Administration

Muhammad Sarmini

President and Founder

Mr. Muhammad Sarmini is the acting President and the founder of Jusoor Center for Studies.

Muhammad Sarmini

Mr. Muhammad Sarmini is the acting President and the founder of Jusoor Center for Studies.

Mr. Sarmini contributed to the founding of most of the Syrian national institutions. Previously, he assumed the position of an advisor to the prime minister of the Syrian Interim Government. He has been in several administrative and political positions since 2005.

 

Obaida Fares

Vice President

Mr. Obaida Fares is a senior researcher and an advisor in several United Nations and other international organizations. Mr. Fares authored few books and contributed to writing 14 books and manuals in the field of human rights and Arab political affa...

Obaida Fares

Mr. Obaida Fares is a senior researcher and an advisor in several United Nations and other international organizations.  Mr. Fares authored few books and contributed to writing 14 books and manuals in the field of human rights and Arab political affairs

Researchers at the center

Abdulwahhab Assi

Director of the Center’s Studies Unit

Abdulwahhab Assi is a senior research fellow at Jusoor Center for Studies.

Abdulwahhab Assi

 Abdulwahhab Assi is a senior research fellow at Jusoor Center for Studies.
 Previously, Mr. Assi worked in the political affairs in many media outlets (written and audio) in Syrian and Arab institutions. He also worked in local organizations in Syria. He studied at the Faculty of Economics at Aleppo University. Currently, he is studying history at Gaziantep University.

 

Wael Olwan

Senior Research Fellow

Wael Olwan is a senior research fellow at Jusoor Center for Studies He has a B.A. in Arabic Language and Literature from Damascus University.

Wael Olwan

Wael Olwan is a senior research fellow at Jusoor Center for Studies
He has a B.A. in Arabic Language and Literature from Damascus University. He previously worked as an Arabic teacher, and he is specialized in active learning.
Mr. Olwan studied political science and international relations while he was working in media and political fields in Syrian opposition-run outlets.

He volunteered in community learning activities at UNESCO. After the Syrian Revolution erupted, he worked in the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. Mr. Olwan also participated in the opposition delegation to the Geneva negotiations in 2017.

Khalid Al-Terkawi

Senior Research Fellow (Principal Economist)

Khaled al-Terkawi is a researcher and lecturer in the field of economics. He has a masters degree in International Economic Relations from Damascus University.

Khalid Al-Terkawi

Khaled al-Terkawi is a researcher and lecturer in the field of economics. He has a masters degree in International Economic Relations from Damascus University. He has published several research papers and authored several books, including “The Use of the Internet in the Field of Scientific Research” and “The Demographic Change in Syria and its Impact on the Syrian Economy”.

Firas Fahham

Senior Research Fellow

Firas Fahham is a senior research fellow at Jusoor Center for Studies

Firas Fahham

Firas Fahham is a senior research fellow at Jusoor Center for Studies. He studied at the Faculty of Law at Aleppo University. Mr. Fahham has a 4-year experience in the field of information reporting in social media. He worked as the chief editor of a Syrian News Network. He published several research papers related to the history of the Syrian popular movement and the Syrian revolution, in cooperation with several Arab centers for studies.

Anas Shawakh

Research Fellow

Anas Shawakh is research fellow; specialist in Syria’s Eastern region affairs.

 Anas Shawakh

Anas Shawakh is research fellow; specialist in Syria’s Eastern region affairs. He has a Bachelor degree in Economics- Business and Administration. He also has a diploma from the Petroleum Institute with a focus in precision instruments. He is an expert in data collecting and analyzing.

Bashir Nasrallah

Assistant Researcher in the Center’s Information Unit

Mr. Nasrallah has a masters degree in computer engineering, with a diploma in security studies from Sabahattin Zaim University. Mr. Nasrallah is an expert in collecting and analyzing information.

Bashir Nasrallah

Mr. Nasrallah has a masters degree in computer engineering, with a diploma in security studies from Sabahattin Zaim University. Mr. Nasrallah is an expert in collecting and analyzing information.

Majd Kilani

Assistant Researcher in the Center’s Information Unit

Majd Kilani is an assistant researcher, specialized in data collection. He is also specialized in military factions’ affairs and local armed conflicts. He is an expert in geographics. He has a B.A. in economics, the University of Aleppo.

Majd Kilani

Majd Kilani is an assistant researcher, specialized in data collection. He is also specialized in military factions’ affairs and local armed conflicts. He is an expert in geographics. He has a B.A. in economics, the University of Aleppo.

Abbas Sharifa

Non-resident Research Fellow

Abbas Sharifa is a non-resident researcher specialist in the affairs of Islamic groups.

Abbas Sharifa

Abbas Sharifa is a non-resident researcher specialist in the affairs of Islamic groups. He has a diploma in political science from Sabah Al-Din Al-Zaim University. He also has a Bachelor degree in Sharia - Damascus University. 
Mr. Sharifa authored many books. He is also a trainer in intellectual programs. He worked for several media outlets and in training courses.

 

Abdul Rahim Saeed

A Non-Resident Researcher in Kurdish affairs

Abdul Rahim Saeed is a journalist and a researcher. He has a BA in Arabic Language.

Abdul Rahim Saeed

Abdul Rahim Saeed is a journalist and a researcher. He has a BA in Arabic Language. Saeed worked with a number of media outlets and research centers. His articles are published in the Jusoor and Al Jazeera research centers, and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy as well.

Advisory Board members

Ibrahim Olabi

Ibrahim Olabi is a British-German lawyer specialized in Syrian affairs.

Ibrahim Olabi

Ibrahim Olabi is a British-German lawyer specialized in Syrian affairs. He is originally from Syria.
He has a LLB & LLM, Security and International Law, University of Manchester. Mr. Olabi is currently studying for an M.A. in Public Policy at the College of Government/University of Oxford. He is currently working on international and local cases related to crimes committed in Syria.
Mr. Olabi is a member of the Board of Directors of the Syrian British Council. He served as an adviser to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations International Bar Association.

 

Dr.Ahmad Touma

Dr. Ahmad Youma has a BA in dentistry, Damascus University. Dr. Touma was a mosque preacher in the Deir Ezzor province, eastern Syria.

Dr.Ahmad Touma

Dr. Ahmad Touma has a BA in dentistry, Damascus University.  Dr. Touma was a mosque preacher in the Deir Ezzor province, eastern Syria. He participated in founding the Damascus Declaration for National Democratic Change, and he was elected as a representative for the province of Deir Ezzor
In 2007, Dr. Touma was elected as Secretary of the National Council of the Damascus Declaration. He was the head of the "We are all for the Sham" relief campaign in the eastern region of Syria. Touma is also a former prime minister in the Syrian Interim Government. He has been the Head of the opposition  delegation of the Astana talks Syrian revolution forces since 2017.

 

Hind Kabawat

Hind Kabawat is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Department of Interfaith Dialogue and Conflict Resolution at the Institute of Religions and Diplomacy at George Mason University.

Hind Kabawat

Hind Kabawat is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Department of Interfaith Dialogue and Conflict Resolution at the Institute of Religions and Diplomacy at George Mason University. Kabawat is a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Law School of Negotiation Department. She is also the President and a board member of Tastakel, a women’s organization dedicated to using non-violence and dialogue to address the ongoing conflict in Syria.

 

Dr. Hosam Hafez

Mohammed Hosam Hafez (PhD - International Law) is currently the head of QCM Institute “Law, Politics, Society” for Consultations, Studies and Training.

Dr. Hosam Hafez

Mohammed Hosam Hafez (PhD - International Law) is currently the head of QCM Institute “Law, Politics, Society” for Consultations, Studies and Training.
Mr.Hafez was a member of the Syrian opposition negotiations delegation in 2014. Between 2016-2017, he was a member of the High Negotiations Committee and the Head of its Legal Bureau. Mr. Hafez was the head of the Foreign and Diplomatic Affairs Authority in the Syrian Interim Government in 2014 and 2015. He worked as a professor of general international law, international humanitarian law and international human rights law in many academic institutions, including the College of Law - Qatar University. He served as a diplomat at the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Syrian embassies in Tehran, London and Yerevan between 1998 and 2012. Earlier, Hafez worked as a lawyer and professor at the Syrian Bar Association in Damascus. He has many publications in international law and international relations in both Arabic and English.
Education:
Bachelor of Laws
Diploma in Criminal Sciences 
Diploma in Public Law
Masters degree in International Law
PhD. in International Law

 

Anwar Al-Bunni

Mr. Anwar al-Bunni is a Syrian human rights lawyer and an activist. Mr. Bunni was a political prisoner.

Anwar Al-Bunni

Mr. Anwar al-Bunni is a Syrian human rights lawyer and an activist. Mr. Bunni was a political prisoner.
He is the President of the Syrian Center for Legal Studies and Research. In 2008 and 2009 was awarded the Front Line Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk by the German Association of Judges. He received the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law.

 

Dr. Muhammad Amin Qattan

Muhammad Amin Qattan has a PhD in Islamic Banking - University of Birmingham, UK. He has a BA in Islamic Economics from Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh.

Dr. Muhammad Amin Qattan


Muhammad Amin Qattan has a PhD in Islamic Banking - University of Birmingham, UK. He has a BA in Islamic Economics from Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh. He is an economic advisor in several Sharia supervisory bodies in banks and financial investment and Islamic funds around the world.  Mr. Qattan is also an academic advisor in a number of Arab and Islamic universities, including Kuwait University, the American University in Cairo, Al-Zaytoonah University in Tunis and Heba University in Syria.
 He is an academic and economic consultant in a number of firms in the world, including Malaysia, UAE, UK and Switzerland. He has worked as a consultant and researcher in a number of government agencies in some Arab countries, including Kuwait, Tunisia and Syria. Mr. Qattan is a visiting professor, lecturer and faculty member in a number of Arab, Islamic and global universities.
He is a certified trainer in several Arab and international institutions and companies. He has trained more than 1000 participants in specialized courses around the world. He has authored several books, papers and research in refereed scientific journals.
• He participated in many scientific conferences, forums and events around the world. Qattan also participated in developing curricula for higher studies in some Islamic countries for instance in Syria and Tunisia. He is a supervisor, referee, and discussant of scientific and academic studies, scientific competitions, and research works.
He is also a member of a number of scientific and founding bodies and committees, specialized societies and boards of trustees.
He is an arbitrator in cases involving international commercial arbitration and expert in some international centers.

 

Dr. Ali Bakir

Ali Bakir is a researcher and political analyst with more than a decade and a half of professional experience. He served as a political advisor for five years in governments.

Dr. Ali Bakir


Ali Bakir is a researcher and political analyst with more than a decade and a half of professional experience. He served as a political advisor for five years in governments. He provides advice to senior officials, decision-makers and stakeholders in governmental and public institutions and private sector institutions in Turkey and in a number of Middle Eastern countries as well. Dr. Bakir is interested in the geopolitical and security developments in the Middle East, the politics of major powers, and the foreign policies of Turkey, Iran and the Gulf Cooperation Council states, in addition to other hot issues. Previously, Dr. Bakir worked as a researcher in the (AIWA) economic / defense group. He is a senior researcher at the International Strategic Research Organization, and works as a coordinator of the Gulf Studies Program at the Middle East Studies Center in Ankara.
He has been a frequent guest on TV political programs and major events in the middle east since 2005. He regularly writes many Arabic, English and Turkish publications. Dr. Bakir participated as an expert in many regional and international conferences and workshops. He has a PhD in political science and international relations. He authored several books and co-authored more than ten books on Turkish, Iranian and Chinese issues

Bakir he is an author on a chapter: “The Evolution of Turkish-Qatari Relations Amidst a Growing Gulf Divide” of an important book, called “A Divided Gulf” published by Palgrave.

Mohammed Younis

Mr. Mahmoud Yonis is the General Manager of Market Insight for Consulting and Strategic Studies company.

Mohammed Younis

Mr. Mahmoud Yonis is the General Manager of Market Insight for Consulting and Strategic Studies company. Mr. Younis has a B.A. in Information Systems from Ajman University of Science and Technology. He is an Internal Evaluator, the EFQM European Association for Institutional Excellence. He is a certified trainer and consultant in the (DiSC) methodology to analyze and evaluate personal behaviors within the labor market. He is a designer of models, strategies and action plans, identifying key institutional performance indicators, designing organizational structures and developing human resources.
Mr. Younis has professional experience with in-depth knowledge of the IT sectors, education, government institutions, non-profit associations, training, human development, and research centers. He also has a wide experience in the retail sector. He designed and implemented many training courses and workshops in various aspects of Soft Skills, and he also matched individual abilities and tendencies with available jobs through advanced global tools such as (DiSC) and some of Thomas International's products.

 

Dr. Osama Kadi

Dr. Osama al-Kadi is a Syrian-Canadian international economic, administrative and financial advisor. He taught economics and management in American and Emirati universities.

Dr. Osama Kadi

Dr. Osama al-Kadi is a Syrian-Canadian international economic, administrative and financial advisor. He taught economics and management in American and Emirati universities. Dr. Kadi received the Dar Souad Al-Sabah Prize for Scientific Creativity in 1994. He is the Chairman of the Syria Economy Working Group, which has completed a series of 14 economic reports under the title: "The Economic Map of the New Syria." Dr. Kadi has 34 economic reports, and he also prepared the study of “The Syrian Economic Constitution: Constitutional Proposals”. He was the representative of Syria in all economic conferences of the friends of the Syrian people concerned with the reconstruction and development of Syria. He also has many books, articles and interviews. He publishes his articles in Arab and international media outlets.