Nur Laiq TrustWorks Global

Nur Laiq

Senior Associate

Nur has over fifteen years of experience as a policy practitioner working on conflict resolution, mediation, peacebuilding, and governance.

Nur’s has worked on the Prevention and Sustaining Peace agendas at the UN as a Political Affairs officer the Policy Planning Unit of the Department of Political Affairs in New York. She has also worked with the UN Secretariat and Agencies as a consultant on governance, peacebuilding, and mediation. She served as a member of UN Advisory Group for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security, appointed by the UN Secretary General. She has also facilitated the UN Secretary-General’s cabinet retreat on youth, peacebuilding, and sustainable development.

Prior to this, Nur held the position of senior policy analyst at the International Peace Institute (IPI), where she developed and managed policy research on the UN’s peace and security agenda. She headed the Arab Youth Project, facilitating policy dialogue in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings as well a project on the Arab-Israeli peace process. Nur is author of Talking to Arab Youth: Revolution and Counterrevolution in Egypt and Tunisia (New York: International Peace Institute, 2013), based on fieldwork with social movements and political parties following the 2011 uprisings. Nur is co-editor of The Search for Peace in the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), which offers a toolbox of mediation options.

Nur has also provided policy advice on the politics of justice, identity and equality to political parties in India and Britain and worked as a stagiaire at the European Commission External Action Service in Brussels. Nur has a Master’s degree from Oxford University and has held visiting fellowships at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi and at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, DC. Nur has published widely and is regularly invited to give talks and seminars. These include talks at the UN, World Bank, European Commission and at universities and think tanks in the US, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Nur is currently a visiting fellow at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and a research associate at the Centre for International Studies, both at the University of Oxford.

Regional Specialization


Thematic Specialization

Prevention, sustaining peace, and sustainable development agendas, Youth Peace and Security agenda, governance, mediation, conflict resolution.