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  • Kanan Makiya, Founder

  • Wallada Sarraf, Art work & Artifacts

  • Mustafa Al- Kadhimiy, Oral History

  • Hassan Mneimneh, Documentation

  • Ben Owen, US Research and Coordination

Kanan Makiya

Kanan Makiya was born in Baghdad. He left Iraq to study architecture at M.I.T. and later joined Makiya Associates to design and build projects in the Middle East. In 1981, he left the practice of architecture and began to write a book about Iraq. "Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq" was published in 1989, and became a bestseller after Saddam Husain's invasion of Kuwait. Makiya also wrote "The Monument," an essay on the aesthetics of power and kitsch, and "Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising and the Arab World," which won the 1993 Lionel Gelber Prize for the best book on international relations published in English. Along with these books published in English and Arabic, and written under the pseudonym of Samir al-Khalil, Makiya has written for Al-Hayat, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and The London Times. In October 1992, he acted as the convenor of the Human Rights Committee of the Iraqi Opposition based in northern Iraq. He has collaborated on many films for television, the most important of which exposed the 1988 campaign of mass murder in northern Iraq. For his role in the film he received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Television Documentary on Foreign Affairs in 1992. His most recent publication is a reflection on Arab politics in the collection "The Fight is for Democracy: Winning the War of Ideas in America and the World," published in 2003 by Harper Collins.

Wallada Sarraf
Art work & Artifacts

Wallada Sarraf, an established collector and expert on modern Iraqi art, was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1951. She studied at the Beirut College for Women and received a degree in library sciences from Baghdad University in 1972. Currently she is in charge of acquisitions for the Iraq Memory Foundation.

Mustafa Al-Kadhimiy
Oral History

Mustafa Al-Kadhimiy, is a known and respected Iraqi activist in the fields of democracy and human rights. He has worked with Iraqi and international organizations to promote these values, and has acquired expertise in the area of human rights documentation and witness testimony. He has published several books in Arabic, including human concerns, which was published in London in 2000 and was officially recognised by the European Union as among the best work published by refugee writers. In addition, he is an accomplished journalist who has produced documentaries on Iraq for the BBC and Channel 4, and written numerous articles for leading Arabic journals and newspapers. His long experience in broadcasting includes directing a radio station in Greece from
1995 to 1997, working as the director of programming for Radio Free Europes Iraq service from 1999 to 2003. He also participated in launching the Iraqi Media Network as the Director of Planning and Programming immediately after the fall of Saddam Hussein regime in 2003. Since leaving Al-Iraqiya he has worked with the Iraq Memory Foundation, researching, directing and producing numerous filmed oral history testimonies with survivors of the Saddam Hussein regime.


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