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.
Vice Chair, AUIS Board of Trustees
Bakhteyar Shamsadeen has more than 40 years of industrial experience in Iraq and the United Kingdom. Since 2009, he has served as Government Relations Director and Senior Advisor for UAE oil and gas company Crescent Petroleum, based in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
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, 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, 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, Audit Committee, 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, Advancement and External Relations 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.

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. 

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.

Lukman Faily served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Iraq to the United States from 2013 to 2016. He has been a high-profile spokesperson for his government, engaging with members of Congress, academia, and think tank communities. 

Saad T. Hasan is the CEO of Qaiwan Group, a role he has held since its establishment in 1992.

Sadik Yildiz was born in Batman, Turkey in 1970. After completing his primary education in Batman, he moved to Istanbul and completed his secondary education in 1988 at Nisantasi Anatolian High School (formerly the British High School). He graduated from Istanbul University’s English Literature Department in 1993.  

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. 

Mina Al-Oraibi is an Iraqi-British journalist and analyst. 

Newman T. Halvorson, Jr. is a retired partner of Covington & Burling LLP.

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.

Member, AUIS Board of Trustees
Former Minister of Environment, Government of Iraq