Ghada Al Rifai
An Architect from Aleppo- Syria who also holds a diploma in Project Management and Urban Planning. She co-founded her first initiative on active citizen and peace building in 2009, and then she started her journey in establishing and supporting several organizations that work on peace building for Syria which Globally Connected is one of them. In 2014 she was awarded the Livia Foundation Award in recognition for her extensive work to promote peace at time of conflict.
She has been working in urban development since 2001. She participated in the Rehabilitation Project of the Old City of Aleppo where she was head of the planning section. She had a vital role in activating Aleppo’s Urban Observatory while she led its Directorate within Aleppo City Council. She also established the “Aleppo a Child Friendly City “initiative as part of the development strategy of Aleppo.
In parallel with her work in urban development, she volunteered with many local NGOs and has helped to establish several local NGOs since 1997, worked in the field of rural development, where her ability to work with a multitude of different social groups and encourage them to work together and participate in community development was vital to achieving successful outcomes She is a firm believer in the importance of cooperation between NGOs and private and public sectors.and succeed in initiating cooperation projects between the Aleppo City Council and local NGOs and in leading an urban development intervention project between two areas. Her work was one of the first to introduce the concept of NGO led urban development in Syria.