Elsa Salame Dazin

Head of Outreach and Knowledge

Elsa Dazin is the Head of Outreach and Knowledge at ISSAT.

She leads ISSAT's efforts on the development of learning and trends in the area of security, justice and governance reform. Elsa oversees ISSAT's work on developing knowledge products that inform donor SSG/R programming including contextual analysis, conceptual and good practice guidance and analysis of emerging learning from the field. She also ensures continuous outreach on ISSAT's knowledge products with ISSAT's Members and the SSG/R community of practitioners through a community of practice platform and regular newsletters, addressed to english and french speaking practitioners.

Elsa comes from a peacebuilding and conflict prevention background with strong skills in gender mainstreaming methodologies. Previously worked as Project Officer for UNDP’s Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit, she was involved in the operational implementation of UNDP’s recovery efforts for refugees and host communities. She was also responsible for carrying out operational and strategic gender mainstreaming into the UN system’s crisis prevention programmatic portfolio. This included, strategy design and programme development, as well as, continuous capacity development of UN staff and local stakeholders. Elsa has also worked with UNDP’s Arab Regional Centre as a Research Analyst on issues relating to governance, rule of law, poverty reduction, economic empowerment, parliamentary reform and women empowerment and gender equality.  She was in charge of capacity development in those areas for UNDP country offices, in addition to backstopping the team leaders in the areas of communication and partnership building. 

Previously, Elsa was a Chargée de Mission, with the French Ministry of Finance’s economic mission to Vietnam (ADETEF). Elsa speaks fluent French, Arabic and English. A graduate in Political and Administrative Sciences, Elsa has a Master's degree in Development Studies delivered by the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux.