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H.E. Abdelilah Benkirane, Chief of the Government of Morocco

Graduate degree in Physics. Former Managing Editor, Al-Islah, Ar-Raya and Attajdid newspapers. 2011, elected for a fourth term in Parliament; since 2008, Secretary-General of the Justice and Development Party of Morocco. November 2011, appointed Chief of Government of Morocco by King Mohammed VI. Professor, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Rabat. Former Member, Special Commission on Education and Training. Member of the Board of Education.

H.R.H Prince El Hassan bin Talal, President and Founder, Arab Thought Forum

His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal served as Jordan’s Crown Prince from April 1965 until January 1999. For over thirty years, he was one of the King’s closest advisors and deputy, and acted as Regent during the King’s absences from the country. Prince Hassan chaired the committees overseeing Jordan’s first development plan (1973-1975) and the three subsequent development plans (1976–1980, 1981–1985 and 1986–1990). HRH had a critical role in the Jordan-Israel Peace negotiations that culminated in the Peace Treaty between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the State of Israel in 1994.

 A pluralist and staunch campaigner for the rights of all to live in peace and dignity, HRH established the Arab Thought Forum, the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies, the Higher Council for Science and Technology and the Regional Security Centre in Jordan. In 2009, HRH launched the West Asia-North Africa Institute (WANA) that develops policies and initiatives for in-depth research and collective action on a regional scale.

A pioneer of Interfaith dialogue and understanding, Prince Hassan initiated and hosted ongoing consultations with the Orthodox Centre of the Ecumenical Patriarchate at Chambesy, Switzerland and the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue at the Vatican. Prince Hassan is a founder and President of the Foundation for Inter-religious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue (FIIRD). Now President Emeritus, Prince Hassan was Moderator of the World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP) from 1999-2006. In December 2014, HRH headed the Sunni/Shia delegation at an Interfaith meeting of the Pontifical Council.

 HRH Prince Hassan is the author of several books (as well as numerous articles and papers), which have been translated into several languages, including A Study on Jerusalem, Search for Peace, Palestinian Self-Determination and in 2004 in collaboration with Alain Elkann, To be a Muslim: Islam, Peace and Democracy. He has been decorated by over twenty nations, is the recipient of numerous awards, and likewise of honorary degrees from across the world.

Jorge I. Dominguez, Vice Provost of International Affairs, Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico Comparative, Harvard University

 Jorge I. Domínguez is Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico, vice provost for international affairs, special advisor for international studies to the dean of the faculty of arts and sciences, and chairman of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. He is the author or editor of various books, among them Cuban Economic and Social Development: Policy Reforms and Challenges in the 21st Century; Debating U.S.-Cuban Relations: Shall We Play Ball?; Contemporary U.S.-Latin American Relations: Cooperation or Conflict in the 21st Century?; La política exterior de Cuba, 1962-2009; Consolidating Mexico’s Democracy: The 2006 Presidential Campaign in Comparative Perspective; The United States and Mexico: Between Partnership and Conflict, 2nd ed.; Constructing Democratic Governance in Latin America, 3rd ed.; The Construction of Democracy: Lessons from Practice and Research; Between Compliance and Conflict: East Asia, Latin America, and the "New" Pax Americana; Democratic Politics in Latin America and the Caribbean; Technopols: Freeing Politics and Markets in Latin America in the 1990s, and many other books and articles on domestic and international politics in Latin America and the Caribbean.

A past president of the Latin American Studies Association and a past board chairman of the Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities, he currently serves on the editorial boards of Political Science Quarterly, Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, Cuban Studies, Foro internacional, and Journal of Cold War Studies. He was series editor for the Peabody Award-winning Public Broadcasting System television series Crisis in Central America. His current research focuses on the international relations and domestic politics of Latin American countries. For more information, visit http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~jidoming.

H.E. Hedi Larbi, Minister of Infrastructure, Sustainable Development and Land Development Planning, Tunisia

From 1993 until 2013, Mr. Hedi Larbi held the following positions at the World Bank: Economist specialized in public policy and service delivery, then Manager of the Transport and Urban department in Middle East North Africa Region (MNA). In December 2007, Mr. Larbi was appointed Country Director of the Middle East Department, based in Lebanon. In mid 2012, he was promoted to Senior Advisor of the Vice President of MNA region, World Bank. Throughout his career, prior to and after joining the World Bank, Mr Larbi worked in a variety of development areas and public policy. He combined analytical work with operational and strategic advice to Governments of many developing countries (development strategies, policy reforms, development and implementation of development programs in various sectors) and to Bank Senior Management (country partnership strategies and Bank assistance, management of development portfolio, corporate strategy, etc.). Mr Larbi held many management positions in the Bank (Manager and Director of large sector and country departments both at Head Quarter and in the field). Mr. Larbi’s regional experience ranges from countries in Africa and Middle East and North Africa) and to a less extent to Europe and Central Asia (ECA). 

Prior to the World Bank, Mr. Larbi worked in private consulting firms in France and in Tunisia where he founded his own consulting firm in the 1980s. 

H.H. Prince Fahad bin Faisal Al Saud, Philanthropist and Tech Entrepreneur

 His Highness Prince Fahad bin Faisal Al Saud is a technology evangelist, philanthropist and entrepreneur. A graduate of Stanford University, Prince Fahad’s passion and dedication to technology has contributed to dedicated works and investments in education, job creation and social empowerment.

An active entrepreneur, Prince Fahad is co-founder of popular app developer Appiphany Inc., that launched its debut app #PicFeed in 2013. He is Founder & CEO of Na3m (New Arabic Media), a tech-led, games-orientated creative incubator dedicated to building, shaping and supporting Arabic entertainment online. He was also co-founder of the recently sold Popover Games, a multi-player, multi-platform, heritage games company. Demonstrating his commitment to entrepreneurs and start-up companies, Prince Fahad consulted on Saudi Arabia’s first Start-up weekend.
 
In 2008 Prince Fahad became Facebook’s Head of User Operations‐Arabic, playing a significant role in the launch of the social media website’s Arabic version. Recognised as an important figure in technological and social advancement in his home Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the greater Arab World, East Africa and the United States of America, his development and leadership in developing facebook’s Arabic version saw him named ‘Most Influential International Youth’ at 2011′s Arab Youth Media Forum.
 
In an official capacity Prince Fahad is currently a Government Advisor on cyber technology to Saudi Arabia, the Ambassador of Privacy to the Arab World at the Information & Privacy Commission in Ontario, Canada, and the Foreign Ministry of Saudi Arabia’s Head of Student Affairs. He is also a regular NATO lecturer on the Middle East’s social media and privacy issues.
 
In addition to his global interest in technology and security, Prince Fahad actively supports cultural, social and philanthropic initiatives that promote youth leadership, empowerment and social responsibility. This includes supporting the arts and health causes, combining his passion for entrepreneurship with that of popular culture.
Qossay Abuaker, Campus in Camp

Qossay Abuaker  is from the Dhiesheh Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, Palestine. Qussay is a Masters candidate in Peace and Reconciliation in Coventry University, U.K and has been active as a participant and leader in several NGOs in Palestine and abroad.  Qussay worked with Ibdaa Cultural Center , Phoenix Center and Campus in camp in Dhesheh refugee camp.  He participated in a number of conferences including Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin /Germany, Nukat Annual conference – the missing link – Kuwait 2014, Gestures of Return at Beir Zeit university – Ramallah – 2013, API ambassadors conference - Cyprus 2014 and A Journey of Ideas Across – In Dialogue with Edward Said - 2013.  Qussay  is a contributor to a number of research and and publications including a research on real estate history of the Dheisheh refugee camp area – the Suburb – and public spaces in refugee camps and is a contributor to the Collective dictionary, one of the Campus in Camp’s  initiatives.

Redha Alhaida, Civic Engagement Advisor to public and private sector entities

Redha is a strategic communications and civic engagement advisor to public and private sector entities in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait.

 
He has over 14 years of experience in the in USA and KSA leading government relations campaigns and orchestrating successful outreach initiatives for a number of agencies on behalf of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), the Capital Market Authority (CMA) and Attariq Strategic Communications. 
 
Redha co-founded a number of start-ups including OPTA Statistics Middle East, Sports Agency, C:Lab, and BITMAL
 
He sits on the board of Misk foundation, Riyadh School and Manga production
 
Redha holds a Masters degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Masters degree in Communication, Culture, and Technology and Honorary certificate in International Business Diplomacy from Georgetown University.
 
Ahmed Yahia Al Idrissi, Chief Executive Officer of Technology & Industry, Mubadala

 Ahmed is the Chief Executive Officer of Technology & Industry, with oversight of Mubadala’s semiconductor, metals and mining, and utilities portfolios. 

 
Before joining Mubadala, Ahmed was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he led the Abu Dhabi and Principal Investor practices. He was also a Marketing Manager at Procter & Gamble, where he led several flagship brands.
 
Board Positions: Chairman of GLOBALFOUNDRIES; board member of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), Emirates Global Aluminium, Tabreed, Mubadala Petroleum, SMN Power Holding Company, Guinea Alumina Corporation and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD).
Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law

 Dr. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na‘im is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, and Associated Professor in Emory College of Arts and Sciences of Emory University, and Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion.  An-Na‘im is the author of: What is an American Muslim (2014); Muslims and Global Justice (2011); Islam and the Secular State (2008); African Constitutionalism and the Role of Islam (2006); and Toward an Islamic Reformation: Civil liberties, human rights and international law (1990).  His edited books include Human Rights under African Constitutions (2003); Islamic Family Law in a Changing World: A Global Resource Book (2002); Cultural Transformation and Human Rights in Africa (2002); and Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Quest for consensus (1992). He also published more than 60 articles and book chapters on human rights, constitutionalism and Islam and politics in African and Islamic countries.

An-Na‘im’s research projects include women’s access to, and control over, land in seven African countries (www.law.emory.edu/WAL), a global study of Islamic Family Law ( www.law.emory.edu/ifl), and a fellowship program in Islam and Human Rights (www.law.emory.edu/IHR).  His Homepage: www.law.emory.edu/aannaim

Nabil Ayouch, Television and film director and producer

Nabil Ayouch was born on April 1st 1969 in Paris. He now works and lives in Casablanca, Morocco. In 1997, he directed his first feature film, MEKTOUB, which like ALI ZAOUA (2000) represented Morocco at The Oscars. Next came UNE MINUTE DE SOLEIL EN MOINS (2003) and WHATEVER LOLA WANTS (2008), produced by Pathé. His first short film, in 1992, THE BLUE ROCKS OF THE DESERT marked the discovery of French star Jamel Debouzze. In 2009, he created and directed the closing show of the World Economic Forum of Davos, after he directed several live shows such as the opening of "Temps du Maroc" in France at the Palace of Versailles in 1999.

In 1999, Nabil Ayouch founded Ali n'Productions, a company through which he helps young directors to launch their careers. Between 2005 and 2010, he produced 40 genre films in the framework of the Film Industry. In 2006, he launched the Meda Films Development programme - with the support of the European Union and the Foundation of the International Film Festival of Marrakech - to accompany producers and scriptwriters from the ten countries on the southern shore of the Mediterranean in the development phase of their films. Nabil Ayouch also founded the G.A.R.P. (Group of Authors, Directors, Producers) in 2002 and the Moroccan Coalition for Cultural Diversity in 2003. In 2008, he participated in the creation of the Moroccan Anti-piracy Association, of which he is president. In 2011, he released MY LAND, his first documentary feature film, shot in the Middle East.

In 2012, Nabil Ayouch finished HORSES OF GOD, inspired by the Casablanca suicide bombings of May 16th 2003. After being part of the official selection at Cannes Film Festival (Prix François Chalais), the film represented Morocco at the Golden Globes and The Oscars, and won 26 international rewards. In 2014, he created the Ali Zaoua Foundation - of which he is President - dedicated to the young people of Sidi Moumen suburb where the suicide bombers of May 16th, 2003 came from. So far, almost 400 children and teenagers participate in the « Les étoiles de Sidi Moumen » Center, learning all forms of art.

 
Dina Sherif, Co-Founder, Ahead of the Curve

Dina is co-founder at Ahead of the Curve. She has been a longstanding advocate for sustainability management and a technical expert on working with the private sector in order to develop responsible management practices and strategic social investment programs.Prior to founding ATC, Dina was the Associate Director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, based at The American University in Cairo, since the time of its establishment in 2006 until 2012. In tandem, Dina has worked closely with civil society organizations, in particular foundations, to create more effective programing that will lead to social change. During her time as the Deputy Director of Projects at Financial Technical Consulting Services, a consultancy firm that specializes in rural development in sub-Saharan Africa, Dina travelled extensively throughout Africa where she gained widespread knowledge on rural and community development. With over 15 years of experience, Dina is a specialist in sustainability management, strategic philanthropy, project management, strategic planning, the design of public awareness campaigns, monitoring and evaluation, program design, organizational capacity building and socio-economic research.

Dina is currently the Senior Advisor for Civic Engagement at Silatech and a Fellow at the New America Foundation’s Middle East Task Force. She sits on the board of numerous civic engagement organizations including the Arab Foundations Forum, based out of Amman, Jordan; the Alashanek ya Baladi Association (For You My Country) in Egypt, and a member of the Advisory board of Nakhweh based out of Jordan.

Amira Yahyaoui, Founder, Al Bawsala
Amira Yahyaoui is a tunisian human rights advocate, founder of Al Bawsala. 
Since 2000, Amira Yahyaoui has been active against Ben Ali\\\\\\\'s regime  as member of the tunisian anti-censorship & freedom of speech movement. Following the revolution in early 2011, she founded the tunisian organisation Al Bawsala.
 
Al Bawsala is a Public Policy and Accountability NGO working on promoting human rights and good governance in Tunisia. Through its project marsad.tn (monitor in arabic), Al Bawsala monitors the work of the parliament, the budget and city halls using new technologies to make the information collected accessible to citizens. Al Bawsala also advocates for a better way of governing and  citizen inclusion through lobbying and technical assitance to MP and government officials.
 
Al Bawsala is considered as one of the most influential NGOs in Tunisia, The organization has won in 2012 the OpenGov award for transparency and in 2013 the World Summit Award for its parliament watchdog www.marsad.tn.
 
Amira Yahyaoui won the Vital Voices global trailblazer award as "Women Transforming the Middle East and North Africa", the norvegian Linderbraeke Award for Human Rights and the french Fondation Chirac award on conflict prevention. She has been ranked by arabian business magazine as one of the most powerful arab women and by Jeune Afrique as one the most influential african women. 
 
Amira is a WEF global shaper and a Yale World Fellow 2014. 

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