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Faryda Hussein obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from the University of Maastricht and a Master of Science in Conflict Resolution and Governance from the University of Amsterdam. As a political scientist she has conducted research on Islamic extremism in Europe and development aid in fragile states. After graduation she got selected to work for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment in the Netherlands where she has held various positions mainly in international affairs such as the International Labor Organization and European Union. After the start of the revolution in Tunisia she was stationed at the Embassy in Tunis as researcher and observed the parliamentary elections. She currently works as a policy advisor on social inclusion and social entrepreneurship. She is also actively involved in the Dutch Syrian Committee for humanitarian aid and covers the events in the Middle-East as an anthropological photographer.