years of managing and administering programs funded by UN agencies and other international donors, Ms Ali is a specialist in conflict analysis, research, peace-building strategies and organizational democracy.

 She is a member of the Iraqi al-Amal Association working for justice and democracy in Iraq since 1995, and was elected to the board of trustees in 2008.

 Since 2010 Ms. Ali has worked as a Community Mobilization Expert at UNDP-Iraq since 2010, providing technical expertise to facilitate the implementation of the Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme.

She has served as Iraq Program Coordinator with the Olof Palme International Center, Senior Regional Program Officer with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Peace-building Consultant with the UN Development Program, and Country Manager of Women in Technology for Institute of International Education.

Ms. Ali holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master in Business Administration /MBA and Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation from the Eastern Mennonite University-Center for Justice and Peace.VA-USA.

BASED IN:  Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq

LANGUAGES:  Arabic, English and Kurdish



Women’s resistance to extremism: a report from a recent forum on women’s security in the MENA region, September 2015

Security, Religion, and Gender in Nineveh Province, Iraq September 2015