Advisory Board

Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad

Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad
Professor, and former President, Qatar University

Qatar University’s 5th President Al-Misnad is one of Qatar’s leading educators, and a partner in many initiatives towards the fulfillment of national development strategies.  As a member of the Board of Directors of Qatar Foundation for Education Science and Community Development since 1999, she has had a key role in the governance and leadership of the educational institutions comprising Education City. Al-Misnad has written more than 50 articles published in professional journals and presented at leading conferences and seminars at the local, regional, and international levels.


Ahmad Dallal
Dean, Georgetown University in Qatar

Dallal is Dean of Georgetown University in Qatar. Previously, he was professor of history at AUB’s Department of History and Archaeology. He joined AUB in the summer of 2009 from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he served as the chair of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies. His previous academic appointments were at Stanford University (2000-03), Yale University (1994-2000), and Smith College (1990-1994). Dallal’s scholarship focuses on the history of science, Islamic revivalist thought, and Islamic law. His most recent publication is Islam, Science, and the Challenge of History. He received his BE (1980) from AUB’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, and his PhD (1990) in Islamic Studies from the Department of Middle East Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.

Rochelle Davis

Rochelle Davis
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS), School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Rochelle Davis is an Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, where she teaches courses on Arab society and culture, refugees, migrants and immigrants in and out of the Arab World, and war and conflict. Her academic research focuses on refugees and conflict, specifically, Palestinian, Syrian, and Iraqi refugees. She has conducted research in Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, and Lebanon. Her current research is based on 300 qualitative interviews conducted through participatory research by refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, and includes displaced Syrians, Iraqis, Palestinians, Sudanese, and Somalis.

Rami Khouri

Rami Khouri
Former Director, The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut

Khouri is a Palestinian-Jordanian and US citizen whose family resides in Beirut and Nazareth. He is a former Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, as well as a columnist at the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper. He is an internationally syndicated political columnist and book author, and a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Dubai School of Government. He was the co-recipient of the Pax Christi International Peace Award for his efforts to bring peace and reconciliation to the Middle East. 

Sir Timothy Lankester

Sir Timothy Lankester
Chairman of the Council, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London

Sir Lankester held senior positions in the British Treasury, was Britain’s representative on the boards of the IMF, World Bank and the European Investment Bank, and served as Permanent Secretary in Britain’s international aid and education ministries. He served as Private Secretary (Economic Affairs) to Prime Ministers Callaghan and Thatcher. He was Director of SOAS at the University of London and President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. In 2012, his book The Politics and Economics of Britain’s Foreign Aid: the Pergau Dam Affair was published by Routledge. He also Chairs the Board of Governors of Contemporary Dance Trust.

Ellen Lust

Ellen Lust
Associate Professor of Political Science, and Founding Director of the Program on Governance and Local Development, Yale University

Ellen Lust is the Founding Director of the Programs on Governance and Local Development at Yale University (est. 2013) and at the University of Gothenburg (est. 2015), and Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg. She received her M.A. in Modern Middle East and North African Studies (1993) and PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan (1997). She held faculty positions at Rice University and Yale University, and was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Graduate Studies (Geneva, Switzerland) and the Straus Institute in the Law School at NYU. She has authored numerous books and articles, including most recently, Trust, Voice and Incentives: Learning from Local Successes in Service Delivery in the Middle East and North Africa (Washington, DC: World Bank, 2015) in collaboration with Hana Brixi and Michael Woolcock. Her current research is aimed at developing local governance indicators and examining the role of social institutions in governance. She was a co-founder of the Transitional Governance Project, a founding associate editor of Middle East Law and Governance, and has served as an advisor and consultant to such organizations as the Carter Center, Freedom House, NDI, UNDEF, UNDP, USAID, and the World Bank. Foundations such as the Moulay Hicham Foundation, National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, FORMAS and the Swedish Research Council have supported her work.

dr. suad joseph

Suad Joseph
Distinguished Research Professor of Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, University of California, Davis.

Suad Joseph is a scholar of Middle East gender and family studies. Her research has focused on the relationships between religion and politics, family and the state, gender and citizenship, children and rights, and culturally specific notions of selfhood. She has focused considerably on institution-building: She founded a group leading to the establishment of the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association; she founded the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies and co-founded its internationally recognized Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies; she founded the Arab Families Research Group; and a six-university consortium. She co-founded the Arab American Studies Association and the Association for Middle East Anthropology. She was the president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, the main professional association for scholars of the Middle East. She co-founded the Women and Gender Studies Program and founded the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program at UC Davis. She was awarded the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Research, the largest such prize in the United States. She was awarded the graduate mentor award by the Consortium for Women and Research. Her public service has been recognized: She was awarded the Diversity Leadership award and the Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award by UC Davis. Her research has also been committed to supporting the research of colleagues. She is General Editor of the highly esteemed Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, the first encyclopedia of its kind, which Choice, the magazine for librarians, ranked as “essential” for libraries. She has edited or co-edited eight books, and published over 100 articles. For the past decade and half, she has offered training in proposal writing and research design to young scholars in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States.