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Silah F. Shamzen

Contact Info:

Faculty of Law and International Relations

Department: Law and international relations

Address: Erbil, Soran, Kawa Street


Phone Number: 00964 7509 7028 58

Twitter: @silahfatah

Academic title: Assistant Lecturer 

Responsibility: Director of Kurdistan Centre for Gender Studies 

General Expertise: social sciences and humanities 

Specific Expertise: Media, politics and international relations

Research Interests: Democracy development/backlash

- Social policies

- Governing

- Kurdish related issues and Iraq politics



- MSc in International Relations 2011-2012 – University of Warwick UK

- BA (Hon) in Media and Communication 2007-2010 – University of Wolverhampton UK

- Diploma in Business Studies 2004-2007 City College of Wolverhampton UK



Ever since I finished my Masters in international relation at the end of 2012, I have practically put into practice what I learned and acquired. I joined Soran University in 2013 working as an assistant lecturer and holding various managing posts. This opportunity has given me great encouragement and emboldened my educational comprehension and ability to strive for more within academic life. Listening, learning and always willing to take on new challenges are my mottos in life - for no matter how much we know and learn, we could never become the repository of all knowledge.


Publications: (Books, researches)

- None for now

Scientific Activities: (Conference, Workshop, Symposium..)

- Tolerance life – Terror Threats and the Experiences of Coexistence in the Kurdistan Region 13-14 Sep 2016: Participated and member of organizing team. Hosted by Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Ministry of Culture.  

- The Iraq after ISIS Conference 26 April 2015: Hosted by Iraqi Parliament, Soran Office: Panelist - how to root out sectarianism and move towards meaningful reconciliation.

- International Oil and Gas Symposium. Kurdistan’s Oil and Gas: Curse or Blessing 21-22 April 2014 - Participant and Organizers team member.

- Participation in round table meeting on how build bridge between government and civil society – MERI, Erbil 2 Feb 2016.

- Plus delivering many more seminars, workshops, training, and online conferences on Gender disparities, patriarchy, social and economic equalities throughout 2016 – 2017.