Ruham Hawash is co-founder and Deputy Director of IMPACT Civil Society Research & Development. Hawash studied Economics and holds a MA in Peace and Security. She has participated in the peaceful uprising in Syria and has been active in civil society and grassroots nonviolent movements since 2011. Hawash is now based in Germany and has participated in multiple conventions on Syria as a public speaker. She is also a board member of the Verband Deutsch-Syrischer Hilfsvereine (VDSH).