DR. ABDULHALIM ZEIDAN
Chairman, GDP-Institute. Lebanon
Launching Supervisor, Zukhr Platform, Waqf Industry Development Services
DR. HANI ELBANNA
President at The Humanitarian Forum, Chairman at the Muslim Charities Forum and Zakat House. UK
Founder of Islamic Relief Worldwide, the largest Muslim non-governmental organization for relief and development in the West, was founded in 1984 in the city of Birmingham, United Kingdom. Since leaving Islamic Relief in 2008, Dr. Elbanna established the Humanitarian Forum and Muslim Charities Forum. Both organizations seek to foster closer partnerships and cooperation between humanitarian and charitable organizations with Muslim countries and their Western counterparts.
Dr. Elbanna's achievements have resulted in numerous international awards, including: The British Empire Medal from Queen Elizabeth II in 2004; In the same year, Dr. Al-Banna received the Ibn Khaldun International Award for Excellence in Promoting Intercultural and Interfaith Understanding (UK). In 2004, the Egyptian Medical Syndicate awarded him an honorary shield for his services to humanity and medicine. In February 2020 he received the “Ubuntu Award” for Social Responsibility from the Republic of South Africa.
DR. ZAINAB ALWANI
Founding Director and the first Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Howard University School of Divinity (HUSD). USA
Founding Director and the first Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Howard University School of Divinity (HUSD). She is also the chair of the Master of Arts (Religious Studies) program at HUSD. Dr. Alwani received her Ph.D. in Islamic Sciences and Islamic Jurisprudence from the International Islamic University in Malaysia. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on the implementation of the higher aims of Islamic law (Maqāṣid al Shariah) within the domain of the American Muslim family. She has authored and co-authored a wide variety of publications ranging from books, textbooks and book chapters, to scholarly articles. She is particularly interested in deriving methodologies for approaching the Qur’an, Sunna and Islamic jurisprudence in the area of women and family relations. Dr. Alwani is currently serving as the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Islamic Faith and Practice, a scholarly peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Islamic Seminary Foundation in partnership with IUPUI University Library. Her research focuses on Quranic studies, Islamic jurisprudence, the relationship between civil and religious law in the area of women and family.
Dr. Darren Stuart Gordon
Associate Professorial Lecturer in Managing Humanitarianism | Programme Director - London School of Economy & Political Science, UK
Programme Director for the International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies MSc, an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He also coordinates the International Development department development and humanitarian consultancy programs.
Dr. Ghassan El Kahlout
Head of the MA Program in Conflict Management and Humanitarian Action at the Doha Graduate Institute, Qatar
PhD in post-war reconstruction and development studies from York University, UK. His specialized experience covering two decades of work includes the areas of humanitarian response, post-war early recovery and capacity building. In addition to his work in various professional locations in Switzerland and the United Kingdom, he worked in other countries torn by wars and disasters such as Palestine, Iraq and Yemen. He has worked in international organizations such as the United Nations, the International Federation of Red Crescent Societies, Islamic Relief Worldwide and the Humanitarian Forum in the United Kingdom. He led and was a member of emergency humanitarian response teams in Iraq, Palestine, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Libya and Jordan. He delivered training courses in the fields of humanitarian response, disaster management, post-war early recovery and post-war reconstruction.
Lecturer - ME Studies & Political Science - Rutgers University - USA
Abdelhamid Siyam Is currently a Lecturer at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) and Political Science Department at Rutgers University starting January 1st, 2007 following his early retirement from the United Nations. He is currently teaching courses for CMES and the Political Science Department on Arab Media, Islam and Democracy, Contemporary Politics of the Middle East, Modern Arab Society, United Nations and the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli Conflict.
Prior to joining Rutgers University, Siyam has been working for the United Nations (UN) for over 25 years as Political Affairs Officer, Information Officer at the Office of the Spokesman for the Secretary-General, Spokesman for the UN Mission in Western Sahara, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Iraq and chief of Radio and News Centre at the “Department of Public Information.”
During his years of service with the UN, Mr. Siyam carried out different missions and assignments in former Czechoslovakia, Italy, Switzerland, Libya, Iraq, Kuwait, UAE, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Eritrea, South Africa, Botswana, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Occupied Palestine and many others places.
On August 2008 he started publishing a weekly columnist in the Arabic daily, Alquds Alarabi and he became the Bureau Chief of the paper at the United Nations Headquarters in New York since March 2014.
In October 2010, he published his book called “That Unforgettable Day” ذلك اليوم العصيب, in memory of his colleagues killed in the bombing of UN Headquarters in Baghdad on August 19, 2003. Currently he is working on three books that deal with UN and ME crises for the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies.
He is a regular commentator for Al-Jazeera, BBC, DW, France 24 and other media outlets. He is a free-lance consultant for UNFPA and ILO on media, communication and population. Siyam is a media trainer for journalists and senior government officials on communication skills. He conducted numerous workshops in Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan, Qatar, Egypt, Pakistan, Syria, Switzerland, and many others.
He obtained his B.A. in Arabic Language and Literature from the University of Jordan, his M.A. in International Relations from New York University (NYU) and his PhD in International Relations from the City University of New York (CUNY).
Assistant Professor, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK
Dr. Sariya is Assistant Professor and Research Group Lead for Faith and Peaceful Relations at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK. She is a sociologist or religion. Her work lays particular emphasis on democratic research methodologies that work with and for research participants. She is the author of Muslim Women in Britain: Demystifying the Muslimah (Routledge 2012), co-author of Religion or Belief, Discrimination and Equality: Britain in Global Contexts (Bloomsbury 2013) and Islamic Education in Britain: New Pluralist Paradigms (Bloomsbury 2015) and Islam on Campus: Contested Identities and the Cultures of Higher Education (OUP 2020) and co-editor Digital Methodologies in the Sociology of Religion (Bloomsbury 2015). She led the first research exploration of the experiences of children of Muslim-heritage in the care system in Britain.
Dr. Suha Al-Hassan
Ph.D. in Early Childhood Special Education-Applied behavioral Analysis from the Ohio State University in 2003
Suha worked as professor of special education at the Emirates College for Advanced Education in UAE from 2014 to 2020. Prior to joining the College, she served as the Dean of Queen Rania Faculty for Childhood at the Hashemite University in Jordan for several years.
Since 2004, Dr. Al-Hassan has consulted for several national and international organizations in Early childhood and special education, and led the development and evaluation of programs such as ‘School Readiness’, the evaluation of early childhood reform in Jordan, and the ‘Better Parenting Program’ for UNICEF, and recently co-developed the Developing Standards for ECD Parenting Programmes in Low and middle Income Countries for UNUICEF
Dr. Al-Hassan is a very active researcher. She has been a research team member in th longitudinal study Parents’ Behaviors and Child Adjustment Across Cultures’ (http://parentingacrosscultures.org/) (2008-2022). The Study is funded from the National Institute of Health, USA in collaboration with Duke University. Suha is the only researcher from the Middle East and work with researchers from the USA, Italy, China, Kenya, Sweden, Colombia, the Philippines, and Thailand. Suha published and co-published more than 50 articles in prestigious and highly reputable refereed international journals such as: Child Development, International Journal of Behavioral Development, Developmental Psychology, Development and Psychopathology, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Child Development Perspectives, Early Childhood Matters, International Journal of Pediatrics, Parenting: Science and Practice, and Early Years Journal: An International Journal of Research and Development.
Dr. Yaser SNOUBAR
Assist. Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Qatar University
Dr. Yaser Snoubar received his Ph.D. in Social Work from Hacettepe University in the Republic of Turkey in 2015. He completed post-doctoral research in Social Work at Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University and post-doctoral research in International Relations on International Humanitarian Aid at Middle East Technical University. He worked at Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University in 2013 and taught both bachelors and master degree classes. He then joined Qatar University in the fall of 2018 as an Assistant Professor in Social Work Program at the Department of Social Sciences. He has several research grants in specialization and interdisciplinary, and published a book in social work in the Turkish language. He is also a contributing author of several books in English and Turkish. He has several academic publications with specialized in international and regional scientific journals. He has participated and been invited as a speaker in many regional and international conferences. He was member of the Ankara Provincial Drug Coordination Board 2017-2018.
Dr. Chedli Baya Chatti
ASSIST. PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, QATAR UNIVERSITY
Dr. Chedli Baya Chatti holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Laval University in Quebec, Canada. He is specialized in economic and political sociology. In his thesis, he examined the issue of local cultures in the context of globalization. More specifically, he studied the handicrafts in Tunisia. For his thesis, Dr. Baya Chatti has received the Excellence Award from the Faculty of Social Sciences-Laval University. His teaching experience began between 2008 and 2012 as a graduate teaching assistant at the Department of Sociology at Laval University. He has also worked as an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Moncton and then at Qatar University. In addition to his professional experiences in teaching and research, he has been involved in several activities and scientific associations. His research career began in 2003 and his research interests are mainly focused in the following areas: Social, Economic and Political Organizations, Cultural diversity, Family, Globalization, Immigration, Sustainable Development, Human Rights and Innovation. Dr. Baya Chatti published a number of books and articles in scientific journals.
PROF. FERHAT KENTEL
Ferhat Kentel received his BA of Management from Middle-East Technical University (1981), his MA of Political Science and Public Administration from Ankara University (1983) and his PhD of Sociology from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris (1989). He taught at the French language Department of Public Administration of Marmara University and at the Department of Sociology of Istanbul Bilgi University, and at College of Humanities and Social Sciences in Istanbul Şehir University. His research areas include modernity, everyday life, new social movements, religion, Islamic movements and ethnic communities.
Abd Al Qader I. Hammad
Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Al-Aqsa University - Palestine
Dr. Abdel Qader is a researcher and expert in Palestinian tourism affairs. He holds graduate degrees in the fields of geography of tourism and media. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Gaza Community College for Tourism Studies, and is a member of several peer-reviewed scientific journals. He previously worked at the Palestinian News Agency "Wafa" and at the Jerusalem International Foundation and the Center for Labor Studies, and gave his lectures at the Palestine Technical College and Al-Aqsa University He also provided many training courses, and participated in many campaigns and community initiatives.
Dr. Abdel Qader published A number of books and scientific articles in various fields and presented his interventions in dozens of conferences, in which he discussed issues of society, education, training, tourism and other issues, in addition to various publications in Palestinian and Arab newspapers.