Staff

Dr. Nussaibah Younis founded and directs the Iraq Leadership Fellows Program. Dr. Younis is an expert on Iraq politics, foreign policy and economy, and writes policy-oriented research on Iraqi affairs for the global think tank Chatham House. She is passionate about enabling young Iraqis to transform their country.

Christine van den Toorn is the Director of the Institute for Regional and International Studies at the American University of Iraq. She oversees the Iraq Leadership Fellows Program. Ms. van den Toorn is an expert on Iraq’s disputed areas, and is a dedicated educator. She leads the Sulaimani Forum, a flagship Iraqi annual conference.

Nizar Farsakh is professional, Arabic-speaking leadership trainer. Educated at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a graduate of the famous Harvard leadership course, Nizar specializes in teaching adaptive leadership, the use of narrative in leadership, advocacy techniques and non-violent strategies for achieving change.

Zainab Hamid Mera is a Program Officer at the Institute for Regional and International Studies at the American University of Iraq. She manages the Iraq Leadership Fellows Program. She speaks native Arabic and fluent English.

Jessy Daccache is a Project Assistant at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) Syria/Iraq office, based in Beirut. She is the KAS contact person for the Iraq Leadership Fellows Program. She speaks native Arabic and fluent English.

Professor Akeel Abbas is a Lecturer at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. Professor Abbas worked for several years as a journalist covering Iraq and the Middle East, and appeared as a guest analyst of a number of Arabic language TV programs. His research interests including modernity, democratization, the politics of identity and human rights.

Hicham Jadaoun is an independent ILO certified trainer, experienced researcher and a Design, Monitoring and Evaluation specialist with extended professional experience in the MENA region. He leads on the design, execution and evaluation of capacity building and research projects across a kaleidoscope of humanitarian and development sectors.