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Shaheen Chughtai

Deputy Head of Humanitarian Policy and Campaigns

Shaheen Chughtai

Shaheen conducts advocacy in the UK; briefing government officials, journalists, campaigners and others on a range of humanitarian topics and related development and human rights issues. His work aims to ensure people affected by conflict and disasters obtain the assistance and protection they need. He has particular expertise and field experience in relation to the Middle East and Asia and sometimes travels overseas when extra support is needed, including in major new emergencies. He also provides advocacy-policy guidance to colleagues and manages several other humanitarian policy advisers.

Previously, Shaheen was Oxfam GB's humanitarian policy adviser for South Asia, based in Nepal, conducting missions to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Afghanistan. While based in South Asia, he also went on emergency deployments to Lebanon (Israel-Hizbullah conflict 2006) and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (Israel-Gaza conflict 2008-09).

In his previous career, Shaheen was a journalist for nine years - mainly in the Middle East - for various print, online and broadcast media, including Aljazeera International (whose English website he helped launch in 2003). He holds a BA in Arabic and History and an MSc in International politics of Asia and Africa from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

See Shaheen's blogs and publications below. For more blogs, see the Oxfam International and the Guardian sites.

All posts by Shaheen Chughtai

Oxfam volunteers and Syrian children in Zaatari camp built kites on Monday 7th March and decorated them with Doves, as part of the solidarity campaign #withSyria. Credit: Adeline Guerra/Oxfam

Syria five years on: hope in the darkness

OPINION: Five years into the Syria conflict, good news has been a rare commodity for millions of people affected by that catastrophic war. Is there any hope? Shaheen Chughtai weighs up the...

Two locals find safe ground in front of a destroyed structure in Bhaktapur region of Kathmandu, Nepal 26 April 2015 - 24 hours after a devastating earthquake that has so far taken the lives of 2,400 people Credit: EPA/Hemanta Shrestha

Nepal earthquake: many thousands in need of help

The people of Nepal are in dire need after a major earthquake struck the country, including the capital Kathmandu, on Saturday 25 April. Around 30,000 people are reportedly living out in the open...

One guarded entrance to the talks

Syrian peace talks: a time for hope?

Things are hotting up in Montreux, on Lake Geneva in Switzerland, where Oxfam campaigners are among the hundreds of diplomats, journalists, civil society and solidarity groups gathering for the beginning...