Dina Meran was born and raised in Erbil. She received her B.A. in International Studies from the American University Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) in 2014, and was the valedictorian and commencement speaker of the graduating class. She was also the Editor-in-Chief of AUIS’ Voice newspaper. Throughout her years at AUIS, Ms Meran interned with the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS), General Consulate of Republic of Turkey, Development Iraq, International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Iraq Oil Report. She also helped organize the first major international scholarly conference hosted by AUIS in 2011: “Liberty, Democracy and the Realities of Middle East,” and participated in one of the panel discussions. Ms Meran was the 3rd place winner of 2010 Business Across Borders (BAB), and was awarded the 2014-15 Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellow for academic excellence, leadership and commitment. She Speaks Kurdish, English, Turkish and Arabic. She has been published in Iraq Oil Report and Words Without Borders. Ms Meran is interested in the field of public policy, foreign affairs and diplomacy. She is currently pursuing her M.A. degree at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.