H. E. Dr. Fares Braizat
Dr. Fares Braizat is one of the region’s leading political and security experts. He is currently the Chairman of the Amman-based NAMA Strategic Intelligence Solutions (Research Firm) and Cluster (Financial and Business Advisory firm), where he directs public policy-related projects. He was appointed by His Majesty as a member of the Royal Committee to Modernize the Political System (Summer 2021) where he served on the Election Law Subcommittee. In 2022 he was appointed by the Royal Court as the Chairman of the Tourism Working Group as part of the Jordan Vision 2033. In May 2022, he was elected on the Executive Committee of the World Values Survey. Prior to his current roles, Dr. Braizat served as the Minister of Youth 2019-2020 where he combined academic research with public policy to introduce new programs such as the National Youth Entrepreneurs Forum which, inter alia, focused on Tourism in the time of Covid-19. Prior to founding NAMA Strategic Intelligence Solutions in 2016, he served as Senior Adviser / Director of Strategic Studies and Evaluation at the Office of His Majesty, Royal Hashemite Court, Jordan between Jan 2012 – Feb 2016. At the Royal Court, his public policy work included working on the Arab Spring and governance issues, evaluation of royal initiatives and public policies, creating a heatmap of Jordan and overseeing the development and implementation of a response plan to it. This response plan included 6 tourism projects which are currently operated by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature in Burgu, Dibeen, Thiban, Dana/Tafilah, Azraq, and Mujib. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (2003) and an MA in Political Sociology (1998) from the University of Kent at Canterbury in the UK; a diploma in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from Raul Wallenberg Institute at Lund University in Sweden 1997, and a BA in History and Archaeology form Mutah University in Jordan 1994. He currently serves on the International Scientific Advisory Board of the World Values Survey and the Principal Investigator for Jordan and leading the project in Iraq, Lebanon, and Egypt. Also, he led Transparency International surveys in Jordan and other countries in the region. Dr. Braizat is a leading analyst on public policy, governance, development, and survey research. He has conducted numerous studies on performance evaluation of public and private institutions across the Arab World. In his different capacities, he worked on research-based strategic planning, domestic and foreign affairs, with a particular focus on stability components such as governance, development, security, radicalization and terrorism in the Arab world and Europe. Dr. Braizat founded, headed, and coordinated a few international and regional survey research projects including the Arab Barometer, World Values Survey, Global Barometer, and the Public Opinion Program at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies 2010-2011, Senior Polling Adviser for the International Republican Institute– USAID on Lebanese elections of 2009, and he was the founding head of research at the Social and Economic Survey Research Institute at Qatar University 2009-2010. Prior to that, he served at the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan 2003-2009 assistant professor / researcher and deputy director (2007-2009) where he was a lecturer and frequent guest speaker for, inter alia, the International Students Program at Jordan University, SIT, and AMIDEAST.