H.E Dr. Fares Braizat

Dr. Fares Braizat is one of the region’s leading political and security experts. He holds a PhD in Politics and Government from the University of Kent in England. In November 2019, Dr. Braizat was assigned as the Minister of Youth of Jordan until October 2020. In February 2016, he founded NAMA Strategic Intelligence Solutions and serves as the Chairman of the company. In April 2016, he was elected to the position of Chairman of Social Policies Committee at the Economic and Social Council in Jordan. Previously he served as Senior Adviser / Director of Strategic Studies and Evaluation at the Office of His Majesty (OHM), Royal Hashemite Court, Jordan between Jan 2012 – Feb 2016. During his time at OHM, Dr. Braizat developed a sensitive research-based heat-map of Jordan in 2012 and developed a response plan in specific areas with targeted projects. He also, upon the directives of His Majesty, led the effort to Evaluate Royal Initiatives implemented between 2006 and 2012. As a result, royal initiatives were re-oriented to target specific sectors and geographic areas. The effort produced an extensive study of the Royal Initiatives involving local community surveys, in-depth interviews, focus groups, still and moving picture documentation. The quantitative data were analyzed with SPSS and other statistical tools to produce in-depth understating of the impact of RIs.

In addition to his knowledge and experience in the public sector, Dr. Braizat founded, headed, and coordinated numerous 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, Senior Polling Adviser for the International Republican Institute and USAID on Lebanese elections of 2009, and was Senior Fellow for the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC. He also served on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs at the United States Congress and taught at the University of Jordan, where he was Deputy Director of the Center for Strategic Studies.