THE TEAM

Ibrahim al-Assil

Ibrahim Al-Assil is the Managing Partner for Insight Advisory Group. He is a Syrian political analyst and civil society activist who serves as a fellow at the Middle East Institute. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Orient Research Center in Dubai. Since 2012, his work has been focused on the Syrian conflict with an emphasis on different aspects of security, civil society, political Islam, and governance. Al-Assil is the president and a co-founder of the Syrian Nonviolence Movement, an NGO formed in 2011 to promote peaceful struggle and civil resistance as a way to achieve social, cultural, and political change in Syrian government and society. In 2013-2014, he frequently visited northern Syria, where he lead an initiative to train Syrian activists about strategic planning and project management and conducted studies on the current status and potential role civil society plays in northern Syria. Al-Assil is an avid writer and has been published in a variety of media outlets. Also, he was chosen by the Swedish Institute in 2013 as a young leader from the MENA region. He is currently an MPA candidate at Harvard Kennedy School.

Nadin Samaan

Nadin Samaan is the Administrative & Development Director at Insight Advisory Group. Prior to joining IAG, Nadin served as a Nutrition Officer at UNICEF – Syria office, where she worked intensively on the nutrition emergency response in the drought affected areas and later during the war crisis. Nadin worked on assessing the nutritional needs of refugees as part of Summit County Public Health Department’s efforts to improve minority health in Ohio. She holds an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from Fordham University-New York and a Bachelor Degree in Dietetics from University of Akron – Ohio.

Abdullah Al Assil

Abdullah Al Assil is the Media Manager at Insight Advisory Group. He joined IAG in 2015 as a media officer and research assistant. He is a filmmaker and holds a bachelor degree in Visual Communications. Al Assil worked on several films, and a number of media projects between The Middle East, Far East, Europe and the US.

Jomana Qaddour

Jomana Qaddour is a Policy Adviser with Insight Advisory Group. She is also currently a doctoral student at Georgetown Law, focusing on ethno-sectarian political identities and their impact on constitutional frameworks in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon. Until July 2018, she was a Senior Policy Analyst at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom where she covered Syria, Iraq, Egypt, and Turkey. Previously, Jomana also served as a Senior Research Assistant for the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. Jomana received her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law and her L.L.M. from Georgetown University. 

Caroline Quinn

Caroline Quinn is an analyst at Insight Advisory Group. Prior to joining IAG, Caroline was a Middle East Policy Intern at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). After attending the graduate Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Chicago, Caroline spent nine months in Oman as an NSEP Boren Fellow, studying Arabic intensively and translating short stories.