Chiara joined International Alert as Lebanon Country Manager in October 2015. She has extensive experience working with civil society and grassroots movements in the Middle East and North Africa. Before joining Alert she was the International Officer at the National Council for Voluntary Organizations (NCVO), supporting democratic participation and regional civil society networking in post-conflict Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. Her specific interests include political society, and relations between citizens and state in the Middle East. She previously worked in Lebanon as: Project Manager at COSV, managing and environmental project in Baalbek; Project Coordinator at CRTD.A; and as an anti-corruption intern at the United Nations Development Programme's Programme on Governance in the Arab Region (UNDP-POGAR). Prior to this she worked in Palestine as a Research Assistant at ARIJ and volunteered with Addameer. She has an MSc in Middle East Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a BA in International Relations from the University of Bologna.