Mac Skelton

Dr. Mac Skelton is Executive Director of the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), and he concurrently serves as Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE) Middle East Centre. Skelton has led research projects on politics, displacement, and development... Read More

Zainab Hamid Mera

Zainab Hamid Mera is a Program Manager, Finance and Administration at IRIS, where she oversees the finance and administration division of IRIS. She joined IRIS in September 2017, prior to which she worked with IRIS as a Program Assistant for the 2017 Sulaimani Forum and the post-ISIS security project. She... Read More

Zmkan Ali Saleem

Dr. Zmkan Ali Saleem is a Director of Research Program at IRIS. Dr. Saleem has served as lead researcher for projects funded by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Norwegian Research Council. He holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Leeds/UK and teaches in the College... Read More

Adnan J. Sadik

Adnan Sadik joined IRIS in October 2019 as Program Manager of the Iraq Leadership Fellows (ILF) , 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... Read More

Shvan Najm

Shvan joined IRIS in October 2019 as Program Manager, External Relations , where he oversees the annual Sulaimani Forum. Prior to joining IRIS, Shvan worked in the Human Resources department for eight years, where he supported IRIS and served as a co-organizer of Sulaimani Forum for six years. Shvan is... Read More

Hamzeh Alshadeedi

Hamzeh Al-Shadeedi joined IRIS in January 2020 as a Policy Researcher . In this capacity, he focuses on issues of security and the rule of law in Iraq. Before joining IRIS, Hamzeh worked for the Conflict Research Unit of the Clingendael Institute, where he researched issues of local governance in... Read More

Lana Sardar

Lana Sardar is a Research Assistant at IRIS through a research apprenticeship program funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). In that role, she contributes to an AHRC-funded 2-year research project in partnership with the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) entitled "Protecting Civilians From Harm: How humanitarians... Read More

Renad Mansour

Dr. Renad Mansour serves as Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow at IRIS, where he has worked as a key researcher and expert on IRIS’ collaboration with the London School of Economics and the Department of International Development’s (DFID) Conflict Research Programme. He is concurrently a Research Fellow in the Middle East... Read More

Marsin Alshamary

Dr. Marsin Alshamary is a Non-Resident Fellow at IRIS and will be joining the foreign policy team at Brookings Institution as a post-doctoral fellow in the fall. Prior to this, she was a pre-doctoral fellow with the Middle East Initiative at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in... Read More

Hafsa Halawa

Hafsa Halawa is a Non-Resident Fellow at IRIS and a Non-Resident Scholar at the Middle East Institute. She is an independent consultant working on political, social and economic affairs and development goals across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and Horn of Africa regions. Hafsa has previously held positions... Read More