Waterloo International welcomes interim assistant vice-president of international relations, Bessma Momani, PhD, and interim assistant vice-president of international operations, Christine McWebb, PhD. Both professors commenced a one-year secondment, in January 2020, to fill the position of associate vice-president international, held by Ian Rowlands, who is presently on sabbatical.
No stranger to international affairs, Dr. Momani is a professor in the Department of Political Science, senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI), and a non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, D.C. She was a non-resident senior fellow at both the Brookings Institution and Stimson Center in Washington, D.C., a consultant to the International Monetary Fund, and formerly a visiting scholar at Georgetown University's Mortara Center. She was a 2015 fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and now sits on its board of directors. She is also a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Momani currently sits on the National Security Transparency Advisory Group, which advises the Deputy Minister of Public Safety Canada and other Government officials on improving transparency to Canada's national security and intelligence departments and agencies.
Dr. McWebb also has an impressive background in international affairs and management. She is the founding director of academic programs at the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business, where she focused on combining fine arts, humanities, and technology to address challenges in the world of business. Before coming to Waterloo in 2003, she worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta. As director and a researcher of the MARGOT project, she led several international collaborative initiatives in the area of Digital Humanities.
Please join us in welcoming Drs. Momani and McWebb to the Waterloo International portfolio.