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Julia Sibley

Deputy Director, External Affairs | Press Secretary

Julia Sibley joined IRI in 2016 as the Deputy Director for External Affairs | Press Secretary. In this role, she supports the Senior Director in media outreach, strategic direction and guidance on IRI’s external engagement. Prior to joining IRI, Sibley was the Director of External Affairs at, an online platform that crowdsources assistance for human rights activists.

Sibley returned to the U.S. in 2014 after nine years living abroad. She worked for the Qatar Foundation in Doha as a Head of Special Projects from 2013-2014, where she was part of the team that delivered the inaugural World Innovation Summit for Health.

Sibley joined the London-based think tank theHenry Jackson Society in 2011, where she co-founded and co-directed the Russia Studies Center. In addition to authoring reports on subjects including the Russian opposition movement, Sibley has written for publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the Times of London, and has delivered testimony to parliamentary bodies including the European Union Working Group on Corruption and Human Rights. She is a graduate of the University of St. Andrews and was born and raised in New Jersey.