Meet the Team

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Senior MENA Programme Officer

Sam Van Vliet joined Impunity Watch as a Senior Program Officer for the MENA region in March 2021. He supports the advocacy and outreach efforts in Syria, Iraq and Tunisia. 
Over the years, Sam has worked in cultural, diplomatic, humanitarian and academic sectors with a consistent focus on the Middle East. Since 2008, he lived for different periods in Syria, Palestine, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq, developing a proficient working knowledge of Arabic. He contributed to various researches related to the Arab uprisings and conflict developments in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. From 2010, he managed various humanitarian response programs to migration and refugee crises in Yemen and Lebanon, but since 2014 he has been mostly engaged in the field of conflict transformation and socio-political analysis. With IOM Iraq (2018-2020), he developed community stabilization, local governance and justice strategies in collaboration with Iraqi civil society groups. Sam holds an MSc in Anthropology (2007) and MA in Religion Studies (2009) from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is fluent in English, Dutch and Arabic.