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International Senior Advisory Board

The WANA Institute partners with a range of influential change makers from around the world, to ensure it can deliver on its vision to be a trusted source of innovative research.

Chaired by His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal, the Senior Advisory Board shapes the WANA Institute’s organisational goals, advises on strategic priorities and identifies partnership opportunities both within and outside the region. The Board is composed of distinguished academics, business leaders, former government officials and community leaders who sit for three-year terms.

Academic Advisory Board

The WANA Institute sets itself the bold task of producing independent research that provides a fresh perspective on regional issues.

The Academic Advisory Board is made up of leading international scholars in the WANA Institute’s key thematic areas, who review and critique major research pieces prior to their dissemination to ensure they meet our high quality standards. Members of the Advisory Board act in a voluntary capacity and sit for three-year terms.

Hala Bsaisu Lattouf

Managing Director, AYA Consultancy for Development, Jordan.
Hala Bsaisu Lattouf

As the former Jordanian Minister of Social Development, Hala Bsaisu Lattouf headed the Cabinet Ministerial Committee responsible for integrated social services and poverty alleviation programmes. Ms Lattouf headed the Board of the National Aid Fund and was instrumental in implementing proper legislations for the protection of women and children including Family Protection Law, Personal Status Law, Penal Code Law and Association Law. Ms. Lattouf is an advocate for strengthening the role of civil society in Jordan and established a Special Board to overlook their work and set up a special Government Fund for funding NGOs. Ms. Lattouf’s experience also extends to implementing education projects in Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Palestine (West Bank and Gaza) and Lebanon.

Dawn Chatty

University Professor in Anthropology and Forced Migration, University of Oxford, UK.
Dawn Chatty

Dawn Chatty is the former Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, Department of International Development at the University of Oxford.  Her research interests include nomadic pastoralism and conservation; gender and development; health, illness and culture; and coping strategies of refugee youth. Her most recent books include Children of Palestine: Experiencing Forced Migration in the Middle East, Handbook on Nomads in the Middle East and North Africa, and Displacement and Dispossession in the Modern Middle East.

Professor Dr Malik R Dahlan

Principal at the Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy, London, UK.
Professor Dr Malik R Dahlan

Professor Dahlan is a legal scholar from the Holy City, Makkah. He is an accredited international mediator, an expert on West Asia-North Africa regionalism, political economy and trade, energy regulation, dispute resolution, Islamic Statecraft and Statesmanship. He is Chief Lawyer at the prominent multi-jurisdictional law firm, MBR Legal; the President of iPlatform, an NGO dedicated to generational dialogue through policy development; Chairman of GreenGulf Inc., a leading sustainability and renewable energy Gulf company and the International Chair of the Harvard Law School Association. Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy (iQ), where Professor Dahlan is the Principal, is a multifaceted professional think tank focusing on regulatory law, rule of law activism, and regional and transnational political entrepreneurship.

Mary Kaldor

Professor of Global Governance at the London School of Economics and Political Studies, UK.
Mary Kaldor

Mary is the Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics and CEO of the DFID funded Justice and Security Research Programme. She is the author of several books, including The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon: Human Security and the Changing Rules of War and Peace, New and Old Wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era and Global Civil Society: An Answer to War. She was co-chair of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly, a member of the International Independent Commission on Kosovo and convenor of the Human Security Study Group, which reported to Javier Solana.

Professor Anthony F Lang, Jr

Chair in International Political Theory and Director of the Centre for Global Constitutionalism, University of St Andrews, UK.
Professor Anthony F Lang, Jr

Professor Anthony F Lang, Jr is one of four editors of Global Constitutionalism, Associate Editor of the Journal of International Political Theory and on the editorial board of Ethics & International Affairs. His research and teaching focus on international political theory, particularly the intersection of law, ethics, and politics at the global level, with an occasional regional focus on the Middle East. His recent work includes an examination of constitution making in the post-Arab Spring Middle East.

His Grace Professor Qais Sadiq

Founder and President of the Ecumenical Studies Center, Jordan.
His Grace Professor Qais Sadiq

Prof Qais Sadiq is the Bishop of Erzurum and Exarch of Greater Armenia and the Auxiliary Bishop to His Beatitude and Holiness Patriarch of Antioch. He regularly advocates for promoting ethics education for children and youth through inter-faith learning; human rights and social justice; and fighting hunger, poverty, illiteracy, and discrimination. He has served youth in the ecumenical movement since 1972, through various leadership, academic and religious positions in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Sudan, and Romania. He is the former Prof. of Practical Theology, Canon Law and Church History at the University of Balamand; the Higher Advisory Judge of the Patriarchal Ecclesiastical Court of Appeal of Damascus; and the Arab States Regional Coordinator of the Global Network of Religions for Children.

Walid Salem

Director, The Center For Democracy And Community Development, Jerusalem.
Walid Salem

Walid Salem is a Member in the Palestinian National Council of PLO and teaches democracy and human rights at AlQuds University. He is the author of numerous books, training manuals and research papers covering democracy, civil society, citizenship, refugees and Jerusalem. He is also a consultant, evaluator and trainer for several public and private bodies. He has trained more than 30,000 Palestinians on these issues since 1990. Since 2004, he has been the Coordinator of the Middle East Citizen Assembly, a regional network of experts and activists covering citizenship issues.

Dr Tamara Sonn

Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in the History of Islam at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, USA.
Dr Tamara Sonn

With a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Dr Sonn has published numerous highly acclaimed books on the history and interpretation of Islam. Her research and writing works have been translated into Arabic, Bengali, Portuguese, and Russian. She served as senior editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Islam and associate editor of Oxford's Encyclopedia The Islamic World Past and Present, and is currently senior editor of Oxford Islamic Studies Online, Oxford's Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, as well as Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion.  Sonn is also founding editor-in-chief of Oxford Bibliographies Online-Islamic Studies, and of Wiley-Blackwell's online journal of Religious Studies, Religion Compass.

Roger Zetter

Emeritus Professor of Refugee Studies at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, UK.
Roger Zetter

Emeritus Professor Zetter is the former Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford and has over 35 years research, publication, teaching and consultancy experience in forced migration, refugee and humanitarian issues. His research and consultancy focuses on institutional and policy dimensions and impacts of humanitarian assistance on refugees and forcibly displaced populations. He has been a consultant for many governments and international entities including UNHCR, UNDP, the World Bank, and research funders such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation.

Maysoon Zoubi

Director Associate, Water and Sanitation Department at the Arab Dar Engineering Company, Jordan.
Maysoon Zoubi

A civil engineer, Maysson Zoubi is the former Secretary General of the Jordanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation. Ms Zoubi has been instrumental in assisting the Jordanian government to strike a balance between economic and socio-environmental priorities in coordination with the Royal Advisory Commission for Energy and the Royal Water Commission. She served as the Technical Committee Chair for the ambitious Red to Dead Sea project, is a member of the nuclear Technology Outsourcing Committee and a board member of the Middle East Research Center.

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