Najla Mangoush

Najla Mangoush

Appointed on March 15, 2021, Najla Mangoush became the first woman Foreign Minister of Libya and the fifth to hold such a position in North Africa. During Libya’s 2011 Revolution, Dr. Mangoush headed the National Transitional Council’s Public Engagement Unit which dealt with civil society organizations. A conflict-resolution expert, Dr. Mangoush has served as Libya country representative for the U.S. Institute of Peace and as a program officer for peace-building law at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution in Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Mangoush trained as a lawyer at Benghazi University (then Garyounis University) where she later worked as an assistant professor of law. She studied under a Fulbright Scholarship in the United States, where she graduated from the Center for Justice and Peace Building at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, and later, Dr. Mangoush obtained a Ph.D. in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University.

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