Saleh Barakat

Saleh Barakat is an expert in contemporary Arab art and founded the Agial Art Gallery in 1991 and Saleh Barakat Gallery in 2016, both in Beirut. As the executive manager of the two galleries, he has participated in building major collections of modern and contemporary Arab art. With a strong business background with decades of experience in the art sector, Saleh is deeply engaged in developing a healthy market environment for creative expression in the Arab world. He has curated several pan-Arab exhibitions including the IXth Francophone Summit in Beirut, the 2003 World Bank Summit in Dubai, and "The Road to Peace: Painting in Times of War 1975-1991" at the…

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Hakan Altinay

Hakan Altinay is a distinguished intellectual and promotor of global civics. In April 2022, he was sentenced to 18 years in prison by a Turkish court, accused of planning to overthrow the government, in Turkey‚Äôs crackdown on dissent and freedom of assembly. Amnesty¬†International classified him as a prisoner of conscience. He was released from prison after 18 months by a decision of the Court of Appeals. Hakan is the founding Director of the European School of Politics and the President of the Global Civics Academy. His book,¬†Global Civics: Responsibilities and Rights In an Interdependent World, reflects work done while at Yale and was published in 2011 by Brookings Institution, later…

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Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi is a United Arab Emirates-based columnist and researcher on social, political and cultural affairs in the Arab Gulf States. Sultan rose in prominence during the Arab Spring when his tweets became a major news source, rivaling news networks at the time, until TIME magazine listed him in the ‚Äú140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011.‚ÄĚ In 2018 Sultan ranked 19th on the "Arabic Thought Leader Index" by Swiss think tank Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. Sultan was an MIT Media Lab Director‚Äôs Fellow from 2014-2016, and in the spring of 2017 he was a practitioner in residence at the Hagop Kevorkian Center of Near East Studies at New York…

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Orr Hirschauge

Orr Hirschauge is a journalist and news executive. He currently works as Chief Digital Officer at Israel‚Äôs largest daily newspaper, Israel Hayom. He was the first Israeli to join The Wall Street Journal as a technology staff reporter and the first executive editor of CTech, a now well-established Israeli English-language technology news site. His work on the juxtaposition of surveillance technologies and regional geopolitics is cited in policy papers and best-selling books. In 2016, Orr led an investigative project resulting in a series of reports on Israel‚Äôs use of predictive algorithms to stop terror attacks. He reported extensively on the growing footprint of China-based entities in Israeli tech and on…

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√Ėm√ľr Kula √áapan

√Ėm√ľr Kula √áapan is a well-known creative strategist and experience designer in Turkey who successfully managed pioneering companies like Tribal WW and R/GA Istanbul, leading the digital transformation of Turkey‚Äôs biggest brands and companies, and helped build Turkey‚Äôs first and most successful digital-only bank, Enpara. She is also a sought-after keynote speaker, columnist, and a guest lecturer for many universities. Alongside her successful career in the business world, her true passion lies in channeling this creativity for the transformation of societies for a better world. She has participated in the foundation of the Civic Involvement Projects of Sabanc? University, and helped to take the model nation-wide with the Open Institute‚Äôs…

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Omar Mohammed

Omar Mohammed is a historian from Mosul, Iraq known until recently only as the anonymous blogger ‚ÄėMosul Eye‚Äô. Through Mosul Eye, Omar set out to inform the world about life under the Islamic State in his city. His focus has now shifted to advocacy of social initiatives for the people of Mosul including the international effort to re-supply Central Library of the University of Mosul. At the intersection of media, academia and civil society, Omar is motivated to develop new networks of collaboration and innovations in humanitarian action. As a historian and lecturer at the University of Mosul, he focuses his scholarly work on conceptual history and research dealing with…

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Gidon Bromberg

Gidon Bromberg is Co-Founder and Israeli Director of EcoPeace Middle East, a regional organization started in 1994 that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists to promote sustainable development and advance peace efforts in the troubled Middle East. He has spearheaded the advocacy campaigns of the organization both in Israel and internationally and developed the cross-border community peace building program ‚ÄúGood Water Neighbors‚ÄĚ that is seen as a model for other programs in conflict areas. Gidon speaks regularly on water, peace, and security issues, including before the UN Security Council, Climate Summit, Munich Security Conference, at the UN Commission for Sustainable Development, the US House of Representatives, the European Parliament,…

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Kamal Amakrane

Kamal currently leads the Global Centre for Climate¬†Mobility, advancing various regional initiatives, including the Africa Climate¬†Mobility Initiative, a joint undertaking by the AU, UN and the World Bank to¬†address climate-forced migration & displacement in¬†the continent. He also¬†spearheads the Rising Nations Initiative, a UN Member States-led initiative¬†focused on protecting the¬†statehood & sovereignty of Pacific atoll island¬†countries facing existential threat from rising sea level. Kamal has been a faculty member of Columbia University since¬†2018, where he co-chairs the University‚Äôs Climate Mobility¬†Network and works on¬†advancing efforts to address climate forced migration. In 2018, he directed the¬†Migration Consensus¬†Initiative at the Columbia University Global Policy¬†Initiative. During the intergovernmental negotiations for the Global Compact¬†for Migration (GCM),…

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Reda Oulamine

Reda Oulamine is lawyer strongly committed to legal reform in Morocco, and is a senior attorney and founder of Oulamine Law Group which specializes in business, corporate law, and legal reform consulting. In 2009, he created Droit et Justice, an NGO that promotes the rule of law and human rights in Morocco by advocating on behalf of vulnerable social groups and working pro bono for impoverished citizens with limited access to justice. Reda served as an election observer in Tunisia, as part of an effort by the Carter Center to demonstrate the support of the international community for democratic transition in that country. Previously, he worked as an attorney in…

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Belabbes Benkredda

Belabbes Benkredda is an award-winning social innovator and the founder of the Munathara Initiative, the Arab world‚Äôs largest online and television debate forum highlighting voices of youth, women, and marginalized communities. Today, Munathara operates in 11 Arab countries and counts a community of some 170,000 members on its online debate platform. Its monthly prime time TV debates are the only civil society-run, independent political talk programs on Arabic television, syndicated across several channels. Previously, Belabbes held roles in the German Foreign Office, the League of Arab States, and the Council for Arab-British Understanding. After moving to Dubai in 2005, Belabbes became a government consultant specializing in public diplomacy in the…

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