Dr Aida Al-Kaisy is a media development consultant and academic researcher who has worked extensively on media projects across the MENA region, in particular in Iraq. She is currently working on projects which focus on issues related to the development of independent media, media and journalism in conflict and in countries where freedom of expression is challenged, gender and climate change. She teaches at SOAS and is a keen promoter of ethical values in journalistic practice and media governance. Aida is a co-founder of the Iraqi independent media platform, Jummar