Joumana Seif studied law at Beirut Arab University, Lebanon and Damascus University, Syria. She has been working in the human rights field since 2001 and supported the democratic movements in Syria with a focus on political prisoners.
Joumana Seif left Syria in 2012, a year after the start of the uprising against the Assad regime. Since then, she cofounded the Syrian Women’s Network (2013), the Syrian Feminist Lobby (2014) and Syrian Women’s Political Movement (2017). She is also a member of the Policy Coordination Group, a Syrian-led initiative on the missing and disappeared facilitated by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). Apart from that, she is a board member of The Day After: Supporting Democratic Transition in Syria, of which she serves as the chairwoman since 2020. She has participated in the Civil Society Support Rooms established to ensure an inclusive political process at the Geneva peace talks on Syria. In 2023, Joumana Seif receives the Anne Klein Women's Award from the Heinrich Böll Foundation for her work as a human rights advocate.
She joined ECCHR’s International Crimes and Accountability program in May 2017 as research fellow, and from March 2022 as legal advisor with a particular focus on Syria and sexual and gender-based violence. Inter alia, she worked on the al-Khatib trial before the Higher Regional Court of Koblenz by closely supporting the survivors.