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.

Dr. Mac Skelton is Director of the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) based at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. While at IRIS he has overseen donor-funded projects on conflict and politics in Iraq, including the Iraq Leadership Fellows Program. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University, where he specialized in medical anthropology.

Adnan J. Sadik is the Program Manager of the Iraq Leadership Fellows, where he plans and oversees the various activities of the program. Prior to that, Adnan managed many different projects in trading companies, media outlets, and think tanks. He is a Software Engineer and IT professional with two Bachelor’s degrees. He speaks native Arabic, fluent English, and basic Spanish.

Zainab Hamid Mera is a Senior 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 Manager 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.