CURA Research Fellows

Current Fellows

IrakliIrakli Gobejishvili

Irakli Gobejishvili (class of 2021) is a Research Fellow at CIRS and also a BS in Foreign Service student at GU-Q. He is from Tbilisi, Georgia. Currently, he is working with Mehran Kamrava and Zahra Babar on research projects that are related to the Middle East and it's relation to the global world. He is also assisting Islam Hassan on other CIRS research projects. Apart from CIRS, Irakli has interned at various executive branches of the Government of Georgia. His personal interests revolve around the Russian foreign policy and the significance of various political ideologies that include Islamic fundamentalism, absolutism and Trotskyism.


qayyumAbdul Rehmaan Qayyum

Abdul Rehmaan Qayyum (class of 2021) is a sophomore at GU-Q majoring in International Economics. He is from Pakistan and is working as a Research Fellow with CIRS Associate Director Zahra Babar on projects focusing on migration patterns within the Gulf states. He is personally interested in researching the workforce conditions within Qatar, as well as the mechanism of the international stock market.


IreneIrene Promodh

Irene Ann Promodh (class of 2021) is a sophomore at GU-Q majoring in International Politics and is originally from South India. She works as a CURA Research Fellow and assists Mehran Kamrava and Zahra Babar with their research centered on the region, while also working to advance the newly established CURA program. Her personal interests are rooted strongly in researching the dynamics of the media within the socio-political spheres of the Arab and international world, in addition to public policy and social work based on disability inclusivity, education, and healthcare. 



Past Fellows

AsmaAsma Al-Adawi (2008-2009)

Asma Al-Adawi was a member of the inaugural class of GU-Q, graduating in 2009. She majored in International Politics and was an active member of the Georgetown community in addition to being one of the first CIRS student fellows. She co-founded HELP, a student-led initiative that focuses on educational enrichment of service providers on campus. Asma currently works as a Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist at Bunduq Oil Producing Company.




Supporting Social Science Research in a Turbulent Middle EastAmeena Almeer

Ameena Almeer (class of 2020) is a junior at GU-Q majoring in International Politics with a minor in Arabic. She is particularly interested in issues relating to the global political economy and social justice in the Gulf states, and is currently working on her Honors Thesis to explore the impacts of the ongoing blockade on the political economy of Qatar. Previous to joining CIRS, she has interned at the Brookings Institute's Doha center and at the office of former Qatari Minister of Justice Najeeb Al Nauimi.

EmanEman Al Asfoor (2012-2013) 

Eman Al Asfoor (class of 2013) graduated with a major in international economics. Eman continued her studies by pursuing a master's degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University. She is currently working at the Bahrain Economic Development Board.



TamimTamim Al-Nuweiri (2014-2015) 

Tamim Al-Nuweiri (class of 2016) graduated from GU-Q with a major in International Economics. After graduating, Tamim pursued a career as a writer and has written on various topics including music, beauty, fashion, and wellness. Tamim is a regular contributor to several notable publications including Fashionista, Nylon, Into the Gloss, and others.



YasmineYasmine Al-Sayyad (2009-2010)

Yasmine Al-Sayyad is an Egyptian freelance journalist living in New York City. She is a dual MA student in journalism and Middle Eastern studies at New York University. She graduated from GU-Q with a BSc in Foreign Service. Yasmine previously worked as a Corporate Affairs Coordinator in the Microsoft Middle East and Africa headquarters before pursuing further studies.



Supporting Social Science Research in a Turbulent Middle EastNoof Hamad Al-Thani (2016-2017) 




SafaSafa Babikir (2016-2017) 

Safa Babikir graduated from GU-Q as a member of the class of 2017. At CIRS, she helped Dr. Mehran Kamrava by conducting research on an array of Gulf and Middle East projects. During her time at Georgetown, Safa also interned at Education Above All and participated in the student-led HELP program that focuses on teaching English language skills to the service providers in the university.


SarahSarah Elzeini (2013-2014) 

Sarah Elzeini currently is serving as Executive Director of Gabr Foundation, a nonprofit foundation in Washington, DC, which aims to enhance critical understanding and cooperation among young, emerging leaders in the Arab world and the West. Her regional focus is US- Middle East affairs, and her research interests include the foreign policy of the United States, Arab cultural politics, conflict resolution, and counter-terrorism.


amieAmie Victoria Hewka (2017-2018)

Amie Victoria Hewka (class of 2019) is a senior in International Affairs at GU-Q. In addition to pursing her major in Culture and Politics, she also worked at CIRS as a Research Fellow, focusing primarily on contemporary politics in the Middle East. Originally from England, the majority of Amie’s past work experience is in ESL teaching, where she has taught in China, Vietnam, Thailand, and Qatar. Her main research interests are in migration and conflict studies, as well as transnational understandings of feminism.


SanaSana Jamal (2012-2013) 

Sana Jamal is a former Associate Editor (Central and South Asia) at Fair Observer. She has previously worked as a Research Intern at CIRS. At GU-Q, she majored in International Politics with a concentration in International Security.




AminahAminah Ali Kandar (2012-2013) 

Aminah Ali Kandar graduated from GU-Q as a member of the class of 2013. She pursued a major in International Politics and has remained an active member of the GU-Q and Education City communities. After graduation, she worked for Al Jazeera and for the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI). Currently, she a senior communications specialist at the University of Calgary in Qatar.



AizaAiza Khan

Aiza Khan (class of 2020) is a junior at GU-Q majoring in Culture and Politics. She is a Research Fellow at CIRS for the CIRS Undergraduate Research Advancement (CURA) program. Her key research interests include forced migration and its interactions with race and gender identity. During her time at Georgetown, she has participated in many extracurricular activities including the Zones of Conflict/Zones of Peace trip to Japan to study the impact of the atomic bombings and the Community Engagement Program in Greece to understand the ongoing refugee crisis.



MehairaMehaira Mahgoub

Mehaira Mahgoub (class of 2019) is a senior at GU-Q majoring in International Economics. Originally from Sudan, Mehaira was born and raised in Qatar. She is working as a Research Fellow with CIRS Director and Professor Mehran Kamrava and CIRS Associate Director Zahra Babar on several projects relating to Middle Eastern politics. She was driven to join CURA's research efforts in hopes of developing her academic research skills and knowledge on the region's political climate.


DianaDianna Manalastas (2011-2012) 

Dianna Manalastas graduated with a degree in Culture and Politics from GU-Q as a member of the class of 2012. After graduating, Dianna worked with the organization Teach for America and currently works as the Recruitment Manager at Harlem Village Academies.




EmmaEmma Mogensen (2016-2017) 

Emma Mogensen (class of 2018) majored in International History at GU-Q. Originally from Denmark, she has lived in Qatar since 2009. She worked as a Research Fellow at CIRS, conducting research on labor migration and citizenship in the GCC countries, among other topics concerning international migration. Her research interests revolve around migration and transnational activist networks, as well as global understandings of citizenship and feminism.


DwaaDwaa Osman (2010-2011)

Dwaa Osman (class of 2011) graduated from GU-Q with a major in International Politics. After graduating, she joined CIRS as a research analyst. Later, she continued her education and studied local economic development at London School of Economics. She currently works as a Senior Knowledge Analyst at the Boston Consulting Group.



FatimaFatima Ramadan Sanz (2012-2013)

Fatima Ramadan Sanz (class of 2013) graduated from GU-Q with a major in International Politics. She helped conduct research the various projects and initiatives at CIRS. After graduating from GU-Q, Fatima joined Teach for Qatar as a Talent Acquisition and Development Specialist.




CURA Summer Fellows

t1Tessa Martin (2014) 

Tessa Martin pursued her undergraduate studies at McGill University where she studied Middle East Studies. She later enrolled at the London School of Economics to pursue her a master's degree in International Relations. Tessa currently works as recruiter at Chemonics International.



s1Sahar Naqvi (2017) 

Sahar Naqvi graduated from McGill University with the class of 2018. She assisted Dr. Mehran Kamrava and Zahra Babar with their research projects during her time at CIRS, on various topics including migrant labor in the Gulf.




e1Erika Nguyen (2016) 

Erika Nguyen was a summer intern at CIRS in 2016. Presently, Erika is working as a coordinator for Human Rights Watch, focusing on development and outreach in Silicon Valley. Preiously, she lived and worked in Jordan and Qatar, where she organized conferences with the American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford, and worked at organizations such as Participant Media, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and the Center for International Security and Cooperation. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Erika completed her BA at Stanford University in 2017, where she majored in International Relations,and graduated with honors from the Graduate School of Education.

neilNeil Udassi

Neil Udassi is a first year undergraduate student pursuing a BS degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University. He worked as a Research Assistant at CIRS, developing his academic research capabilities in literature review and article authorship through projects currently under the administration of the CIRS Director  and Associate Director. Neil has extensive research experience in the realms of social and natural sciences, having engaged in work at Weill Cornell-Qatar's Department of Oncology and the University of Florida's Department of Surgery.