Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy

Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy

Interim Senior Research Fellow
Sherine is an expert on aid, conflict and security in the Middle East and North Africa and Europe, with over a decade worth of experience in the sector. Her career has engaged extensively with the challenges of marshalling evidence to improve development and humanitarian policy and practice in the Arab region, with a strong focus on Libya, Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt and the Gulf region. Her research interests include non-Western political theory, state formation and fragility, terrorism and extremist violence, humanitarian action in complex emergencies, state donors and non-state philanthropy in conflict, and the politics of communal loyalty and transnational networks in peace building and protection. She is a current member of the Yemen Safe Passage Group.

Sherine was a Projects Manager at the Regional Partnership on Culture and Development, FHI360 where she managed research projects on conflict and gender in Yemen and Jordan. Prior to joining FHI360, she was a Research Manager at the John D. Gerhart Centre for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo where she led multi-country studies on philanthropic practices and youth in North Africa and the Middle East with a focus on Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. She also led the annual Takaful Conference on Arab Philanthropy and Civic Engagement.  

Her PhD at the University of Oxford is a socio-historical examination of the role of Libya's indigenous social capital in state formation and erosion in the period between 1911 - 1969.   

Media coverage

Sherine's research has received extensive media coverage, including in The Guardian, Public Finance International, The Independant and Open Democracy. 


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