Izel Ugur is currently a Researcher at the Global Policy Institute. Izel graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelors degree in International Relations with an additional focus on Political Science and History and also studied Middle Eastern Communities and Migration as a minor. Her passion lies in Humanitarian Support and Migration with a special interest in the Middle East. She has volunteered for many humanitarian organizations such as World Church Service (Refugee Resettlement), Mahatma Gandhi Center, and Amnesty International. During her time interning with the International Middle East Peace Research Center she gained valuable hands on experience in the field helping refugees in Ankara, Turkey.