Shan Sherwan Hussein


Shan Sherwan Hussein (she/her/hers), MBA, is a gender specialist who primarily has focused on gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and related topics at large humanitarian organizations in Iraq. Mrs. Hussein is fluent in English, Kurdish, and Arabic. She draws from her own experiences growing up in a turbulent Middle East for women. Professionally, she relies on solutions based on her work experiences with IDPs and refugees. She has bachelor’s of science degrees in economics and engineering. Mrs. Hussein has been deeply involved in the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) — the largest exchange program between Iraq and the United States which is implemented by World Learning — and has been invited to speak on several occasions with Western diplomats in Iraq advocating for women’s rights. She has been awarded US State Department funding for a shelter (safe houses) for women and girls who have escaped “honor-killing” in northern Iraq. Mrs. Hussein believes improved education for all is the best tool to reduce and eliminate GBV. Her areas of interest include feminism, equality, the female voice, women’s protection and empowerment, and greater female decision making at all levels.