Zaid Al-Ali is the Senior Programme Officer for Constitution-Building in the Africa and West Asia region at International IDEA. His scholarship and work focuses on constitution building in Arab countries post 2011. He has published work on constitution making processes, constitutional design and external influence. He previously worked as a legal adviser to the United Nations and practiced international commercial arbitration. He is a founder and member of the Arab Association of Constitutional Law. Zaid contributed to the second Melbourne Forum in 2017.