Salma Kadry has considerable experience in the field of peace and conflict, focusing on two cross-cutting themes: gender and climate change. Salma is a Climate, Peace, and Security Specialist at CGIAR working on the intersection between climate change, food-land-and-water-systems (FLWs) and peace and security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region – through evidence and data generation, policy advocacy and capacity development.
Prior to joining CGIAR, Salma was the Inaugural Officer of the Climate, Peace and Development program at the Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (CCCPA) and was heavily involved in the development of the COP27 Presidency initiative “Climate Responses for Sustaining Peace”. In her previous role as a Researcher at the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) department at CCCPA, Salma contributed to the execution of the project “Mainstreaming Gender in Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding.” – which had a strong component on capacity-building and a geographical focus on North Africa.
Salma holds a Master’s degree summa cum laude in Global Studies from Ghent University (Belgium). Her master's thesis focused on Egypt’s energy politics post-2013, where she examined two major energy reforms, namely the phasing out of the fossil fuel subsidy program and the shift to renewable energy. Salma holds a Bachelor's degree – double majoring in Political Science and Multimedia Journalism – from the American University in Cairo.
Salma is recognized for her work and knowledge on climate, peace and security, most noticeably she was the first ever CGIAR scientist and an Arab invited speaker to brief the UN Security Council on climate, peace and security. Salma provided an expert brief at the UN SC ministerial open debate titled “Climate Change, Peace and Security” on 13 June 2023.