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Kholoud Mansour

Syria Consultant/Researcher

Kholoud is currently a senior consultant for Local to Global Protection Initiative. Her focus is humanitarian..
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Samar Al Dreamly

Gaza Journalist

Samar is an award-winning journalist based in Gaza. She specialises in women’s affairs…
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Leila Hanafi

International Lawyer

Leila is a Moroccan-American International development lawyer with the World Bank Group…
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Dalia Ziada

Leading Egyptian Activist

Dalia is a leading Egyptian human rights activist. She is founding director of the Liberal Democracy Institute of Egypt…
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Fatima Sadiqi

Linguistics and Gender

Dr. Sadiqi, currently a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centre, is a professor at Fez University in Morocco. Her work focuses on women’s issues..
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Elham Manea

Yemeni Political Scientist

Dr. Manea specialises in the Arab Middle East. As a human rights advocate, she acts as the speaker of jailed Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi’s family..
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Hina Shamsi

US National Security Expert

Hina Shamsi is the director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Security Project..
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Nikita Malik

Counter Extremism Researcher

Nikita is a senior researcher at the counter extremism think tank the Quilliam Foundation..
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Laura El-Tantawy

Egyptian photographer

Laura came into prominence with her stunning images documenting the revolution in Egypt in her book In the Shadow of the pyramids..
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Rana Dajani

Molecular Biologist

Dr. Dajani is a consultant to the Higher Council for Science and Technology in Jordan..
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Salam Al Quntar

Syrian Archaeologist

One of 2015’s National Geographic Emerging explorers, Salam is involved in the fight to save ancient..
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Rama Chakaki

Social Entrepreneur

A leading social entrepreneur working to nurture a generation of social entrepreneurs in the Arab world..
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Jamila Afghani

Islamic Scholar, Afghanistan

Jamila is an Islamic Scholar and founder of NECDO, a local Afghan women’s NGO serving women, youth, and children..
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Ece Temelkuran

Author & Political Commentator

Ece Temelkuran is one of the Turkey’s best known novelists and political commentators….
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Sama’a Al-Hamdani

Yemen Analyst

Sama’a Al-Hamdani is an independent writer, researcher & analyst Focusing on Yemeni politics and woman affairs….
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Roxane Zand

Art Expert

Roxane is Sothebys Deputy Chairman, Middle East Department where she has been instrumental in developing…
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Raha Moharrak

Saudi Mountaineer

In 2013, Raha made history by being the first Saudi woman to climb Everest…..
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Sahar F. Aziz

Associate Law Professor

Associate Professor at Texas A&M School of law, Sahar teaches Middle East Law, national security, civil..
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Liliane Landor

World Service Controller

Liliane Landor is editorially and managerially responsible for 28 language services on BBC radio, TV and on line….
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Kamila Sidiqi

CEO Afghanistan

Kamila is deputy chief of staff at the President’s office in Afghanistan and…
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Nabila Ramdani

Journalist and commentator

Nabila is a French-Algerian Journalist specialising in French politics, Islamic affairs, and the Arab world..
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Asma Uddin

US Attorney

Asma is a Washington-based attorney specialist in religious freedom laws…
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Diana Buttu

International Lawyer

Former Legal Advisor to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Diana specialises in negotiations, international law and…
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Lamice Joujou

Lebanese Entrepreneur

Based in Beirut, Lamice runs several child-related businesses…
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Huda Nassar

Middle East Christians

Huda Nassar is the Director for the Middle East at the Awareness Foundation, a Christian charity founded…
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Laila Hamdaoui

Fashion and Beauty Editor

Laila Hamdaoui is fashion and beauty editor for Laha magazine, a leading Arab Women’s weekly..
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Roxana Vilk

Film and Theatre Artist

Roxana Vilk is an award-winning Iranian-British film and theatre artist, writer, performer and musician….
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Maleiha Malik

Professor of Law

Law Professor at King’s College and a barrister specialising in minority protection and discrimination law…
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Suad Amiry

Architect & Writer

Suad is a Conservation Architect based in Ramallah and an author of several…
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Asil Attar

CEO in Fashion Business

Voted by Forbes as one of the 200 Most Power Arab Women…
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Annemarie Jacir

Palestinian Film Director

Part of the Arab New Wave, Annemarie’s films have premiered in Cannes, Venice…
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Maya Sanbar

Film Director & Producer

An expert in stimulating cross-cultural understanding through film..
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Dr. Hanan Al-Mutawa

Education Consortium, Kuwait

One of the leading lights of education in the Gulf region..
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Tehmina Kazi

BBC 100 Women

Director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy and Trustee of Hope not…
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Samar Fatany

Saudi Broadcaster

Broadcaster at Radio Jeddah and columnist for the Saudi gazette…
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Bahia Shehab

Artist, Designer & Historian

TED’s global fellow (2012) and one of BBC’s 100 women, Bahia is associate professor at American University, Cairo
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Rana El-Faramawy

Egyptian Business Woman

At 26 Rana is one of the youngest business women in the Middle East..
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Alia Ibrahim

Senior Correspondent, Beirut

Alia has covered the Middle East for Al-Arabiya News since 2007….
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Madawi Al-Rasheed

Saudi Academic, LSE

Dr. Madawi’s research focuses on history, society, religion and politics in Saudi Arabia..
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Honey Al-Sayed

Creative Consultant

Co-Founder RO’YA and SouriaLi radio working for a better Syria..
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Noura Erakat

Human Rights Lawyer

The Freedman Teaching Fellow at Temple Law School and legal consultant for Palestinian..
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Leila Sansour

Acclaimed film maker of Open Bethleham

A native of Bethlehem, Leila is expert on Palestinian Christians and the effects of Israeli separation wall …
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Bushra El Turk

Composer

Bushra is an award winning composer whose music straddles both Eastern and Western idioms..
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Nervana Mahmoud

Political Commentator

Nervana is a British-Egyptian doctor and commentator on a wide set of Middle East issues…
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Sema Kalaycioglu

Turkish Academic

Dr. Kalaycioglu is Professor of Economic and Regional Studies at Dogus University in Turkey..
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Amel Grami

Islamic Studies and Gender

Dr. Amel is a professor of Gender Studies and Islamic Studies at the university of Manouba, Tunisia..
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Hala Aldosari

Women’s Health Researcher

Dr. Hala Aldosari, is a Saudi women health researcher. She created and maintains an advocacy website to empower Saudi women…..
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Aala Ali

Community Expert, UNDP

Aala is Community Mobilization Expert at UNDP-Iraq and a Women’s rights and peace activist working in the field of civil society…
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Shereen Hussein

Demographer, KCL

Dr Shereen is Principal research Fellow at King’s College London who specialises in ageing demographics ..
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Mona Chalabi

Data Expert

Mona is a writer and broadcaster specialist in revealing the stories behind the numbers. ..
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Maysoun Odeh

Director of Radio Nisaa

Maysoun is Co-Founder and Director of Radio Nisaa FM, a pioneering Arabic language All-Women Radio station in the middle East. ..
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Ariane Tabatabai

Iran and Security Expert

Visiting assistant professor of Security Studies at the Georgetown Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. ..
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Wazhma Frogh

Peace & Security Expert

Co-founder & Executive Director of the Institute for Women Peace & Security in Afghanistan, Wazhma led rights..
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Dina Bseisu

Mental Health Advocate

Founder of Challenge to Change, the first on-line platform of its kind in the Middle East, where women can share their..
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Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck

Research analyst, Carnegie

Dr. Dalia Ghanem-Yazbek is an expert on extremist violence and terrorism, with a focus on Islamism and Jihadism in…
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Mina Al-Oraibi

Yale World Fellow

Ms. Al-Oraibi is a Yale World Fellow and an eloquent commentator and speaker on Middle East and North Africa affairs..
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Rabia Chaudry

International Security Expert

Rabia Chaudry heads the Countering Violent Extremism and community engagement project at the New America..
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Zeenat Rahman

International Security Expert

Most recently Zeenat served as Special Adviser to Secretaries Clinton and Kerry on Global Youth Issues..
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Maryam Jamshidi

Civil Society & Justice

Maryam Jamshidi is a writer and lawyer expert on transitional justice and civil..
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Samia Hathroubi

Interfaith and Minorities

Samia is a French-Tunisian expert on the question of minorities in Europe generally and Paris more specifically…
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Elmira Bayrasli

Foreign Policy Expert

Elmira is a lecturer at New York University on Foreign Policy and Global Entrepreneurship…
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Dalia E. Mogahed

Expert on Muslim Americans

Dalia is the director at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding…
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Joumana Jabri

Social Issues Strategist

Joumana is co-founder of Visualising Impact which uses data science, design and technology to highlight social issues..
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Kamin Mohammadi

Writer & Broadcaster

Born in Iran, Kamin moved to the UK with her family after the 1979 …
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Ahdaf Soueif

Author and Commentator

Best-Selling author Ms Soueif, is a prolific writer and commentator on political and cultural affairs..
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Rouba Mhaissen

Syrian Refugee Crisis

Founder and Director of SAWA for Development and Aid…
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Nima Abu Wardeh

Broadcast Journalist

Nima is a broadcast journalist specialising in business and Arab issues.. She presents BBC World’s MEBR…
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Laila El-Haddad

Gaza Journalist

Laila El-Haddad is an award-winning writer, social media activist, from Gaza City…
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Dr Hind Khalifeh

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Hind is senior clinical researcher in the Women’s Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London…
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Nadia Taysir Dabbagh

Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr. Nadia is a consultant Psychiatrist based in Dubai specialist in child and adolescent..
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Ayesha Mustafa

Ethical Fashion

Founder and Director of Fashion ComPassion, an online fashion…
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Alanoud Alsharekh

Gender & Citizenship

Winner of the 2013/14 Arab Prize for Reform and Rebirth in the Middle East..
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May Abdel Asim

Egyptian Entrepreneur

An Editor and Publisher, May is One of the most successful entrepreneurs in publishing and media in Egypt..
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Dala Ghandour

Lawyer & Mediator

Dala specialises in family law with a focus on women’s rights..
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Oriana Nasser

Palestinian Exporter

As Managing Director Oriana is one of the very few Palestinian women..
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Narges Bajoghli

Writer & Film maker

With over nine years of on-the-ground research in Iran with…
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Selma Dabbagh

Lawyer & Novelist

Her first novel, Out of It, set between Gaza, London and the Gulf….
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Souad Al-Hosani

Emirati Buisness woman

Winner of the Youngest Achievement Award by the American Chamber of commerce in Abu Dhabi..
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Ruwayda Mustafah

British Kurdish Blogger

Co-Founder of the Kurdish Policy Foundation, a policymaking think-tank..
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Shahira Amin

Veteran Egyptian Journalist

The Egyptian revolution was a turning point for Shahira who resigned…
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Maysaloun Faraj

Artist: Sculptor / Painter

Maysaloun’s work is a perfect fusion of East & West, Tradition & Modernity. Through painting and sculpture…
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Anissa Helou

Food Writer and Broadcaster

Anissa is a leading food writer of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern…
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Zeina Awad

International Journalist

Zeina Awad is an international journalist, a former UN investigator, and a public speaker..
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Dr Nadia Oweidat

Expert on Political Islam & Arab Youth on the internet

Fellow at the New America Foundation, Dr. Nadia’s research focuses on the challenges to political Islam..
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Rehana Azib

Barrister

Rehana is an expert on employment law and personal injury including occupational stress ..
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Ozlem Yasak

Kudrish Issues

Ozlem is an expert on Kurdish issues, peace and women and women’s movements in the middle East…
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Raghda Abu Shahla

Humanitarian Activist

Raghda is a Gaza-based humanitarian working with a number of national and international organisations..
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Kahina Bouagache

Algerian Lawyer

Kahina is a lawyer and women’s rights activist. She has worked closerly with the judiciary in Algeria and Morocco to..
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Raya Abu Gulal

Women Lawyers Group

Raya is a corporate lawyer and co-founder of the women Lawyers Group Middle East. She runs a legal consultancy in the UAE..
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Mossarat Qadeem

De-Radicalisation Expert

co-founder of PAIMAN Alumni Trust, which has developed innovative ways of neutralizing extremist tendencies through community mobilization..
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Mariam Veiszadeh

Lawyer, Australia

Mariam is one of the most notable and vocal young leaders of the Muslim community in Australia…
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Farhana Dawood

Mid East & South Asia

Farhana is an award-winning international news journalist with specialisms in the Middle East and the Asia Pacific…
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Nahed Eltantawy

Journalism Professor

Nahed’s research focuses on Middle East women in the media, social media activism, gender issues, critical and cultural studies…
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Shima Barakat

Entrepreneur and Academic

Dr. Barakat is an academic at the Cambridge Judge Business School. She is also an entrepreneur and director..
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Tasnim Nazeer

Journalist, UK Muslim Affairs

An award winning journalist, Tasnim covers human rights, Islam and world news with a focus on the Middle East..
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Waslat Hasrat Nazimi

Afghan Correspondent

Journalist and presenter at Deutsche Welle, the foreign broadcasting service in Germany, which engages in bringing…
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Tahirih Danesh

Human Rights Researcher

Tahirih is a Human Rights Researcher and Documenter specialising in the case of minorities in Iran and women..
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Samah Jabr

psychiatrist & psychotherapist

Dr. Samah Jabr is one of the first women psychiatrists in Palestine and is a leading practitioner in both the private and public..
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Heba Al-Nasser

Chatham House

Heba is a Research Fellow with the MENA programme at Chatham House. She specialises in the civil society scene..
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Anushay Hossain

Global Women’s Issues

Anushay Hossain is a Bangladeshi journalist based in Washington, DC. She specialists in global women’s issues…
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Moudhi Al Jamea

Internet Security

Moudhi is a young Saudi expert in internet security and social media…
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Tsolin Nalbantian

Middle East History

Dr. Nalbantian is a lecturer in Middle East history at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands…
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Hind Hobeika

Founder & CEO Instabeat

A self tracking engineer, Hind founded the award winning Instabeat, a heads up display for swimmers..
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Maryam Al-Khawaja

Bahraini Human Rights

Al-Khawaja played an instrumental role in the democratic protests in 2011..
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Wided Khadraoui

Arts & Politics

Founder of Saudi-based art consultancy Tazuri, Wided is an Algerian-American political analyst and regional art expert..
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Lina Sinjab

Middle East Correspondent

Award winning Syrian Journalist who has covered the Arab Spring…
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Samar S. Mezghanni

Tunisian Writer and Academic

Holder of two records in the Guinness Book for World Records as the youngest and most prolific..
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Honey Thaljieh

FIFA Manager

Bethlehem Born Honey is Co-Founder of Women’s football in Palestine…
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Huwaida Arraf

Human Rights Lawyer

Huwaida is a Palestinian-American human rights lawyer and activist. She is co-founder of ISM, International..
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Sophia Rose Arjun

Scholar of Islam

Dr. Arjana primary areas of research are monstrous Western representations of Muslim men, liberation theology…
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Uzma Hasan

Film Producer

Award winning Film Producer best known for The Infidel and co-founder of Little House Productions…
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Farhana Mann

Specialist in Adult Psychiatry

Farhana is a London psychiatrist and Clinical Training Fellow at University College London…
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Dima Khatib

Social Media

Dima is considered to be the most influential Arab woman on twitter..
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Myriam F. Cerrah

Journalist and Researcher

Myriam’s work focuses on Middle East Politics, France, Morocco and …
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Tanya Awad Ghorra

Conflict Resolution Mediator

One of the first Trainers and mediators in the region, Tanya focuses on non violent communication methods..
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Zainab El-Eqabi

Founder of Disabled & Proud

Working hard to change Arab mentalities towards the disabled..
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Claude Al-Hajal

Lebanese Diplomat

Mrs. Hajal is serving as Lebanon’s Ambassador to the Ukraine…
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Nilufar Izadi

Visual Artist

Nilufar’s Camera Obscura’s projects can be seen dotted around the world ..
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Sara Khan

Director of Inspire

Counter-extremism and women’s rights campaigner within British Muslim …
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Maysoon Zayid

Actress, Comedian & Writer

Maysoon’s credits include; Comedy Central, PBS, Muslim Comics Stand Up, CNN & HBO.
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Mona Hammami

Policy Adviser, UAE

Director of the Office of Strategic Affairs, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court..
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Najah Osaily

Business Woman

Hebron-based Najah is a leader in the Palestinian construction industry..
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Dahlia S. Wasfi

Peace Activist and Speaker

American/Iraqi Dahlia is an unparalleled speaker about issues of peace and Justice in the Middle East..
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Tina Gharavi

BAFTA-nominated Filmmaker

Tina is a filmmaker focusing on untold stories and unheard voices…
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Larissa Sansour

Jerusalem-born Visual Artist

Larissa’s work is interdisciplinary and is immersed in current political dialogue about her native Palestine..
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Jamila Halfichi

Fashion Editor for Asharq Al Awsat newspaper

Jamila Halfichi is the Fashion Editor for Asharq Al Awsat, a leading pan-Arab Newspaper
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