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Nathaniel Hurd is Policy Advisor for Conflicts and Disasters for World Vision US, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the world. For more than 10 years, he has been working to advance policies and initiatives to improve the humanitarian situation in Iraq. After graduating from Hamilton College with a bachelor’s in international relations, Nathaniel became a researcher and analyst, focused on Iraq issues ranging from public health to economics to disarmament. As a researcher, Nathaniel briefed Congressional staff, UN officials, and media outlets on Iraq policy and its related humanitarian issues. Later he worked for Mercy Corps and the International Rescue Committee, leading their advocacy and policy on countries in crisis – including Iraq at IRC – to ensure humanitarian needs on the ground were met. On several missions with IRC, Nathaniel met vulnerable Iraqis, in Iraq and in neighboring countries hosting Iraqi refugees, surveyed their situation, and co-authored reports that were shared with the Administration and Congress and were reported on in the press. Nathaniel has a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Soren Sudhof graduated from Yale University, where he studied Ethics, Politics, and Economics. A Richard U. Light Fellow, Georg Walter Leitner Fellow, and Fox International Fellow, he explored religious political conflict across Asia and the Middle East, focusing in particular on India and on Kurdish Iraq, where he spent time in early 2008. His focus has always been the economic aspects of these issues, particularly in relation to natural resources. Currently, Soren is an investment professional at Parthenon Capital Partners, a director for Vianar Affordable Housing, and is active within the Association of Yale Alumni. In the past, he also worked as strategy consultant for Oliver Wyman, the global management consultancy.
Mohammed Zakir is the President of Acustrategy, a business and data analytics firm he started in Houston in 2008. In the past he has worked for Charles River Associates and Simon-Kucher & Partners and he founded Silk Route Crafts, a venture to promote fair trade and opportunities for women artisans in Pakistan. Mohammed also started and runs an education scholarship program for inner-city youth in Karachi that raises funds from the Pakistani diaspora in the United States. Mohammed belongs to the Dawoodi Bohra group, a small and culturally distinct sect of Shia Muslims based primarily in Western India. He handles public relations for the group’s Houston Chapter. Mohammed received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Economics from Middlebury College and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
A 19-year veteran, Andrew Morton has been an Army officer most of his adult life. During that time, he has served in peace keeping, humanitarian and combat operations throughout the world, including a year in Iraq. Andrew, who now serves as a public affairs officer, worked closely with the Iraqis and the State Department during his tenure in Iraq and witnessed the amazing power of the Iraqi spirit. Andrew worked with international and Pan-Arabic media and the Iraqi Spokesman’s office during his time in Iraq. Like so many veterans, his life was changed by his incredible experience with Iraqis he now calls family. Andrew, and his physician wife, now have dedicated themselves to promoting the cause in Iraq through various channels, and Andrew has proudly served as a member of EPIC’s Board since the summer of 2009. Passionate about the power of communications, Andrew knows how important it is to keep focus on Iraq’s children as Iraq charts its future.
Bilal Wahab is from Iraqi Kurdistan, and is currently a doctoral student at George Mason University where he studies economic and political transition in the petroleum-rich Middle Eastern states. He served as the governance advisor for citizen participation in public decision-making at USAID’s Local Governance Program where he worked with local authorities and civil society organizations in five northern Iraqi provinces to promote transparency and accountability toward democratic governance. Prior to that, he worked for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. In the run up to Iraq’s first democratic elections, he worked for the International Republican Institute and the American Development Foundation, where he trained election candidates, monitors and journalists. He also taught at Salahaddin University’s College of Law and Political Science and College of Education, and spoken at numerous campuses across the United States. His most-cited article appeared in Middle East Quarterly, entitled “How Oil Smuggling Greases Violence in Iraq.”
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