Dina Melhem


Dina Melhem

Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Dina is responsible for providing strategic direction for WFD programming development and design, and relationship management in MENA and Asia and supporting WFD programmes in Latin America.

Dina also advises on new policy issues and programme opportunities in the region she covers and contributes to developing fundraising strategies and bids as well as oversee the programme management and assure quality assurance for programme delivery. Dina’s principle field of expertise is supporting parliaments, including expertise in legislative drafting and analysis, financial oversight, public policy evaluation, as well as her extensive expertise in Rule of Law and Human Rights and gender-based violence.

Dina’s has specific focus of expertise on MENA region and she previously led the establishment of WFD’s portfolio in MENA region since 2006. She studied law and has a PhD in Public Law from the University Paul Cezanne in France. Before joining WFD, Dina was Research Fellow at the Institute of Arab and Islamic studies (IREMAM-CNRS) in Aix-en-Provence and was involved heavily with research on the League of Arab States, International Human Rights Law, Islam and Human Rights. Dina has also worked at the European Parliament office in Marseille on the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. Dina speaks Arabic, English and French fluently.