Salim was born in Syria, lived in Sweden, and emigrated to the U.K. He works at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office across the education research portfolio including education in conflict and protracted displacement settings, public sector reform to improve schools performance and learning outcomes. He is interested in the potential of education in fostering a sense of hope and dignity. Salim read public policy at Blavatnik School of Government and St Antony’s College, Oxford University. He also holds a degree in the sociology of migration and ethnic relations, Malmö University, Sweden and read Law at Damascus University, Syria.