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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.

Director General & Team Leader and Senior Researcher, Sustainable Development

Dr Majd Al Naber

Dr Al Naber is a specialist in sustainability and integrated natural resources management and policies in the Arid region. She manages several projects addressing the environmental security in the WANA region. She takes a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses the fields of climate change, food and water securities, environmental displacement and migration, social inclusions, vulnerability and gender. She has an extended experience in the sustainability of agriculture system under scarce conditions of drought, salinity and water scarcity. 

Head of WANA Office & Senior Researcher, Human Security and Social Justice

Dr Yara Shaban

Dr Yara heads the WANA office with experience in developing projects in Human Security and Social Justice. She provides training and consultation in topics related to preventing violent extremism, education, social protection, and policy research and writing. She has a PhD in STEM Education from Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from University of Jordan.

Senior Researcher, Human Security & Social Justice

Esra'a Al-Shyab

Esraa has more than 11 years of experience working on programs addressing women’s empowerment, advocacy, awareness campaigning and political participation. She is specialist in issues related to human trafficking and vulnerable communities, including women and children in conflict zones. She has published several manuals, policy papers, and articles that discuss women’s rights and education in Jordan. 

Researcher, Sustainable Development

Eng. Reem Alhaddadin

Eng. 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, Sustainable Development

Eng. Samer Fakhoury

Eng. Samer is a researcher in the Sustainable Development pillar. He has experience in evidence-based research and technical projects covering topics related to climate change mitigation and adaptation and human security which encompasses water, food and energy securities and their nexus. He has previous experience working on projects focusing on the nexus between climate change, human security, gender. Samer holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.

Logistics Assistant and Driver

Fawaz Mohsen

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

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