Founder/Executive Director-New Arab Foundation, Founder/Executive Director -Arab Peace Corps, Director- International Health Services of ...
Over 40 years of international expertise as international business development and international legal consultants with experience as assistant to the dean for international programs at Indiana University, to Legal Associates at a major Wall Street law firm, to general counsel for a multi-billions dollars civil and electro-mechanical construction company, to development of a $ 70 million hotel, to managing an airline agency with over $25 millions in annual sale to managing a not for profit environmental foundation with over 90 staff members.
International Health Services, Sarl, Agadir, Morocco (2013-Present).
1. Exclusive distributor of Cell Science Systems of America’s ALCAT food intolerance test and applications including its PrivaMedica nutrition food system and application.
2. Exclusive distributor of Cell Science System of America “ salivatory and hormonal” tests.
3. Promoting Morocco as a center for Medical Tourism.
4. Promoting and delivery of Home Nursing services for Morocco
5. Developing applications in conjunctions with international organizations such as the America Joint Commission for the Accreditations of Hospitals for quality control and third party audit at hospitals and clinics.
6. Training and seminars for staff of the medical service industry.
HRH Prince Sultan Bin Abdul-Aziz International Foundation for the Conservation and Development of Wildlife. Agadir, Morocco (1991-2014)
1. Responsible for taking the idea and concept and translating it to a well known and established international foundation expert in breeding of rare species and with rich history of scientific research in partnership with leading universities in the US, Morocco, Europe and Saudi Arabia.
2. Responsible for the legal establishment of the Foundation serving as Trustee, Secretary General and Managing Director.
3. Responsible for the day to day operation of an organization of 90 staff members and over $1.5 million annual budget.
Malabata International Corporation, Tangier, Morocco (1995-2001)
1. Owner Representative responsible for negotiating and purchase of the hotel from the government.
2. Owner Representative responsible for the incorporating the holding (Zug, Switzerland) and operating company (Morocco).
3. Owner Representative responsible for negotiating the Casino License and responsible for negotiation the Casino operating license with the ministry of interior and ministry of finance.
4. Owner Representative responsible for coordinating and negotiating both the hotel management contract and the Casino contract between the hotel and the Casino operating company.
5. Served as board member of the Casino holding company and the Casino operating company.
AutoSmart, Inc. Fairfax, VA (1997- 2004)
1. Partner and Managing Director of a patented smart technology application for tracking and recording of maintenance and operation of machines (automobile).
2. Worked closely with a team of technology expert on the patent application and later on the practical application of the smart card technology.
3. The company achieved good introductory success with dealers signing up across the country.
4. The company went out of business with the down turn of the auto industry since the AutoSmartCard was a loyalty card, offered by dealership as a customer loyalty service.
Solution One Maritime, LLC. Tampa, FL. (1995- Present)
1. Partner and Chairman of a multi-million dollar marine safety and service center serving a number of key ports in the State of Florida.
2. The company with over 20,000 square feet of service and show room represents key and major manufactures of life rafts, and other marine safety equipment.
OCTOPUS, International Marine Safety Inspection Registry LLC, Tamp
Doctoral Scholar. University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies Brussels Brussels, Belgium 2012-2016
University of Kent Canterbury, UK 2016
PhD in Law. 50th Anniversary Scholar
George Washington University, Law School Washington DC 2011 LLM, International and Comparative Law
Georgetown University Washington DC 2007 Juris Doctor, Law. United Nations Association Fellowship
American University, School of International Service Washington DC 2004
Bachelor’s Degree; Pre-Law
HIGHLIGHTS OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Middle East and North Africa Coordinator. The World Bank Group, Global Governance Practice
Washington DC 2012-Present
Commissioner, Intergovernmental Commission on Policy Dialogue & Constitutional Prerogatives
Rabat, Morocco 2013-2014
• Selected among a highly competitive pool of leaders in the Commission, spearheaded by the Moroccan Prime Minister’s office & the Ministry in charge of Civil Society as a blue print for inclusive policy reform
• Worked with inter-governmental commission to develop draft policies that promote and strengthen public participation in decision-making bodies, notably the Committee of Equity established under the 2011 Constitution
• Authored a series of Arabic and French policy briefings for the Moroccan Government and the international community partners, such as the United Nations (UNDP, UN Women) on the role of women public participation in enhancing participatory governance in Morocco
Programs Manager, Crisis Management Initiative, President Martti Ahtisari Centre (Presidential Finnish
Initiative) Rabat, Morocco 2013-2014
Doctoral Scholar. University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies Brussels Brussels, Belgium 2012-2016
Staff Attorney & Programs Manager. The World Justice Project (WJP), American Bar Association
Washington DC 2008-2012
Teaching Fellow. Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service Washington DC 2006
Young Professional. The World Bank Group, Middle East and North Africa Washington DC 2004-08
MENA Fellow. Center for the Global South, School of International Service, American University Washington DC
Native Arabic, Native French, Fluent English, Intermediate Amazigh.
Society of International Development’s Award of Leadership & Innovation 2013 PhD Full Scholarship 2012
Moroccan-American Young Leader Award
The World Justice Project Award for exemplary performance 2010
World Bank SPOT Award 2008
World Bank Youth Innovation Fund Winner 2007
United Nations Association Fellowship, International
Organizations Fellow 2005
OTHER RELEVANT PPOINTMENTS
Principal, ARPA Alliance for Rule of Law Promotion and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Board Member, International Center for Mediation and Arbitration
Co-Chair, the Moroccan-American Legal Empowerment Network
Director, The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, International Law Committee
Board Member, Morocco World News
Contributor, The North Africa Journal
Dr. Hala Alyan is a licensed clinical psychologist who works at NYU and in private practice in Manhattan. She has worked with a range of adults and adolescents in various settings, including asylum agencies, substance abuse clinics, hospitals, counseling centers and correctional facilities. Her specialties include culturally diverse issues, trauma, eating disorders and substance abuse treatment. In addition to clinical work, Dr. Alyan is a writer with several collections of poetry published, and a novel forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin entitled Salt Houses.
Senior Human Rights & Development Consultant & recognized global expert in the Transformational Leadership Development…
With 25 years of experience in Development, including 10 years in Senior Leadership positions in the United Nations, Dr. Khadija Moalla repertoire includes extensive expertise in International Law & Human Rights, Gender Equality & women empowerment, Governance & rule of law, Civil Society Organizations, HIV/AIDS & the SDGs. Dr. Moalla is also a recognized global expert in the Transformational Leadership Development Methodology and provided trainings and lecturer in more than 60 countries in the five continents.
UNDP Practice Team Leader in the Arab States, Dr. Moalla coordinated initiatives to sensitize and mobilize Religious Leaders, political leadership, art & media leaders, NGOs, legislators and private sector leaders, for ten years. Previously, Dr. Moalla taught international law at the University of Law of Tunis & the Diplomatic Institute and was a practicing Lawyer for ten years.
Dr. Moalla has provided advice and shared in constructing policies of the League of Arab States and the Arab Parliament, she is also one of the Founding members of the New Middle East Gender Parity at the World Economic Forum and a Founding Member of the Global Legal Network. Dr. Moalla received the Leadership Award from the United Nations General Assembly President for her work with Religious Leaders through the establishment of the Multi-Faith Network CHAHAMA and received the Excellency Award of the 2010 South-South Global Expo for successful innovative Solutions. Dr. Moalla was chosen as one of the most influential 500 personalities of the Arab region, in 2011.
Hana AbdulJawad is Saudi peace and humanitarian activist. She holds Bachelors in Political Science and…
Hana AbdulJawad is Saudi peace and humanitarian activist. She holds Bachelors in Political Science and a Masters in International Communication and Development.
In 2014, Hana completed a communication development plan for the United Nations Millennium Development Goal- gender equality and women’s empowerment- for India.
Individually, Hana regularly volunteers, advocates and joins various causes, advocacy groups and campaigns. These include online activism, civic demonstrations, Amnesty International UK, the American University of Beirut Red Cross and the Seeds of Peace organization.
In 2013- 2014, she was among a dynamic team at Discovery Program- Swansea University working with refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. She completed training courses in working with children with Learning Disability, Autism and ADHD and Refugee Awareness. In addition, she was part of the Swansea community for mobilizing and partaking in pro-Palestinian action, where she participated in drafting policies to ministers and companies (such as Sainsbury and Tesco), conducted awareness campaigns and mobilized, coordinated and brainstormed strategies to support the boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel and Israeli goods.
In 2016, Hana resided in Zanzibar, Tanzania, and volunteered in an international organization where she was teaching English and Arabic as a foreign language to children along with advocating youth empowerment programs through leadership and teamwork initiatives. She also volunteered at Drug Free Zanzibar teaching English to recovering drug addicts and mobilized for developing women empowerment leadership and entrepreneurial workshops and programs.
During her time as a program manager and coordinator for the empowerment of human resources, Hana worked to promote partnerships to develop ecologically friendly policies.
Founder & General Manager, HDN* Algeria (Human Development Network – Algeria)
Trainer and Consultant on various topics such as promotion of citizenship & civic engagement, cultural projects administration, communications, women empowerment and web technologies.
* HDN is a Social Enterprise specialized in delivering Capacity-Building Programs for CSOs and in implementing development projects in partnership with various NGOs.
Graduated from the International Institute of Management in International Marketing in 2003, hold a Master degree from the International University of Venice and Universittà Cattolica of Milan in Entrepreneurship of Euromed Relations in 2008; Nawel Guellal started working in diplomatic relations with successively the embassies of the United States and Great Britain as an assistant to the heads of diplomatic missions and then at the Delegation of the European Commission in Algiers where she held the positions of assistant to the head of Delegation and then, assistant to the head of cooperation, where she was in charge during 3 years with several development projects between Algeria and the European Union.
Passionate about the German culture, she worked as a cultural projects manager within the Goethe-Institut in Algiers and finally landed at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in 2010 where she had successively the positions of Programme Manager and then Programme and Communication Manager.
Founder of the Algerian Forum for the Promotion of Active Citizenship – AFPAC, Nawel Guellal is very active in the associative environment and work to help the Algerian youth to recognize their role as citizens and thus be actively engaged in building a healthy society with values of justice, democracy and solidarity.
She also contributes to an American platform: Search for Common Grounds – SFCG, by writing articles on various issues in Algeria. She also writes articles and animate webinars on personal development.
Her engagement for the recognition of a genuine Algerian Cultural Policy started by joining the team of GTPCA-Groupe de Travail sur la Politique Culturelle en Algérie in early 2012; where she had the responsibilities to manage the administrative issues, the different meetings and most of the workshops realised with the support of El Mawreed Ethakafy.
Other Certificates & Diplomas:
– Certificate in Intercultural Communication and Public Moderation – Deutsch-Welle – Alexandria/Egypt
– Certificate in Blogging on conflicting Issues among the Arab Community – Rabat/Morocco
– Certificate in Quiz – Non-profit Project Management – Berlin/Germany
– Certificate in Project Management Involving gender aspect – Seki/Azerbaijan
– Certificate in TOT – SCPs and Grassroots Initiatives – Barcelona/Spain
– Diploma in Social Entrepreneurship – Stockholm/Sweden
Member of: JIL FCE, MED CULTURE, SWITCHMED, ASFRU, SAMG, AMSED, PICUM, ENAR, ACO, WAFA, Wave Network, GTPCA, Arterial Network, Al Mawred Al Thaqafy.
Mother tongues: French & Arabic, Fluent in English, Basic commands of German and Italian.
Lena Alhusseini is the Executive Director of the Arab American Family Support Center in New York, and has previously served with global organizations such as USAID, UNICEF and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). She established the Jordan River Foundation’s child protection unit which was the first Middle East organization to address the issue of child abuse. She has also served with the Gateway Battered Women’s Shelter in Denver, Colorado. The White House and Obama Administration honored her in 2011 as a champion of change for her work with child protection, domestic violence and sex trafficking. She is the recipient of the 2007 Auburn Seminary Women of Commitment Award; “Brooklyn Women of Distinction” award by the Brooklyn Newspaper Group; Named “Extraordinary Woman 2008” by Kings County District Attorney’s Office; Global Woman leader by Womensphere; Womyn Warrior by Project Reach; Top 20 “Female Power Players” by Brooklyn Exposed. Ms Alhusseini has been recognized by The New York City Council as well as the National Arab American Medical Association. Ms. Alhusseini serves on the Board of Directors of Family Alliance and Family for Every Child; the Human Services Council of New York City; and the National Network of Arab American Communities. She was also appointed to the advisory committee of the The New York City Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services (HRA/DSS). She has a Masters in Public Administration (NYU) and an MSc in Information Technology Engineering (Regis University).
Associate Professor at the American University of Beirut since September 2012. Educated at the Universities of…
Dr. Dina Kiwan is Associate Professor at the American University of Beirut, since September 2012. Educated at the Universities of Oxford, Harvard and London, she was previously Senior Lecturer in Citizenship Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, and Co-Director of the International Centre for Education for Democratic Citizenship (ICEDC). Her research program focuses on citizenship and civil society, which is interdisciplinary and international extending across the domains of education, gender, human rights, immigration and naturalization. Publications include Kiwan (2008). Education for Inclusive Citizenship (Routledge), and Kiwan, D. (ed). (2013) Naturalization Policies, Education and Citizenship: Multicultural and Multination Societies in International Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan). Policy and consulting experience includes appointment to the UK’s Home Office ‘Life in the UK’ Advisory Group by Home Secretary, David Blunkett (2002); commissioned to co-author Diversity and Citizenship review for UK government’s Department of Education (2007); a member of experts’ advisory board for Carnegie Middle East Center ‘Education for Citizenship in Arab Countries’ research project, consulting the Lebanese government on teacher-training for religious diversity management, (2013) and regional manager for the Middle East for a large-scale research project on Democracy (2013-ongoing). She has been responsible for co-drafting a curriculum guiding framework on Global Citizenship Education for UNESCO (2014), with Mark Evans, University of Toronto. She has recently completed conducting research for an Oxfam-funded project on women’s participation and leadership in Lebanon, Jordan and Northern Iraq.
Col Thafar Maaitah(R) Dr. is a Jordanian strategic expert in the field of Security and Counter Terrorism / Human Rights; he served at the Jordanian Public Security Department for 23 years (Special Police / Counter Terrorism – Secret Services / Criminal Investigation department, Preventive Security and Interpol Amman as Deputy Director).His doctorate degree titled ” The Role of Regional Organizations in Countering Terrorism and Human Rights.” And presently serve as Security Advisor of Corporate Security of Roads & Transports in Dubai. Mr Maaitah worked at the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ) – New York and in many field missions (Bosnia, Kosovo, and Darfur). Mr Maaitah had the opportunity to work at the Jordanian National Centre for Security and Crisis Management (NCSCM) as a head of Counter Terrorism Analysis Office (CTAO) for five years. He was a member of the National Capabilities Assessment Team (NCAT). Currently, Mr Maaitah is working for Dubai Government / Roads and Transport Authority as Security Specialist. The core of his business to develop transport security strategy for Dubai and related policies, procedures and ensuring its implementations. Mr Maaitah rewarded twice for his achievements. Mr Maaitah obtained B.A and Master’s degree in Law (Counter-Terrorism Laws and its Implications on Human Rights. Diploma degree in Criminal Justice – Virginia University. Diploma Degree in Military Sciences. Currently, Mr Maaitah is PhD candidate in Law (Regional Organizations Role in Counter Terrorism and Protection of Human Rights). Mr Maaitah, regularly lectures at Universities, Defence Academies (NATO Defence College – Rome, International Organisations – United Nations / European Parliament, and has advised governments on radicalization and Counter Terrorism.
Associate Professor at the American University of Beirut since September 2012. Educated at the Universities of…
Dr. Nafez Alyan is a senior educational expert who specializes in operations and finance. For decades, Nafez has advised several clients from both the public and private sectors in a wide range of issues related to financing education, school budgeting, streamlining operations in the education sector, and finance reform.
He played a key role in designing and building the Qatari Educational reform’s operational infrastructure, setting the rules and regulations of the finance department, and developing modern and efficient policies and procedures. As the Economic and Financial Advisor to the Minister of Finance in Qatar, Dr. Nafez led a major reform initiative to modernize, restructure, and streamline all key processes at the Ministry. He also developed the framework for funding ministries and public sector agencies based on a comprehensive performance system. Most recently, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for the United Arab Emirates University where he led a major overhaul of the University’s administrative and financial functions.
In 2012, Dr Alyan established his consulting firm, NOVUS International Consultants, and undertook and lead projects commissioned by different public and private clients in the GCC region. Most of these projects focus on the education and higher education sectors. Dr Alyan Advised clients and offer recommendations on matters related to establishing priorities and strategic directions that fulfill their mandates, oversee implementation of developed strategies, and ensure alignment between operational tasks and strategic objectives. Recruit, mentor, and lead teams of highly qualified experts and consultants.
Dr. Nafez holds a M.A. in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Sheffield in the UK, and a Ph.D. in Economics with a concentration in Finance, Labor Economics and Econometrics from the University of Oklahoma in the USA.
Dr. Jauad EL KHARRAZ joined the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC), based in Muscat (Sultanate of Oman) as Director of Research on October 1st, 2015. Dr. EL KHARRAZ is in charge of delivering and developing a Research Program at that International Non-Profit Organization established to seek solutions to fresh water scarcity in the MENA region. Among other responsibilities, he manages and develops MEDRC research activities, and maintains and grow an expert-level network of technical, academic and policy specialists on a wide range of water issues. In addition, he will provide support to the development and delivery of training programs and consultancy projects. Dr. EL KHARRAZ has been information and projects manager at the Euro-Mediterranean Information System on know-how in the Water sector (EMWIS) Technical Unit based in Sophia Antipolis (France) for the last 11 years and half. He also worked as senior consultant for Sud-Convergences consultancy (France) in the period 2006-2008, and Expert Evaluator of the European Commission DG Research & Innovation. On the other hand, he is co-founder and General Secretary of the Arab World Association of Young Scientists (ArabWAYS), member of the Global Change Unit (University of Valencia, Spain). He is member of the Global Young Academy (GYA) that he represented in several occasions among others in the UN Disaster Risk Reduction Science & Technology group in Geneva. He was nominated in 2011 by the French Ministry of High Education & Research as representative at the Intergovernmental framework for EU Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST Action TN1301) in Brussels, where he led its Networking Working Group since end of 2011 in Vilnius (Lithuania). In 2014 he was nominated new leader for the tomorrow by Crans Montana Forum (Switzerland) and was also co-leader of the regional Think Tank WANA Forum (WANA Institute currently, Jordan). Dr. Jauad El Kharraz was one of 40 scientists worldwide selected to attend the “World Economic Forum ‘Summer Davos’ for New Champions” in Tianjin China in September 2012. He joined the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic by July 2014 and he became the founding curator (creator) of Nice’ hub (France) to push young talents from Nice develop projects of development for their local community. He has published and contributed to hundreds of conferences, journals and reports in the fields of water management, agriculture, water information systems, remote sensing applications and scientific research. Moreover, he visited more than 44 countries around the world, chaired several conferences and forums sessions/panels and served as referee and chair for many international scientific journals and international platforms. Dr. Jauad contributed to numerous projects funded by the European Commission, European Space Agency, and other regional programmes (FP5-FP7, H2020, ENPI NGO, ENPI CBC-Med, LIFE…). Among others, he is member of the Arab Water Council and AWARENET water network. Dr. EL KHARRAZ has obtained his MSc and PhD in Remote Sensing from the University of Valencia (Spain). He had also a Diploma in Enterprises management & strategy from SKEMA Business School in Sophia Antipolis (France).
Director, Team Leader, Co-Project Director, Project Coordinator and Institutional and Capacity Building at the Center…
Dr. Rami Abdulhadi is a Palestinian with over 40 years of professional experience in urban planning and development. Holder of a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, M.Sc. in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and B.Sc in Aeronautical and Astronomical Engineering all from the University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign campus. Since 1984 Dr. Rami held the position of Director, Team leader, Co-Project Director, Project Coordinator and Institutional and Capacity Building at the Center for Engineering and Planning in Ramallah providing Strategic Development Framework for the City of Ramallah (SDF 2014-2035).
In addition Dr. Rami as Team Leader was responsible for the Evaluation and Update Phase and Implementation Plan (SDIP) in Cluster 04 Cycle II for 11 municipalities working in support of selected municipalities in monitoring, evaluation and updating their SDIP. The work includes assisting municipality staff in preparing the planned annual expenditures foe departments, preparing the needed documents for the preparation phase, advising departments on fund raising approach and evaluating implementation of the SDIP components. Beneficiaries of such support included among others cities and town such as Al Zaytouna, Silwad, Deir Debwan, East Bani Zeif, Jericho (2012-20130 and Marj Ebn Amer, A’rruna, Faqqua, Deir Ab- Daif, Jalbun, AlJamla, Abu- Ash, Sharqiya and Arabbuna (2011-2012). Dr. Rami was also the principal contributor to the Master Plan for the State of Palestine- Suggested Guidelines for Comprehensive Development both as Principal Author and Editor. Dr. Rami appeared in several international documentaries related to the ever-expanding Israeli settlements.
Lara Alameddine works as an International Consultant for the UNDP. She holds a Master’s degree in Economic and Financial Engineering as well as a Master’s Degree in Education and Training, Major Research. She has written the certification manual for the Government of Algeria, based on which professionals of the financial sector get their working license since 2012. She is also the Owner and Founder of “Vis-à-Vie” an innovative Educational Model that is being developed through a Ph.D. research study at the University of Paris-Descartes – La Sorbonne in Paris. This dynamic Educational Model aims at serving the new generation of children from kindergarten to high school with the best skills to face the ongoing global challenges of the modern society. It offers progressive studies in social, emotional and relational learning that helps students develop their creativity and that raises their knowledge in many topics such as the new types of intelligence, communication, leadership, self-awareness, critical thinking, ethics and values, new technologies, environment, health and creative arts. Vis-à-Vie aims at training highly skilled teachers as well as parents that want to learn more about it.
Many countries from Europe, the USA, Canada, Asia, the GCC and the MENA, as well as many international institutions such as the European Commission, showed their interest in developing “Vis-à-Vie” in schools and as tailor-made programmes for refugees, parents, teachers, teenagers and university students.
After graduating from Jacksonville State University with an MBA and focus on Management and Accounting, I held the position of the Assistant to the Quotation Manager for an Atlantic Richfield Subsidiary in New Jersey.
In 1980, I joined the Arabian Technical Contracting Company (ARTC) as the Administration Manager and moved to Saudi Arabia.
I retuned home to the United States in 1986 and attended the University Of North Texas Graduate Program. In 1987, I joined the Internal Revenue Service as a Revenue Agent in the Division of Employee Plans and Exempt Organizations. In 1991, I joined the IRS Appeals Division as an Appeals Officer. I was later selected as a Technical Guidance Coordinator. I conducted hearings and negotiated Tax settlements of tax controversies. I drafted and had approved and published several Appeals settlement Guidelines relating to Tax Shelter issues.
In 2004, I took the position of Technical Guidance Team Manager where I supervised a number of Technical Guidance Coordinators, negotiated and approved settlements and Settlement Guidelines for Tax Shelter issues and Tax Controversies.
In 2006, I moved to Washington D.C. and took on the position of Executive Assistant to the Chief of Appeals. I also served in several Senior Manager Positions within the Appeals Division, including Director of Tax Policy and Procedures for Appeals and the Senior Operations Advisor for Policy, Quality and Case Support.
I retired from that position and the IRS in 2016 after 29 years of Service.
Dr. Wael Zakout is currently the Global Lead and the head of the Global Solution Group for Land Policy and Geospatial at the World Bank. He is responsible for: * Making sure knowledge flows across the organization and is incorporated in project design and policy advice that support client needs; * Coming up with innovative solutions to difficult land policy challenges; * Ensuring excellent quality of World Bank-supported projects on land management and administration; * Mentoring younger staff and new recruits; and * Building partnerships with other international, bilateral, and private sector organizations engaged in land and geospatial activities around the world. Before he took this position, he was the World Bank Country Manager for Yemen for three years. He also served as Sector Manager for Urban, Water and Disaster Risk Management in the Sustainable Development Department of the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Region from 2007-2011. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin Madison in civil and environmental engineering and an undergraduate degree from Bir Zeit University in the West Bank. Mr. Zakout joined the World Bank in 1994 and held several positions in the East Asia and Europe and Central Asia regions before taking up his current position. Here is my blog: https://blogs.worldbank.org/user/9329#tab2
Columnist for the Saudi Gazette English daily newspaper and Alarabiya. She has been a tireless supporter…
Samar Fatany is a columnist for the Saudi Gazette English daily newspaper and Alarabiya.com. She has been a tireless supporter of the reform movement in Saudi Arabia and has been called upon by government ministries to represent the Kingdom’s women as a member of Saudi delegations to international conferences in Europe, America and Asia.
She has taken part in United Nations Development Program conferences and attended dozens of conferences and forums on press freedom, Middle East reform and women’s issues. Educated at Cairo University, she received additional broadcast training in British Broadcast Corp. media programs. She maintains that Saudi women have important roles to play in the Kingdom and abroad and sees a connection between the empowerment of Saudi women and the Kingdom’s economic and social development. She is a critic of extremism and equally committed to projecting a moderate view of Islam as a religion of peace, tolerance and understanding.
As the former Chief Broadcaster in the English section at Jeddah Broadcasting Station, she has introduced significant news, cultural, and religious programs. During a period of 30 years she has conducted interviews with official delegations and political personalities visiting the Kingdom. She continues to be actively involved in activities aiming at fighting extremism and enhancing women’s role in serving society.
· Fatany is a Founding Member of “NAAM” Think Tank Group
· Founding member of “Alkalimah” Literary Society
· Member of Saudi Women Writers Group
· Member of the Saudi Committee for International Trade, CIT, council of Saudi Chambers, Riyadh
· Member of the Saudi Committee for International Relations, IRC, Jeddah chamber of commerce
· Former Member of the committee for Youth Forums of the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs
She has published four books:
· Saudi Perceptions & Western Misconceptions · Saudi Women towards a new era
· Saudi Challenges & Reforms.
· Modernizing Saudi Arabia
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