Semiha Abdulmelik holds a double Bachelor of Arts (Politics) and Bachelor of Commerce (Management) degree from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She has also successfully obtained a Master of Arts degree in Human Rights Practice (Distinction) as part of the Erasmus Mundus Programme. Semiha has worked for local and international NGOs, as well as the UN, with a focus on governance, civil society, and human rights programming in Sudan, South Sudan, and Ethiopia as well as policy and advocacy in the area of humanitarian affairs, conflict, and post-conflict reconstruction at the African Union level. Semiha has published an article on ‘’The African Women’s Movement and Pan-Africanism: Two Ships Passing Silently in the Night?’’ in the African Women’s Journal as part of the O/AU Jubilee celebrations.
Semiha's fellowship is supported by the African Women's Development Fund (AWDF).
- Humanitarian diplomacy
- Regional organizations and responses to Africa’s security challenges
- Securitization of development