BOARD OF ADVISORS
Hannibal Travis is a professor of law at Florida International University, the public research university of Miami.
His research in Assyrian studies and in genocide studies includes Genocide in the Middle East: The Ottoman Empire, Iraq, and Sudan (Carolina Academic Press, 2010); The Assyrian Genocide: Cultural and Political Legacies (Travis ed., Routledge 2017); "'Native Christians Massacred': The Ottoman Genocide of the Assyrians during World War I,"Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal 1, no. 3 (2006): 327; “The Assyrian Genocide: A Tale of Oblivion and Denial,” in Forgotten Genocides: Oblivion, Denial, and Memory (Rene Lemarchand ed., University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011); “Constructing 'The Armenian Genocide': How Genocide Scholars Unremembered the Assyrian and Greek Genocides in the Ottoman Empire,” in Hidden Genocides: Power, Knowledge, and Memory (Alex Hinton, Douglas Irvin-Erickson, & Thomas LaPointe eds., Rutgers University Press, 2013), http://books.google.com/books?id=ZtcyAgAAQBAJ; “The Plight of Refugees in the Mediterranean Basin as Evidence of Genocidal Intent: Interpreting Forced Migration from Bosnia, Cyprus, Iraq, Libya, and Syria,” Middle East Journal of Refugee Studies 2, no. 2 (2017): 201-225; “Why Was Benghazi ‘Saved,’ But Sinjar Allowed to Be Lost?: New Failures of Genocide Prevention, 2007–2015,” Genocide Studies International 10, no. 2 (2016): 139-182, https://muse.jhu.edu/journal/690; and "The Long Genocide in Upper Mesopotamia: Minority Population Destruction amidst Nation-Building and 'International Security,'" Genocide Studies International 13, no. 1 (2019): 92-131.
He has delivered lectures on genocide and legal remedies for its victims at Harvard, Yale, the University of Chicago, the London School of Economics, the Netherlands Institute of War Documentation, the University of Melbourne, the University of Thessaloniki, and the Free University of Berlin, among other institutions.
Dr. Nahrain E. Kamber
Dr. Nahrain Emanuel Kamber is a Technical Service Manager at The Dow Chemical Company. Nahrain E. Kamber joined The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan in 2007 as a Senior Chemist in the Core R&D Division before moving into the Dow Coating Materials Business where she has held various positions in R&D and technical service. Nahrain received her B.A. in chemistry magna cumme laude from Kalamazoo College in Michigan graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors. In 2007, Nahrain completed her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University as an IBM Fellows Scholar. Nahrain has co-authored several academic publications and holds 14 published US patents.
She is currently the founder and operator of LamassuTM Arak, America’s first Arak spirit inspired by her Assyrian heritage.
Mark Tomass is a monetary economist, specializing in financial markets. In the past 30 years, he taught money and banking, international trade and finance, and economic systems in various business schools in the United States and Europe, where he also designed and accredited graduate and undergraduate business programs.
His research focuses on using the proper economic methodology for understanding monetary and financial crises, the working of economic systems, organized crime, and violent group conflict in the Middle East. His work on Assyrians focused on the Assyrian community of Aleppo, where he argued that the fragmentation of the Assyrian identity is a result of their fragmented social and economic infrastructure.
His 2016 book The Religious Roots of the Syrian Conflict: Remaking the Fertile Crescent formulates economic concepts to outline mechanisms by which conflicts of secular nature often mutate into conflicts among religious groups. In his 2017 (with Charles Webel) edited book Assessing the War on Terror: Western and Middle Eastern Perspectives, Tomass brings together internationally acclaimed scholars in the field of terrorism and pairs his background as an expert in both international economics and Middle Eastern history with his personal upbringing in Syria to add unique value and deliver an unspoken voice to the vital study of counter-terrorism. In The International Handbook of Group Violence (2020), Tomass contributes a chapter entitled Holy Terror: How Scriptures Legitimized Group Violence in the Middle East, where he argues that distinguishing between the motivation for terrorist activity must be a main component of devising solutions for it.
Valentine M. Moghadam
Valentine M. Moghadam is Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Northeastern University, Boston. Born in Tehran, Iran, Professor Moghadam received her higher education in Canada and the U.S. In addition to her academic career, she has been Coordinator of the Research Program on Women and Development at the UNU’s WIDER Institute (Helsinki, 1990-1995) and a section chief for gender equality and development, UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector (Paris, 2004-2006).
Prof. Moghadam’s areas of research include globalization, transnational social movements and feminist networks, economic citizenship, and gender and development in the Middle East and North Africa. Among her many publications are Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East (first published 1993; second edition 2003; revised and updated third edition Fall 2013); Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks (2005), which won the American Political Science Association’s Victoria Schuck award for best book on women and politics for 2005; and Globalization and Social Movements: The Populist Challenge and Democratic Alternatives (2020). She has edited seven books, including Empowering Women after the Arab Spring (2016, with Marwa Shalaby). A forthcoming co-authored book (with Dr. Shamiran Mako of Boston University) is After the Arab Uprisings: Progress and Stagnation in the Middle East and North Africa (Cambridge 2021). For Fall 2021 she has been named the Kluge Chair in the Study of Countries and Cultures of the South and will be in residence at the Library of Congress, Washington DC.
Dr. Aryo Makko
Dr. Makko is Head of the Network for the History of International Relations and Associate Professor of History at the University of Stockholm. His current main research focus is on the relations between the neutral states of Europe and the Soviet Union between 1960 and the end of the Cold War. He is also in the process of completing two book manuscripts, a monograph preliminary entitled Failed Imperialists: Swedish-Norwegian Consuls, Commerce, and the Politics of the Small State, 1875–1914 and an edited volume on Soviet-Neutral relations during the Cold War for the Harvard Cold War Studies Book Series (together with Mark Kramer and Peter Ruggenthaler). In his other area of interest, migration history and diaspora studies, he recently published a chapter on the Assyrian diaspora in Sweden in Bahar Baser & Paul Levin (eds.), Migration from Turkey to Sweden: Integration, Belonging and Transnational Community (London: I.B. Tauris, 2017). His first book, Ambassadors of Realpolitik: Sweden, the CSCE, and the Cold War was published by Berghahn Books (New York/Oxford) in 2016.
Firas Jatou joined ON Semiconductor as Vice President and General Manager of the automotive solutions division at Intelligent Sensing Group two years ago after 15 years with NVIDIA Corporation. His background and experience include product development, engineering management, and automotive design quality and forecasting. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in electrical engineering and a Master of Science in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Toronto. He developed one of the first Assyrian websites.
Dr. Robert Karoukian
Dr. Robert Karoukian is a San Francisco based anesthesiologist, with roots in Urmia/Iran, whose life has been devoted to Assyrian causes. When not practicing medicine, Dr. Karoukian is an artist, he is an Assyrian visual art collector, as well as a bibliophile with proficiency in history and in written and spoken Assyrian neo-Aramaic.
Dr. Karoukian is a former editor of Nineveh magazine, currently on the board of the publication, plus in charge of Education program at the Assyrian Foundation of America where he has been active for decades.