Dean Safwan Masri (Chair)

Safwan M. Masri is Dean of Georgetown University in Qatar and Distinguished Professor of the Practice at Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. Prior to joining Georgetown in October 2022, Professor Masri was Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University, and a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. Prior to that, Dean Masri was a professor at Columbia Business School, where he also served as Vice Dean. He previously taught engineering at Stanford University and was a visiting professor at INSEAD (Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires) in France.  Dean Masri is the author of Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly (2017). He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an honorary fellow of the Foreign Policy Association. Dean Masri led the establishment of King’s Academy and Queen Rania Teacher Academy in Jordan. He is a trustee of International College in Beirut, and serves as a director of AMIDEAST and of Endeavor Jordan. Dean Masri received his Ph.D. in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University. 

Asmaa Al-Fadala

Asmaa Al-Fadala is currently an Assistant Professor at the College of Public Policy (HBKU) and the Director of Research at the World Innovation Summit for Education. With over twenty-five years of experience in K-12 education, higher education, and policy development, she has served as a policy writer at the governmental level, professor, author of books on leadership reform, and board member on educational organizations. Her research interests include leadership for learning, education transformation, entrepreneurship education, teacher professional development, educational reform, innovation in education, and SDGs. She has also served at the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute as an associate policy analyst. She has served on the positions of program committee, teacher, school leader, and fellow in various institutes in Qatar. She is a widely published author in the field of educational leadership and policy.

Fatima Gailani

Fatima Gailani stands out as one of the most respected women both in the Afghan society and the RCRC Movement for her professional ability and contributions. Early in her career, she served as a spokesperson for the Afghan Freedom Fighters during the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union. She also led a humanitarian assistance team who were assisting the war-wounded people and their families. She served as an advisor in Islamic rules and family issues at the Muslim College of London. She participated in the International Conference on Afghanistan, Bonn (2001). In the new government, she became a member of the highest political decision-making body called Loya Jirga according to the country’s Constitution and from there she was appointed as a Commissioner for drafting and getting the New Constitution ratified. Among her contributions in the commission for drafting and getting the new Constitution ratified, were those to ensure that the new Constitution was in line with the modern laws as well as Islamic Sharia Law. In December 2004, she became the president of the Afghan Red Crescent. She chaired the International Conference, the highest Red Cross Red Crescent Movement Statutory meeting, of 2015, participated in many Movement Statutory meetings, IFRC regional and international conferences, and served as the first Chairperson of a very important Committee called Compliance and Mediation Committee for three years.

Hameed Hakimi

Hameed Hakimi is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House and a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. A project leader with rich experiences across a spectrum of organizations, sectors and contexts, he has a track record as a results-driven and highly agile professional. Among others, he has over a decade of experience in program development, research design, policy advice and analysis, institutional partnerships, and project management. The geographic focus of his research and analytical expertise has centered on South Asia (Afghanistan and Pakistan in particular), South Asia and Central Asia regions’ connectivity and integration, and migratory trends in Western Europe. Thematically, he has established expertise and a track record in development and sustainability, securitization policies, migration and displacements, climate change, resource and conflict nexus, ideological militancy, and extremism.

Ambassador Melanne Verveer

Ambassador Melanne Verveer the Director of Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace, and Security. Ambassador Verveer previously served as the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, a position to which she was nominated by President Obama in 2009. She coordinated foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic, and social advancement of women, traveling to nearly sixty countries. President Obama also appointed her to serve as the U.S. Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Prior to serving in the White House, she was executive director of People for the American Way, where she was involved in the passage of civil rights legislation. Previously she was also the Coordinator for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs for the U.S. Catholic Conference. She served on the staff of US Senator George McGovern and Representative Marcy Kaptur. She is a founding partner of Seneca Point Global, a worldwide women strategy firm, and a co-founder of Seneca Women. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, and the World Bank Advisory Council on Gender and Development. She served as the 2013 Humanitas visiting professor at Cambridge University where she is an honorary fellow.