ExpertiseConflict Resolution and Peace-building
Refugees, Migration, IDPs
Syrian refugees in Lebanon need help and protection, not more pressure to leave Opinion New Humanitarian Jan 18, 2022
The suffering of Syrians from the war to the explosion of Beirut In Arabic Interview You Tube Aug 18, 2020
Being a refugee in Lebanon: Beirut blast makes life harder for Syrian refugees France 24 Jul 10, 2020
Refugee Week 2020: ‘Lebanon’s pandemic has abated, but refugees face new dangers’ Marie Claire Jun 16, 2020
Yasmin Kayali 2020 Voices of Courage Honoree Women’s Refugee Commission You Tube May 14, 2020
It’s time to fund organizations led by refugees Opinion in Amnesty International Aug 19, 2020
Yasmin Kayali Sabra (@KayaliYasmin) is a co-founder and the chief communications and fundraising officer of Basmeh & Zeitooneh (@basmehzeitooneh), a Lebanon-based NGO that provides aid as well as educational, therapeutic, and vocational services for Syrian refugees and their host communities. Now one of the largest refugee-led organizations in the world, Basmeh & Zeitooneh provides services in Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq.
Yasmin also serves as Director for The Studio, a partner organization of Basmeh & Zeitooneh that trains refugee women in artisanal craft work and supports their development as independent entrepreneurs. A Syrian woman by origin, Yasmin brings her experience in philanthropy, communication, advocacy, and non-profit management to humanitarian work in support of displaced and refugee populations.
Prior to founding Basmeh & Zeitooneh, Yasmin worked in marketing and was the founder of Jasmine Marketing Services, an Aleppo-based company that provided localized services to major international consumer goods companies. Yasmin’s background in marketing and business administration serves the operational functioning of Basmeh & Zeitooneh. Her fundraising efforts for the organization secure programmatic support from international donors. Her advocacy work engages major governmental and non-governmental actors to bring attention to vulnerable Syrian refugee populations, with a particular focus on women and at-risk youths.
Yasmin served as a rapporteur at the 2020 and 2021 Brussels Conferences on Syria, representing Lebanese civil society actors in the ministerial meetings and delivering statements on their behalf. She was selected as a judge for the 2020 Larsen Lam ICONIQ Impact Award and was a 2020 honoree of the Women Refugee Commission’s Voices of Courage Award.
Yasmin holds a BA in Political Science and Public Administration and an MBA with a marketing emphasis from the American University of Beirut.
In Arabic “basmeh,” means smile and “zeitooneh,” means olive, a symbol of peace and nourishment.