Melanie Ward lives in the UK and works for a major humanitarian charity. She served as a Human Rights Observer with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (www.eappi.org) from August – November 2013. During this time she lived and worked in Hebron in the West Bank of the occupied Palestinian territory, which is one of the most tense and violent places in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
She previously worked as Head of Advocacy for international poverty NGO ActionAid UK, where she led a team responsible for influencing the UK Government and Parliament, the private sector and international bodies such as the OECD and the UN. With ActionAid she lobbied for action and change to eradicate poverty, covering subjects including aid; tax avoidance; the use of food for fuel; and women’s rights. ActionAid works with poor communities in some 43 countries across the world.
She has previously worked for Christian Aid, in the UK Parliament, for an education charity, and is a former President of the National Union of Students Scotland. She has a degree from the University of Stirling and a Masters in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies.