As a Director, Ilan Cooper oversees DT’s programs in the MENA region including Libya, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. He is DT’s IQC Manager for our USAID/Office of Transition Initiatives Support that Augments Rapid Transitions IQC, Manager of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Conflict, Stability, and Security Fund, and leads USAID new business development. Previously, Ilan served as the Lead Research Associate at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University. He conducted primary research for the Berkley Center and the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation on the role of local transitional justice mechanisms in sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on the Southern African Development Community countries.
Prior to the Berkley Center, Ilan worked for Oxford Analytica as an Editorial Researcher writing briefs on transitional justice mechanisms and lived in Accra, Ghana. Ilan graduated with honors from Georgetown University with a M.A. in Conflict Resolution. He also holds a M.A. in International Relations, with distinction, from the University of Chicago and a B.A., with distinction, in War Studies from King’s College London. In his spare time, Ilan is an avid soccer player and fan and spends time with his English Bulldog, Ollie.