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About the Foundation

The International Foundation for Civil Society: The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is founded on the recognition that the sweeping political, social and economic change taking place in the Middle East and North Africa is a reflection of the demands of the young generation for improvement in their conditions and reversal of decades of authoritarianism. More importantly, it is founded on the assumption that the sweeping changes taking place in MENA is influenced by both internal and external factors.

The International Foundation for Civil Society is governed by a Board of Directors composed of internationally recognized persons with experience and knowledge of organizations devoted to promoting values of civil society and building of bridges of cultural understanding and tolerance.   The IFCS Board of Directors (“the Board”) exists for multiple purposes:

The Board of Directors

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Bahman Baktiari
Executive Director


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Marcus Southworth
Chairman of the Board of Directors


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Paul Savage
General Counsel