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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.

The Iraq Foundation is pleased to welcome Ambassador Muhyi Al-Khateeb, Ambassador Permanent Delegate of Iraq to UNESCO.

IF Project Officer, Humam Rajab, graduated from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He gained his Executive Masters in Leadership Degree.

Due to their efforts, the legislative amendments and interventions that the WEL project has been working on to improve women’s rights in Iraq have been approved by the Ministry of State for Women’s Affairs and have been submitted to the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, where they await consideration by the Cabinet.