Board of Trustees

Chair, AUIS Board of Trustees
 
Jill Derby is a Senior Governance Consultant with the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges based in Washington, DC.
Secretary, AUIS Board of Trustees
 
Azzam Alwash is the founder and CEO of Nature Iraq and is the recipient of the 2013 Goldman Prize for grass roots activism in the protection of the environment.
Chair, Advancement and External Relations, AUIS Board of Trustees
 
David Skaggs holds positions as co-chair of the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics and vice-chair of the board of the National Endowment for Democracy. He is a senior strategic advisor & independent consultant with Dentons US LLP.
Chair, Finance and Operations Committee, AUIS Board of Trustees
 
Dov S. Zakheim is Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Senior Fellow at CNA.
Chair, Academic and Student Relations Committee, AUIS Board of Trustees
 
Henri J. Barkey is the Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen Professor of International Relations at Lehigh University. He is also Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies at the Council of Foreign Relations.
Chair, Land and Buildings Committee, AUIS Board of Trustees
 
Kamaran Ahmed has served as the minister of construction and housing in the Kurdistan Regional Government. Prior to joining the government, Mr. Ahmed had a successful career as an engineer in the private sector.
Chair, Audit Committee, AUIS Board of Trustees
 
Gaylen R. Hansen is an audit partner and Director of Quality Assurance at EKS&H, a firm of certified public accountants headquartered in Denver, Colorado.
 
Chair, Governance Committee, AUIS Board of Trustees
 
Newman T. Halvorson, Jr. is a retired partner of Covington & Burling LLP.
Member, AUIS Board of Trustees 
 
Amre M. Moussa graduated in 1957 from the Faculty of Law, Cairo University, and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt in 1958. He worked in several Egyptian missions including Egypt’s Embassy in Switzerland and the Egyptian Mission to the United Nations from 1958 to 1972. 
Founder, AUIS Board of Trustees (leave of absence)
 
Barham A. Salih is President of the Republic of Iraq and the founder of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. 

Bruce Walker Ferguson

Member, AUIS Board of Trustees
 
Eric B. Brown is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute where he studies the Middle East and Asian affairs, international security and development, alternative geopolitical futures, and diplomacy and strategy.
Member, AUIS Board of Trustees
 
Hayder Al-Khoei is an Associate Fellow of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House, a London-based think tank on international affairs, with a research focus on Iraq.
Member, AUIS Board of Trustees
 
Khider Masum Hawrami is the former president of Koya University in Koya, Iraq.
Member, AUIS Board of Trustees
 
Lukman Faily served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Iraq to the United States from 2013 to 2016.  
Member, AUIS Board of Trustees
 
Mary Oakes Smith is the founder and president of the Iraqi Women’s Fellowship Foundation.