Bessma Momani

Board Chair

Dr. Bessma Momani is associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Canada.


She is senior fellow at  the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo. Bessma is a regular contributor to national and international media on the Arab Spring and on global economic governance issues.

She maintains a blog at CIGI called Wealth and International Politics, a column on The Huffington Post, and is a roundtable contributor on the Canadian International Council. She is a specialist on the International Monetary Fund, the Arab Spring, the global economy and on economic liberalization in the Middle East.

She was a Canada-US Fulbright Scholar, a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., a visiting associate at the Mortara Center at Georgetown University and a fellow of the Amman Institute.