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About us

The Orient Research Centre (ORC) was established in the United Arab Emirates in mid of 2011, as a think tank focusing on country risk and geopolitical futuristic researches related to the Gulf and Middle East.

Based on previous experience, the center adopts and develops a multi-disciplinary methodology dealing with the wide range changes occurring within the region.

ORC is functionally working as a decision-making support platform covering a range of international and regional issues from the angle of view of the countries of the region.

The research team includes senior consultant researchers and associate junior researchers working cooperatively.

The output of ORC Researches depends on a conduct internal brainstorming sessions that includes consultancy in strategic, policy making, economic and social issues, addressing a wide spectrum of partners. They are based on analyzing challenges and opportunities faced by.

The Centre runs also, programs for government and international agencies individually or in collaboration with other centers interested in these subjects.


Dr. Samir Altaqi

Founder & Director at Orient Research Centre.
He worked as a visiting professor at Saint Andrews University, Scotland, United Kingdom. He is also a cardio-vascular surgeon. He was involved in politics and diplomacy in Syria and previously served as Director of Orient Centre for International Studies in Damascus until 2010.

Dr. Ahmad Barqawi

Academic Affairs Manager at the Orient Research Centre.
A philosopher and a former Dean of the faculty of philisophy at the University of Damascus. He wrote many books on the political thought and social contract.

Dr. Aref Dalila

Senior Consultant Researcher at the Orient Research Centre.
Aref is a Syrian Economist and a member of the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change. He was previously the Dean of the Faculty of Economics in Damascus University.

Aisha Krenful

Research Fellow  at Orient Research Centre.

Research Fellow at Orient Research Centre. She is specialized in the political affairs of Iraq. Aisha holds a Masters in International Relations from the University of Nicosia, a Diploma in Methodology and a Bachelor in English Literature from the University of Aleppo.

Mousa Qallab

Senior Consultant Researcher specialized in the Defense and Military Affairs.
A retired Brigadier General; Jordanian Armed Forces from 1968-1998. He managed Security and Defense Program researches with Institute of Near East and Gulf for Military Analysis(INEGMA), then with Gulf Research Centre (GRC) based in Dubai- UAE, from 2003-2009. He practiced freelance strategic Analyst (Defense and Security) issues from 2009-2011.

Basel Junaidi

Research Fellow in the Levant Politics at Orient Research Centre.
Basel is specialized in the Syrian Crisis and the Levant Region. He’s also an activist and a member of Kesh Malek-A non-profit Syrian organization-.

Muneer Alrayes

Research Fellow  in the Non-Arab Regional Neighbors Politics at Orient Research Centre.
Muneer is specialized in the Iranian Domestic and International policies. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in mass communication from both Nixon, and Damascus University.

Rasha Joundi

Training Program Supervisor / Saudi Arabia Expert at Orient Research Centre.
She is specialized in the GCC policies in general and Saudi Arabia’s Domestic and International policies in particular. Rasha is a Master’s Graduate at the University of Leicester in International Relations & World Order, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Damascus

Sarah Ramadan

Research Fellow in International Relations Politics at the Orient Research Centre.
Sarah is specialized in the US Foreign Policy Affairs. She has trained on Conflict Resolution and Peace Building in The Carter Centre and at the University of Amsterdam, She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Science from the University of Kalamoon, Syria.

Sultan Tarabein

Finance Manager & Fellow Researcher in The Turkish Politics at Orient Research Centre.
Sultan is specialized in the Turkish foreign policy affairs, he also participates in ORC’s economic researches.
Sultan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management from the Lebanese American University.

Zein Nachar

Research Fellow in International Relations Politics at Orient Research Centre.
Zein covers political trends in the European Union states, she is also a Coordinating Officer in the Syrian Crisis Team which striving to help crafting a political settlement for the ongoing war.

Zeina Yakan

Research Fellow  in the Levant Politics at Orient Research Centre.
Zeina is specialized in the Iraqi affairs. She holds a Masters Degree in Qualification and Specialization in Translation/ Interpretation from the University of Aleppo


Eman Bereqdar

Arabic Language Editor at Orient Research Centre.

Roula Ajjan

Personal Assistant to Dr. Samir and Administrative Manager at Orient  Research Centre.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature.

Thabet Hafez

IT and Network Manager at Orient Research Centre.

Thabet holds an MBA In Project Management from LIMKOKWING UNIVERSITY Of Creative Technology  from (Cyberjaya-Malaysia). And a Bachelor Degree in Computer Engineering in Arab International University( Damascus-Syria ).

Louna Hamad

Digital Media and Graphic Design Executive / Researcher at Orient Research Centre.
Louna holds a Master’s Degree in Digital Media and Communications form University of Nicosia, Cyprus and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from University of Damascus



Sawsan Altaqi

Translator at Orient Research Centre.

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