Scientific Committee

Prof. Abdelhamid Siyam

Professor of Political Science & ME Studies, Bureau Chief of Alquds Alarabi at United Nations. UN expert, Media Commentator & Trainer (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).