ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

As the world sees the unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 pandemic followed by the invasion of Ukraine in 2022 on social, economic, and political norms, the opportunity for alternatives has become evident – and much needed to replace obsolete ideas and structure pertaining to many dimensions that have dominated the status quo.

More than ever, we need a world where ideals of justice and equilibrium are established, and cooperation between people and nations exists in a fairer and more balanced world. This year, Al Sharq Youth International Conference will provide a venue to discuss the unprecedented global risks we face.

Attendees

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Specialized Sessions

WHY ATTEND?

Exclusivity

You are offered exclusive meetings with globally renowned speakers and experts of your choice.

Expertise

We customized a wide range of sessions to equip you with unique skills, knowledge and experience.

Networking

Engage with young leaders from around the globe to create a unique network of your own.

Knowledge

Expand your knowledge and explore solutions for the most pressing global challenges.

MAIN ACTIVITIES

A series of strategic panels, youth dialogues, debates, discussions, and keynote speeches tackling strategic, political & geopolitical issues of the region and globe.

Offer attendees exclusive meetings with globally renowned speakers and experts of their choice.

Customized sessions that aim to up-skill youth with skills and knowledge, and simulation experience and experiential learning.

A classy courtyard beside the main hall dedicated to Al Sharq Forum and its pillars, Impact Platform initiatives, companies, partners, businesses, successful entrepreneurs who will present their projects and ideas.

Explore the power of art, music, paintings, comedy, and other forms of entertainment as a lineup of the sharpest artists.

Experience realities that express the augmented reality of unfortunate minorities. The simulation pushes the participants to live and understand the reality of oppressed minorities.

MAIN ACTIVITIES

SPEAKERS

Speakers List will be Updated Periodically

Wadah Khanfar

Wadah Khanfar

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President of Al Sharq Forum

Wadah Khanfar

President of Al Sharq Forum

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Dr. Comfort Ero

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President & CEO of International Crisis Group

Dr. Comfort Ero

President & CEO of International Crisis Group

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Dr. Mehmet Kasapoğlu

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Minister of Youth and Sports, Türkiye

Dr. Mehmet Kasapoğlu

Minister of Youth and Sports, Türkiye

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Alia Moubayed

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Alia Moubayed is an experienced economist, policy practitioner, and strategist with more than 25 years of experience in government, international financial institutions, financial markets, and think tanks. She assumed research, policy, and management responsibilities in the design and implementation of economic and financial sector reforms covering the Middle East and North Africa and other emerging markets.

Moubayed is currently chief economist for the MENA region at a London-based investment bank. From 2017-18, she worked at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, where she directed the Geo-economics and Strategy Program analyzing the interplay between economics and geopolitics at the global and regional levels and providing advice to government and private sector corporations. Moubayed also worked as chief economist for the MENA region at Barclays in London from 2008-17. She joined Barclays from the World Bank, which she integrated through the Young Professionals Program and became a senior economist responsible for analytical research, policy dialogue, and development policy lending to countries in Europe and Central Asia as well as Indonesia (2002-08). Moubayed was also a member of the Task Force for World Bank Engagement with the Arab World. Prior to that, she held policy responsibilities in various economic institutions in Lebanon, including: head of section at the research department at Banque du Liban; advisor to the minister of economy and trade and minister of Industry; and finally managing director of the Economic and Social Fund for Development at the Council for Development and Reconstruction.

Moubayed holds a BA in economics with distinction and an MBA from the American University of Beirut as well as a master’s equivalent in public policy and public administration from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in France. She has authored several publications and reports, and her commentary has featured in local, regional, and international media outlets. She is also the founder of the Association of Women in Economics Across the Middle East and North Africa aimed at promoting the role of women in economic policymaking in the region.

Alia Moubayed

Managing Director, Fixed Income Strategy at Jefferies

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Dave Snowden

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Founder and Director of the Cynefin Center

Dave Snowden

Founder and Director of the Cynefin Center

Dr. Mehmet Asutay

Mehmet Asutay

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Director of the Durham Center for Islamic Economics and Finance

Mehmet Asutay

Director of the Durham Center for Islamic Economics and Finance

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Heba Raouf Ezzat

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Heba Raouf Ezzat is an assistant professor of political science at the Institute of Alliance of Civilizations-Ibn Haldun University -Istanbul/Turkey. She also teaches at the political science as well as the sociology department at IHU. For almost 30 years she taught political theory at Cairo University. She was also an adjunct professor at the American University in Cairo (2006-2013).

She spent two years (2014-2015) as a visiting fellow at London School of Economics (LSE) before moving to Istanbul  2016, where she is currently based. Her academic writings as well as teaching cover a wide range of topics that include classic and modern Western political thought, Islamic political theory, women and politics, global civil society, urban politics, cities and citizenships, and Middle East politics.

Since 2015 she supervised and introduced the full translation of the Liquid Modernity series of Zygmunt Bauman into Arabic. She also translated Ziauddin Sardar’s book on Mecca: The Holy City to Arabic. Her most latest work is a research paper in the “Project on the future of human rights in the Arab world” titled: “The Human rights movement and the Islamist: The Paths of Convergence and Divergence” with the Arab Reform Initiative/Paris, a chapter titled “ Re-imagining Egypt: The State of War” in a book on Contemporary thought in the Middle East (Routledge 2021), and a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of the Middle East 2022 titled “The Empty Tahrir Square: Dismantling the Multitude”.

Heba Raouf Ezzat

Assistant professor of at the Institute of Alliance of Civilizations...

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Ali Milani

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Ali Milani is a Labour Party politician, councillor, campaigner and activist. He served two years as Vice President of the National Union of Students, was elected as a Labour Party Candidate in the 2018 local London elections, and was selected as the Parliamentary candidate in  Uxbridge and South Ruislip in September 2018. He has worked on multiple UK Labour leadership campaigns, as well as presidential campaigns in the United States. He is the author of the recent best-selling book “The Unlikely Candidate” telling the story of his campaign against Prime Minister Boris Johnson in 2019.

Ali Milani

Labour Party Politician

Linda Sarsour

Linda Sarsour

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American Civil Rights Activist

Linda Sarsour

American Civil Rights Activist

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Khaled Fouad

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Khaled Fouad is the CEO of Dinar Tech, a boutique Sharia-based investment consulting firm facilitating systematic capital mobilization from Sharia observing investors towards investment opportunities in the private and public markets. He also consults Muslim technology entrepreneurs on how to transform their business models into camel businesses. He’s a board member of Ethis Global, the largest award-winning Islamic crowdfunding platform that connects halal-seeking investors with sharia-vetted and impact driven ventures across MENASA region.

Khaled spent half of his career as an investment banker creating and selling every imaginable financial instrument and the second half managing money on behalf of institutional investors and family offices. 

Over two decades, he has built and scaled two dozen businesses and has helped hundreds of companies raise capital from the private and public markets. Prior to starting his own business, he was the Chief Investment Officer at the largest investment management firm in the Middle East managing more that USD 1.2 billion in assets and funded small businesses operating in war zones. Managing distributed multicultural remote teams as well as dealing with confrontation while making unpopular tough decisions is his comfort zone. 

Khaled holds an MBA from Cranfield University and an MSc in Analytics from Georgia Tech. He speaks Arabic, English, and German fluently and lives with his family in Istanbul.

Khaled Fouad

CEO of Dinar Tech

Omar Shakir

Omar Shakir

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Omar Shakir serves as the Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch, where he investigates human rights abuses in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza and has authored several major reports, including a 2021 report comprehensively documenting how Israeli authorities are committing the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution against millions of Palestinians. As a result of his advocacy, the Israeli government deported Omar in November 2019. Prior to his current role, he was a Bertha Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where he focused on US counterterrorism policies, including legal representation of Guantanamo detainees. As the 2013-14 Arthur R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellow at Human Rights Watch, he investigated human rights violations in Egypt, including the Rab’a massacre, one of the largest killings of protesters in a single day. A former Fulbright Scholar in Syria, Omar holds a JD from Stanford Law School, where he co-authored a report on the civilian consequences of US drone strikes in Pakistan as a part of the International Human Rights & Conflict Resolution Clinic, an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Affairs, and a BA in International Relations from Stanford.

Omar Shakir

Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch

Chris Blauvelt

Chris Blauvelt

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Chris Blauvelt

Founder & CEO of LaunchGood & Patronicity

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Enes Efendioğlu

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Deputy Director General- Directorate General for Youth Services at Türkiye Youth and Sports Ministry

Enes Efendioğlu

Deputy Director General for Youth Services, Türkiye Youth and Sports...

Hassan Aourid

Hassan Aourid

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Hassan Aourid is a Moroccan journalist and thinker. He has published a number of works, the most prominent of which are “The Refracted Mirror of the West,” and “Behind Mecca.”

Hassan Aourid

Moroccan Journalist and Thinker

Nasser Yassin

Nasser Yassin

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Nasser Yassin, a Professor of Policy and Planning at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Nasser Yassin is also the chairperson of the AUB Health Management & Policy Department.

He also leads the Lebanon Crisis Observatory of AUB, which he founded in 2020. The initiative tracks the impacts of the ongoing crises in Lebanon and provides a systematic analysis of the crises’ various facets.

Yassin holds a Ph.D. in Planning Sciences from the University College London (UCL), a Master’s degree in Development Sciences from the London School of Economics (LSE), and a Master’s degree in Population Sciences from the Lebanese American University (LAU).

He was the interim Director of the Issam Fares Foundation for Public Policy and International Relations in 2019-2020 and has been the Institut Director since 2015.

He’s the founder of the Training Unit at the AUB’s Faculty of Health Sciences and he co-chairs the AUB4Refugees Initiative.

An author of over 50 internationally published books and peer-reviewed articles, Nasser Yassin has focused his practice interests and research in development planning and policymaking, as well as on policy and social innovation, and health and displacement policies and programs.

He has also held various advisory roles and assignments for the United Nations, including UNHCR, ESCWA. UNDP, and ILO.

Nasser Yassin was selected by Saad Hariri as the new Minister of Environment in the newly-formed cabinet of PM Najib Mikati.

Nasser Yassin

Minister of Environment, Lebanon

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Dr. Rouba Mhaissen

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Founder and Director of Sawa for Development and Aid , a civil society organization that supports Syrian refugees in Lebanon and the internally displaced in Syria, and Sawa Foundation UK (founded in 2016), that supports forced migrants in Europe and the Middle East. This work focuses on protection, education, capacity building, skills and advocacy with affected communities in Syria and the region.

Rouba Mhaissen received her BA in Economics from the American University of Beirut, her MSc in Development from the London School of Economics, and an MPhil/PhD in Gender and Economic Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She also holds two degrees in Exponential Technologies from Singularity University (Silicon Valley). She has taught at SOAS, University of London and is currently a lecturer at the American University of Beirut.

She is the recipient of numerous awards relating to her work on gender issues, human rights as well as Syria-related work; these include the Queen Elizabeth Award (2011), the FCO Marsh Award for Peacemaking and Peacekeeping (2016), The AUB Most Distinguished Alumni Award (2017), and the Forbes 30Under30 list for Policy and Law (2017), as well as the Vital Voices Global leadership Award for Human Rights (2019) and the Rafto prize for Human Rights (2019).

Dr. Rouba Mhaissen

Founder and Director of Sawa for Development and Aid ,...

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Diego Isabel La Moneda

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Diego Isabel La Moneda is co-founder and director of NESI Global Forum of New Economy and Social Innovation, a non-profit organisation that promotes systemic change towards a people and planet centered economy. Diego is a social entrepreneur with more than 25 years experience in sustainable development, social responsibility, business strategy and political innovation. He studied Forestry and Environmental Engineering at the University of Valladolid (Spain) as well as MSC Global Governance and Ethics at UCL in London (UK). Diego is the author of the book “Yo Soy Tú: Propuesta para una Nueva Sociedad” (Octaedro, 2013), co-author of “Dentro de 15 años” (Lid, 2014) as well as a lecturer and teacher in several Universities and Master programs on Sustainable Development.

Diego Isabel La Moneda

Co-Founder and Director of NESI Global Forum of New Economy...

Karim Elgendy

Karim Elgendy

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Founder of Carboun

Karim Elgendy

Founder of Carboun

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Prof. Adeel Malik

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Professor Adeel Malik is Globe Fellow in the Economies of Muslim Societies at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and an associate Professor in Development Economics at the University of Oxford’s Department of International Development. He received his doctorate in economics from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. 

Professor Malik specializes in the study of Middle Eastern political economy. His ongoing research focuses on the political economy of authoritarianism in Muslim societies. His research articles have been published in reputed journals, such as the Journal of European Economic Association, European Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Development Economics, Oxford Economic Papers, World Development, Review of International Political Economy, and Modern Asian Studies. 

Professor Malik’s most recent contribution to the field is a co-edited volume, Crony Capitalism in the Middle East: Business and Politics from Liberalization to the Arab Spring, published by Oxford University Press in 2019. His research has been featured in CNN, Al Jazeera, Financial Times, the New York Times, Washington Post, Project Syndicate, Foreign Policy, and Foreign Affairs.

Prof. Adeel Malik

Globe Fellow in the Economies of Muslim Societies at the...

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Abdullah Alshayji

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Head of the Political Science Department at Kuwait University

Abdullah Alshayji

Head of the Political Science Department at Kuwait University

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Nisreen Haj Ahmed

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Nisreen Haj Ahmad is the executive director and co-founder of Ahel for Community Organizing in the Middle East. Ahel.org is a nonprofit that coaches grassroots campaigns and trains leaders, activists and active citizens on organizing collective action for the change they pursue, always building people power. Nisreen is also involved in supporting the organizing of the BDS Movement and together with other women started its chapter in Jordan in 2014. Nisreen is committed to creating and facilitating learning and solidarity spaces that sustain leaders and activists globally. In 2012 and 2014, she coordinated the Leading Change Global Gatherings, bringing together more than a hundred organizers from around the world in Boston and Belgrade respectively. NIsreen is  an advisory board member of Beautiful Rising and Rawa Fund. Trained as a lawyer, Nisreen obtained a law degree from the University of Jordan (1995), Masters in Law from Edinburgh University (1997), Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School (2007), and recently finished a research fellowship at the Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School. With Professor Marshall Ganz, Nisreen taught “Social Movements Today: Critical Questions for Critical Times” in the Spring semester of 2017 at Harvard Kennedy School and is the lead lecturer of the Arabic Online 4 month course “Leadership and Organizing Collective Action for Change”. She has produced several publications, including a documentation of Stand with the Teachers Campaign for fair pay, published by the International Labour Organization, and her work is the subject of a Harvard case study. Before entering the world of community leadership and organizing in 2007, Nisreen spent 6 years working as a legal advisor for the Palestinian negotiations team in the peace talks with Israel. More about her in this podcast.

Nisreen Haj Ahmed

Executive Director and Co-Founder of Ahel for Community Organizing

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Dr. Mohammad Affan

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Mohammad Affan is the acting director of Al Sharq Strategic Research, the coordinator of Al Sharq Program on Political Islam, and the managing director of Al Sharq Academia. A medical doctor by training, he holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. Also, he obtained his MA degree in Comparative Politics at the American University of Cairo. His thesis was published in Arabic as a book titled: ‘Wahhabism and the Brotherhood: The Conflict on the Concept of the State and the Legitimacy of Power.’ In addition, he holds a post-graduate diploma in Civil Society and Human Rights from Cairo University, a diploma in Political Research and Studies from the Institute of Arab Research and Studies, and a diploma in Islamic Studies from The Higher Institute for Islamic Studies, Cairo. His research interests include Islamism and democratization in MENA region.

Dr. Mohammad Affan

Director of Al Sharq Strategic Research

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Joseph Bahout

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Joseph Bahout is director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, where he is also an associate professor of political science. He has long been a researcher at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington DC, a professor at Sciences-Po Paris, and a consultant to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Joseph Bahout

Director at Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International...

Hussein Amery

Hussein Amery

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Professor of Water Politics and Policy at Colorado School of Mines

Hussein Amery

Professor of Water Politics and Policy at Colorado School of...

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Fadi El-Jardali

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Fadi El-Jardali is Professor of Health Policy and Systems and former Chairperson of the Health Policy and Management Department (HMPD) at the Faculty of Health Sciences. He is also the Founder and the Director of the Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center; Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice; Co-Director of the Center for Systematic Reviews in Health Policy and Systems Research (SPARK) at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He is an adjunct professor at the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster University in Canada.

Fadi El-Jardali

Founder and the Director of the Knowledge to Policy (K2P)...

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Arwa Al-Khani

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Arwa El-Khani is a Lead Clinical Pharmacist in Medicines Advice and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust in Oxford, UK. Arwa has a strong academic background and has taught under and post-graduate pharmacy and medical students on psychopharmacology in leading institutions in the UK and the Middle East. Arwa is a certified Mental Health First Aider and trained with Mental Health First Aid England to deliver high quality professional training on mental health first aid and mindfulness techniques. She strongly believes and advocates for youth organisations to nurture a culture of wellbeing and strives to support organisations on how to provide mental health first aid support. Arwa has worked with organisations across Europe to train executive leaders on mental health first aid and works to nourish team dynamics by cultivating wellness and a sense of safety for volunteers in organisations. She enjoys mentoring and coaching on career development and public speaking, with a particular interest in mentoring youth from low-income backgrounds and ethnic minorities.

Arwa Al-Khani

Lead Clinical Pharmacist at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

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Dr. Mohammed Mahmoud

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Mohammed Mahmoud is the director of the Climate and Water Program and a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute. His areas of expertise include climate change adaptation, water policy analysis, and scenario planning.

Mohammed has held leadership positions in several organizations, most recently as chair of the Water Utility Climate Alliance, a coalition of 12 water utilities that collectively provide water to over 50 million people in the United States, with the purpose of providing leadership and collaboration on climate change issues that affect water agencies. Prior to that Mohammed was president of the North American Weather Modification Council, an organization dedicated to advancing research and development activities that increase the scientific knowledge and proper use of weather modification applications.

Mohammed has conducted water management research and work for the Middle East and North Africa region; most extensively on the Nile River Basin. His research on the Nile River Basin focused on the development of water resources in the basin, analysis of Nile water-sharing agreements, and impact of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on downstream water users. Mohammed’s other water management work in the region explored formalizing the administration of Saudi Arabia’s groundwater resources by using other established groundwater management frameworks as case study templates; such as Arizona’s 1980 Groundwater Management Code.

Mohammed’s educational background includes a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University, and a PhD in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona.

Dr. Mohammed Mahmoud

Director of the Climate and Water Program at the Middle...

Fadi Itani

Fadi Itani

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Fadi Itani is British Lebanese is the CEO of the Muslim Charities Forum, the network of British Muslim Charities. Fadi has over 30 years experience in community development and charity sector.

Prior to MCF, Fadi was the Deputy Director General of Qatar Charity UK and, Global Director for Communications at Islamic Relief. He also served as the CEO of Zakat House and Public Affairs Director at the Humanitarian Forum.

Recently he was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth for his services to Charity and Interfaith Relations during Covid-19, and awarded the Good Citizenship Award and the Mayor of Islington’s Civic Award, for servicing the community as well as the Mayor of London Award for ‘his services to the people of London’.

Fadi Itani

CEO of the Muslim Charities Forum MCF

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Prof. Ahmet Faruk Aysan

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Professor of Islamic Finance and Economy and Program Coordinator of PhD and MS programs in Islamic Finance

Prof. Ahmet Faruk Aysan

Professor of Islamic Finance and Economy at Hamad Bin Khalifa...

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Tasnim Chirchi

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Tasnim Chirchi

Director of Jasmine Foundation

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Clayton Swisher

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Clayton Swisher

Investigator and Analyst

Fadi Quran

Fadi Quran

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Campaigns Director at Avaaz

Fadi Quran

Campaigns Director at Avaaz

Zamzam Ibrahim

Zamzam Ibrahim

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Zamzam Ibrahim, Vice President of European students Union, a co-founder of Students Organizing for Sustainability UK, and Vice Chair Muslim Leadership foundation and the former National President of the National Union of Students,UK.

She’s finance graduate from the University of Salford, Manchester. She’s been a student representative for almost a decade leading work on a fully funded and just education system to tackle societal injustices, leading campaigns from; climate justice to tackling racial injustice. Her main focus lies on internationalization and mobility, public responsibility and financing of higher education as well as organizational development and finances within the European Students’ Union.

Zamzam Ibrahim

Vice President of European students Union

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Liqaa Meki

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Senior Researcher at Al Jazeera Center for Studies

Liqaa Meki

Senior Researcher at Al Jazeera Center for Studies

Omar Faiad

Omar Faiad

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Journalist at Al Jazeera Media Network & Presenter for Al Jazeera Mubasher.

Omar Faiad

Journalist at Al Jazeera Media Network

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Dr. Anna Panagiotou

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After a year-long stint in the training part of the Cynefin Co, working with all areas from conceptualisation to logistics, Anna has moved to the programme , research, and development area of the organisation since the beginning of 2020, bringing a perspective informed by materiality, archaeology, and her academic background to the theory and practice of complexity.

Anna leads the Climate Change and Sustainability programme at the Cynefin Centre, manages the Education programme, and she is also particularly active in the area of Health. Anna has an MA in Egyptian Archaeology and a PhD in Mediterranean Archaeology from UCL. She is a greedily omnivorous reader who is interested in everything and tends to change location every couple of years.

 

 

Dr. Anna Panagiotou

Climate Change and Sustainability programme at the Cynefin Centre Leader

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Youssef Mohsen

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Founder & Managing partner at Anubis Gaming

Youssef Mohsen

Founder & Managing partner at Anubis Gaming

Talha Karatas

Talha Karataş

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Talha Karataş is founder of Talchi International. His expertise is global business development, strategy creation for corporate expension, vertical integration (forward and backwards), enterprise architecture, risk analysis, product development § product market fit.

Talha Karataş

Founder of Talchi International

Yassine Saadi

Yassine Saadi

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Yassine Saadi

Doctor in Economic Scientist - Consultant International

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Dr. Hamidreza Azizi

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Dr. Hamidreza Azizi is an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow with the Middle East and Africa Research Division of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin; a Ph.D. in Regional Studies from the University of Tehran; and a former Assistant Professor of Regional Studies at Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran (2016-20). You can follow him on Twitter.

Dr. Hamidreza Azizi

Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs...

Esra Ozturk

Esra Öztürk

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Esra Öztürk is an independent journalist and a member of International Federation of Journalists. She is a graduate of English Literature and Humanities from Eastern Mediterranean University and holds an M.A. of International Trade from Marmara University. Öztürk still continues her P.h.D. studies on Journalism in Istanbul University. She completed a certificate programme of Broadcast Journalism in New York Film Academy. She has 14 years experience in professional life including private sector positions, government adviser and media roles. After working in one of Turkiye’s top-3 internet news corporations, Haberler.com as a special interviews host; she has recently established a Youtube Channel called “Turkish News Portal”. She had an important role during the evacuation of Turkish citizens and their Ukrainian relatives from war-torn Ukraine through the use of Twitter Spaces along with her volunteer team.

Esra Öztürk

Founder of Turkish News Portal

Tarik Yousef

Tarik Yousef

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Senior Fellow, Middle East Council on Global Affairs

Tarik Yousef

Senior Fellow, Middle East Council on Global Affairs

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Wael Alalwani

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OPEN Co-founder, Financial Crime AI Consultant

Wael Alalwani

OPEN Co-founder, Financial Crime AI Consultant

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Dr. Sinan Hatahet

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Sinan Hatahet is a Senior Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Strategic Research. He is currently a consultant working with a number of think tanks on Syria.He previously worked as the executive director of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) media office since its establishment in late 2012 until September 2014.

Research Interest: Governance and local councils, anti-radicalization, Islamism, the Kurdish National Movement, and the new regional order in the Middle East.

Dr. Sinan Hatahet

Senior Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Strategic Research

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Producer and presenter of Alsh5anah show

Alsha5angi

Producer and presenter of Alsh5anah show

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Hande Taner

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Hande Taner

President of FEMYSO

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Emad Saif

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Emad is a creative entrepreneurship educator. He is a lecturer; trainer and international speaker with a strong passion for supporting entrepreneurial thinking by applying innovative approaches to learning with emphasis on engagement and play.

He is currently a lecturer and innovation trainer at the Strategic Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Economic Development Office (SIEED) at Qatar University. He plays a vital role, as part of the university’s strategic planning team, to help transform the university into an innovation powerhouse.

As a certified facilitator in LEGO Serious Play Methodology and Design Thinking, he is continuously developing and testing new approaches within his extensively designed training programs and workshops, building upon his diverse experience of over 10 years of providing professional training internationally, across multiple sectors.

Emad has taken on many roles supporting and mentoring startups in competitions and incubation programs. He also spoke at various international events such as the European Innovation Academy, Arab Innovation Network, Qatar Science Technology Park Accelerator program, among others.

Emad graduated from McMaster University in Canada with a Master’s degree in Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation. His background intersects engineering, technology, business development, startups and academia.

Emad Saif

Innovation Trainer at the Strategic Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Economic Development...

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Marc Owen Jones

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Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at Hamad bin Khalifa University

Marc Owen Jones

Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at Hamad bin Khalifa...

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Betül Doğan Akkaş

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Betül Doğan Akkaş is a PhD candidate at joint degree program between Qatar University Gulf Studies Center and Durham University School of Government and International Affairs. She also received her MA degree with a thesis titled “Securitization of Qatari Foreign Policy” at Qatar University. Dogan Akkas completed her BA in International Relations at Bilkent University. Following her undergraduate studies, she conducted field research in Jenin, Palestine. Her research interests and publications include foreign policymaking, security strategies and social transformation of the Gulf Monarchies and Yemen.

Betül Doğan Akkaş

PhD candidate at Qatar University Gulf Studies Center and Durham...

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Mehmet Emin Cengiz

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Mehmet Emin Cengiz is a Research Fellow at Al Sharq Strategic Research. He received his B.A. in the Sociology Department from Ege University in 2016. During his B.A. he attended the Erasmus+ Program and studied at Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf as an international exchange student in Germany. Cengiz received his master’s degree from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the Middle East at Marmara University in 2020. His pieces regarding the Syrian war and non-state armed actors have appeared in national and international media outlets and think tanks.

Mehmet Emin Cengiz

Research Fellow at Al Sharq Strategic Research

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Ahmed Ghanim

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Expert in advocacy campaigns

Ahmed Ghanim

Expert in advocacy campaigns

Thembisa Fakude

Thembisa Fakude

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Thembisa Fakude is a senior research fellow and director of Africa Asia Dialogues (Afrasid),a think tank based in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He holds a Master’s degree in Politics from the university of the Witwatersrand. He is a columnist with the Middle East Monitor in London and a research fellow at Al Sharq Forum in Istanbul, Turkey. He also serves on the board of Common Action Forum (CAF) in Madrid, Spain and on the board of Mail and Guardian publication in South Africa.

Thembisa is the chairperson of Gauteng Industrial Development Zone (GIDZ), a government owned special economic zone (sez) located at OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa. He also serves as a Deputy Chairperson of Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) a government investment promotion agency in South Africa.

He is the former Bureau Chief of Al Jazeera Media Network in Southern Africa, former head of English unit of Al Jazeera Centre for Studies and a former chairperson of Foreign Correspondents Association of Southern Africa (FCA).

Thembisa Fakude

Senior Research Fellow and Director of Africa Asia Dialogues

Omar Salha

Omar Salha

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Omar Salha is an Academic and Lecturer in International Diplomacy and Soft Power, Research Fellow at UC Berkeley, California, and a Fellow at The RSA (Royal Society of Arts). He is the Founder & Chief Executive of Ramadan Tent Project (RTP), an award-winning non-profit organization founded in 2013 with a mission of bringing communities together to better understand each other. RTP are the organizers of the UK’s first annual Ramadan Festival and the largest community and cultural event in Ramadan, Open Iftar.

Omar Salha is an MA graduate in International Studies and Diplomacy & was awarded the PhD Nohoudh Scholarship at SOAS University of London for the study of ‘Integration of Muslims in British Society’. He has taught at SOAS University of London, in addition to the Foundation of International Education (FIE) and regularly delivers talks, workshops and lectures at leading academic, professional institutions and conferences across the globe.

Omar Salha

Founder of Ramadan Tent Project

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Hadia Kawikji

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Hadia Kawikji is a Syrian certified Attorney at law since 2004. She has worked as a non-resident senior fellow at Omran Center for Strategic Studies since 2013. KAWIKJI has more than 14 years of experience in governance and development, either in governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as the UN agencies.

As an expert in governance, mediation in peace process, she trained a number of Local Councils, groups, and Local Communities on governance, mediation skills and conflict analysis, gender and youth issues.

Between 2016 and 2019; she was involved in the Syria talks in Geneva, she also co-facilitated a number of local, regional, and international events and conferences.

Hadia Kawikji has a Master Advanced Studies in Mediation in Peace Process from Switzerland, ETH Zurich (2019), and an International Master in Legal, Social, and Economic Sciences from Italy (2007) she is also co-founder of several civil society organizations.

Hadia Kawikji

Co-Founder & Non Resident Senior Fellow, Omran Center

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Dr. Emad Shahin

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Dr. Emad El-Din Shahin is the Dean of HBKU’s College of Islamic Studies (CIS), Qatar Foundation. Before joining CIS, he was the Hasib Sabbagh Distinguished Visiting Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies, a visiting professor of Political Science at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and the editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics.

Dr. Shahin holds a PhD (1989) from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and an MA (1983) and a BA (1980) from the American University in Cairo. He has taught in leading universities in the United States including Harvard, Notre Dame, Georgetown, George Washington, and Boston Universities.

Dr. Emad Shahin

Dean of HBKU’s College of Islamic Studies

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Osama El-Mourabit

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Osama El-Mourabit is a research fellow and program coordinator at Al Sharq Forum. His Research Interest focuses mainly on the geopolitics of the Maghreb region as well as the EU-Southern Mediterranean relationship.
He is a Holder of a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Humboldt-Berlin (HU-Berlin), with a master thesis entitled “The European discourse towards the Southern Mediterranean: From the Barcelona Process to the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)”.
He worked previously as a researcher in a number of institutions such as the Policy Center for the New South and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). He is currently a phd candidate in Area Studies at the Middle East Technical University (ODTU).

Osama El-Mourabit

Research fellow and program coordinator at Al Sharq Forum

Kamaran Palani

Kamaran Palani

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Kamaran Palani is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University. Research Fellow at Middle East Research Institute (MERI); Associate Fellow, Al Sharq Strategic Research; Lecturer in International Relations at Salahaddin University

Kamaran Palani

Research Fellow at Middle East Research Institute

M. Nurullah Gulec

M. Nurullah Güleç

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M. Nurullah Güleç graduated from Boğazici University with bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Mathematics. Then, he completed his MPhil in Economics at the University of Oxford. He is now continuing his Ph.D. studies in Economics at Duke University. He is interested in industrial organization, development, and political economy.

M. Nurullah Güleç

Ph.D. student in Economics at Duke University

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Havva Nur Demir

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After training in International Relations, Nur, specialized in Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding. She carried out studies on the Middle East region as a related subject and mostly specialized in the soft power capabilities of Non-Governmental Organizations and community cohesion. By following migration studies, she has gained various field experiences in the integration of immigrants into the society they live in and scopes of international effects of community engagement.

Nur has been actively involved in various projects on the participation of volunteers and women in decision-making mechanisms in the European and MENA region and has managed the preparation of the output documents in addition to maintaining international relations of volunteering processes in the Turkish Red Crescent.

Havva Nur Demir

Volunteer Management Specialist at Turkish Red Crescent

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Burak Koçak

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Burak Koçak is a project specialist and youth worker. He aims to create sustainable social projects. Burak works in the Volunteer Management Directorate of the Turkish Red Crescent. He is a national and international project writer and consultant within the Turkish Red Crescent. He also takes part in the implementation of these projects.  His master’s degree in Disaster and Humanitarian Aid Management. In this way, he conducts academic studies in the field of climate crisis, epidemics, refugee crisis and disaster management.

Burak loves using digital tools and working on entrepreneurship. He carries out youth work on WordPress and YouTube.

His motto is “self-development is the key to success”.

Burak Koçak

Youth Worker at Turkish Red Crescent

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Riyaad Minty

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Director of Digital at TRT, Turkish Radio and Television Corporation

Riyaad Minty

Director of Digital at TRT

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Rana Dajani

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Rana Dajani Ph.D. molecular cell biology from U of Iowa, Tenured Professor at Hashemite University, Jordan, Cmalakova Fellow, Jepson school of Leadership, University of Richmond, Harvard Radcliff fellow, a Fulbrighter, Fulbright Foreign Student, 2000; Fulbright Visiting Scholar, 2012. Eisenhower fellow, former center of studies director, Hashemite University, Jordan, Yale and Cambridge visiting professor. Research area of expertise epigenetics and biomarkers of trauma among refugees and across generations and world expert on genetics of Circassian and Chechan populations in Jordan. Established stem cell research ethics law in Jordan. Advocate for biological evolution and Islam. Member UN women Jordan advisory council. Writer in Science and Nature, Established a women mentor network, received Partnerships for enhanced engagement in research (PEER) award 2014. Organized the first gender summit for the Arab world 2017. Most influential women scientists in Islamic World, 12 among 100 most influential Arab women 2015, women in science hall of fame 2015, King Hussein Cancer Institute for cancer and biotechnology award 2009 and 2016 Global Changemaker Award for celebrating 70 years of the Fulbright Programm. President of the Society for the Advancement of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Arab World. women of influence in the Arab World 2021 Arabian Business magazine’s list.

Awarded the Jordan star of science by His Majesty King Abdullah II, University of Iowa, College of medicine, distinguished alumni Award 2018, Higher Education Reform Expert EU-TEMPUS, Jordan, founder service learning center, Hashemite University, speaker at TEDxDeadsea and TEDxPSUT, World Islamic Economic Forum 2012 and World Science
Forum 2015 and 2017.

Developed a community-based model “We love reading” Changing mindsets through reading to create changemakers, received Synergos Arab world social innovators 2009, Clinton Global Initiative 2010, Library of Congress best practices 2013, World Innovation Summit in Education Award 2014, King Hussein Medal of Honor 2014, Star Award 2015, IDEO.org best refugee education program 2015, UNESCO International Literacy Prize 2017, World Literacy Council Award 2018 and the Jacobs social entrepreneurship award 2018, Science, Technology and Innovation Award UN 2019, Ashoka Fellow 2019, UNHCR Nansen Refugee awardee 2020, Schwab Social entrepreneur 2022. Author of the book: Five scarves, Doing the impossible: If we can reverse cell fate why cant
we redefine success, Nova Publisher 2018. Reviewed by Nature

Rana Dajani

Molecular Biologist

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Sami Zeidan

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Sami Zeidan has years of experience in training, teaching, and practicing journalism. – Sami has trained anchors, reporters, and producers at Al Jazeera, CNBC, and NBC. – Sami has presented, reported, and produced with the biggest names in television including Al Jazeera, CNN, CNBC, and NBC affiliates. – His assignments have taken him from the White House to the UN, and through war zones from Gaza to Syria. – Sami has taught at the 1st School of Journalism in the world, the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA, established in 1908.

Sami Zeidan

Presenter at Al Jazeera Media Network

Hassan Imran

Hassan Imran

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Hassan Imran is an independent political analyst in international law and middle east affairs, and executive director of One Justice, a Paris-based legal aid organization.

Hassan Imran

Executive Director of One Justice

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Waqar Ali

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CEO & Director of School of Leadership

Waqar Ali

CEO & Director of School of Leadership

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Shireen Naqvi

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Senior Advisor & Consultant at School of Leadership, Pakistan

Shireen Naqvi

Senior Advisor & Consultant at School of Leadership

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Faizan Arafat

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Lead Consultant & Director at School of Leadership

Faizan Arafat

Consultant & Director Nucleus Consulting

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School of Leadership Director Business Development

Fatema Kausar Ali

Head Business & Director Nucleus Consulting

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PROGRAM AGENDA

This Agenda is Subject to Update

Wadah Khanfar – President of Al Sharq Forum

Al Sharq Youth’s Roles, Core Values and Highlight of Achievements

Dr. Comfort Ero, International Crisis Group President and Chief Executive Officer

The international system is undergoing a watershed moment. This process will not solely define (dis)order at the global level. It will also define the place and meaning of regions in the international system. Al Sharq region’s place in the international system and relations with global powers are set to experience a major transformation. This session is set to discuss the following questions:
– Why and how is the international system changing, if not disintegrating?
– How will this global-order level change affect Al Sharq’s place in world politics? And likewise, how will the same process shape the intra-regional politics in the Al Sharq region?
– How does the rupture in the international system represent an opportunity as well as a challenge for the process of change in the region?

Dr. Joseph Bahout, Director of Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy & International Affairs at the AUB - Yassine Saadi - Dr. Comfort Ero, International Crisis Group President & CEO - Betul Doğan Akkaş, Phd Candidate at Durham University
Linda Sarsour, American Civil Rights Activist
Ali Milani: Director of Communications and Campaigns, Labour Muslim Network

Humanity is now facing many global challenges that potentially carry opportunities within them, and the Al Sharq region is no exception. The world did not recover from the devastating economic effects of Covid-19 before since receiving another blow from the Ukraine war. Strong economies have suffered as much as developing economies. This panel will explore the global economic crisis and the potential opportunities it carries for the Al Sharq region.

This session is set to discuss the following questions:
How has the era of Post Covid-19/Ukraine war accelerated economic recession?
What are the upcoming scenarios to expect?
What implications will it have on the future of political regimes in the Al Sharq region?
The way out: Are there any potential opportunities for the Al Sharq region during this economic crisis?

Dr. Tarik Yousef, Alia Moubayed Dr. Ahmet Faruk Aysan, Clayton Swisher Moderator: Ali Milani

We currently live in an interconnected world of complex systems that connect everyone to everything, and all economic influencers, political activists, and non-state actors are linked together through these systems. Therefore, one cannot make the right decisions and navigate this world without understanding it. The speaker will discuss how to understand the world as a network and highlight the OPEN initiative, which maps and analyzes political and economic networks in Syria. OPEN is an impact platform initiative that took place in 2021.

Wael Alalwani, OPEN Co-founder, Financial Crime AI Consultant
Hande Taner, President at FEMYSO

11 parallel sessions with different speakers

17:15 - 17:35
Break

11 parallel sessions with different speakers

19:05 - 19:25
Break
19:25 - 20:25
Tea Time Session
20:30 - 10:00
Art Night
15:45 - 17:15
Know Why | Israel, The Crime of Apartheid & What You Can do about It | Closed Panel

Apartheid is a system of institutionalized racial oppression and a crime against humanity. In this session, speakers will explain how Israel is practicing apartheid, and explore practical ways to expose and dismantle apartheid.

Linda Sarsour, Omar Shakir, Fadi Quran, Moderator: Hassan Imran

In the neoliberal economic worldview, the main purpose of any business endeavor is to maximize shareholder value. The sole focus on shareholder value has led to sabotaging the environment, a rise in corporate power and deepening economic inequality. In this session young entrepreneurs will learn about other purposes of entrepreneurship beyond making money, and how entrepreneurship could be a force for good and play a role in building strong and thriving societies.

Mehmet Asutay, Director of the Durham Centre for Islamic Economics and Finance

When youth are unable to take to the streets to protest, they turn instead to the virtual streets of digital gaming. Discover how gaming has become a tool to reach the masses. In this session, the speaker will explain how Esports can be a force for good by empowering marginalized communities.

Youssef Mohsen, E-sports team leader

In today’s fast-paced world, leaders now more than ever need well-informed foresight to navigate the future. They need answers about how to adapt decision-making to uncertain and rapidly changing contexts and how to incorporate approaches that are more inclusive and ultimately impactful.

Anna Panagiotou, Founder and Director of the Cynefin Center

Volunteerism is crucial for building strong and resilient communities, yet the world is facing a decline of volunteerism. In this workshop, practical best practices of engaging volunteers will be shared by first hand experts.

Fadi Itani, CEO of the Muslim Charities Forum

Despite cultural diplomacy and soft power’s important implications, not many youths are aware of its far-reaching effects. In this session, the speaker will explain what cultural diplomacy and soft power is along with real-life applications.

Omar Salha, Founder of Ramadan Tent Project

Young people are not only victims of climate change. They are also valuable contributors to climate action. They are agents of change, entrepreneurs and innovators utilizing their skills to accelerate climate action. This session will address practical ways to engage youth in climate action.

Karim El Gendy, Urban sustainability and Climate consultant, Founder of Carboun

Creating visions of a more just future requires out of box thinking and creativity, and Lego Serious Play as a workshop, will push participants to new boundaries of thinking and better communication skills. This session will be a practical and engaging session and by the end of it participants will pick up new skills that will allow them to reach their creative potential in the future.

Emad Saif, Lecturer and innovation trainer at the Strategic Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Economic Development Office (SIEED) at Qatar University

Crafting narrative can bring together diverse groups of people around common values and move them to collective action. Narrative is one of five community organizing practices that makes winning change not only feasible but highly effective as well. This masterclass will teach how to create a narrative, find people with similar narratives and bring them together in collective action for their rights (participants will be devleoping their own personal narrative).

Nesrin Haj Ahmad, Managing Director of Ahel for Community Organizing

Do you want to make a difference in the world and help achieve the sustainable development goals in a timely manner?
Systems change is an innovative strategy to achieve these SDGs. System change is about addressing the root causes. This approach takes a holistic view to social issues by addressing their root causes rather than symptoms. Come learn more about social entrepreneurship and how to become a social entrepreneur, find resources and support networks to build collaborations and teams across the world..

Rana Dajani, Professor of Molecular Cell Biology, Social Entrepreneur
15:45 - 17:15
Diversity and Inclusion Simulation
17:35 - 19:05
Know How | Trust Building through Negotiation and Mediation | Youth Skills to Reconcile Fragmented Societies | Master Class (Arabic)

Whether we like it or not, conflict is part of our lives, inevitable and sometimes creative. Conflicts happen when people pursue conflicting goals. In this Master Class, attendees will learn: how to conduct conflict analysis, how to build trust, how to manage disagreements and conflicts, how to run productive negotiations, and how to run fruitful mediations.

Hadia Kawakiji, Expert in governance, mediation in peace process

Know Why | Escalation, De-escalation and the Future of Rivalries in MENA region: Prospect for Regional Cooperation and Change | Panel discussion

This session will examine how the dynamics of escalation and de-escalation between regional rivals are currently shaping regional politics. The session is set to address the following questions:
What does the regional de-escalation portend: A new cooperative phase in regional politics or a strategic pause in rivalries?
-Does the emerging regional modus vivendi imply an authoritarian consolidation in the Middle East?
-What are the causes for the deadlock in the JCPOA negotiations taking place between Iran and the USA?
-What are the possible implications for this deadlock for the MENA region?
-What are the possible repercussions of the referendum in Tunisia for the region?

Hamidreza Azizi, Sinan Hatahet, Kamaran Palani, Osama El-Mourabit Moderator: Mehmet Emin Cengiz

Advocacy seeks to ensure that all people in society are able to have their voices heard on issues that are important to them, protect and promote their rights and have their views and wishes genuinely considered when decisions are being made about their lives. In this session, the speaker will share practical frameworks, tools and techniques of performing effective advocacy.

Ahmed Ghanim, Expert in advocacy campaigns

The emergence of “e-movements” and new forms of “e-protest” and “e-activism” has signified the importance of the Internet as an organizational and mobilization vehicle for those engaged in social change.

The internet has grown in importance as a space for more secure and effective activism. In this session, the speaker will introduce practical ways, tools, and practices to engage and build e-movements.

Fadi Quran, Campaigns Director at Avaaz

The truth is out there, go find it. How does OSINT empower youth in enforcing accountability and increasing civic engagement?

Abdullah Ahmed, Investigative Journalist

Islamic economics has gone a long way in the past few decades and its future is loaded with potential. In this Master Class, the past, present and future of Islamic economics will be discussed as well a hackathon exercise on startups from an Islamic economic point of view.

Chris Blauvelt, Co-founder of LaunchGood

Blockchain is poised to transform the way that online money transactions function. Given the increasingly digital global economy and decentralization of business transactions, its impact cannot be underestimated. This Master Class will delve into the topic by looking at it from the point of view of Islamic Economy and what its potentials may be in that context.

Ahmet Faruk Aysan

From remote working to reduced work days, we see a rapidly changing work system globally. Accelerated digital transformations, social collaboration, reskilling and knowledge-sharing are some of many factors that contribute to this change. This Master Class will elaborate on those factors as well as showcase the projection of work and the alternative future systems of work.

Khaled Foad

This Master Class will talk about how states and organizations are assembling disinformation and what techniques they use to push their narratives into the mainstream thought. Additionally, it will discuss the practical solutions that youths can use to fight against disinformation and manipulation. It is an action-oriented session.

Marc Owen Jones

Volunteerism has long been around as the selfless act of saving lives, alleviating suffering and promoting human dignity in times of crisis. It also helps bring communities together and spread understanding among them. The fast transformation to digitization in volunteering processes will positively impact the landscape of volunteering, especially in the context of humanitarian aid. This Master Class will discuss the new trends present in volunteerism and how youth can engage in them.”

Havva Nur Demir, Volunteer Management Specialist at Turkish Red Crescent
17:35 - 19:05
Diversity and Inclusion Simulation / Screening of “Islam on the Edges”
10:00 - 10:15
Keynote Speech
Dr. Mehmet M. KASAPOĞLU, Minister of Youth & Sports
Shireen Naqvi, Senior Adviser and Consultant

he struggle over restoring political order is the most fiercely contested one in the Al Sharq region. Popular revolt against the autocratic and dysfunctional political systems during the Arab Spring led to a decade-long crisis of stability and legitimacy. Capitalizing on the popular fatigue and the global recession of democratic ideals, the resurgent authoritarianism in the Al Sharq region is attempting to renew its validity. For decades, the strategy of the rules elites in the Al Sharq region has been to trade freedom for security, and political rights for the promise of development, attempts which have obviously not suceeded. At the societal level, the region has never been as interconnected as it is now since the advent of modern nation states. Societal interconnection provides fertile ground for new imaginations, premised on the idea of a shared destiny and future. In the face of such societal interconnection and consciousness, the attempt to resurrect a new version of an authoritarian status quo is no more than a fragile relic from the past. Indeed, social interconnection and solidarity is the most effective antidote to authoritarian consolidation. Therefore, the endeavor to establish an efficient, yet legitimate and inclusive political order at both the domestic and regional level is the only way out from the current chaos.

Hassan Aourid, Liqaa Meki, Abdullah Alshayji, Tesnim Khriji Chirchi, Moderator: Mohammad Affan
Fadi Quran, Campaigns Director at Avaaz
Dr. Rana Dajani, Professor Molecular Cell Biology, Social Entrepreneur
12:15 - 12:35
Break
12:35 - 12:50
Spotlight: Hashtag Weapons & Digital Authoritarianism
Rouba Mhaissen, Economist, Activist and Development Practitioner.

Decades of development models in the Al Sharq region have so far failed to provide just, prosperous and sustainable realities for societies. Rather, the region seems to be set on a destructive path complicated by conflict, climate change, global economic crises and a post-fuel transition. How can we rethink the Al Sharq path to development and move into directions that are more just, inclusive and sustainable taking into consideration the existing challenges and opportunities?

Mehmet Asutay, Karim El Gendy, Adeel Malik, Diego La Monda, Moderator: Rouba Mhaissen

We are living in a networked world formed of complex systems where everyone and everything is connected, economic actors, political actors, non-state actors and more, all weaved together. One cannot navigate this world and take the right decisions without understanding it. In this session, we attendees explore how to understand the world as a network. The session includes a spotlight on the OPEN initiative which maps and analyzes political and economic networks in Syria. OPEN was one of Impact Platform’s incubated initiatives in 2021

Omar Salha, Lecturer in International Diplomacy, Founder & CEO, Ramadan Tent Project.
Enes Efendioğlu, Deputy Director General for Youth Services, Türkiye Youth and Sports ministry.
14:35 - 15:45
Lunch Break

11 parallel sessions with different speakers

17:15 - 17:35
Break

Facilitated discussion among Hubs and their communities about determining the pressing challenges of their local communities and proposing solutions to it.

19:25 - 20:25
Tea Time
20:05 - 21:00
Closing Remarks
15:45 - 17:15
Know How | Ways of Making Viral and Meaningful Social Media Content | Master Class

Social media platforms are crowded with meaningless trends and content that distract youth attention. In this session there will be a discussion with speakers who have first hand experience in providing meaningful content that went viral. These questions will guide the discussion: How to make meaningful content on social media that can go viral? How to deal with the short attention timespan of social media consumers? How can complex concepts be simplified to raise the awareness of young generations? How can we manage the balance between producing meaningful content and consumable and viral content?

Alsha5anji

Creating visions of a more just future requires out of box thinking and creativity, and Lego Serious Play as a workshop, will push participants to new boundaries of thinking and better communication skills. This session will be a practical and engaging session and by the end of it participants will pick up new skills that will allow them to reach their creative potential in the future.

Emad Saif, Lecturer and innovation trainer at the Strategic Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Economic Development Office (SIEED) at Qatar University

The Al Sharq region youth learned the hard way that positive change and noble goals can only be sustained if transformed into public policies. Otherwise, they will continue to be mere slogans that could easily be demolished. How does policy-making work? How can we influence it? What is the importance of cooperation between different stakeholders, and what roles can the youth play in it?

Fadi El Jardali

How does one become financially independent in hard times? How does one have the freedom and resources to be able to focus on meaningful impact, fulfillment, and legacy? How should we approach crypto investment? How does one manage savings/investments and start sustainable and scalable businesses based on passion and mission?

The growing pressure on water and food supplies poses a real national security threat to populations in the Al Sharq region, especially with the mounting political instability, weak governance, and the unfolding economic crises. Climate change is a threat multiplier that puts the future habitability of the region into question. How to respond to these threats on a local, national and regional level?

Mohammed Mahmoud, Hussein Amery, Nasser Yassin

The rise of mobile video, virtual reality, augmented reality, data analytics and other innovative and disruptive technologies all point to a continued rise in digital media. This session will go through the potentials of digital media and how the youth can take advantage of those potentials.

Riyaad Minty

Innovative technologies such as blockchain, smart contracts, digital identity, and decentralized applications are expected to bring great changes to many aspects of life. In particular, GameFi is expected to affect the financial system. This Master Class will discuss the ethical aspects of GameFi and how youth can engage in them in a manner that will bring a more equitable world.

Talha Karatas, CEO of Talchi International

Civil Society is undergoing many structural changes. The space of activism is shrinking. Youth are disillusioned. In this session, speakers will explore future scenarios of civil society and ways to engage youth again in public affairs.

Linda Sarsour

This Master Class will go over a real-life case study of the “The First Ever Digital Evacuation Operation” in which people living in Ukraine were able to support one another to evacuate safely through the use of Twitter. It shows how social media can be used for social mobilization in a way that is different from mass protests or misinformation.

Esra Öztürk

The aim of the masterclass is to learn about mental health and how to identify, understand and help anyone who may be experiencing a mental health issue. Participants will learn to develop the skills to have effective mental health conversations with their peers and how to recognise triggers and manage a stress response.

Arwa El Khani, Lead Clinical Pharmacist at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

This Master Class will show how to build bridges between countries and how that model of building bridges can be replicated in different scenarioes. It teaches how to align interests between nations so that ties will not break, and how the youth can contribute to this process.

Thembisa Fakude

In a time when youth have an all time low level of distrust towards sysytems, it is important to re-evaluate the current modes of governance. This Master Class will cover the current mode of governance, alternative systems, and whether Islam may provide a framework for new ways of governance.

Dr. Emad Shaheen, Dean of the College of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar
15:45 - 17:15
Diversity and Inclusion Simulation / Screening of “Islam on the Edges”

SPONSORS & PARTNERS

This list is subject to updates

ATTENDING ORGANIZATIONS

This list is subject to updates

WHAT THEY SAID

ANWAR IBRAHIM

President of the People’s Justice Party

Al Sharq Youth provides the environment for young leaders to articulate and have a discourse of reason. We have to remind them that they are the youth associated with idealism, with principles, with conviction, not necessarily support for the excess of the present regimes.

ASTRONAUT ABIGAIL HARRISON

International Space Ambassador

I highly recommend joining Al Sharq Youth for all young leaders looking for support, ideas and inspiration to continue their work to change the world.

KERIM TURE

CEO of Modanisa.com

It was wonderful to meet the dynamic and promising young members of Al Sharq Youth during their last annual conference which was well done. They are the young leaders of our society.

DR. BASHEER NAFI

Academic, Historian and Researcher

In just a few years since its launch, Al Sharq Youth has emerged as one of the most dynamic and inventive platforms in the Middle East. The network is contributing to the making of a better future for the youth and all the peoples of the Mashriq.

AL ANSTEY

Former CEO, Al Jazeera America

Al Sharq Youth is more than just a gathering of young people. It is a meeting of minds from all over the world. It is a network which unites young people who are inspired and motivated to make a positive difference, and to take action to build a better future.

MALIA BOUATTIA

Former President of the National Union of Students, UK

Al Sharq Youth creates a space that draws on lessons of the past by incorporating our historical struggles, successes and failures, so that future generations are equipped with the tools needed to move forward with new solutions.

MAJED AL ANSARI

Assistant Professor of Political Sociology at Qatar University

When you attend a conference like Al Sharq Youth Annual Conference, you are engaged and you are hearing every word and you get everything out of it. Use that as a force. Use this conferences and these meetings as a force to push yourselves forward. The real accomplishment here is the networking, not with the […]

ABDULSAMAD KHAN

Founder & CEO of Youth Impact.

Young people have hope and optimism, that’s where Al Sharq has rightly emphasized on the FUTURE. It was a profound experience at Al Sharq Conference, meeting youth and leaders all over the world, speaking the same language, owning their future.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

President of the People’s Justice Party

Al Sharq Youth provides the environment for young leaders to articulate and have a discourse of reason. We have to remind them that they are the youth associated with idealism, with principles, with conviction, not necessarily support for the excess of the present regimes.

ASTRONAUT ABIGAIL HARRISON

International Space Ambassador

I highly recommend joining Al Sharq Youth for all young leaders looking for support, ideas and inspiration to continue their work to change the world.

KERIM TURE

CEO of Modanisa.com

It was wonderful to meet the dynamic and promising young members of Al Sharq Youth during their last annual conference which was well done. They are the young leaders of our society.

DR. BASHEER NAFI

Academic, Historian and Researcher

In just a few years since its launch, Al Sharq Youth has emerged as one of the most dynamic and inventive platforms in the Middle East. The network is contributing to the making of a better future for the youth and all the peoples of the Mashriq.

AL ANSTEY

Former CEO, Al Jazeera America

Al Sharq Youth is more than just a gathering of young people. It is a meeting of minds from all over the world. It is a network which unites young people who are inspired and motivated to make a positive difference, and to take action to build a better future.

MALIA BOUATTIA

Former President of the National Union of Students, UK

Al Sharq Youth creates a space that draws on lessons of the past by incorporating our historical struggles, successes and failures, so that future generations are equipped with the tools needed to move forward with new solutions.

MAJED AL ANSARI

Assistant Professor of Political Sociology at Qatar University

When you attend a conference like Al Sharq Youth Annual Conference, you are engaged and you are hearing every word and you get everything out of it. Use that as a force. Use this conferences and these meetings as a force to push yourselves forward. The real accomplishment here is the networking, not with the […]

ABDULSAMAD KHAN

Founder & CEO of Youth Impact.

Young people have hope and optimism, that’s where Al Sharq has rightly emphasized on the FUTURE. It was a profound experience at Al Sharq Conference, meeting youth and leaders all over the world, speaking the same language, owning their future.

VENUE

VENUE

Address:

PULLMAN ISTANBUL HOTEL &CONVENTION CENTER
Yenibosna Merkez, Mahallesi, 1. Asena Sk. No:15, 34295 Bahçelievler/İstanbul

DIRECTIONS

By Taxi

The hotel can be reached by taking the metrobus to Yenibosna stop or Marmaray Ataköy, and then taking a taxi that will be a 15- minute drive.

FAQs

Al Sharq Youth is a network of committed and active youth, leading change towards a more inclusive and just world. We are a community of 6,000 members in 7 region working together to address these global challenges integrated with local grass-root priorities through programs, special projects, and activities aligned with grounded values and principles.

Know more: youth.sharqforum.org

The focus of the conference is discussing the unprecedented global risks we face like widespread youth disillusionment, disengagement from public affairs, and inclination towards populist narratives, due to the lack of trust in the existing economic, political, and social structures at a global scale.

  • Explore socio-economic alternatives for the coming era and encourage youth to use these tools of the future
  • Reshaping the world through ideals of justice and equilibrium, to create a connection between the people and the nation through authentic interests
  • Find out the causes and solutions to youth disengagement, and create a safe space for youth to engage in creating the solution
  • Analyze the trends of the changing world to decipher the complexities of interconnected challenges, and identify points of collaboration, synergies, where thinking and building viable alternatives is within reach to envision and pursue an alternative future
  • Embrace ideas for change that transcend the current times, to pursue the future, while exploring the dynamics and ideas that shape it.

The conference will take place on August 13 – 14, 2022 at the Pullman Istanbul Hotel & Convention Center.

Application is required to take part in the conference. Apply now and check your email by mid of July to get your acceptance and ticket.

The conference aims to host about 1000 committed youth to give them the space and floor to exchange ideas, experiences and contribute to building a stable and prosperous future. Therefore, the conference committee will be handpicking all participants for this year.

No. You need to receive an acceptance email from Al Sharq Youth Team.

A few weeks before the conference, you will receive an acceptance email with your ticket and QR code to access the conference.

  • Awareness of at least one of the following trends, Political, Economical or Social issues in Al Sharq region.
  • Capacity to comprehend and analyze problems in the region and the ability to come up with innovative solutions.
  • Ability to bring impactful ideas to the conferences session
  • Proven record in engaging in civil society and public affairs.

These costs are covered by the participants themselves.

The conference and its sessions will be conducted in English, Arabic, and Turkish languages.

Unfortunately, we don’t provide participants with certificates, we offer them opportunities.

Registration for workshops, master classes and teatime sessions details will be sent to you before the conference.

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