Melanie Ward lives in the UK and works for a major international humanitarian NGO. 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.
As well as working in the UK and Europe more widely, Melanie has lived and worked in the Middle East, Africa and the USA. She has also worked for NGOs including ActionAid and Christian Aid. She has a background in politics, as a campaigner, activist and Labour Parliamentary Candidate, as well as a political adviser in both the Scottish and UK Parliaments.
She 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.