CURA Publications Fellows
Shaza Afifi (class of 2022) is a first-year student at GU-Q majoring in Culture and Politics. She currently works as a Publications Fellow at CIRS, where she edits Arabic publications and academic papers, and manages Arabic online content. Her interests revolve around sociology and culture studies.
Mohammed Al Jaberi
Mohammed Al-Jaberi (class of 2019) is a joint degrees student in B.S. in Foreign Service and M.A. in Arab Studies at Georgetown University. He is currently working on his honors thesis on the role of local governance in stability and development in war-torn Yemen. His research interests revolve around development, state building and political Islam. In addition to his role at CIRS, Mohammed has interned at Teach for Qatar, the United States Embassy in Doha, and Qatar Foundation.
Chaïmaa Benkermi (class of 2021) is a second-year student at GU-Q majoring in International Politics. She is a French-born Algerian and has lived in Qatar since 2006. She currently works as a Publications Fellow at CIRS, where she edits publications and academic papers, assists with research projects and manages online content. Her interests revolve around the study of the 20th-century colonial era and its repercussions in today's political systems, societal structures, and ideological manifestations—nationalism and ethnicity. Chaïmaa is also the French Tutor for the Office of Academic Services at GU-Q.
Khansa Maria (class of 2021) is a sophomore at GU-Q majoring in International Politics. She works at CIRS as a publications/projects fellow and has written articles for the CIRS website. Khansa is originally from Pakistan and she is very passionate about advocating for disability rights and women's empowerment.
Asma Al-Adawi (2008-2009)
Asma Al-Adawi was a member of the inaugural class of GU-Q and graduated in 2009. She majored in International Politics and was one of the first CIRS student fellows. She co-founded HELP, a student-led initiative that focuses on the educational enrichment of service providers at GU-Q. Asma is currently working as a Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist at Bunduq Oil Producing Company.
Hazim Ali (2015-2016)
Hazim Ali graduated from Georgetown University in Qatar as a member of the class of 2016. As a student, he gained professional experience by interning as a Corporate Communications Intern at Siemens. After completing his undergraduate degree, Hazim pursued a master's degree in Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. He currently works as senior writer at Qatar Foundation.
Nermana Babi (2012-2013)
Nermana Babi graduated from GU-Q as a member of the class of 2011. At CIRS, she helped with editing, formatting, and designing of various CIRS publications. While at GU-Q Nermana participated in the Zones of Conflict/Zones of Peace trip to Germany and Poland where she conducted research on the Holocaust, its subsequent memorialization, and efforts at facilitating unity and justice.
Arwa Elsanosi (2012-2014)
Arwa Elsanosi graduated from GU-Q as a member of the class of 2014. At GU-Q, Arwa actively participated in student-led clubs and organizations including the Debate Team, Model United Nations Club, and the Breast Cancer Awareness initiative. She currently works as a Protection Associate with UNHCR in Khartoum, Sudan.
Donia Hashem (2010-2012)
Donia Hashem (class of 2012) joined Silatech as a Program Officer in the Employability and Small and Medium Enterprises Business units. While there, her work propelled the launch of Aspire Women, Qatar's first women-centric entrepreneurship and mentorship program. In 2016, she completed a master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Toronto, during which time she served as a Policy Intern in Ontario's Cabinet Office. She is now pursuing a Juris Doctor at Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Canada, and will be joining one of Canada's leading business law firms; McMillan LLP. Donia received the Samuel Rubinoff Award for the Most Outstanding Research Paper in Legal Research and Writing. Under the guidance of two of her law professors, she is currently in the process of publishing her first academic paper on the topic of refugee laws and policies in the Middle East.
Salman Ahad Khan (2012-2016)
Salman Ahad Khan graduated from GU-Q as a member of the class of 2016 with a major in International Politics. He is interested in graphic design, filmmaking, and field hockey. Salman’s academic interests include migrant labor issues in the Gulf and in the United States, government, and politics. He currently works as an English Content Development Specialist at Qatar Foundation.
Jibin Koshy (2010-2011)
Jibin graduated from GU-Q as a member of class of 2012 with a major in International Politics. As an undergraduate student, he was an active member of the student body and the larger Education City community. After graduation, he worked for different organizations including Silatech and Qatar Airways. Currently, Jibin serves as the Educational Enrichment Manager at GU-Q.
Badr Rahimah (2014-2015)
Badr Rahima graduated from Georgetown University in Qatar as a member of the class of 2016 and currently resides in the United Kingdom. He published his first academic article on the Syrian Civil War under the title, “The Class Oriented Rationale,” in which he explored the socioeconomic roots of the conflict in Syria and their relation to sectarianism. Badr holds an MS in Culture and Society from the London School of Economics. His master's dissertation, “The Fear Oriented Rationale: Interaction between Class and Cultural Groups in Syria,” studied the role of fear in a culture that governs daily behavior of Syrians inside and outside of Syria.
Mona Saif (2017-2018)
Mona Saif (class of 2021) worked as an Arabic language Publications Intern. She helped with the translation process of CIRS publications including summary reports and website content. Mona is an activist passionate about humanitarian law and intercultural understanding.
Waleed Zahoor Khan (2016-2018)
Waleed Zahoor graduated from Georgetown University in Qatar as a member of the class of 2018 with a major in International Politics. He worked as a Publications Intern at CIRS, where he participated in designing, editing, and formatting of various CIRS publications. Waleed also worked as a research assistant on different projects and he interned for organizations including Brookings Doha Center and Teneo Blue Rubicon.
Gabriella Zoia (2012-2013)
Gabriella Zoia graduated from GU-Q as a member of the class of 2013. After completing her undergraduate degree, she went on to gain a master's degree in International Relations from Tufts University. She currently works as a Customer Operations Analyst at Recorded Future.