Noufal Abboud is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Nordic Center for Conflict Transformation (NCCT) and the Director of the Center for Applied Reseach in Conflict Transformation (CARiCT). A native of Morocco as well as a Swedish national, With more than 18 years experience in the fields of conflict transformation, human rights, democratisation processes and in multi-program management.

Mr. Abboud has expert professional experience through innovative and transformational programs in the Middle East and North Africa, the Sahel region and Southeast Asia. He Managed large portfolio that included several research programmes that shaped global policies in conflict and peace field. He has special professional expertise in security processes with a particular focus on terrorism, violent extremism, rehabilitation and post-prison reintegration including returnee fighters. His work is anchored on achieving a more global understanding of the drivers of violence through innovative and context-specific programs. He directed work in conflict transformation in prisons in Morocco, Mali and Niger, the design, monitoring, and evaluation of peacebuilding programs on decreasing violence and increasing women’s effective participation in peacebuilding and community resilience.  He also supervised research on violent extremism and terrorism in Mali, Morocco, Niger and Yemen, as well as social media campaigns that reached millions of citizens. He is communication strategist and public speaker with pertinent diplomatic skills and fluency in written and spoken English, French and Arabic.

Mr. Abboud holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in international law from the University of London -School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and an International Master of Arts (MA) in Human Rights from Mahidol University in Thailand. He is the author of: “Islamic Law and Human Rights: Monologue or Dialogue?”, published by Strife Journal, the academic journal of the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London. (Spring 2021). “Regenerating the State in the Arab World: The Role of European Union in Democracy Building” (Stockholm 2010), published by International IDEA.