Learn more about the people behind DWIH San Francisco and the work that helps us achieve our mission.  

Dr. Zahar Barth-Manzoori


Dr. Zahar Barth-Manzoori took over the position of Director of the DWIH San Francisco in January 2022.

After completing her doctorate in Islamic Studies at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel – supported by a scholarship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation – she began working at the DAAD in Bonn in 2011 as head of the Events and Visitor Programs Department. In 2015, she took over the position as Head of Section Joint Scholarship Programmes Middle East, North Africa, returning to her professional roots. From May 2020 until her departure for San Francisco, she played a leading role in setting up DWIH San Francisco as head of the DWIH management office at DAAD.

As an experienced science manager and passionate networker, she is particularly looking forward to initiating international university collaborations, fostering knowledge transfer between research, business and society, and supporting research-based innovation in San Francisco.

Hanni Geist


Evan Gong

Program/Communications Officer