The Justice for Kurds Network of Student Ambassadors was established to bring together the brightest and most accomplished students from the United States, Europe and around the world to advocate for the Kurdish cause and demonstrate Kurdistan’s commitment to humanist values and democracy.
Launched in July 2018, the network is a student incubator created to galvanize interest in Kurdistan through creative channels, build community among engaged students and create a lasting tie to the Kurdish cause for tomorrow’s leaders.
Chosen students will act as ambassadors on their respective campuses and may choose to organize gatherings and events, share information on social networks and contribute to the Justice for Kurds website with the goal of bringing awareness of Kurdistan to their peers and beyond.
To learn more about the program, please email: email@example.com
The Student Ambassadors
Ozan Beran Akturan is a Kurdish-Turkish international student from Ankara studying at the University of Chicago. He majors in Biological Sciences and double minors in Molecular Engineering and Business, completing additional coursework in Public Policy and Politics.
On campus, he leads political research cohorts on the Kurdish question, NATO-EU security cooperation and the Cyprus Dispute under EUChicago, the largest chapter of the student-led transatlantic think-tank, the European Horizons. He also writes for the Gate, UChicago’s online student journal for politics. He is passionate about furthering political awareness for the peaceful resolution of the Kurdish issue through interethnic appreciation and intellectual capacity building in Kurdish diasporas.
As an avid traveler, he is dedicated for advancing minority rights globally for a culturally more sensitive and inclusive future. He likes to write poetry and listen to international folk music in his free time.
Kathryn Lynn lived and worked in Iraqi Kurdistan teaching English after completing a BA in Applied Languages from the University of Limerick, Ireland. After Kurdistan she went on to earn an MA in Writing, before going back to get another BA, this time in Economics from the University of Oklahoma. She is pursuing an MSc in Gal Economic Governance and Policy at SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her research interests include economic development of Kurdish regions and post-conflict economic recovery.
Kavien Begikhani is a third-year Liberal Arts & Sciences student with a major in Human Diversity at the Leiden University College in The Hague. With his origins in Kurdistan and his passion for literature and poetry in general, Kavien aims to focus his research on the heritage and development of cultural-artistic expressions of the Kurdish nation.
Kavien is a steering committee member of the Center for Peace & Human Security at the American University of Kurdistan, based in Duhok, which analyzes major challenges to regional and global peace, sources of disharmony, and key mechanisms for conflict prevention and resolution. He also works with the Dutch refugee council, and with the Kurdish Institute of Paris.
Kavien works for the Nishtiman Youth Network (NYN), Kurdistan’s largest volunteerism network that aims to facilitate youth-empowerment, emancipation and community-development programs.
Jino Victoria Doabi is Kurdish, from Denmark and studying political science at Copenhagen University. She is the editor for Refugees Welcome DK, and of a feminist organization ‘’handletanken ligefrem’’, which means ‘’Thoughts of acts." Jino works for the social liberal political party, Radikal Venstre, which was successful in the last election. She is dedicated to the refugee cause because it is worth fighting for, and as a refugee herself, she knows how it is to feel unwelcome. Jino is also committed to supporting equal rights for all and takes a stand against discrimination of any kind.
Bahar is a first year Master’s student in Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) at Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Duhok University. From 2015- 2017, Bahar was Director of Administration at the American Kurdish Organization for Development and Education. From 2012 to 2017, she volunteered at various humanitarian organizations for orphans, disabled people, IDPs and Refugees.
Bahar was born in Duhok, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, lived in the Netherlands between 1996 – 2003, in Kurdistan from 2003 to 2017 and now is based in Germany.
David Isaac Haziza was born in Paris and is an alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Sorbonne. He holds a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Philosophy and is completing his Ph.D. at Columbia University, where he is writing a dissertation on French Romanticism and its connections to politics and theology. His research focuses on the notion of redemption through sin from Sade and the French Revolution to Baudelaire.
Since 2015, Haziza is a regular contributor to La Règle du Jeu, in which he has published numerous articles on society, politics, literature and cinema. He also writes articles in the French Jewish review Tenou’a on mostly religious topics. He is an advocate for the Kurdish cause as it represents a pole of stability and enlightened Islam in the Middle East.
Leon Kraiem is an undergraduate student at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, studying philosophy and politics, [with a minor in Near Eastern and Judaic studies.] Before transferring to Brandeis, Leon spent his freshman year at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. [He also spent a year, from fall 2017 to spring 2018, studying at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and he is interested in the intersection of theology, human rights, and political theory.] He is a volunteer advocate at the Right to Immigration Institute (TRII) in Waltham, and is currently working toward accreditation to represent TRII's clients in immigration proceedings.
Anaele Maman is a third year law student at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She completed a one-year course in Art History and is a member of the academic club René Cassin. She is committed to combatting political and humanitarian injustices, which the Kurds have been subjected to and which she hopes to change with her involvement as a student ambassador.
Nathan Naccache is a second year student at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and an editor at La Règle du Jeu, a literary review which promotes humanism and liberal values. In the coming months, he will publish a philosophical essay entitled “Généalogie de la religion” as well as a novel, “La porte de l’homme.” He is a supporter of the Kurds for they provide a stable bridge between the West and the Middle East which is, now, more urgent than ever before.