About - Team

Iyad El-Baghdadi

Iyad is a Palestinian intellectual who was forcibly exiled from the UAE in April 2014. He is a fellow at Norwegian liberal think tank Civita and board member at Munathara, the Arab debate NGO. He lives in Oslo, Norway, where he has been granted political asylum.

Ahmed Gatnash

Head of Operations
Ahmed co-founded Kawaakibi Foundation in 2014. He is co-author of the upcoming Middle East Crisis Factory. An engineer by training, he previously worked in R&D developing patentable innovative technologies for startups and Fortune 500 companies.

Yousuf Zubair

Media Editor
Yousuf is the team's media editor, overseeing podcast and video production.


Project Manager
A is the team's project manager, bringing over 2 decades of start-up experience in running lean and efficient teams across multiple projects.