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Research to Advance Family Policies

2016 Annual Conference

Keynote & Panel Speakers

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  • Noor Al Malki Al Jehani

    Miss Noor Al Malki Al Jehani, Executive Director of the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Miss Al Jehani a Board Member at Qatar Foundation for Social Work. She was also an expert in United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against women (CEDAW) from 2013-2014.

    Before joining DIFI, She worked as Secretary General for the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA). She was also a member of the National Committee for Human Rights in the State of Qatar since its formation in 2003 until 2011.

    Miss Al Jehani was Qatar's representative in the Arab Women Committee (Arab league) and Women Committee (UNESCWA) and head / member of many national delegations to regional and international conferences on the family, women, and child rights.

    Miss Al Jehani participated in drafting many national strategies and plans including Qatar's first national development strategy, 2011-2016. She also participated in the review or drafting of several legislations pertaining to social and women's issues. She organized and supervised numerous workshops, panel discussions, and awareness raising campaigns on women issues such as domestic violence, family law, and women’s political rights.

  • Amal Mohammed Al-Malki

    Dr. Amal Mohammed Al-Malki is Founding Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation. Prior to that she served as Executive Director of the Translation and Interpreting Institute, which she founded in 2011. She also served as Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar where she taught courses in writing composition, postcolonial literature, theories of translation and Islamic feminism. 

    Dr. Al-Malki’s research interests include the negotiation of identity between East and West, media representations of Arab women and postcolonial literature. She has published numerous articles in academic journals in the United States and UK. Her book, Arab Women in Arab News: Old Stereotypes and New Media (2012) is published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation and Bloomsbury Academic, UK. It was lauded as the first comprehensive study of the topic in the world. She also edited The Writer’s Craft: Teaching Creative Writing in Qatar, published as a part an initiative honoring Doha as the Arab Capital of Culture in 2010

    Dr. Al-Malki holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of London-SOAS, where she also earned a Master's Degree in English-Arabic Applied Linguistics and Translation. She is a sought-after public speaker and social commentator. Dr. Al-Malki has been invited to speak at conferences and forums throughout the Middle East, United States and UK. She was the first Arab and Muslim to serve as a Keynote Speaker at City University in New York in the wake of 9/11. She was also the first Qatari to be invited to address the Cheltenham Literature Festival. She has lectured at Durham University, SOAS and Maryland University among others. Focusing on women's rights and Arab identity, Dr. Al-Malki strives to help deepen international understanding of Qatar and its evolving place in the world.

    She was recognized as a Qatar Foundation achiever in 2010 and has been profiled in several local and international magazines. She was an honored guest at the first Middle Eastern meeting of the Active Leaders for Women’s Advancement in the Near East (ALWANE) Coalition, an initiative by Women’s Campaign International (WCI), which advocates for gender equality around the world. She was also selected to take part in the Future Leader Program in 2014 by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

  • Sheikha Hessa Bint Khalifa AL Thani

    Ms. Hissa Al Thani is Special Envoy to SG of League of Arab States from March 2013 until June 2016. She undergoes field visits, research and studies, raising awareness of and advocacy for humanitarian situations. She previously held the position of Former UN Special Rapporteur on Disability from 2003-2009. In her position she monitored, ensured the implementation of the Standard Rules for the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, she advocated for and raised awareness of the issues of persons with disabilities worldwide. Throughout her mandate as Special Rapporteur, she kept her commitment to equality, social justice and human rights as the focal point of all her activities, such as research {the first comprehensive global survey on the situation of persons with disabilities}, worked with and on different media tools and Arabic drama Production to raise local, regional, and worldwide public awareness of the people with disabilities. Field visits to countries such as Darfur and Gaza in to assess the situation of and advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities in conditions of war and armed conflicts. Prior to her appointment as UN Special Rapporteur on Disability, she held the positions of Deputy Director of HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Head of the International Relations Division at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Qatar, Member of Committee who drafted National Law 2004 for People with Special Needs.

  • Luay Shabaneh

    Luay Shabaneh, currently serves as Arab States Regional Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund starting May 2016. A native of Palestine, he has held a number of high-profile national and international public service positions over the last two decades in the area of official statistics, population census, population and develop-ment, monitoring and evaluation, programme management and advoca-cy within the UN System, in government and in the multilateral arena. He served as chief statistician of Palestine from 2005 until he started his UN career in 2009 with both UNDP/UNCT and UNFPA in Iraq, and the Regional Office for Arab States since 2015 as the Regional Adviser for Population Data and Policies in ASRO. Within the Arab region, he served as chair or member of several regional professional and re-search committees. Such as the Chair of the Statistical Committee of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Arab regional statistical forum and as member of the board of the Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics. Prior to that, Luay Shabaneh started his professional career at Palestine Central Bureau of Statis-tics (PCBS) in 1994 – 2005 he crowned his career there to be the second President of PCBS. Luay holds a PhD in Applied Social Statistics from Lancaster University, UK, a Master’s Degree in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Jordan and a Bachelor of Science in Mathemat-ics from Baghdad University.

  • Rami Khouri

    Rami George Khouri is an internationally syndicated political columnist and book author. He was the first director, and is now a senior fellow, at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. He also serves as a nonresident senior fellow at the Kennedy School of Harvard University. He is editor at large, and former executive editor, of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper, and was awarded the Pax Christi International Peace Prize for 2006. He teaches or lectures annually at the American University of Beirut and Northeastern University. He has been a fellow and visiting scholar at Harvard, Mount Holyoke, Princeton, Syracuse, The Fletcher School at Tufts, Northeastern, Denver, Oklahoma and Stanford universities, and is a member of the Brookings Institution Task Force on US Relations with the Islamic World. He is a Fellow of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (Arab East Jerusalem). He also serves on the Joint Advisory Board of the Northwestern University Journalism School in Doha, Qatar, Georgetown University’s Center for Regional and International Studies in Doha, Qatar, and recently completed a four-year term on the International Advisory Council of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

    He was editor-in-chief of the Jordan Times for seven years and for 18 years was general manager of Al Kutba, Publishers, in Amman, Jordan, where he also served as a consultant to the Jordanian tourism ministry on biblical archaeological sites.

    He has a BA and MSc degrees respectively in political science and mass communications from Syracuse University, NY, USA.

  • Nahla Haidar

    Mrs. Haidar is a member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and is Chair of the Working Group on Gender Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Change at CEDAW. She volunteers in support of different NGOs with regional involvement in the development field and inter alia overseeing the program component related to Human Rights education namely for AMEL Association and AMEL International. She is also acting as an Advisor to other NGO’s on pro bono basis to streamline gender perspective into their policies and programs (i.e. MENTOR ARABIA). She is a consultant to DARA, an International NGO undertaking evaluation of Development and Humanitarian assistance at the field level (i.e. Sudan, Yemen). Her main professional activities include Deputy focal point for the advancement of Women - United Nations Office in Geneva, Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States (WIPO), Deputy Executive Director, War Torn Societies Project (UNOPS), in charge of Outreach & Learning for Peace Building Projects in Guatemala, Rwanda, Macedonia, empowering women at the community level through participatory action research and dialogue processes, Chief of a Unit covering North, Central and Eastern Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan (UNOCHA) with a special emphasis on protection issues and women in conflict, Recruitment Officer UN Headquarters and UNOG focusing among other issues on improving the representation of women at senior level within the Secretariat, Social Affairs Officer (ESCWA) working on community development projects throughout the Region including special projects aiming at a better integration of women in development. Mrs. Haidar holds an Advanced University Degree in Law, major in Sociology of Law, from Pantheon-Sorbonne, Paris “Licence en Droit”, major International Law and Islamic Shari a, USJ, Beirut “Licence en Sociologie”, sociologie du développement, Ecole Supérieure des Lettres, Beirut.

  • Suad Joseph

    Suad Joseph is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at UC Davis, focusing on family, religion and politics, family and the state, gender and citizenship, children and rights, and notions of selfhood.  She founded the foremother of the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association; she founded the Association for Middle East Women's Studies and co-founded  the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies; she founded the Arab Families Research Group; and a six-university consortium including AUB, AUC, LAU, Birzeit, AUS and UC Davis. She co-founded the Arab American Studies Association and the Association for Middle East Anthropology.  She was the president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America.  She co-founded the Women and Gender Studies Program and founded the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program at UC Davis.  She was awarded the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Research, the largest such prize in the United States.  She was awarded the graduate mentor award and the Diversity Leadership award and the Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award by UC Davis.  Her research is committed to supporting the research of colleagues as she regularly offers training in proposal writing and research design for young scholars in the Middle East, Europe and the US.  She is General Editor of the highly esteemed Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures- the first encyclopedia of its kind, which Choice, the magazine for librarians, ranked as “essential” for libraries.   She has edited or co-edited 9 books, and published over 100 articles, with 4 more books in progress.

  • Hamdi Al-Bokari

    Hamdi Ahmadi Mohamed AlBokari, AlJazeera correspondent in Yemen. He was born in Yemen in 1975, and was graduated in 1998 from the Faculty of Mass Communication, Sanaa University. He received a lot of training courses in press, media and security procedures to be considered during covering armed conflicts. Before joining AlJazeera Channel, he worked for several newspapers and magazines, such as Al-Wahdawi Yemeni newspaper, and Al-Shorouq Emirati magazine. Since 2010, he worked as a correspondent for AlJazeera Channel in Yemen, where he covered many incidents, such as the 11th of February Revolution in 2011, and the Houthis war.

    He is a member of many associations and unions, such as the Arab Journalists Union in Cairo and the International Union of Journalists in Brussels. Moreover, he participated in many regional conferences and workshops, such as Press Ethics Workshop in Dubai and a workshop on Media Laws in GCC: Challenges and Opportunities in Oman.

  • Mohammed AlNajjar

    Mohamed Theeb Mohamed AlNajjar worked in press since his graduation from the Faculty of Islamic Studies, AlBalqa’ Applied University in 1999. During his professional journey, he worked for numerous of organizations, such as Alsabeel Jordanian Newspaper, where he served as an editor, and CBS Channel where he was a senior researcher in “60 minutes” TV program. Before being accountable for the Social Media Unit in AlJazeera Channel, February 2015, he participated in preparing many programs in the channel such as "Political Crime” and “Top Secret”.

    He received many trainings in press and media from several entities; AlJazeera Training Center, BBC channel, Agence France-Presse, the American Cultural Center and the Jordan Media Institute. He covered a part of the Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006, and the Egyptian parliamentary elections in 2011.

  • Amer Lafi

    Amer Lafi, is AlJazeera Channel correspondent in Istanbul. He is Palestinian Turkish. He was graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Istanbul in 2003. He started his professional press career since 1997, as a correspondent from Turkey to many Arabic Channels including the Saudi TV, Abu Dhabi Channel, BBC Channel, then he joined AlJazeerah since 2005 till present.

    He participated in covering the Libyan Revolution, the Syrian Revolution, as well as covering the issue of the Syrian refugees’ on the Turkish borders, who live inside and outside the camps. Moreover, he covered the issue of the Iraqi refugees in North Iraq, and Refugees’ camps in Bulgaria.

  • Elizabeth Wanucha

    Elizabeth Wanucha is the Project Manager at Georgetown University - Qatar's Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS). Ms. Wanucha coordinates all logistical and financial aspects of the Working Groups, manages the annual CIRS research grant cycle, and oversees the Center’s budget. Previously, she worked as an NGO Advisor in the Community and Youth Development Sector of the US Peace Corps in Armenia. She earned her MA in International Administration from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and her BA in Linguistics from Boston University.

  • Laura Ferrero

    Laura Ferrero obtained her PhD in Anthropology from Turin University, Italy. She has been teacher assistant of Medical Anthropology and Anthropology of the Middle East. She has been Research Fellow at LDF (Laboratory of Fundamental rights) and she has been granted with an Erasmus Mundus Post doc fellowship. Her main research interests are migration studies, gender, family and Arab-Muslim societies in origin countries and in the diaspora. During her PhD she investigated familiar and gender dynamics related to the mass migration from Egypt to Italy trying to bring gender and the family at the core of the analysis of the Egyptian mobility. Transnational families, transnational marriages, left behind women and family reunification has been addressed to restore a complex description of the phenomenon. After her PhD she worked in Italy on the migrants’ access to health services, in Palestine (An Najah University) about Palestinian unmarried women and about wives of prisoners and in Lebanon (Lebanese American University) about transnational marriages between Lebanese and the diaspora in Australia. She published several articles in scientific journals and presented the results of her researches in international conferences.

  • Fatin Shabbar

    Fatin Shabbar is a qualified Social worker. She is currently working at the University of South Australia as a counsellor and an Academic in the school of Psychology, Social Work and Social policy. She has extensive research experience in quantitative and qualitative methodologies with specialization in ethnography and storytelling. She researches in areas related to gender, wars and political conflict.

  • Hassan Musa Yousif

    Dr. Yousif is a development economist and demographer. He completed his honors degree in economics at the University of Khartoum, M.Sc. development economics at the University Gezira in The Sudan, advanced Ph.D. and MA training in demography at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, postdoctoral training at Brown University, USA. He was Director of the Population Studies Center, University of Gezira, Sudan, and was successful in managing, training, and motivating the staff, sourcing funds from the UN, the British Council, Ford Foundation, the Population Council, CIDA, and other donor agencies. Dr. Yousif worked with the Government of Botswana on developing a national policy and programs for its implementation.. In 1998 he joined the UNDP/NLTPS African Futures regional project. In 2002 Dr. Yousif joined the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research. In 2004 Dr. Yousif joined the UN Economic Commission for Africa and worked with the Sustainable Development Division on regional implementation of the policy recommendations of Agenda 21, the WSSD, and the ICPD Program of Action. In 2009 he was on one year secondment to the UNFPA-Arab States Regional Office in Cairo. Upon his return to ECA, Dr. Yousif was assigned the reasonability of providing strategic policy direction for a newly established population and youth section in the Social Development Policy Division.

  • Tuba Duman

    Dr. Duman is a Social Scienctest at the University of Ankara in the Department of Sociology. She has been working on subjects of urban spaces, poverty, gender, women rights, migration, women migration, Syrian refugees, conservatism, literature reviews, and sociology of literature.

  • Abdullah Baabood

    Director Gulf Studies Center, College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University.

    Abdullah is a graduate in Business and International Relations and gained a Master in Business Studies (MBA), a Master in International Relations (MA), and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Cambridge- UK.

    Before joining Qatar University, Abdullah held the post of the Director of the Gulf Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Abdullah taught at a number of universities and his teaching and research interest focuses on politics and international relations. He is specifically interested in the Middle East and in particular the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) economic, social and political development and their external relations where he has several publications on these topics.

  • Anis Ben Brik

    Anis Ben Brik, Ph.D. is the Director of the Family Policy Division at the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development. Before joining DIFI, Dr. Ben Brik served as President Middle East at the Eneref Institute, a research and advocacy organization based in the US. He taught in the Department of Sociology at the United Arab Emirates University. He has previously worked in the government of Dubai and Abu Dhabi and served as policy advisor and researcher for several years. Graduated from London School of Economics and Political Science, Dr. Ben Brik has undertaken numerous consultancy projects throughout the Gulf region and Europe. His areas of interests are social policy, family cohesion and well-being, fertility and demography, parenting and child well-being, social exclusion, family and SDGs, social change and development, and social responsibility. Recently, he has been involved in a number of projects on social cohesion, youth development, fertility and sustainable development strategies and policies. Dr. Ben Brik has written and published on the above issues and he has been frequent speaker at regional and international professional and academic conferences.

  • Al Basheer Alhadi Mohammad Al Qarqouti

    Dr. Al Basheer Alhadi Mohammad Al Qarqouti was born in 1965 in the Libyan town of Tajura. A holder of PhD in Education, with specialization in curricula and teaching methods, he is currently an assistant professor at the Faculty of Education in the University of Tripoli. In addition to his teaching role, he is the director of the faculty's teaching staff board. He presented several research papers during different regional conferences on education, including:
    - A scholarly research paper for the National Conference on Education held in Tripoli during 15-17 September 2012, under the theme "Education between the Challenges of Reality and Development Visions";
    - A research paper for the Second International Conference on Learning Difficulties held in Kuwait, during 1-2 February 2013;
    - A research paper for the Fifth International Conference on Education held at the Jordanian University of Tufayla during 23-25 April 2013, under the theme "Education and Societal Challenges: Reality, Developments, Ambition";
    - A research paper for the Fourth International Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education, held in the Jordanian Zarqa University, during 1-3 April 2014.
    - A research paper for the Seventh International Conference held under the theme "The Arab School: Reality and Future Visions" in the Jordanian Jerash University, during13-15 May 2014.
    - A research paper for the First International Conference on Family held at Doha International Family Institute, Qatar, during 3-4 May 2015.

    Dr. Al Qarqouti also participated in a workshop on consolidating the role of teachers' trainers in Libya, held in Tunis during 23-28 February 2016, under the UNICEF supervision.

  • Ahmed Khalaf Hussein Al-Dikhil

    Prof. Dr. Ahmed Khalaf Hussein Al-Dikhil born in Sherquat 1972, an Iraqi citizen, received a bachelor's degree in law from the Faculty of Law at the University of Mosul in 1993, and earned a master's degree in public from the Faculty of Law at the University of Mosul in 1997 law, also earned a doctorate in public law from Faculty of law at the University of Mosul, 2010. Mona worked for Dean of the Faculty of law, University of Tikrit, and chairman of the Department of law, Faculty of law, University of Tikrit, the director of the Department of legal and Administrative Affairs, headed by the University of Tikrit. Ashraf and oversees a group of master's and doctoral students. He participated in more than 30 scientific conferences and symposia in Iraq and the world, and has more than 50 researches published in scientific journals inside and outside Iraq. He published several articles in newspapers and magazines in different subjects. He is activist in the field of human rights in general and the rights of disabled people particular.

  • Maia Sieverding

    Maia Sieverding is a social demographer with experience conducting mixed-methods research on a range of population, health and development topics in North and Sub-Saharan Africa. She currently focuses on the design and implementation of qualitative and mixed-methods evaluations of health interventions. Prior to joining UCSF, Maia worked for the Population Council office in Egypt. She continues to work in Egypt on topics related to youth, including female genital cutting, exposure to violence, mental health, and the transition to adulthood. Maia holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Islah Jad

    Islah Jad (Hossneya Gad) is an Associate Professor, currently linked to Qatar University, International Affairs Department since 2014. Jad is 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 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.

  • Fairouz Omar Mohammad

    Fairouz Omar Mohammad is an educational consultant for UNICEF-Egypt, a training officer at the Career Development Center reporting to the International Learning Center of Helwan University, Egypt, and an educational consultant for Save the Children Organization. She is also a fellow member of the International Ashoka Organization for Social Innovation, a fellow member of the International Mubadirun Organization for Social Entrepreneurship, board president of the Great Heart Association for Psychological and Educational Counseling, and a writer for the Education supplement of the London-based Al-Arabi newspaper.

    She worked as a trainer for the project “Roads Leading to Higher Education” by the University of Cairo. She is also the leader of the psychological support team accompanying the Convoy of Life, initiated to support the Syrian refugees based in Rif Idlib, and a consultant for the social section of the Islam Online website.

    She holds a Master degree in Education from Birmingham University, United Kingdom, and a diploma in Media Studies from the Preachers Institute, the Shari’a Association, University of Cairo, under the Azhar supervision. In addition, she holds a BA in Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Cairo.

    The most important training programs she attended include: Psychological Support for Teens at Clark University of Massachusetts (United States), and Global Women in Management (GWIM) at Plan International Organization (the United States). Her writings and research works include: Rasa'il fi Tarbiat al-Banat (Letters on Girls Education), Tibah Publishing and Distribution House, Cairo (book), Hamasat al-Banat (Girls’ Whispers), Al-Rayah Publishing and Distribution House, Cairo (book), Curriculum Design for Teaching Citizenship, University of Birmingham, England (research paper), Role of Fathers and Mothers in Schools: Comparative Study Between Egypt and Nicaragua, University of Birmingham, England (research paper).

  • Anthony Keedi

    Anthony Keedi is a psychologist and Program Coordinator of the Masculinities and Engaging Men & Boys in Gender Equality Unit at ABAAD: Resource Center for Gender Equality. He has been working in Lebanon for the past 9 years piloting the concept of Engaging Men in Ending Gender Based Violence and understanding Masculinities and perceptions of Men’s Gender Roles in Lebanon and the Middle East. He is, also, certified in conflict resolution. In his work thus far, he created local forums of men standing to end Gender Based Violence in the rural area of Baalbeck, Lebanon; Oversaw the 1st ever White Ribbon Campaign in the Middle East; written workbooks with games developed for facilitating discussions on Gender Equality with children, adolescents, and young adults; Aids in the creative concepts for mass media advocacy campaigns for engaging men in Gender Equality.

  • Hani Khamis Ahmed Abdo

    Hany Khamis Ahmed Abdou is an associate professor at the Department of Sociology, Alexandria University. He is specialized in the sociology of crime and deviant behaviour, legal sociology and sociological theory. He obtained a PhD with honours from the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, Alexandria University, in 2007 and a Master’s degree (Grade: Excellent) from the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, Alexandria University, in 2002. He finished his Master’s preliminary courses in November 1997 with a general grade “Very Good” and obtained a Bachelor degree from the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, Alexandria University, in 1995 with a general grade “Very Good”.

    Selected Publications:

    “Interdisciplinary Research and the Advancement of Human Societies in the New Millennium: Practical Experiments and Future Choices”. This research was presented in the Third International Conference entitled “Interdisciplinary Relations between Social Sciences and Other Sciences: Experiments and Aspirations”, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman (15 – 17 December, 2015).
    “Drug Addiction and Social Capital: A Field Study on a Number of Young Addicts in Alexandria”, a pending publication in the Jounral of National Criminal Affairs
    “A Sociological Analysis of the Discourse of Violence in the Egyptian Society after the January 25 and June 30 Revolutions”. This research was presented in the Fourth Annual Conference on the Issues of Democratic Transformation entitled “Violence and Politics in Contemporary Arab Societies”, Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, Gammarth, Tunisia (12 – 13 December, 2015).

  • Suhad Daher-Nashif

    Dr. Suhad Daher-Nashif holds BSc. and MSc. in Occupational Therapy. She completed her PhD studies in Anthropology, with focus on anthropology of medicine and culture, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her dissertation examines the social-political enlivening of the dead Palestinian's body: the case of the Palestinian Forensic Medicine System. Her research interests focus mainly on death practices within the Palestinian society and their reflections on females' and families' life structure. On 2015 she got the ACSS (Arab Council for Social Sciences) and Carnegie Corporation New-York Post doctoral fellowship, and on 2016 she received PARC's (Palestinian American Research Center) post-doctoral fellowship competition. She has published on topics ranging from Forensic Medicine and autopsy practices, femicide as ideology and practice, and Palestinian women’s access to justice. Her most recent research subjects are: the Palestinian corpses' detention and families' and females' lives after murdering a woman in the family on gender basis.

  • Ghada Oueiss

    Ghada Oueiss is a Principle Presenter in AlJazeera Channel. She is Lebanese journalist, worked as a news producer, TV and Radio programs producer, field correspondent and news presenter in several media institutions. She joined AlJazeera since 2006.

    She got specialized training courses; 1 month training in UK and another one in Lebanon in 2005 organized by BBC. She participated in many specialized media conferences in Vienna, Brussels, Berlin, Milan, Jordan, Lebanon, USA and Qatar.

    Ghada covered many of the crucial events; Israeli war on Gaza in 2009, referendum of the Southern Sudan secession in 2011, the Yemeni presidential elections in 2012, the American presidential elections in 2012 and field coverage of the Syrian events in March 2016 from the Turkish borders. She received many awards such as May Chidiac Press Award in 2013 and the Arab Muslims for Palestine Award in Chicago 2014 in recognition for covering Gaza Attack 2014.

  • Tom Krift

    Tom Krift is Regional Director for the Middle East and Eastern Europe (MEE) for Save the Children International (SCI). On behalf of the global Save the Children movement composed of 30 national members, SCI provides line management for program operations in over 60 countries. In the MEE Region, Mr. Krift oversees the implementation of both development and humanitarian response programs in 19 countries. Just prior to his current position, Mr. Krift was the Vice President for Strategic Operations for Save the Children US (SCUS) based in Washington, DC. In that role, he supported the creation of SCI and oversaw the transition of all SCUS program operations globally to SCI line management. Previously, Mr. Krift was the Associate Vice President (AVP) for Save the Children's programs in the United States and has also served as Country Director in Bangladesh, Russia, oPt, Malawi, Kiribati and Tuvalu and Project Director in the Philippines. He has also been the SCUS AVP for MEE and Deputy Regional Director for Asia/Pacific. He originally served in the US Peace Corps in the Philippines. Mr. Krift holds an M.A. in Diplomacy and International Commerce from the University of Kentucky and a B.A. from Haverford College.

  • Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Naimi

    As the Executive Director & Deputy Secretary General of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Naimi has come into focus as the leader of a tremendous reorganization process in QRCS's strategies, vision and mission, policies, and organizational structure. These changes are meant to adopt the best practices of management and governance, maximize proficiency and decentralization, and give QRCS a fully up-to-date and professional character in the field of social and humanitarian action.

    In doing so, Mr. Al-Naimi employs his remarkable background and academic qualifications, including but not limited to Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the UK Henley Management College, Master of Science in Alternative Energy from the UK University of Reading, and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the US North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. His trainings as a neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) master practitioner and mind mapping certified coach give him special insights into leadership techniques, institutional dynamics, and how to ensure optimized achievement.

    Mr. Al-Naimi also has a unique track record as a notable Qatari expert, manager, consultant, and researcher. Among the numerous positions he has held are Management Consultant for Weyak Charity, Strategic Planning Consultant for State Audit Bureau and Ashghal, Head of Strategic Planning at Qatar Foundation, Head of Planning at Kahramaa, Head of Oil & Gas Economics at Qatar General Petroleum Corporation (QGPC), and Energy Planner at the Supreme Council for Planning, just to name a few.

  • Kamel Mohanna

    Kamel Mohanna is the Founder of Amel Association Internationale’s, born in 1943, he spent his early life in Khiyam, South Lebanon. Marked by an arduous childhood facing poverty and inequality, he became a man with the courage to chose the right but challenging options instead of the easiest ones. Originally pediatrician, Dr. Kamel Mohanna became involved in the humanitarian field after the second Israeli invasion of South Lebanon (1978) when he founded the NGO Amel Association in collaboration with a group of doctors, teachers, journalists and intellectuals. During the war, Amel Association played a significant role providing relief and emergency response. Since then, the NGO has established a considerable network of dispensaries, clinics, medical centers, and a dedicated team of more than 800 volunteers and aid workers. Among a long series of titles, he received the Order of Honor on behalf of the President Jacques Chirac in 1998 for his long commitment to caring for the injured abroad and the Civil Peace and Human Rights Prize (Joseph and Laure Moghaizel Foundation) in collaboration with the UNDP Programme in 2006. During his career, Dr. Kamel Mohanna continued to practice pediatrics while teaching as a Professor at the University.

  • Samar Muhareb

    Adv. Samar Muhareb is the cofounder and Director of ARDD-Legal Aid. She is a lawyer, Human Rights specialist, and has an MA in Human Rights and Human Development. She has worked with several international organizations and joined Oxfam GB/Amman in 2003, and served as Oxfam’s legal representative in Jordan in 2009 until 2013. Moreover, she is currently teaching Refugee and Migration Studies at the University of Jordan for undergraduate students.   Ms. Muhareb started her career in (2000) working in the Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan.  Then was part of the efforts which established NCCI (NGOs Coordination Committee in Iraq) in 2003.  In 2008 she established Legal Aid to provide marginalized segments of society including women, refugees, and poor with legal services, creating a solid partnership with UNHCR mission in Jordan and other international and national partners.  Now Legal Aid has expanded to become ARDD- Legal Aid: Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development. In recognition of her efforts and the impact she has had in civil society, she was awarded the TAKREEM Arab World Young Entrepreneur Award for 2011 by Takreem and the Higher Council for Youth Award.

  • Mehran Kamrava

    Mehran Kamrava is Professor and Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He is the author of a number of journal articles and books, including, most recently, The Impossibility of Palestine: History, Geography, and the Road Ahead (2016); Qatar: Small State, Big Politics (2015); The Modern Middle East: A Political History since the First World War, 3rd ed. (2013); and Iran’s Intellectual Revolution (2008). His edited books include Fragile Politics: Weak States in the Greater Middle East (2016); Beyond the Arab Spring: The Evolving Ruling Bargain in the Middle East (2015); The Political Economy of the Persian Gulf (2012); The Nuclear Question in the Middle East (2012); and The International Politics of the Persian Gulf (2011).


    PhD (1989) University of Cambridge, Social and Political Sciences
    BA (1984) California State University Northridge, Political Science and History

  • Sophia Pandya

    Sophia Pandya is currently an associate professor at California State University at Long Beach, in the Department of Religious Studies. She received her BA from UC Berkeley in Near Eastern Studies/Arabic, and her MA and PhD from UC Santa Barbara in Religious Studies. A Fulbright Scholar, she specializes in women and Islam, and more broadly in contemporary movements within Islam. Pandya has authored a book titled Muslim Women and Islamic Resurgence: Religion, Education, and Identity Politics in Bahrain (I.B. Tauris, 2012) on Bahraini women and the ways in which globalization and modern education impacted their religious activities. Having carried out research in Turkey on several occasions, she is also the co-editor of a second published volume The Gülen Hizmet Movement and it’s Transnational Activities: Case Studies on Charitable Activism (Brown Walker Press, 2012).  Her interests have also included religious change in Yemen among both the younger and older generations of women, and the ways in which they negotiate conflicting religious discourses. One of her publications, Religious Change among Yemeni Women: The New Popularity of ‘Amr Khaled (Journal of Middle East and Women’s Studies, 2009) looks at younger, educated Yemeni women and their preference of an Egyptian televangelist over their mothers’ religious practices.

  • Thomas DeGeorges

    Thomas DeGeorges is Assistant Professor of International Studies at the American University of Sharjah, where he has been working since 2007 after receiving his PhD from Harvard University and completing a post-doctoral fellowship in Algeria. His research areas include social policies designed to accommodate North African colonial veterans and former Algerian mujahideen and the politics of memory in Kuwait in the aftermath of the Gulf War. In addition to his academic duties, he served as Director of the American Research Center in Tunisia from 2010-2011. His most recent publications include articles in The Journal of African Studies, and a chapter on Algerian and Tunisian soldiers during and after the World Wars in The World in World Wars (Leiden, 2010).

  • Sultan Barakat

    Before joining the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies Director, as Director of the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies, Sultan Barakat was the director of research at the Brookings Doha Center and a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings. He is known for having pioneered both scholarship and practice in the field of post-war recovery. In 1993 he founded the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit, a world-leading center at the University of York. Barakat's current research focuses on state fragility and recovery in the Middle East, as well as the role of Qatar in conflict mediation. Barakat has been widely published, and has over 25 years of professional experience working on issues of conflict management, humanitarian response, and post-conflict recovery and transition. Much of his work has been based in, but not limited to, the Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.His research focus includes strategic conflict assessment; post-war reconstruction and state-building; humanitarian action; education in emergencies; and program evaluation and value attribution. Underlying these themes is a principal research concern with public diplomacy towards the Muslim world and the effectiveness of the research-policy nexus.

    Over the past three years, he has led an international multidisciplinary team in carrying out an education focused conflict analysis of Somalia on behalf of UNICEF; evaluated the effectiveness of the Afghanistan National Solidarity Program in terms of the reintegration of refugees on behalf of the World Bank; and completed a flagship Economic Social Research Council funded project investigating the impact of DFID-sponsored research on British state-building policy.

  • Jennifer Olmsted

    Jennifer Olmsted is currently Professor of Economics at Drew University and also recently served as the Gender Advisor at the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Her areas of specialization include gender, development, globalization, and labor economics. Her research interests include gender and labor markets and poverty in the Middle East. In particular she focuses on the relevance of religious institutions and beliefs, and the role that armed conflict plays in (re)shaping norms and economic opportunities and challenges. Dr. Olmsted is guest editor of and also contributing author to a forthcoming issue of Feminist Economics focusing on gender and economics in Muslim communities. Other recent publications include “Norms, Economic Conditions, and Household Formation: A Case Study of the Arab World,” in The History of the Family (2011), and “Motivated Migrants: (Re)framing Arab Women's Experiences,” in Women’s Studies International Forum (2012).

  • Ibrahim Fraihat

    Dr. Ibrahim Fraihat is associate professor at the Doha Institute’s Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies, and an affiliate scholar at Georgetown University. He previously served as a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution and taught international conflict resolution at George Washington University and George Mason University. He has published extensively on Middle East politics, with articles appearing in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and the Christian Science Monitor, on the CNN and Al Jazeera websites, and elsewhere. He is the author of the book Unfinished Revolutions: Yemen, Libya, and Tunisia after the Arab Spring (Yale University Press, 2016). Dr. Fraihat is the recipient of George Mason University’s Distinguished Alumni Award (2014) for his achievements in the field of conflict resolution.

  • Mohammed Baobaid

    Mohammed Baobaid earned his doctoral degree from the Institute of Psychology at the University of Erlangen Nurnberg in Germany. He is the founder of the Muslim Family Safety Project that addresses Domestic Violence in the Muslim community of London Ontario Canada.  Dr. Baobaid is currently the Executive Director of the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration and is currently working on some innovative projects. He is a research associate at the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children at the University of Western Ontario. His research areas include cross-cultural perspectives on preventing domestic violence in Immigrant Communities.In 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 he was named one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world. Dr. Baobaid has received many awards including the first Arab Ambassadors’ Award, intended to honour Arab descent Canadians with outstanding achievements in their respective fields, the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the 2012 Attorney General’s Victim Services Awards of Distinction, the Every Day Hero Award of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children at the University of Western Ontario and the 2011 John Robinson Award. Prior to coming to Canada, Dr. Baobaid was the head of the department of psychology at the University of Sana’a, Yemen.

  • Lynda M. Ashbourne

    Lynda M. Ashbourne is Associate Professor in the interdiscplenary department of Famiyl Relations & Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph. She teaches and supervises the beginning practice of M.Sc. student interns in the Couple & Family Therapy (CFT) curriculum area of the department, and occasionally ends up holding the Probgram Director “talking stick” as it is shared bwith my CFT faculty colleages. She worked for about 15 yearts as a couple and family therapist in community based agen cies from a collaborative, dialogic positioning that encouraged clients, colleagues to stay attuned to the multiple and complex constructions of meaning in relationship interactions, as well as broader systems and discourses that can serve to limit or expan such meaning-making.

  • Dora M.Y. Tam

    Dora M.Y. Tam, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Southern Alberta Region of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. Dora is also a registered social worker and has practiced in the fields of family services, probation, hospital, and group home settings. Dora’s program of research involves social work education, violence against women issues, youth delinquent, adjustment among newcomers, program evaluation, and scale development. As a social work educator, Dora strongly believes that social work programs should prepare graduates to become practitioner-researcher. To achieve such goal, Dora has actively involved in a number of research projects, which provide training opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students in terms of planning, implementation, analysis, and knowledge mobilization. Apart from research, Dora is a member of the Board of Directors with a number of social services and professional organizations as a way to keep the pulse of clients’ needs, advance social work practice, and develop social work education.

  • Abdallah Badahdah

    Abdallah Badahdah, Ph.D. is the Director of the Family Research Division at the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development. Before joining DIFI, Dr. Badahdah taught in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Dakota for 12 years and served as the Director of the Sociology Graduate Program for several years. Prior to his tenure at the University of North Dakota, he worked in the field of management in both the public and private sectors for more than a decade.

    Dr. Badahdah received his B.A. in psychology and a Ph.D. degree in sociology from Iowa State University, USA. He has given more than 50 regional, national, and international presentations and published in journals such as Child Psychiatry and Human Development, Evolution and Human Behavior, and AIDS Care and encyclopedia entries such as The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, Encyclopedia of Gender and Society and The Blackwell Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology. He has written research reports for many organizations such as the Saudi Ministry of Health, the Oman Ministry of Health/UNICEF, and the North Dakota Department of Health. In addition to being a board member for the Midwest Sociological Society (2011-2016), Dr. Badahdah has chaired and served as a member of numerous committees at the University of North Dakota, Qatar University, the American Sociological Association, and the Sociologists AIDS Network. Dr. Badahdah also has served on the review and editorial boards of several journals, including Health Behavior and Policy Review, Humanity and Society, the American Journal of Health Behavior and has been a frequent peer reviewer for numerous scientific journals.

  • Omar Abdul Rahim Ahmad Rababa'a

    Dr. Omar Abdul Rahim Ahmad Rababa'a holds a doctorate in education, assistant dean of Planning and Development and Quality, at Ajloun university College and Associate Professor /Balqa Applied University – chairman of the Department of Educational Sciences .Also chairs all chairs all Academic committees of the department such as the committee of placement and promotions, the committee of the academic research celebrations and activities, the committee of research. and ceremonies and activities. – He is member of the college Board. - Interested in research , particularly the Islamic studies. . – he has received a number of letters and certificates of appreciation. Attended numerous courses and has coached many of them - has twenty-five research publications in international specialized scientific journals and has participated in many conferences. He is author of some books such as School Readiness for Crisis Management, and Student Leadership.

  • Kaawash Raouf

    KAOUACHE Raouf is a permanent teacher of Sociology at the university of mohammed essadik ben yahia, Jijel, Algeria since 2007, and a Director of sociology of education graduate program since 2014. Before joining this status; Dr. Kaouache taught as an associate teacher at the department of management at the university of Jijel for 4 years, at the national institute specialized in vocational training for 3 years, at the university of continuous learning, and at the university of Constantine for 1 year. Dr kaouache received his BA degree in Sociology of organization and work, Magister and Ph.D degree in Sociology of human resources management and development from University of Constantine, Algeria. He was a member of the research project “ developing organizational culture of the Algerian public organizations “, and he is a member of the research project “ elkhole in the Algerian modern society “ . Also Dr Kaouache has participated in several international conferences, and published a numerous articles in academic revues. His areas of research interests are human resources development, organizations development, children work, sociology of the family.

  • Redha Bougherza

    Reza Bogrzh serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Mohammed Seddik Ben Yahia Jijel, Algeria since 2012. He obtained a bachelor certificate in Accounting and in sociology. He earned his Masters Degree in Educational Sociology from Jijel University in 2013. He has a PhD on Educational Sociology from the University of Setif 2. He participated in many national and international conferences and scientific symposia. He also published several articles in international journals.

  • Dr. Narjes Mehdizadeh

    Dr. Narjes Mehdizadeh, former British Academy Fellow and member of GRAMNet at the University of Glasgow, has teaching and research experience in several British universities. Her expertise is in comparative sociology and social policy in the areas of education; work and family balance; and care, particularly childcare; family policy and gender studies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Her specific areas of research interest are the significance of welfare for women’s experience of citizenship; and the relationship between welfare, economic change and values in the MENA. She has frequently been consulted about policy development on work, education and the family in the MENA. In June 2013, she was invited to the Expert Group Meeting in Doha, recommendations from which were used as input in the United Nations SG report 2013/2014. She has been keynote speaker at several conferences and seminars. She is the author of a forthcoming book, Work and Family Balance in the Middle East and North Africa, published by Policy Press. Her publications have appeared in journals such as International Labour Review, Work, Employment and Society, and Critical Social Policy.

  • Zahraa Beydoun

    Zahraa Beydoun is a Senior Researcher at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and an instructor of Public Health at Phoenicia University in Lebanon. She is a graduate of the American University of Beirut where she obtained her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics and then her Master of Public Health in Health Promotion and Community Health. After her graduation Zahraa started working at UNRWA and then at the American University of Beirut in 2013. Her areas of research interests are social inequalities in health and refugees' health and rights.

  • Elie Mekhael

    Elie Mekhael, holds a PhD in public health from Paris VI university in 1997, he was the General Secretary of the Higher Council for Children, Lebanon from 2002 till 2012, He is Professor of social policies, education for sustainable development at the Lebanese university, faculty of social sciences and faculty of Education from 2000 till present. He is a member of the executive board of World Family Organization 2014-2017, and author of several books and studies on family and children: the Arab comparative report on Violence against Children. 2013 (Unicef and League of Arab states),child Protection laws in Arab region(League of Arab States 2012) , Human Security of Arab family in conflict and war(LAS 2014) ,Education on child rights (book:2015). He is a consultant on social development for several international and Arab NGOs such as the Arab Urban Development Institute based in Ryhad from 2004 to 2010 Advisor for Child and Youth Initiative, the League of Arab States(LAS) 2014-2016: Strategic framework for Arab Child and Sustainable Development, Arab Family and Sustainable development 2030 agenda, the European Union and Restart Lebanon : Psychosocial preparedness Strategy for children in Armed Conflict (2013), Case Management plan for children in armed conflict(2013), Save the Children :Guidelines for child protection in Emergencies (2011), the EU and Makhzoumi Foundation: Expert for the national program on education of Youth on Sustainable Development 2015.

  • Azza Abdelmoneium

    Dr. Azza O.A. Abdelmoneium joined the Doha International Family Institute in 2013. Azza received her Bachelor degree in Management in 1994 from Ahfad University in Sudan. She worked with international organizations from 1994-1997 which encouraged her to develop her career and specialize in development studies. From 1997-1998, Azza attended a Master course at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague- the Netherlands. She graduated with a Master of Arts in development studies in public policy and administration. In 1999 she worked with international organizations and as a lecturer in private universities in Sudan.

    In 2001 Azza went to the Netherlands and followed several postgraduate courses. In 2003 she initiated her PhD study at the Institute of Gender Studies of Radboud University Nijmegen. She was awarded her PhD degree in 2008 in cultural anthropology with a thesis 'Non-Governmental organizations and the rights of displaced children in Sudan'. She has published scientific articles on the issue of children’s rights. She worked from 2009 at the University of Amsterdam and as a consultant with several UN agencies. Her areas of research interest include gender, children and rights, child development, elderly care, displacement, family developmental policies, and community development projects of NGOs.

  • Ashraf Jalal Hassan Bayoumi

    Professor of Mass Communication- broadcasting department, Cairo University. His occupation currently is a senior media research expert at the Ministry of Interior in Qatar, as well as teaching at Qatar University. Currently he is the Middle East regional coordinator and member of the steering committee for the World Journalism Study- Communication institute - Germany. He published 28 researches, 11 books, and four books are undergoing editing in numerous media fields. He has a substantial expertise with a variety of international implementing agencies and donors, including Save the Children/US, America’s Development Foundation; USAID, and various international NGOs. He is a certified media and development trainer from four international institutions in the field of TOT, communication, development, and a member of AUSACE and AREACORE. He was awarded 11 scientific prizes from Egypt and Qatar such as Qatar University May 2016, the best research for QU professors, :( The role of Qatari media in orienting the Qatari society to overcome the glocal social challenges of hosting world cup 2022),Qatar foundation- Annual research forum 2011: The best research in arts, social science and humanities titled: "Media coverage of Qatari society problem- An applied analytical study on needs assessment and situational analysis" .Faculty of Mass Communication Cairo University 2010: The best research titled: (Attitudes of undergraduate students toward linguistic courses at the bachelor level. Comparative study among Egyptians, Jordanians and Qataris) and CAS Second research Fair2008: The best research titled: “Arab Satellite Channels Quality –Based Viewership A critique perspective for future”. He is an active referee member in 11 international journals such as computer mediated journal and Chinese business review journal.

  • Khaled bin Saleem Al Harabi

    Dr. Khaled bin Saleem Al-Harbi has a Ph.D. in Criminal Sociology. He is an Assistant Professor at the department of Sociology and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Hail. He first was appointed as the Head of Department of Sociology, then as the Vice-dean for Quality and Development, and later as the Vice-dean for Higher Studies and Scientific Research. In 2014 he was appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts. Moreover, he is now a member of some of the Scientific and Academic Committees at Hail University. Dr. Khaled is also the supervisor of Muhammad bin Nayef Chair for Security Studies. Before he joined Hail University, Dr. Khaled worked as a social consultant for the Head of Human Rights Commission and a Director General of the Observation and Investigation Department in the commission. Then, he was appointed as the Director General of The Complaints Department. He also participated in a number of regional and international conferences on Human Rights Issues. Meanwhile, he published more than ten papers in refereed journals and conferences and three books in Sociology, Criminal Sociology, Human Rights, and Combating Human Trafficking. Dr. Khaled held a number of workshops and seminars on Prevention of Crimes, Methods of Dealing with Crime Victims, Human Rights Issues, Family Violence, and Drugs. It is worth mentioning that Dr. Khaled came second to win Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman bin Muhammad Al-Khalifa’s Ninth Scientific Prize in 2013 entitled “ Drugs and their Effects on Society and Family”.

  • Asma Abdullah Al Attiyah

    Head , Psychological Sciences Department - College of Education
    Associate Professor - Special Education Diploma Program - Qatar University
    Member of Accreditation Committee. College of education, Qatar University
    Member strategical Plan Committee , College of education, Qatar University
    Coordinator of several special education Conferences University of Qatar (second Conference for special education 2006 and fifth for special education conference 2010 and the second Conference of educational reform 2012 University of Qatar
    2010 - 2015 Present Member, National Human Rights Committee, State of Qatar
    2010 - 2013 Member, Board of Governors Social Rehabilitation Center. State of Qatar
    2009 - Present Board Member , Qatar National Reward of Child Literacy, Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, State of Qatar
    2009 - 2007 Vice Chair Childhood Committee Supreme Council for Family Affairs-State of Qatar
    2008 - Present The Board of Governors, Awasj Academy (Learning Center), Qatar Foundation for Educational, Science and Community Development, State of Qatar
    2007 - 2002 Board Member Childhood Cultural Center Supreme Council for Family Affairs, State of Qatar
    2003 - 2002-Acting Chairperson Motherhood and Childhood Committee Supreme Council for Family Affairs-State of Qatar
    2001 - 2006 Member Childhood Committee Supreme Council for Family Affairs-State of Qatar

    Have research grants from the Qatar Foundation for education, science and community development
    Have many published papers in different international journals


    2016 Outstanding Faculty Service Award AY 2015-2016, Qatar University
    2009 - College of Education Excellency and Quality Award, College of Education, Qatar University
    2009 - The 9th Disability Gulf Disability Society & AL Shafflah Center for Children with Special Needs Award
    2008 - Gulf Disability Society G.C.C Award for her Support all Society programs and activities
    2002 - The Egyptian Society for the Rehabilitation of the Handicapped Award, for her voluntarily effort in this field in Egypt
    2000 - The International Day for voluntarily Work Award ,for her effort in the field of Handicapped and Special Needs Rehabilitation, Qatar. Qatar Foundation for Education Scientific.

  • Al Sayed Mustafa Abou Al Khair

    Dr. Al Sayed Mustafa Abou Al Khair obtained a BA in Law from the Faculty of Law in Zagazig University in 1983, and a Masters in International Law from the Faculty of Law in Ain Shams University in 1997. He also obtained a diploma in International Law in 1990, then a diploma in Public Law in 1997, before completing a PhD in the General International Law in 2005 with a graduating grade of very good from the Faculty of Law in Zagazig University. His PhD thesis focused on the “general theory of military blocs according to the rules of the general international law.”

    He has been working as a lawyer before the Court of Cassation, the Supreme Constitutional Court, the High Administrative Court, and the High Court of Values since 14 October 2002. His work experience as a court lawyer spreads over 32 years. He is a member of the Secretariat General of the Arab and Islamic Assembly to Support the Choice of Resistance, headquartered in Beirut, with a representing office in Cairo. He is also a member in the scholarly and consultative commission of the Encyclopaedia on the Scientific Signs in the Quran and Sunnah and a member at the International Commission on Scientific Signs in the Quran and the Sunnah. In addition, he is a member of the International Coalition for Fighting Impunity and member of the Secretariat General of the National Coalition to Support Arab and Islamic Resistance, both based in Beirut. He is also a member of the scientific and consultative committee of Al-Nadwa magazine for legal studies, based in Algeria, member of the Scientific Committee of JIL Research Centre for Human Rights and a consultant for the legal website Al-Mustashar (

    Abou Al Khair also lectured on international law and international relations and organizations at Nasser Military Academy, reporting to the Faculty of National Defence in Cairo. He has been working since 2006 as a professor of international law, organizations, and relations at Omar Al-Mukhtar University in the Libyan city of Al-Bayda.

  • Mohammad Diab

    Dr. Mohammed Diab, assistant professor of educational psychology - Coordinator of communication skills and member of the quality team in the deanship of preparatory year - Hail University - Saudi Arabia. He earned a doctoral degree in psychology and has many published books (communication skills - Behavior Modification - positive psychology - measurement and evaluation in childhood - neuropsychology - Developmental Psychology of the ordinary and special needs), and many of the posts of research in local and international forums. He presents many courses as a coach and as a trainer, and he has taught many courses at the University of Beni Suef (Egypt) and Hail (Saudi Arabia).

  • Jocylyn DeJong

    Jocelyn DeJong is a social scientist interested in the linkages between reproductive health, population issues and development. She holds a BA in Social Anthropology from Harvard University, MPhil in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies and a PhD in Health Policy in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has focused on and lived in the Middle East and North Africa region for most of the last 20 years. She worked as the reproductive health program officer at the Ford Foundation regional office in Cairo from 1992 – 99 where she was involved in the International Conference on Population and Development in 2004. She taught social development at the Institute for Development Policy and Management at the University of Manchester (UK) from 2000 – 2005. She joined the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut in 2005 where she teaches public health and coordinates a regional network of researchers entitled the Reproductive Health Working Group. She does research on reproductive health in the Middle East region and recently has been engaged in research on the Syrian refugees in Lebanon and the effects of conflict on reproductive health.

  • Mustafa Abdelatheem Al Tabeeb

    Dr. Mustafa Abdelatheem Al Tabeeb is an associate professor and a teaching staff member at the University of Tripoli, serving the Education and Psychology Department in the Faculty of Education. He has participated in 17 international scholarly conferences outside Libya and 10 local scholarly conferences, and published 7 research papers in various Arabic magazines. He judged several dissertations and theses submitted by students for obtaining MA and PhD degrees in the University of Tripoli, the University of Benghazi, Al-Zawiya University, the Libyan Academy for Higher Studies in Misrata and Elmerqib University. He also supervised several MA theses at the Libyan Academy for Higher Studies. Dr. Al Tabeeb published two books and participated in 10 training sessions in the field of human development during 2010-2016.

  • Walaa Rabee’ Mustafa

    Associate professor in Special Education Department, University of Hail, K.S.A ,Assistant Professor at the Department of Mental Health , Faculty of  Education, Beni Suief University.

    Work as director of administration to the development of skills in Hail University from 2011 to 2013in  Deanship of Quality and Development, University of Hail, K.S.A, The researcher had 8 research publishing in scientific journals and international conferences are all in the field of special education and psychology, participate in the preparation of a document to work with people with special needs standards within the scientific forum to prepare a document , The researcher Participate with working papers in a number of workshops at local and international conferences in the field of special education and psychology , and quality both inside and outside the University of Hail. The researcher Participate with working papers in a number of workshops at local and international conferences in the field of special education and psychology , and quality both inside and outside the University of Hail., a researcher attended 20 training courses inside and outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the field of the capabilities of faculty development in the field of psychology and quality and English language, as well as the computer., researcher worked as a trainer at the University of Hail has trained faculty members teaching at the University of Hail. researcher published twelve scientific books in the field of psychology and special education.

  • Noura Mustafa Jubran

    Noura Mustafa Jubran is a senior researcher in social studies. She has been working since 2005 for the Government of Abu Dhabi in the field of social studies and policies and public opinion polls. She has also been serving several government organizations in both the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, such as the University of Jordan, the Family Development Foundation in Abu Dhabi, and the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research. She studied, through her various activities, different social issues and policies related respectively to family, women, childhood and youth.

    She obtained a postgraduate diploma in teaching policies from the University of Edinburgh in 2014 and a Master degree in Psychological and Educational Counselling, on domestic violence, from the University of Jordan, in 2006. She received training in the following fields: research on policies and assessment from the School of Social Work in Columbia University, designing and assessing social policies and programs, project management, strategic planning, and information security.

    She writes regularly for the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper and occasionally for the Jordanian Al-Ghad newspaper. She also wrote for the CNN Arabic and was a regular writer for Woman Today magazine in Abu Dhabi for three consecutive years. She is also a member in several working committees in Abu Dhabi Executive Council and the technical director of the current Social Survey Project.

  • Rania Mansour

    Rania Mansour currently holds the position of Chairperson of Social Work Department at MUBS, she is a professor at the Lebanese University, lead trainer at SMART center, coordinator of social work department of NISCVT and consultant for ADYAN and WORLD LEARNING – USAID (D-RASSATI program: PSS). She previously held the positions of Consultant for INGO’s , NGO’s and GOs ( ABAAD ,DIAKONIA , YAB,KAFA), Scientific committee Coordinating (RI - Arab conferences), Deputy to the General Manager for Technical Affairs at DHREIMA – QATAR and Director of the Social Rehabilitation Center, Dar Al AMAL Association, Lebanon. Her publications in scientific journals include “Difficulties of social work practices in Lebanon”, “Foundlings (Illegal babies)”, “Social policies: inclusion of handicaps in the Lebanese society: MOSA model”. Training manuals “Empowering human rights practice into prisons / Training of trainer (TOT)”, “Psychosocial support PSS (Syrian moderators working with children) / (TOT): module 1( 2014) - module 2 ( ongoing)”. Her research work focuses on Family changes: Young marriages and childbearing, GBV- SGBV, Single parenthood, Prostitution, Unknown babies, Fast food and its affection to the Arab family's values. She is Lebanese, married with two daughters.

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