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"Knowledge from the region, for the region"


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.


Dr Omar Rifai

Dr Omar Abdul-Monem Rifai is the Director-General of the WANA Institute as well as the Senior Advisor to HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal at the Majlis El Hassan, The Royal Hashemite Court.

Director of Programme

Shereen Shaheen

Shereen joins the WANA Institute as the Director of Programme with over 15 years of experience in developing NGO and public sector programmes in Palestine and Jordan. Previously, she managed multi-donor projects, conducted desk and field research, worked on community development, provided training and counselling for youth as well as adults, and facilitated the protection of vulnerable individuals.

Administrative 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, 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. 

Junior Researcher

Lina AlHaj Ahmad

Lina AlHaj is a junior researcher at WANA Institute with a focus on Human Security and Social Justice. She worked as a public relations operator. She was a founding member of the first student radio at the Jordan University of Science and Technology and was trained to be a media spokesperson.

Senior Researcher, Economic Growth

Kareem Al-Sharabi

Kareem is a Senior researcher in the WANA Institute’s Economic Growth team. He previously worked at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Washington DC, as well as on various development projects in refugee camps in the WANA region. He also served as an instructor at the University of Chicago’s writing centre.

Team Leader and Senior Researcher, Sustainable Development

Dr Majd Al Naber

Dr Majd Al Naber joins the WANA Institute as the Team Leader and Senior Researcher in the Sustainable Development pillar. She is a specialist in integrated water resources management and water policy for arid land. She worked on several EU-funded projects as a water expert, as well as for USAID as a consultant, and for several national and international organisations.

Researcher, Sustainable Development

Reem Alhaddadin

Reem joins the Sustainable Development team after having completed her internship with the WANA Institute. She previously interned with Engineers Without Borders in Regensburg, Germany, as a water engineer. Her task consisted of designing an inlet channel and contributing to a manual for a hydropower plant project based in Cameroon.

Researcher, Social Justice

Esraa Alshyab

Esraa joins the WANA Institute as the Social Justice’s Training and Project Design Specialist. Previously, she worked on Women's Democratic Empowerment for Al Hayat Center for Civil Society Development. She also worked as a journalist for various news outlets. Through her work at the WANA Institute, she hopes to contribute to empowering communities to be part of the development process.

Junior Researcher

Rawaa Moumar

Rawaa joins the WANA Institute as a Junior Researcher in the Human Security pillar after being placed through Lazord Fellowship Program. She believes in the power of communication to avoid any misunderstanding that can distract different groups from resolving the key issues they have in common.


Hamzah Al-Omar

Hamzah joins the WANA Institute an Accountant, bringing two years of professional experience in finance and accounting with national financial institutions to the role.

Logistics Assistant and Driver

Fawaz Mohsen

Fawaz serves the WANA Institute as the Logistics Assistant and Driver.

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