DR. NAJIB GHADBIAN
Special Representative to the United States
Dr. Najib Ghadbian is the Special Representative to the United States for the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces. Dr. Ghadbian is a Syrian pro-democracy activist and academic. He served on the Board of the Day After Project, a cooperative movement by members of the Syrian opposition to outline a plan to rebuild the country and end the Syrian conflict once Bashar al-Assad is ousted from power. An Associate Professor of Political Science and Middle East Studies at the University of Arkansas, he is the author of Democratization and the Islamists Challenge in the Arab World (English 1997 & Arabic 2002). His second Arabic book, The Second Assad Regime: Bashar of Lost Opportunities was published in 2006. He has contributed political commentaries to several US, European, and Middle East media outlets. Dr. Ghadbian’s research interests include democratization and leadership in the Arab world, Syrian politics, and US-Mideast relations. He serves as a Board member of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies, and is a founding member of the Democratic Network in the Arab World. Dr. Ghadbian is a signatory to the Damascus Declaration (2005), and was a founding member of the Syrian National Council (SNC).
BASSEL KORKOR, Esq.
Legal Advisor, Acting Deputy Representative
Bassel Korkor, a Syrian American attorney from Ohio, serves as outside counsel to the Syrian Coalition's Washington and United Nations offices. He advises the Syrian Coalition and Interim Government on international and US legal and foreign policy issues. Mr. Korkor has been counseling Syrian opposition groups in the US throughout the course of the revolution on governance, compliance, and humanitarian and political activities. His other practice areas include litigation, government contracts, and lobbying/campaign finance law. He studied international relations at Northwestern University, and law and Arabic at the Ohio State University. Mr. Korkor practices at Jones Day.
Chief of Staff
Oubab Khalil is the Chief of Staff for the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces’ Representative Office in Washington, DC. A Syrian attorney and businessman, Mr. Khalil has a degree in Law and Business Administration from the Beirut Arabic University. He was active in the Day After Project, a cooperative movement by members of the Syrian opposition to outline a plan to rebuild the country and end the Syrian conflict once Bashar al-Assad is ousted from power. Mr. Khalil was elected and served on the Boards of the Syrian Expatriates Organization and the Syrian Support Group. He recently participated in the “We Are All Syrians” Conference in Cairo.
Director, New York Office
Mariam Jalabi was born in Damascus, Syria and raised in the Golan Heights. She currently serves as Director for the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces’ Representative Office to the United Nations. She holds degrees in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal and Fashion Design from FIT in New York. One of the founding members of Syrian Non-violence Movement (SNVM), Mariam has organized events and rallies in support of the Syrian revolution in NYC and Montreal. She also participated in the formation of the Syrian National Council (SNC). Ms. Jalabi owns a brand building and retail consulting business based in New York City.
Liaison for Humanitarian Aid
Christy Delafield is the Liaison for Humanitarian Aid for the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces’ Washington Office. Prior to working for the SC, Ms. Delafield served as Program Director for the Syrian Expatriates Organization and managed programs providing humanitarian relief to the Syrian people. She has designed legislative strengthening and technical assistance programs in parliaments in the Middle East and North Africa. Christy studied French and International Relations at The Pennsylvania State University and was subsequently awarded a Fulbright teaching grant. She has been working in international relations and development for more than eight years.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Yisser Bittar, a Syrian-American native of Illinois, is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces’ Washington Office. Prior to working for the SC, Ms. Bittar served as the Government Relations and Advocacy Assistant for the Syrian American Council. At the Syrian American Council, her efforts focused on grassroots mobilization within the Syrian American community. Ms. Bittar studied political science and sociology at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. She has also recently returned from two trips into the liberated regions of Syria, taking a first hand look at the humanitarian crisis on the ground as well as the efforts of the local civilian administrative councils.