Ola Saleh

Ola Saleh has over 15 years of experience from humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts. She is an independent peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity expert with regional and country specialisation from work with MENA, South Caucasus, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Liberia.

She provided technical expertise and support,to women’s participation in both track i and track ii processes. Ola is an experienced advisor, learning designer, process facilitator, and mentor. She has advised senior management teams, development cooperation and culture boards on decolonial and antiracist practice and discourse.

Ola is also a keen writer, especially on the topics of the women, peace and security, conflict sensitivity and radicalisation. She is currently serving her second term as a member of the EU Radicalisation Awareness Network expert pool, and serves as a Trustee of Saferworld and Conducive Space for Peace.

Geographic expertise

  • Middle East and North Africa
  • South Caucasus
  • Western Balkans

Topical expertise

  • Inclusive mediation support
  • Peacebuilding
  • Women Peace and Security agenda
  • Leadership
  • Preventing violent extremism
  • Conflict Sensitivity


  • Swedish
  • English
  • Arabic
  • Basic Russian


How can the EU, Sweden and FBA strengthen Moldova?

Following the war in Ukraine, defense and security issues are high on the agenda for the Swedish EU presidency. A process has been launched to investigate how the EU can contribute to strengthen resilience in the neighboring country of Moldova. Hear more about the country's challenges directly from Minister of the Interior Ana Revenco, who visited FBA in January.

2023-02-01 10:01

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