Azadeh Pourzand is an international development professional with 8 years of work experience including the management of civil society and governance projects in the Middle East. Azadeh is currently the Associate Director of Learning and Impact at Small Media Foundation, a London-based organization that provides digital advocacy support to civil society actors in at-risk communities globally. Prior to joining Small Media, she managed an extensive civil society strengthening program at IREX in Washington DC. In 2015, she was awarded a fellowship at the National Endowment forDemocracy (NED). Azadeh has a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS), and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Nyenrode Universiteit. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College. While at HKS, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Women’s Policy Journal. Her recent publications are focused on rule of law, human rights and the geopolitics of the Middle East. Azadeh has also co-founded Siamak Pourzand Foundation, an organization that promotes freedom of expression in Iran.