Dr. Najdi, Youhanna (1981, Iran) is a political science researcher and journalist. He received his Ph.D. in political economy with focus on oil rents, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and democratization in Iran from Universiti Sains Malaysia on 2017. At the moment, he is an executive director of the Association for the Promotion of Open Society. As a researcher, he has also collaborated with VOA, Radio Farda and other media. Before leaving Iran, he collaborated with several newspapers in Iran and was a member of Journalist’s Union and and now he is collaborating with Deutsche Welle Persian Service.