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The enduring impact of IIE-SRF scholars on communities worldwide: Four alumni from Iraq, Kenya, Russia, and Syria share their stories
Every day, scholars improve our world through their work as experts, educators, and change agents. IIE-SRF and its partners strive to ensure that academics threatened by persecution and violence are able to continue advancing scientific knowledge and striving for more just societies, both during and after their fellowships. 

Our recently released study, "To Rescue Scholars is to Rescue the Future," offers a big-picture view of the remarkable post-fellowship impacts and accomplishments of more than 200 IIE-SRF alumni from 38 countries. Now, we invite you to join us for a more in-depth look at the lives and work of four of IIE-SRF’s courageous and talented alumni in our upcoming webinar. The third in our IIE-SRF Dialogues series, the webinar will focus on the academic and personal journeys of program alumni from Iraq, Kenya, Russia, and Syria. The discussion will feature:

Dr. Amal Alachkar of Syria, a neuroscientist who undertook IIE-SRF fellowships from 2012 to 2014 at the University of California, Irvine, where she is now hosting an IIE-SRF scholar of medical biochemistry within her Alachkar Lab

Dr. Akram Ezzat of Iraq, a scholar of mechanical engineering who completed IIE-SRF fellowships at the American University of Madaba in Jordan from 2014 to 2016 and returned to Baghdad University, where he is currently a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Eunice Kamaara of Kenya, a professor at Moi University who undertakes research projects on the intersection between religion / spirituality, health, and ethics. She returned to Moi in 2009 after undertaking an IIE-SRF fellowship appointment at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Dr. Sufian Zhemukhov of Russia, a political scientist who undertook fellowships from 2011 to 2013 at The George Washington University, where he continues to work. He is also an award-winning comedic storyteller, sharing his personal experiences growing up in Russia’s North Caucuses and now living in the U.S.

May 25, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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