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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 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 20 years of experience in developing NGO and public sector programmes in Palestine and Jordan. Previously, she managed multi-donor projects, conducted research, worked on community development programmes, provided training and counselling for youth as well as adults, and facilitated the protection of vulnerable individuals. 

Team Leader and Senior Researcher, Sustainable Development

Dr Majd Al-Naber

Dr Majd 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.

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.

Researcher, Sustainable Development

Reem Alhaddadin

Reem is a researcher in the Sustainable Development Pillar. Her research covers topics of hydro diplomacy, green economy, climate change adaptation and mitigation, renewable energy and water, migration and conflict.  Reem holds a Bachelors in water and environmental engineering from the German Jordanian University and a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in water governance: frameworks and negotiations from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She previously interned with Engineers Without Borders in Regensburg, Germany, as a water engineer.

Researcher, Human Security

Esraa Al-Shyab

Esraa joins the WANA Institute as a researcher and project coordinator in the Human Security Pillar with a focus on field implementation of action plans and programmatic responses based on local needs. Her interests are gender-based equality, women democratic empowerment, human trafficking, women rights and promoting the concept of human security as a violence pre-emptive effort.

Researcher, Human Security

Rawaa Moumar

Rawaa joins the WANA Institute as a researcher and project coordinator in the Human Security Pillar after a year of being placed at WANA through the Lazord Fellowship Program as a research intern. She holds a bachelor in cultural studies from the Hashemite University. Her field of interest is related to prevention of violent extremism, countering hate speech, and promoting intercultural dialogue.

Researcher, Social Justice

Hayat Al-Shoubaki

Hayat  holds a master degree in sociology with honors from the University of Jordan. One of the recipients of the Sasakawa / Nippon Foundation Japan Scholarship for Young Leaders in Social Research. She has published research papers focused on the topics of social protection, women empowerment and gender issues.

Researcher, Economic Growth

Marah Jamous

Marah is a researcher in the Economic Growth Team at WANA Institute after completing a six-month internship with WANA. Marah holds a bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Jordan. Prior to joining WANA, Marah was a research intern at the Centre for Strategic Studies in Amman, Jordan.

Researcher, Sustainable Development

Samer Fakhoury

Samer is a researcher in the Sustainable Development Pillar, he holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Jordan and is passionate about integrating his engineering knowledge in various sustainability topics such as climate change, green circular economy, and food security.


Hussain al Attar

Hussain joins the WANA Institute as an accountant, bringing five years of professional experience in finance and accounting with national financial institutions.
Before Joining WANA, Hussain worked as Assistant Department Head in Jordan Islamic Bank

Logistics Assistant and Driver

Fawaz Mohsen

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

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