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Basma Alawee

Born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, Basma came to the U.S. with her husband as a refugee in 2010, leaving behind her career as a materials engineer with the Ministry of Oil within the Government of Iraq. She is the Florida delegate for the UNHCR Refugee Congress and is a board member of USAHello (formerly, Refugee Center Online) and many other nonprofits. Currently, she is the Florida Refugee Organizer with the Florida Immigrant Coalition and the Co-Founder of Refugees Stories. As a founding member of the IAS, Basma believes in the power of storytelling in bringing peace and political stability that could benefit displaced Iraqis around the globe.

Jihan Daman

Jihan is from Iraq and arrived to the United States with her family as refugees in 1985. She currently resides in Livonia, Michigan. She is the president/CEO of St. Rita Family Services Inc., & St. Rita Hands of Hope, a (501) c (3) nonprofit organization. She is also the Co-Founder of the New Hope Trauma Center of Iraq since 2016 and the Refugee Congress State Representative for the State of Michigan.

Jihan remains very active in her community by advocating for refugees inside the U.S. and abroad. She continues her human rights advocacy through her radio programs about mental health and often provides educational presentations at community centers and schools on how to assist refugee families to integrate to the new environment.

Noor Ghazi

Noor is a visiting Research Scholar at the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at UNC Greensboro. She holds a master’s in International Peace and Conflict Studies. She is an academic translator with Alamal Association in Baghdad. Noor has published a number of academic and non-academic articles. Her research interests are focused on Iraq, war displacement and peace-building. Noor is also a refugee from Iraq who came to the U.S. in 2008.

Ahmed Al Zubiadi

Originally from Iraq, Ahmed arrived in the U.S. in 2014. He has worked as a case manager in many agencies with resettlement programs in Maine. His goal is helping people to navigate their new lives in the U.S. He has rich experiences in journalism and human rights. As a community leader in the state of Oregon, he has worked as a founder of several nonprofit organizations for 10 years. Ahmed earned his Bachelor's degree in Political since from Baghdad University in 2003.

Ahmed now manages the Arabic House in Oregon. A firm believer in human rights, he enjoys challenging traditional thinking, learning new things, and helping others.

Marwah Alobaidi

Marwah is originally from Iraq and came to the United States in 2015. Her goal is to help people adjust to their new lives here. She has experience in various industries including sales, marketing, human resources, teaching, and translating. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for 6 years. Marwah earned her Bachelor of Physics degree from the University of Baghdad in 2010. She believes in challenging traditional thinking, learning new things, and helping others.

Maha Ahmad

Maha came to the U.S. as a refugee in 2010. In the past 10 years, she has transformed herself from a traditional middle eastern housewife to a leader and women’s rights activist. She has years of work experience in retail, human resources, and nonprofit management. She strongly believes that education can change the world.