Iraq Foundation Announces New COO!


The Iraq Foundation is pleased to introduce our new Chief Operating Officer (COO), Ms. Basma Fakri.

Working tirelessly to empower Iraqi women, support freedom and democracy in Iraq since immigrating to the US in 1982, Ms. Fakri co-founded the Women’s Alliance for a Democratic Iraq (WAFDI), an organization dedicated to a free and democratic Iraq with full and equal individual rights for women. She sat on the steering committee of the Network of Iraqi American Organizations in Michigan and was a member of the Women for a Free Iraq campaign. Ms. Fakri organized, led and managed many training sessions on women’s political participation, ending violence against women, economic empowerment and rights in Baghdad, Beirut and the US. She worked as a voter education officer and national counting officer with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) during the first Iraq out-of-country voting. Additionally, she cooperated with high-level policymakers:  addressed the UN Security Council in a closed session about women, peace, security and the role of Iraqi women in building the peace in Iraq. Ms. Fakri holds a Bachelor and a Master Degrees in Civil Engineering, and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

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