Overview of the program
The gap between youth and state is widening, as evident in the successive mass protests since 2015 that have shown disaffection with the governing establishment in Iraq. The Iraq Policy Program aims at bridging the gap between youth and state by training young professionals about how to bring about positive change through policymaking. This program will enable its participants to produce evidence based policies and launch effective advocacy campaigns in a way that enhances governance practices and strengthens the rule of law.
At the Iraq Policy Program, participants will learn and engage with professionals who have experience in public policy and have written extensively about policy issues in Iraq. In the training sessions and seminars, participants will learn practical skills and gain concrete knowledge that will enable them to write policy and start advocacy campaigns.
The program will also provide opportunities to network with policy makers and learn about the difficulties and problems they face in implementing and monitoring policy. This immersive experience will give participants a realistic view of the policy environment in Iraq and an understanding of the challenges and opportunities in bringing about positive change.
Founder and Director. Hashim has published widely on topics of good governance and rule of law on multiple platforms, mainly Al-Bayan Center and 1001 Iraqi Thoughts. He is a graduate of the Iraq Leadership Fellows (2018 – 2019) class, where he launched a campaign to advocate for electoral reforms. He holds a Bachelor of Political Science from University of Baghdad and MA in Comparative Politics from Western Illinois University and teaches a course on Political Systems in the Arab World at University of Kufa. He has also trained post-graduate students on advanced research methods for three consecutive years at al-Bayan Center.
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Co-founder and Policy Expert. Ali is a consultant and analyst who has spent over a decade writing about Iraq. Ali was formerly the head of research at the Baghdad-based policy center, Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies, and has written extensively on public finance spending, decentralisation and policy planning. His current area of interest focuses on Iraq’s political economy and its impact on institutional reform measures. Ali holds a master’s degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
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Marsin Al- Shammary
Research Trainer and Mentor. Dr. Marsin is a post-doctoral research fellow with the Foreign Policy team at the Brookings Institution. Prior to this, she was a pre-doctoral fellow with the Middle East Initiative at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in the Harvard Kennedy School. She holds a PhD in Political Science from MIT where her dissertation was titled “Prophets and Priests: Religious Leaders and Protest in Iraq.” Her research examines clerical involvement in formal and informal politics in Iraq and the Middle East in the past century. Her other research projects examine religious institutions and civil society, Shi’a Islamism, and corruption and state-building. She holds a BA in International Relations from Wellesley College, where she was an Albright Fellow.
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Expert in energy matters. Ali Al-Saffar is the Middle East and North Africa program manager at the International Energy Agency, leading the IEA’s engagement with the region and acting as a key advisor to the executive management. Prior to this role, he was an energy analyst at the Directorate for Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, where he co-authored seven editions of the IEA’s flagship long-term forecast, the World Energy Outlook. He was the lead author of the IEA’s most recent study on Iraq, which was released in Baghdad in April 2019, and the Outlook for Producer Economies in 2018. Prior to joining the IEA in 2012, he was a Middle East economist and chief automotive analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit in London. He has degrees in economics and development studies.
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Expert in financial markets. Ahmed is an experienced capital markets professional with over 25 years’ experience in US and MENA markets, is the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of AFC Iraq Fund. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani (AUIS), and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at AUIS. He is a board member of the Credit Bank of Iraq-Iraq, and of Capital Investments, the investment banking arm of Capital Bank-Jordan. He is a former Executive Director of NBK Capital, the investment banking arm of the National Bank of Kuwait, Managing Director and Head of International Institutional Sales at WR Hambrecht + Co., Managing Director at KeyBanc in London and Director & Head of Capital Markets & Institutional Sales at Jefferies International in London. He started his career at Dean Witter International in London. Ahmed holds an M.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Oxford in the UK, a B.Sc. (Hons, 1st class) in Mathematics from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
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Expert on combating corruption. Ghazoan Worked for 7 years on topics of measuring and fighting corruption with a particular focus on international indexes. He has many publications in this field on several academic journals and policies platforms. His latest study is entitled “Basel Index for Combating Money Laundering: Measurement & Categorization.” He earned a Masters’ degree in Statistics from Al-Mustansiriyah University in 2011.
Expert and advocate on women affairs. She is a member of Women Advisory Group and has contributed to developing policies to implement UN 1325 Resolution as well as, managing and implementing more than 38 programs on Women Empowerment. She has a PhD in Arab literature from Baghdad University, and Professor at Salah al-Din University.
Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS)
Freedom, justice and solidarity are the basic principles underlying the work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS). The KAS is a political foundation, closely associated with the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU). As co-founder of the CDU and the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Konrad Adenauer (1876-1967) united Christian, social, conservative and liberal traditions. His name is synonymous with the democratic reconstruction of Germany, the firm alignment of foreign policy with the values of the trans-Atlantic community, the vision of a unified Europe and an orientation towards the social market economy. His intellectual heritage continues to serve both as our aim as well as our obligation today.
In our European and international cooperation efforts we work for people to be able to live self-determined lives in freedom and dignity and we make a contribution, underpinned by our values, to help Germany meet its growing responsibilities throughout the world.
Through our country offices in the Middle East, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation assists the political, economic, and social development in the region. We want to contribute in a sustainable way to the rooting and the reinforcement of democracy, the rule of law, and civil society, to the development and the consolidation of social market economy structures, to the avoidance of violent conflict, to the consolidation of cooperation within the region and with Europe, as well as to a constructive dialogue between cultures and religions.
The Syria/Iraq Office has been set up in September 2015 and deals with the political and social situation in both countries, questions regarding the stability of neighboring countries, the refugee situation and security implications arising from the Syrian civil war and the expansion of the Islamic State (IS).
The realization of our goals ensues through a mix of different tools, foremost through training, education and consultation, as well as through dialogue programs, research and publications.These projects and programs are supported through activities in Germany and Europe.
Al-Bayan Center For Planning and Studies
Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies is an independent, nonprofit think tank based in Baghdad, Iraq. Its primary mission is to offer an authentic perspective on public and foreign policy issues related to Iraq and the region. It pursues its vision by conducting independent analysis, as well as proposing workable solutions for complex issues that concern policymakers and academics. It has the mission of being a leading source of independent analysis on Iraq and a forum for informed debate on the transformations taking place in the country and the region. Furthermore, it aims at strengthening the capacity of educational institutions and civil society organizations to prepare future decision makers and experts in the fields of politics, economy, administration, education, oil and gas, and international relations, who can be relied upon to set agendas and craft new initiatives. The Center carries out this mission by conducting research and analysis, providing grants for research and fieldwork, convening conferences and workshops, and providing training services to governmental institutions, universities and employees.
IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS IN THE AREA OF POLICY DEVELOPMENT, AND APPLY TO BE ACCEPTED TO THE IRAQ POLICY PROGRAM IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR SOCIETY.
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