Dr. Sarah Markiewicz holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion and served as Social Cohesion Advisor for international donors in Iraq.
Dr. Markiewicz is an expert on religion, Peacebuilding and dialogue with an extensive experience working in the MENA region, Iraq and Jordan among many.
Dr. Markwiewicz is currently based in Germany where she is working as a consultant for Inter-Parliamentary Union.
Léa Suter is an expert in International relations, Peacebuilding and policy with years of experience as a peace practitioner in the MENA region; and a peace journalist and peace moderator.
Suter is currently based in Geneva where she is working for the UN Association Switzerland.
Suter is also the founder of PeacePrints and has published extensively on and advocated for human rights' defenders and peace builders in the MENA region, with a particular focus on Iraq.
Ghailan Hamza is an academic research and civil activist who has written extensively on localising studies with respect to Prevention of Violent Extremism in Iraq.
Other than being a non-violent activist and a passionate peacebuilder, Hamza has dedicated nearly two decades to researching and providing training on peacebuilding and Preventing Violent Extremism.
Hamza has a plethora of academic publications (studies and reports) on Peacebuilding and Preventing Violent Extremism with respect to the Iraqi context, one of his most known publications is 'Creating a Culture of Coexistence in Iraq'.
Hamza is a founding member of the Iraqi Observatory to Prevent Violent Extremism (IQOPEV), which is part of the regional observatory (OPEV). Since 2014, Hamza has been a member of the national committee for the Iraqi Social Forum.
Al-Juboori is an experienced writer and award winning poet, her works have been translated into over 12 languages.
Al-Juboiri has been a successful journalist and columnist since 1986, and was the founder and editor of the first Arab-German magazine, Diwan.
Al-Juboori now runs the Soutuna media project and the associated Moderation Council, as well as the Arab Human Rights Academy in London. She has successfully used her linguistic and mediation skill to bring people from across Iraq together, using art to overcome conflicts and skilfully mediating between conflicting actors in Iraq. Al-Jubouri's abilities have been recognised by UNAMI and NED, both of which collaborated with her projects and rely on her skills to build peace through her grassroots approach. Her strict neutrality has won her respect across the political divides in Iraq.
Al-Juboori is a member of the following legal committees: International Lawyers’ Union - based in London, member of the war crimes and crimes against humanity committee, committee member of Human Rights Institute, committee member of Arab and Gulf states lawyers.
Al-Juboori has authored 7 poetry collections and has translated 7 authoritative books into Arabic.
Al-Juboori also occupied the position of the cultural and tourism advisor to Yemen in Berlin, a post which is in par with that of a minister.
Al-Juboori has a BA in English Literature and holds two master degrees from London University’s School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS): one in Human Rights and the other in Religion and Philosophy.
Al-Juboori currently works at the University of London at the Religion, History and Philosophy department; and her tireless efforts have been internationally recognised in:
- Mediating between Sunni and Shia tribes to overcome conflicts after the liberation of Alalaam, Tikrit and Duloyyaia, amongst other areas of Iraq.
- Mediating between protesters and security forces to prevent violence during the 2015 protests.
- Ongoing mediation in Baghdad, involving the government and civil society actors.
Prof. Hannibal Travis
Prof. Hannibal Travis is a professor of law at Florida International University. Graduated summa cum laude from Washington University and magma cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Prof. Travis has served as a member of Harvard Journal of Law and Technology and Harvard Human Rights Journal.
Prof. Travis has taught and conducted research in the fields of: cyberlaw, international and comparative law, human rights and genocide studies and published a number of authoritative books.
Waad Issa was born in 1974 in Baghdad, holds a BA in Law from the University of Baghdad / College of Law.
Issa's main expertise is the establishment of local companies, the opening of branches of foreign companies, the establishment of laboratories in the Department of Industrial Development, obtaining visas and residency for foreigners, and providing advice on the mechanism of establishing local and foreign civil society organisation, as well as conducting civil lawsuits and providing legal advice.
Issa also specialises in protecting minority rights, prevention of violent extremism and racial discrimination, which emphasise the principles of citizenship and impose law enforcement.