Aida Kaisy is a Media Reform Advisor and teacher at the University of London in the School of Oriental and African Studies. Having specialised in media in Iraq at the LSE Conflict Research Programme, she has worked extensively on media development projects across the MENA region, including Iraq, Palestine and Jordan. She is currently working on a number of projects which primarily focus on issues related to youth engagement in media, media in conflict, gender and the media, and the development of independent media platforms in the MENA region.


Lawyer and human rights defender. He has been active in civil society for 25 years. An expert in international human rights mechanisms, he provides ongoing training to human rights defenders in the Middle East and North Africa region.


The University of Warwick · Department of Politics & International Studies Doctor of Modern Languages (Translation Studies)


Chairman of the Board of Trustees


Mustafa Saadoon

Mustafa Saadoon is an Iraqi journalist as well as the founder and director of the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights. He has been working in the press since 2008.


Farah Ahmad - Communication Officer at the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights, she joined the organization in 2015. Specialized in international relations and politics, she has worked in various positions in international organizations in the region.


Hussam Falah is a journalist specializing in fact-checking and data journalism (infographic). He works at the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights as responsible for media production and combating misinformation. He worked for the Lebanese newspaper An-Nahar as a content editor, as well as for local media.


Shams Allachmawi serves as the director's assistant at the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights. She joined the organization in 2023 and assumes various key responsibilities in support of the director's role. These include offering assistance to the director, undertaking project evaluations, engaging with stakeholders, translating crucial reports, and overseeing the IOHR’s LinkedIn account. Shams brings valuable expertise to her position, having obtained a bachelor's degree in Political Science and International Affairs.


Omar Al-Jaffal is an Iraqi journalist and researcher based in the capital of Germany, Berlin. He has been working in journalism since 2008, and is a contributing writer for a number of media outlets including Al-Monitor, Al-Safir Al-Arabi, and Asia Times. He also worked as a researcher at the Middle East Center at LSE University in the UK. He is the editor-in-chief of Jummar.