Nibras Basitkey is a assistant director at the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Basitkey has several years of demonstrated academic and professional experience in economics and international development. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Basitkey worked for international organizations such as the Malala Fund and the Free Yezidi Foundation. Furthermore, she has worked for think tanks such as the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the Religious Freedom Institute, and the Iraq Mission to the United Nations.

Basitkey holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and economics from Creighton University. She is a fluent speaker of Kurdish (Sorani and Kurmanji dialects) and Arabic. She was born and raised in northern Iraq.