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Research to Advance Family Policies

2015 Annual Conference

Keynote & Panel Speakers


Keynote Speaker

  • Dr. David Finkelhor, Director of the Crimes against Children Research Center
    Family Factors in Preventing Childhood Exposure to Family, Peer and Community Violence

    David Finklehor Bio Photo DAVID FINKELHOR is the Director of the Crimes against Children Research Center, Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory and Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He has been studying the problems of child victimization, child maltreatment and family violence since 1977. He is well known for his conceptual and empirical work on the problem of child sexual abuse, reflected in publications such as Sourcebook on Child Sexual Abuse (Sage, 1986) and Nursery Crimes (Sage, 1988). He has also written about child homicide, missing and abducted children, children exposed to domestic and peer violence and other forms of family violence. In his recent work, he has tried to unify and integrate knowledge about all the diverse forms of child victimization in a field he has termed Developmental Victimology. He is editor and author of 11 books and over 150 journal articles and book chapters. He has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the US Department of Justice, and a variety of other sources. In 1994, he was given the Distinguished Child Abuse Professional Award by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and in 2004 he was given the Significant Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.

Panel Discussion 1:
Production of Knowledge on the Family in The Arab Countries: Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Forward

  • Dr. Mokhtar El Harras, Professor of Sociology in Mohamed V University in Rabat.

    Bio: He obtained a PhD in Sociology in February 2000 and has several publications including:
    “Students, Family and the Individuation Process: the Case of Morocco”, Changing Values among Youth – Examples from the Arab World and Germany, Berlin: 2007
    “Moroccan Family Change”: 50 Years of Human Development in Morocco, Alakhwayn University, Ifrane: 2005
    Culture and Fertility (in Arabic), in collaboration with Driss Bensaid: 1996
    Tribe and Power: Evolution of the Social Structures in Northern Morocco: 1989

    Dr Harras has also served in various committees including the Committee for the Advisory Council for Family and Childhood, in the Ministry of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development (2013). Between 1998-2013 Dr El Harras served as the Director of Masters and Doctorate programs, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Letters, Rabat. Between 2001-2003 he was a member of the Advisory Committee of MEA awards (Middle East Awards) in the Population Council in Cairo.

  • Dr Kaltham Al-Ghanim, Director, Center for Humanties and Social Sciences, Qatar University

    Bio: Dr Kaltham Al Ghanim is associate professor of sociology at Qatar University since 1995 and director of center for humanities and social sciences in the college of art and sciences in Qatar University since September 2014. She has carried field research related to culture and human development. She is Author of three specialized academic books and numerous papers in areas of interest such as domestic violence, marriage, and gender roles. Her interests cover a wide range of issues including woman studies, Social problems, sustainable development, local culture, folklore and heritage. Currently, she leads several research projects funded by various national and international institutions. Dr. Klatham has relationships with many national, regional and international institutions as expert in socio-cultural studies and human development.

  • Dr Islah Jad, Associate Professor, Qatar University

    Bio: Islah Jad (Hossneya Gad) is currently linked to Qatar University, International Affairs Department since 2014. Jad was a lecturer on gender issues and politics at the Women's Studies Institute and Cultural Studies Institute of Bir Zeit University, where she was its director from 2008-2013. She joined Birzeit in 1983, and is a founding member of its women’s studies MA program. She has written books and papers on the role of women in politics, Palestinian women and the relationships among them, Islam, and NGOs. Dr. Jad is also a consultant on gender issues to the United Nations Development Programme and is co-author of the UN's Arab Development Report on Women's Empowerment and author of two books:
    1-Palestinian Female Headed Households, MAS, Rmallah, 2002.
    2-Women at the Crossroads: The Palestinian Women's Movement between Nationalism, Secularism and Islamism, MUWATIN-The Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy, Ramallah. Palestine June 2008. Second edition reprinted by Dar al Farabi, Beirut, 2013.
    Dr. Jad received her Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London in 2004.

  • Dr Paul Tabar, Associate Professor of Sociology/Anthropology at LAU Beirut.

    Bio: Dr. Paul Tabar is an associate professor of sociology/anthropology at LAU Beirut. He is the Chairperson of the Department of Social Sciences and the director of LAU’s Institute for Migration Studies .He holds a PhD in Sociology/Anthropology from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. His research interests include Migration, Diasporic relations, multiculturalism, racism, home-grown terrorism, Lebanese state and society.

    He is the author of “‘Political Remittances’: the case of Lebanese expatriates voting in national elections”. Journal of Intercultural Studies, Vol. 35, Issue 4, 2014 and of “Arab Communities in Australia (CAUS, 2013, in Arabic).

    He is also a co-author of Being Lebanese in Australia: Identity, racism and the ethnic field (Institute for Migration Studies, 2010), Bin Laden in the Suburbs: Criminalising the Arab Other (The Institute of Criminology, Sydney University, 2004), and has published many articles on Lebanese and Arab migrants in international journals. He is currently co-authoring a book on Ethnic Habitus.

Panel Discussion 2:
The Family Strategy in Qatar

  • Dr. Jamal Alyafei, Expert - Social Policies and Development Planning, Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics - The family strategy in Qatar: The Vision and Challenges of implementation

    Bio: Dr Jamal holds a doctoral degree in Philosophy (Measurement and Evaluation), University of Hull, England, an MA in the same field, University of Pittsburgh, United States and a BA in Social Work, University of Qatar.

    He currently works as an expert in social policies and development in the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics. Previously he worked as an expert in family policies at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, and a Senior Specialist in policies and research analysis in the Supreme Education Council.

    He has contributed to many national programs as a manager, coordinator or member, including the Qatar National Development Strategy, the Qatar National Qualifications Framework and the Qatari labour market data and market strategy project and the Supreme Council for Family Affairs Committee to review Qatar’s Family Law.

    He prepared reports and various working papers on multiple family issues including the role of government in developing a comprehensive family policies, legislation and National policies and initiatives to support pre-marriage, elimination of violence against girls and women, national strategies for caregiving and protection of rights of the elderly, and the role of national policies and plans in the promotion of dialogue between generations.

  • Ms. Amal Bint Abdul-Latif Al-Mannai, Chief Executive Officer – Qatar Foundation for Social Work - Challenges facing the implementation of the Family Strategy in Qatar

    Bio: Amal A. Al-Mannai is the CEO of Qatar Foundation for Social Work, a non-profit developmental organization, overarching 7 civil societies working in miscellaneous field to cover the different social needs, and guarantee the pledge of the international conventions and treaties signed by Qatar. Al-Mannai is a social activist who participated in initiating many profound societal impacts to cope with the speedy economic growth in Qatar and to involve women and youth as a vehicle for development. She is membered and chaired many national committees such as the national human rights committee.

  • Ms. Lolwah Al-Khater,  Researcher and PhD candidate - Family policies in Qatar: Between the comprehensive initiative and the partial adaptation

    Bio: Lolwah Rashid Alkhater is a policy researcher from Qatar whose research interests include education reform, human capital development, family and identity and religion in the public sphere. Lolwah started her professional career in the area of systems analysis and project management and the last managerial position she possessed is the Director of Planning & Quality in Qatar Tourism Authority. She has a number of publications with international institutions like RAND corporation and regional institutions like the Arab Center for Policy and Research and is a co-editor of the coming book ‘Qatar: Policy making in a transformative state’ under publication with Palgrave MacMillan. Lolwah is currently working on a commissioned study for the GCC Executive Bureau on ‘Bridging the Gap between Higher Education and the Labour Market in the Gulf’. Besides her research and professional interests, she is a ‘Fusha’ poet and has a number of published poems in specialized magazines. Lolwah Alkhater Holds a Masters of Science from Imperial College London, a Masters of Arts in Public Policy in Islam from HBKU and is currently working on a PhD proposal about the presence and representation of religion in the public sphere in the Arab region.

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About DIFI

About DIFI

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), formerly known as Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development (DIIFSD), was established by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in 2006. The Institute has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC).

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UN Forum

55th Session of the Commission for Social Development

Date: 1-10 February 2017
Location: United Nations, New York, USA
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