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The Iraq Foundation co-founder, Ms. Rend Al-Rahim, serves as President. Ms. Al-Rahim has overall responsibility for the Foundation.

Our board of directors, comprised of Iraqi professionals, determines the Foundation’s mission and goals, defines its strategies and policies, and oversees its sound financial management. Our current board members are:

  • Chairperson: Ms. Susan Dakak, President, Intuitive Technologies
  • Ms. Rend Al-Rahim, President of the Iraq Foundation, former ambassador of Iraq to the United States
  • Dr. Azzam Alwash, founder of Nature Iraq, founder of Eden Again
  • Ambassador Samir Sumaidaie, former ambassador of Iraq to the United States
  • Ms. Raya Barazanji, Human rights and women’s rights expert

Ms. Basma Fakri serves as Executive Director of the Iraq Foundation and is an ex-officio member of the Foundation board. Ms. Fakri is responsible for program implementation, administration, and operations.

The Iraq Foundation is pleased and honored to announce that Ms. Raya Barazanji has joined our Board.

Raya Barazanji is a senior program officer at the United States Institute for Peace for the Middle East programs focusing on Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. Previously she managed the Institute’s grantmaking program related to the Middle East and Africa regions. Before joining the Institute in 2010, Barazanji worked on counterterrorism programs relating to Iraq and the broader Middle East for a private sector corporation. Prior to that, and for eight years, she served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Iraq Foundation. In that capacity, she led the organization’s team in implementing democracy-building and human rights training projects, as well as supporting USAID initiatives to revitalize Iraq’s education system and to develop the capacity of civil society organizations and independent media.

Additionally, she managed a community organization and integration program for Iraqi refugees in the U.S. in the late 90s. She has over 20 years of experience in the design and management of democracy and peacebuilding programs with NGOs and is an avid advocate for women’s rights and gender equality in the Middle East and the Muslim World. Barazanji holds a master’s degree in international law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, and a bachelor’s from the College of Arts, Al-Mustansiriyah University in Baghdad.