Dr. Siham Rayale is a scholar, author, researcher and consultant. Dr. Rayale has worked for over 10 years as a development consultant and expert on women’s political participation in post-conflict societies and particularly on UN Resolution 1325 (women, peace and security) in Africa. In her career she has consulted and done research for UN agencies and INGOs and travels frequently throughout Africa and the Middle East and has acted on a number of occasions as an expert witness for refugee boards and agencies in the UK for refugees seeking asylum from Africa. She has written op-eds for Open Democracy, LSE Africa and co-authored an influential policy report with Oxfam in East Africa. Dr. Rayale is passionate about women’s economic and political security, humanitarian and community development. Dr. Rayale has been invited to present at a number of academic and civil society conferences. Her research interests encompass feminist security studies, gender and post-conflict reconstruction in Africa and more recently her advocacy has focused on anti-Black Racism and Islamophobia in Canada. Dr. Rayale received her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, her M.A., from York University and her B.A. from the University of Toronto.