Wisam Jaafar

AIN Network, Iraq

General Secretary

A civil activist and advocacy and public policy specialist, Wisam established the POINT Mena project in 2018 and currently holds the position of the general secretary of the AIN network. He founded Tawasul for Youth Empowerment organization with a group of Iraqi activists after the 2011 protests which broke out in Iraq during the Arab Spring revolution. He also participated with his colleagues in protesting and planning several advocacy campaigns, including the “I am against the sectarian power-sharing system” campaign, which succeeded in passing a lawsuit in the Federal Supreme Court in 2016 against the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Iraqi House of Representatives, to the legal gaps that political parties have exploited by distributing State positions under the name of “national balance”.

In 2018, Wisam participated in a fellowship program, implemented by CA “Why Not”, and then founded the Regional Point Project, which works in collaboration with national and Arab organizations interested in promoting the principles of transparency, accountability, and digital media. He supervised the management and implementation of several projects related to the use of new technology for promoting citizen political participation, including the Public Opinion Platform (www.gop-iraq.org) and the Government Observatory project (www.pop-iraq.org).