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Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung provides generous financial and administrative support to the Iraq Leadership Fellows Program. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a German political foundation that promotes freedom and liberty, peace, and justice. KAS works towards enabling people to live self-determined lives in freedom and dignity, and to help Germany meet its growing responsibilities throughout the world.
The Iraq Leadership Fellows Program is hosted by the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. IRIS is an independent center for policy-relevant research. The Institute is part of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, Iraq’s only independent, not-for-profit, American-style institution of higher learning. The American University of…
Zainab Hamid Mera
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.
Adnan J. Sadik
Adnan J. Sadik directs the Iraq Leadership Fellows Program, where he plans and oversees the various activities of the program. Adnan managed many projects in different areas. He is a Software Engineer with two Bachelor’s degrees. Adnan speaks native Arabic, fluent English, and basic Spanish.
Dr. Mac Skelton
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. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University, where he specialized in medical anthropology.
Dr. Nussaibah Younis
Dr. Nussaibah Younis is the founder of 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.