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"Knowledge from the region, action for the region"

Staff

The WANA Institute is staffed by a dedicated team of researchers, programme coordinators and support staff based in the offices of the Royal Scientific Society.

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 joins the WANA Institute as the Director of Programme with 20 years of experience in international 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).

Office/Logistics Manager

Angela Kayyal

Angela joins the WANA Institute as the Logistics Coordinator after working for four years as the Executive Assistant to the Jordanian Ambassador to the United States. She is delighted to be living in Jordan again, and brings her passion for the region to her role at the Institute.

Senior Researcher and Team Leader, 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 joins the Human Security team to support the WANA Institute’s efforts at building the resilience of the region and enhancing its carrying capacity. He has a strong commitment to empowering Arab youth and creating a culture of dissemination of knowledge about the Arab world. 

Researcher, Human Security

Alethea Osborne

Alethea is thrilled to join the Human Security team and expand her experience with Countering Violent Extremism research, while living in the region. 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.

Researcher, Human Security

Dorsey Lockhart

Dorsey joins the Human Security Economics team as a researcher, focusing on refugee economic inclusion as well as the wider-ranging issue of job creation in the WANA region. She has over 7 years of experience in policy and programming related to economic growth and sustainable wealth creation.

Researcher, Human Security

Shaddin Alhajahmad

Shaddin is an economics researcher with an interest in refugee empowerment through strengthening access to labour markets. She joins 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.

Senior Researcher, Sustainable Development

Lara Nassar

Lara is an environmental scientist joining the WANA Institute's Sustainable Development team, where she strenghtens the work by enabling action-learning research on various topics, including climate change resilience, land degradation, sustainable energy and water diplomacy. She previously worked for IUCN, UNDP and GEF. Lara is dedicated to making a positive regional contribution to environmental knowledge creation and sharing.

Twitter: @LaraN86
Communications Manager

Lien Santermans

Lien joins the WANA Institute as the Communications Manager. She is using her background in media and communications to increase the WANA Institute’s outreach. Previously, she worked as a Communications Officer for EcoWerf, a Belgian intercommunal environmental company. She also has experience writing for several news websites and NGOs.

Senior Translator and Communications

Omar Sufan

Omar brings over 7 years of experience as a writer, researcher, translator and editor to the WANA Institute. He started his career in media as the managing editor/website administrator of Ain.jo, where he became editor-in-chief later on. He published articles in local and regional magazines and newspapers, in addition to his editing and translating work for several companies and NGOs.

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), and is happy to now serve the WANA Institute’s mission.

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