Aya Burweila

Libya expert and Founder Code on the Road

Country of focus: Greece, Libya, Turkey
Based in Athens, Greece


Current Occupation: Libya expert and Founder Code on the Road
Organization/Institution: Code on the Road
Language: English, Arabic


How the people of Libya have to deal with devastation, spreading diseases and trauma DW News Sep 15, 2023

Does neglect play a part in Libya death toll? BBC Newsday Sep 14, 2023

A diplomatic restart between Athens and Tripoli? The Greek Current Podcast Aug 12, 2023

Newly reconciled, Turkey and Egypt could be a force for stability in Africa RFI Radio France International Jul 29, 2023

Turkey-Egypt Rapprochement Raises Hopes for Peace in Mideast, Africa VOA Jul 20, 2023

Intensified Crackdown on Civil Society in Libya Further Embeds Impunity  Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Nov 22, 2022

Spotlight on Libya: The UN mission, Turkey’s destabilizing role, and Greece The Greek Current Podcast Nov 4, 2022

Casualties Reported in Libya After Hours of Militia Clashes VOA Aug 27, 2022

New Libyan Prime Minister Leaves Tripoli after Clashes Between Supporters and Opponents VOA May 17, 2022

Libyan government’s push to promote marriages faces backlash Al-Monitor Jan 15, 2022

Why Libya postponed its elections and what comes next The Greek Current  Dec 24, 2021

Libya election: What’s the one thing women want from politicians? Panel BBC Dec 15, 2021

Athens ignites America-France competition on weapons sales Arabic Bloomberg-Asharq TV interview Dec 11, 2021

World leaders press for Libya elections and call for the withdrawal of foreign forces  The Greek Current Nov 15, 2021

Suspension of Libyan Foreign Minister Najla Mangough: What Does it Mean? Column in TaNea Nov 15, 2021

Tunisian democracy was destroyed by corruption long before President Saied’s actions Opinion Al Arabiya Aug 3, 2021

Aya Burweila (@burweila) is an expert and public commentator on security with a special focus on Libya. She is the founder and director of the non-profit Code on the Road.

She is among the BBC Expert Women in terrorism and radicalization and a visiting lecturer at the Hellenic National Defense College. She is also the Ambassador and Special Envoy of the European Public Law Organization to Libya and North Africa. She is the former head of Research & Public Policy at Solidarity Now, an Athens-based NGO active nation-wide in the field of human rights.

Code on the Road is an award-winning NGO based in Greece and Jordan that focuses on delivering business and software education to women and youth and on researching factors that help build communities that are resilient to right wing or religious extremism.

Born in Benghazi, Libya, Aya holds a BA in Political Science from the University of La Verne, an MA in International Relations and Affairs from the University of Indianapolis, a certificate in Building Capacities on Arms Control in the MENA Region from the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, certificates in Conflict Analysis and Interfaith Conflict Resolution from the United States Institute of Peace, and a certificate in Terrorism Studies from the University of St. Andrews.

She has participated in projects and field visits to refugee camps in Germany, Italy, Lebanon and in Greece, where she also worked at the Leros island hotspot, a refugee camp designed as the initial reception point for refugees on the borders of the European Union.

For a decade Aya was also a Senior Analyst at the Research Institute for European and American Studies, where she specialized in extremism and conflict in North Africa, Europe, and the Balkans.

Aya’s work on integration, conflict and extremism has been published in a such platforms as the International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, European Eye on Radicalization, the Oxford Law Society Journal, the China U.S. Focus Digest, the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies, and such mainstream publications as Huffington Post and Al Arabiya.

Aya is also the author of the European Union-commissioned Greece National Report 2018: Migrant and Youth Social Inclusion Through Entrepreneurship  for the People for Change Foundation. She has been quoted by Time Magazine, Jane’s Military Intelligence Review, Voice of America, Infobae, The Washington Times, Al Monitor, The Guardian, Jeune Afrique, The National, Ta Nea, Protothema, Ahval, the Athens News and regularly appears on major broadcast networks such as Bloomberg/Asharq and GreekCurrent/Kathimerini to provide insights and commentary.

Awards for her proposal to empower women and girls in Greece and Jordan include the U.S. State Department’s Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund competition in 2018 which helped lead to the establishment of her NGO and the Harvard Arab Alumni Association’s 3rabi Impact initiative in 2019.

In 2010, Aya was the first Libyan to be invited as an individual to join the U.S. State Department’s premier professional exchange program, the International Visitor’s Leadership Program.