About Us

Board Members

Eiman O. Zein-Elabdin, PhD. Director

Professor of Economics, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. Development economics, political economy of Africa, postcolonial studies, gender, environment and ecology. eiman.zein-elabdin@fandm.edu

Mey Eltayeb Ahmed, PhD.

UN Staff, Independent Consultant and Researcher on mediation, development, governance, environmental change and gender. Former development officer, Germany Development Services, United Nations Development Program, Pan- Africa Women Leadership (Vital Voices), Conflict and Gender (Swiss Peace). meyahmed@gmail.com

Lennard M. Tenende, PhD, PE.

Chairman and CEO, Cilicorp, Houston, Texas, USA. Information technology: planning, development and deployment of information systems; development and promotion of ICT businesses in developing economies; technology architecture and integration. Lennard.enende@cilicorp.com

Munzoul Assal, PhD.

Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Khartoum, Sudan. Sociology and social anthropology, refugees and internally displaced persons. massal@uofk.edu

Salah M. Hassan, PhD.

Director and Professor, Africana Studies and Research Center; Chair of the Department of History of Art, Professor of African and African Diaspora art history and visual culture, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA. sh40@cornell.edu.

ElWathig Mohamed Kameir, PhD.

Independent Scholar and Consultant, Tunis, Tunisia. Sociology, governance, post-conflict/fragile states, state building/reconstruction, state and society relationships, institutional capacity needs assessment and capacity building, gender mainstreaming, micro and small enterprises development, trade and competitiveness, displaced and refugee populations, employment and labor relations, education and work with NGOs. kameir@yahoo.com

Nureldin Satti, PhD.

Retired Diplomat. Former Sudan Ambassador to France and Permanent delegate to UNESCO, Principal Deputy SRSG for the UN Peacekeeping Mission for Burundi, Director of the UNESCO Dar EsSalaam Cluster Office, and Special Representative of UNESCO for the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa for Culture of Peace. African Francophone literature, French-Arabic translation and French language. sattinureldin@gmail.com

Abdel Salam M. Sidahmed, PhD.

Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. International Human Rights, Diaspora Studies, Islamic Politics, Islamic Political Thought. Former Director, Middle East Program, International Secretariat, Amnesty International, London. sidahmed@uwindsor.ca

Alawia K. Suliman, MD, MB, BS.

Professor of Pediatrics, Pennsylvania State University Medical School; Medical Director, Pennsylvania State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA. Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics. asuliman@hmc.psu.edu

Benaiah Yongo-Bure, PhD.

Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Liberal Studies, Kettering University, Michigan, USA. Development economics, monetary economics, southern Sudan. byongo@kettering.edu

Research Associates

SIRP Research Associates are intellectuals and other professionals, in the US, Sudan, and other countries, who work independently in their own fields and contribute to the Institute’s activities through discussions, papers, conferences, or giving professional opinion as the case may be. The Institute takes a holistic approach by combining a research and policy focus on both scientific and humanistic fields of inquiry.

Saif Abayazid.

Independent Consultant. Information and communication technology; Java development. Houston, Texas, USA. sabayazid@yahoo.com

Asma Abdel Halim, PhD, LLM.

Assistant Professor, Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Toledo, Ohio, USA. Human and constitutional rights, international conventions, religion and human rights, cultural and legal norms, with main focus on women. aabdelh@utnet.utoledo.edu

Ashraf Kamal Abdelhay. PhD.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge University, UK. Language policy and language rights, critical sociolinguistics, critical discourse analysis, linguistics ethnography, language and identity politics. Aschraff200@gmail.com

El Moiz Abunoura.

Independent Researcher. Economics, petroleum, energy economics. Beirut, Lebanon. eabunura@hotmail.com

Rogaia M. Abusharaf, PhD.

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Department of Social Sciences, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar. Cultural anthropology, human rights protection and cultural strategies, displaced women, violence and dislocation, relationship between Arabization, Islamization, and forced migration. arogaia@hotmail.com

Macar Aciek Ader.

Economist. Head of the Market Research Unit, Sudan Petroleum Corporation, Ministry of Energy and Mining, Khartoum, Sudan. Oil and energy economics, development planning. Former Commissioner of Administration, Bahr el Ghazal Region, and former Wali of Warap State, Sudan. macaraciek@yahoo.com

Eman Ahmed.

Student. University of Virginia, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. Biomedical Engineering, imaging and instrumentation, low–cost ultrasound imaging. ema9e@virginia.edu

Mey Eltayeb Ahmed, PhD.

UN Staff, Independent Consultant and Researcher on mediation, development, governance, environmental change and gender. Former development officer, Germany Development Services, United Nations Development Program, Pan- Africa Women Leadership (Vital Voices), Conflict and Gender (Swiss Peace). meyahmed@yahoo.com

Shahira Ahmed, MA, MPH.

Program Manager, International Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. sahmed@hsph.harvard.edu

Mohamed Elhassan Akoad, MD.

Transplant Surgeon, Hepatobiliary and Liver Transplantation, The Lahey Clinic, Burlington, Massachusetts; Assistant Professor of Surgery, Tuft University School of Medicine. Senior fellow, Division of Hepatobiliary and Liver Transplantation, The Lahey Clinic. Clinical Fellow, Division of Transplant Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Massachusetts, USA. mak413@yahoo.com

Hanan Babikir.

Advice and Outreach Worker and Magazine Editor, Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women’s Organization, London, UK. Computation and data processing, teaching and learning, community organizing, women’s organizations, volunteer work, refugee outreach, electronic publishing and editing. hananjuba@hotmail.com

Balghis Bedri, PhD.

Director of the Women, Gender and Development Institute, Ahfad University, Omdurman, Sudan. ahfadiwgds@yahoo.com

Shahinaz Bedri, MD, FACP.

Anatomic/molecular Pathologist. Molecular Pathology Laboratory, Oncology Translational Laboratories, Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research, Inc., Novartis Corporation, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. bshahinaz@hotmail.com

Laura Nyantung Beny. PhD.

Professor, University of Michigan Law School, Research Fellow, William Davidson Institute, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Law and economics, corporate finance, economic institutions, development, international finance, labor, international economics. lbeny@umich.edu

Abraham Matoc Dhal, PhD.

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Deputy Dean, College of Social and Economic Studies, University of Juba, Sudan. Public finance, international economics, human development, development planning, poverty, development economics, Sudan economy, southern Sudan. abrahamtoc@yahoo.com

Jane Kani Edward. PhD.

Director of African Immigration Research Bronx African American History Project and Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of African and African American Studies, Fordham University, Bronx, New York, USA. Refugee and immigrant women’s experience, human rights and education, development, equity and social justice, gender, race, class and representation, gender issues in conflict and post-conflict, African immigration to the US. Edward@fordham.edu

Samia El-Badry, PhD.

President of Arab American Research (http://www.arabamericanresearch.com), Austin, Texas, USA. Sociology, demography, psychology, ethnography. samia@teknecon.com

Sit elbanat (Sahar) Elgali.

Life Skills Worker, Multicultural Council for Windsor and Essex County, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Community development work with minority ethnic groups, immigration and refugee resettlement. saharelgali@hotmail.com

Ahmed Elsayem, MD.

Associate Professor, Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation, Division of Cancer Medicine, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas. Associate Professor, Department of General Internal Medicine, Ambulatory Treatment and Emergency Care-Research, Division of Internal Medicine, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA. aelsayem@hotmail.com

Amal Hassan Fadlalla, PhD.

Associate Professor, Women’s Studies Program, Center for Afro American and African Studies, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Cultural anthropology, gender studies, medical anthropology, transnational feminism, and diaspora studies. afadlall@umich.edu

Nada A. Fadul, MD.

Assistant Professor, Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation, Division of Cancer Medicine, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA. nada11_8@hotmail.com

Helene Fatima Idris, PhD.

Assistant Professor, Dept of Linguistics, University of Khartoum. African languages, use of language in Sudan, sociolinguistics. Idris_57@hotmail.com; helene.fatima.idris@african.gu.se

Michael Kevane, PhD.

Associate Professor of Economics, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California, USA. Development economics, African economic development, international economics, gender economics, Sudan, Burkina Faso. mkevane@scu.edu

Elfatih Osman.

Independent Consultant. Information technology and computer mediated communication. Senior Middleware Specialist (SO6) and Web Consultant/Coordinator (S05), Ministry of Government Services, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. elfatih_mobark_osman@yahoo.com

Osman Suliman, PhD.

Professor, Department of Economics, Millersville University, Millersville Pennsylvania, USA. Macroeconomics and economic fluctuations, international finance and trade, theory of financial markets, statistics, applied econometrics, development: Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. Fellow, Economic Research Forum, Cairo, Egypt. Osman.suliman@millersville.com

Lennard M. Tenende, PhD, PE.

Chairman and CEO, Cilicorp, Houston, Texas, USA. Information technology: planning, development and deployment of information systems; development and promotion of ICT businesses in developing economies; technology architecture and integration. Lennard.enende@cilicorp.com

Adil Zeinelabdin.

Independent Researcher; Instructor, English Language Institute, Baltimore Community College. Rosedale, Maryland, USA. Language, linguistics, language planning and policy in Sudan, language and education in Sudan. adilzein@hotmail.com

Fareed O. Zeinelabdin.

Business Systems Manager, Royal Dutch/Shell Group; Property/Facility Management Systems – Shell Real Estate, Houston Texas, USA. Enterprise systems infrastructure and applications support, SAP implementations, property and facility management IT systems. Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) Consultant; SAP Basis Consultant; SAP Operations Architect. fozein@yahoo.com

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