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"Knowledge from the region, action for the region"


The WANA Institute is staffed by a dedicated team of researchers, programme coordinators and support staff based in the offices of His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal.

The WANA Institute is committed to hiring promising young people from within the region in order to develop the next generation of socially conscious thought leaders.

Each team member has their own field of expertise – from law and conflict studies through to economics and environmental science – and brings with them experience in different sectors and countries.

Executive Director

Dr. Erica Harper

Erica’s vision for the WANA Institute is driven by her belief in the power of knowledge and evidence to promote a new era of development programming. She promotes an ‘all ideas’ culture, where thought leadership is valued and interdisciplinary thinking is encouraged.    

Director of Programme

Juliet Dryden

Juliet has worked in the field of international relations for the last 20 years specialising in programme management, development and donor relations. She began her career at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and Chatham House (RIIA) in London before working with the United Nations in Cairo, Gaza and Jerusalem. She has also worked for the London School of Economics (LSE IDEAS). She holds a master's degree in International Relations from the University of East Anglia.

Office/Logistics Manager

Angela Kayyal

انضمت أنجيلا إلى فريق العمل في  WANA  بعد خمس سنوات في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية، عملت خلالها في سفارة المملكة الأردنية الهاشمية في العاصمة واشنطن،  حيث شغلت منصب مساعد تنفيذي للسفير، تحملت أنجيلا كامل المسؤولية تجاه العمل على تنظيم الأحداث الداخلية والخارجية وإدارة العلاقات مع المانحين وتوفير الدعم إلى المدير التنفيذي عند أداء دورها كمدير مكتب. أنجيلا أم لطفلين، وتأمل في الوصول إلى منطقة غنية بالفرص والجمال والإنسانية. 


Senior Researcher, Human Security

Dr Neven Bondokji

Dr Neven Bondokji is an expert in peace studies and conflict transformation with special emphasis on the nexus between Islam, violence, and peacebuilding. She joins the Human Security team at WANA to lead the qualitative field research and implementation of Countering Violent Extremism projects.

Researcher, Human Security

Barik Mhadeen

Barik has a strong commitment to empowering Arab youth and creating a culture of dissemination of knowledge about the Arab world. He has a continued engagement with peacebuilding efforts in the region and developing an Arab citizen with a deep sense of pluralistic values and civic engagement. He joins the Human Security team at WANA to support the institute’s efforts at building the resilience of the region and enhancing its carrying capacity based on the human dignity of its people.

Researcher, Human Security

Alethea Osborne

Having completed an MPhil in Modern Middle East Studies, Alethea is thrilled to be living in the region whilst expanding her research skills and experience as part of the Countering Violent Extremism research team at WANA. Some of her other research interests include gender relations and the role of youth in political and social development.

Researcher, Human Security

Nadine Sayegh

Nadine joins the Human Security team working on Countering Violent Extremism projects. She has previous experience as a journalist covering the Arab world from a political, social, and cultural lens. She is eager to share the work of her team in a sincere effort to improve the circumstances of vulnerable individuals. She intends for her work to assist in creating policy that will advance the quality of life of all citizens in the WANA region and counter the efforts of violent groups.

Researcher, Human Security

Shaddin Alhajahmad

Shaddin is an economics researcher with an interest in refugee empowerment through strengthening access to labour markets. She join the Human Security Economics team to support efforts to strengthen refugee policy through a strong background in quantitative research and a passion for economic development in the Middle East. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the American University of Sharjah.

Researcher, Human Security

Dorsey Lockhart

Dorsey is an economics researcher focused on refugee economic inclusion as well as the wider-ranging issue of job creation in the WANA region. She joins the WANA Institute with more than seven years experience in policy and programming related to economic growth and sustainable wealth creation. Dorsey holds a master's in Business Administration from IE University in Madrid and a masters in Development Studies from Georgetown University.

Senior Researcher, Sustainable Development

Lara Nassar

Lara is an Environmental Scientist joining the WANA Institute as a researcher and is committed to enrich the Sustainable Development pillar, by enabling action-learning research on various topics which include climate change resilience, land degradation, sustainable energy and water diplomacy. With WANA, and great ambition, Lara is dedicated to make a positive regional contribution of environmental knowledge creation and sharing.

Twitter: @LaraN86
Researcher, Sustainable Development

Kamal Kakish

Conscious of the environmental challenges facing the WANA region, Kamal is a avid believer in the power of positive change for the creation of a sustainable future without degrading the environment.

Twitter: @kamal_kakish
Communications Manager

Lien Santermans

Passionate about communications and development, Lien is using her background in media, communications and research to increase the WANA Institute’s outreach and support the Institute’s mission to affect positive change for the region.

Senior Translator and Communications

Omar Sufan

Omar has over 7 years of experience as a writer, researcher, translator and editor. He began his career in media in 2009 as the managing editor/website administrator of Ain.jo. Omar became editor-in-chief in 2011. He published articles in local and regional magazines and newspapers, in addition to his work in editing and translating for several companies and NGOs. Omar's interests vary from politics, green economy, and social justice to technology, literature, and pop culture.

Finance Manager

Maher Bahlawan

Maher joins the WANA team with 16 years of experience in accounting and auditing. He previously worked as a Senior Accountant for the Royal Scientific Society (RSS). While working at the RSS, he was the Finance Manager for a capacity building project on Wind Energy and Concentrating Solar Power (WECSP), funded by the EU. He is happy to now serve the WANA Institute’s mission.

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