Melkonian, Karina

GRITIM-UPF Office Coordinator

Karina Melkonian earned her Master’s degree in Migration Studies at the University of Pompeu Fabra. She has also attended the Summer Course in Forced Migration at the University of Oxford.

Karina brings an extensive background in Middle Eastern culture, politics, and refugee studies. She worked for three years at the Danish Refugee Council, the first INGO to intervene in the Syrian Crisis in Lebanon. She also worked at the Aga Khan Development Network, as part of Canada’s refugee resettlement program.

Given her vast experience in the humanitarian field, her Master dissertation examined the negative effect of the secondary exposure of humanitarian workers to the traumatic experiences of aid recipients, referred to as compassion fatigue.