Head of Program SPI, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Jule Schultz is a political scientist with longstanding experience in reconciliation and approaches to peacebuilding in the MENA region. She is currently heading a program on promotion of dialogue among Syrian track one to three stakeholders. In her previous capacity, she managed the GIZ portfolio on Reconstruction and Peace Building in Iraq. The program aims at a comprehensive approach, combining reconstruction and livelihood programming with measures to foster social fabric and reconciliation.
Ramzi Afif Neman
Head of Iraq Office, World Bank
Ramzi, Head of the World Bank office in Iraq, brings over 35 years of experience working in humanitarian and development projects in the MNA region. Before joining the World Bank, Ramzi worked with government, international organizations and private sector. A Lebanese national, who joined the World Bank in Social Protection and Jobs (SPJ) in October 2013 as a Social Protection Specialist working on Iraq and Lebanon. He had also provided cross support to a number of projects on Forced Displacement in Africa, Municipal Emergency Services in Lebanon and, health reform projects in KSA and Iraq. Since 2017, Ramzi moved as a Senior Program Officer based in Baghdad where he supported projects under SURR (Emergency Operation for Development, Inclusion of Conflict affected Youth, Humanitarian/ Development Nexus), the CMU, SPJ for the design of the Emergency Social Stabilization & Resilience Project (ESSRP) and Social Fund for Development Project (SFD) and led the SFD. Ramzi is currently managing the Iraq Recovery Reform and Reconstruction Fund (I3RF).
Regional Director, Middle East Programs, World Bank
Joe served 13 years (1997-2010) as Regional Director for World Bank programs in the Middle East, serving since 2010 as a Senior Adviser focusing on assistance in conflict and violence affected contexts. In addition, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors for the American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) which delivers assistance in the West Bank and Gaza, Jordan and Lebanon. Joe is also an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School (Rule of Law and Development, Rome), a former Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Univ. School of Foreign Service and continues as a consultant to various international organizations and a lecturer for academic and training programs including at NATO. Before joining the World Bank in 1991, Joe was a partner in Jones Day, an international law firm, and was a founder and editor of International Executive Reports a publisher of professional journals. In 1987, he served as Counsel, US Congressional Committee to Investigate the Iran-Contra Affair. Joe has a JD from Yale Law School, an MA in Middle East Affairs, Harvard University and a BA, King’s College (PA).