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London Staff 

BISI Administrator: Ali Khadr

Based at the British Academy, Ali is the first port of call for general enquiries about the Institute and can be contacted at / 020 7969 5274 (voicemail) on Monday-Friday 

Financial Controller: Karon Cook 

Karon oversees the Institute's financial activities and can be contacted on

Development Co-ordinator: Ali Khadr 

Ali co-ordinates the Institute's fundraising work and can be contacted at

Visiting Iraqi Scholarship Co-ordinator: Jennifer Griggs  

Jennifer is currently organising scholarships for visitors from Iraq, as part of BISI's Visiting Iraqi Scholarship Programme and can be contacted at 


Key Office Holders 

Chair of Council: Dr Paul Collins 


Vice-Chair of Council: Dr Nelida Fuccaro  


President: Dr. John Curtis 

Dr. John Curtis has long-standing ties with BISI and its predecessor organisation, The British School of Archaeology in Iraq (BSAI).  Today in his role as President he works closely with the Chair and Vice-Chair in shaping the institute’s future projects and strategy. Dr. Curtis is the CEO of the Iran Heritage Foundation. Previously he was Keeper of the Middle East collections at the British Museum, with special interests in Iraq and Iran. 


Honorary Treasurer: Peter Defty  

Since 2015, Peter has played a leading role in the financial and strategic management of BISI. With a background in Wealth Management focused on The Middle East, advising Sovereign Wealth Funds, major institutions and family offices, he brings a Middle Eastern insight to the role.



Sir Terence Clark KBE CMG CVO 

The Rt Hon. The Lord Lamont of Lerwick 

Nadhim Zahawi 


Honorary Vice-Presidents: 

HE Frank Baker, UK Ambassador to Iraq

HE Dr. Salih Ali Husain, Iraqi Ambassador to the UK  


Council Members

Dr Mark Altaweel, 2015-18 (Lecturer in Near Eastern Archaeology, UCL)

Dr Gareth Brereton, co-opted for 2016-2017 (Curator of Early Mesopotamia, Department of the Middle East, British Museum)

Edward Chaplin, CMG, OBE, 2015-18

Dr John Curtis, (President) (Chief Executive Officer of Iran Heritage Foundation)

Peter Defty, (Honorary Treasurer)  

Daniel Lowe, 2015-18 (Curator of Arabic Collections at the British Library)

Dr John MacGinnis, 2015-18 (Independent Doctoral Researcher, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge) 

Joan Porter MacIver, 2014-17   

Dr Ellen McAdam, 2014-17 (Director of Birmingham Museums Trust) 

Dr Augusta McMahon, 2015-18 (Senior Lecturer in Mesopotamia and the Ancient Near East, Cambridge)

Dr Glen Rangwala, 2016-19 (Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge)

Dr Paul Collins, (Chair), 2016-19 (Jaleh Hearn Curator for the Ancient Near East, Ashmolean Museum)

Dr Nelida Fuccaro, (Vice-Chair), 2016-19 (Reader in the Modern History of the Middle East, SOAS)


All Council members are Trustees of the Charity and Directors of the Company.