Jwanah Qudsi grew up in Aleppo, Syria, watching her father dedicated his life to the reconstruction and preservation of the Old City of Aleppo. In 2011, the war forced her family to leave Syria and watch from afar as the war destroyed the city and the neighborhood her father fought to preserve. She has since dedicated her academic career to the study of Urban Planning in the hopes of one day rebuilding her beloved old town and graduated with a Master's in Urban Planning from New York University.
In 2017, six years after leaving, Jwanah and her family were able to return to Aleppo, and she has since become deeply familiar with the local and international actors involved in the city's reconstruction. She has been a vocal proponent of postwar rehabilitation of Old Aleppo and has published a number of articles on the topic in the Washington Post. She has been invited to speak at workshops by the German development agency, the GiZ, and has contributed to their Urban Recovery Toolkit. She has also successfully submitted the Souq of Aleppo to the 2018 World Monuments Watchlist by the World Monuments Fund.
Jwanah has worked for the United Nations for over four years, where she helped bring technology to UN Peacekeeping and Special Political Missions across the globe.