Saman Omar is Senior Program Officer for Center for Civilians in Conflict in Erbil, Iraq. In this role, he is leading advocacy with the Kurdish government and training with Peshmerga forces. Prior to joining CIVIC, Saman worked as the Director of the Language Center at Salahaddin University-Erbil, worked for USAID in Iraq, and was the Director General of the Emergency and Disaster Coordination Center of Kurdistan Regional Government. Saman has a PhD in Modern American Literature and worked in academia for 13 years.