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BISI is governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association adopted and approved at the Annual General Meeting in December 2009. 

Council and Committees

A volunteer Council is responsible for the overall management of the charity and meets three times a year in London. It delegates much of its work to several Committees of the Council—currently Fieldwork and Research, Finance, the Fundraising Taskforce, Outreach, Strategy, Succession Planning and Publications. BISI’s current Council members cover a broad range of expertise and the majority of Council members are academics, highly knowledgeable in Mesopotamian, Medieval Islamic and Contemporary Iraq.

The activities of the Council are directed by the elected key office holders: the Chair, Vice-Chair, President and Honorary Treasurer.


The following policies shape how BISI approaches its charitable work:

Ethical Practice Policy

We are an apolitical, multi-ethnic, religiously neutral organisation, committed to non-discriminatory treatment of others in all aspects of our work. We operate in accordance with the Equality Act;     

  • We respect and celebrate diversity;
  • We encourage academics and educators to conduct their work with an awareness of ethical issues;
  • We foster dialogue and decision-making through consensus;
  • We support and collaborate with individuals and organisations who strive to contribute to research and public education about Iraq; 
  • We believe in working to enable Iraqis to reclaim their histories, cultures and identities; and 
  • We expect compliance with BISI’s anti-bribery policy. 

The ethical standards which apply to the BISI’s activities (including research, teaching, consultancy, outreach, and fundraising work) arise from the basic principle that such activities should neither include practices which directly impose a risk of serious harm nor be indirectly dependent upon such practices. Serious harm includes, for example, failure to respect the interests of human beings and damage to items of cultural value or the natural environment. Ethical practice also requires that the use of individuals’ personal data are fully justified and that statutory controls and codes of practice are observed at all times.

Data Protection Policy

Everyone who works for or with BISI has responsibility for ensuring data is collected, stored and handled appropriately. Read our Data Protection Policy in full.

Anti-Bribery Policy

BISI has a zero tolerance policy towards bribery and corruption and is committed to acting fairly and with integrity in all of its business dealings and relationships and implementing and enforcing effective systems to counter bribery. Read our Anti Bribery Policy in full 

Acceptance of Gifts Policy

BISI welcomes philanthropic gifts and sponsorships which support the values of the Institute and enable it to advance its mission. The Gift Acceptance Policy forms part of a framework for solicitation, review, acceptance, administration and stewardship of all philanthropic gifts and sponsorships to the BISI. Read our Gifts Acceptance Policy in full.