Mr Khaled Said, Trustee, announced that Mr Tarek Hamam was the winner of the Said Foundation’s Alumni Achievement Prize for 2017 at the annual Student Dinner on 22ndApril 2017.
Tarek Hamam is a Palestinian-Canadian lawyer born in Lebanon. Prior to embarking on his Master’s degree studies, Tarek worked for a prominent law firm in Canada as well as for Lawyers for Human Rights in South Africa. In 2009, he joined the Negotiations Support Unit in Palestine as legal advisor to the Chief Negotiator. There he was involved in numerous diplomatic and legal initiatives, including in relation to the United Nations and the International Criminal Court, aimed at advancing Palestinian human rights and promoting accountability.
In 2012, Tarek was awarded a Said Foundation scholarship to study for a Masters degree in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford, where he graduated with Distinction in 2014. On completion of his studies, he began working with UNHCR Lebanon, serving as the Head of the Training Unit in Beirut. He was responsible for the design and delivery of training and capacity-building programmes focused on improving the treatment of refugees by Lebanese police, army and border officials. Tarek was also involved in an initiative that used basketball to bring together Lebanese, Syrian, and Palestinian youth from Beirut’s poorest neighbourhoods and refugee camps. In February 2017, he relocated to Sudan and currently works as a Protection (Legal) Officer with UNHCR in Khartoum.