Kholoud Helmi

co-founder Enab Baladi

Kholoud Helmi is a gender and media expert and the co-founder and board member of the Enab Baladi newspaper established in 2011. She believes that women are key in development, peacebuilding and stability. Before fleeing Syria, she was an eyewitness to the shooting of peaceful demonstrators, arbitrary arrests and massacres that occurred in Darayya and surrounding towns committed by Assad’s regime. Her brother was arrested in 2012. She was the 2015 winner of the Anna Politkovskaya Award for reporting about Syrian events, and the 2017 winner of the International Association’s Courage Under Fire Award for the documentary Cries From Syria. Kholoud holds an MA in media and development from SOAS, University of London, and was a Chevening scholar.

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