Isobel Scott-Barrett is the Programme Officer at Forward Thinking, supporting the UK and the Middle East Programmes. She read Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge, spending a year living in Lebanon, and subsequently worked for a community charity in South London. She has worked with Forward Thinking since the summer of 2014, initially as a part time consultant as she completed her Masters in Violence, Conflict and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), before becoming a member of staff in November 2015.