Elham El-Taher is an Administrative Supervisor/Human resources at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. She coordinates and is responsible for secretarial works for the Center’s staff. El-Taher has worked with major companies in Qatar in executive secretarial and administrative positions. Further, she has experience in the fields of printing and publishing, including the creation and coordinating of manuscript printing. She holds a BA in History from Al-Neelain University in Sudan.
Ayham Salhah is the accounting manager at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. Previously, Salhah worked in the private sectors of Syria and Qatar, and was a chief accountant at one of the major economic groups in the Gulf and Middle East. In 2008, he obtained the International Financial Reporting Standards Certificate issued by the globally recognized Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, and is a member of the GCC Accounting & Auditing Organization. He holds a BS in Economics and Finance from Damascus University.
Amani al-Hams is a secretary at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. Amani al-Hams holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the Nile Valley University in Qatar and an MCSE Diplioma in Systems Engineering. She has administered Cisco Networks, and holds administrative and secretarial experience with a number of different, enriching environments, including the Al Noor Center for the Blind, the Qatar National Committee to fight AIDS, the Public Health Authority and others in the country.
Nagham al-Akkad is a Programs and Events Coordinator at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. Al Akkad manages all aspects of the Center’s public relations, including liaising with the press and organizing the Center’s events. She also coordinates the Fellowship and Annual Prize programs. Prior to joining the Center, she was a Communications Officer at the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan. She has also worked at the Jordanian Economic and Social Council as an Office Manager. Al Akkad holds a degree in Law from the University of Jordan, and an MA in Human Rights and Democratization from the University of Malta.
Rachida Bouslama is the Office Manager and HR Manager at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. Bouslama supervises the Center’s daily activities and manages the implementation of administrative and training policies. Her major area of interest lies in the application of HR tools and systems and coordinating with media and research institutions. Bouslama has gained extensive experience in administration, communications, and capacity building in organizations based in London and Doha. Most recently, she was the Deputy of the Political Secretary at the British Embassy in Doha, where she promoted diplomatic relations between Qatar and the United Kingdom and supervised a number of training courses related to media and the monitoring of political projects. Bouslama holds a degree in Philosophy and General Law and obtained the Administration and Human Resources Certificate from College of business Abministratiom, Missouri State University.
Abdul Hafiz Hussain is a data analyst working on the Arab Opinion Index at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. Prior to joining the Center, he worked with the University of Jordan’s Center for Strategic Studies as a data analyst and field supervisor. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in MIS from Zarqa Private University in Jordan.
Emad Y. Kaddorah works as Head of Editing department at the ACRPS. He holds a Master’s in Strategic Studies, and has worked as a researcher and senior editor at a number of research centers, including the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research in Abu Dhabi (1998-2012), the Academic Center for Political Studies (1996-1997), and the Middle East Studies Center in Amman (1994-1996). He has authored a number of books and studies, in addition to developing concept papers for research projects, evaluating studies submitted for publication, editing books and studies, and being the managing editor. His published works include Turkey: An Ambitious Strategy and Constrained Policy, a Geopolitical Approach (2015); “The Conservative Democracy and the Future of Turkish Secularism” (December 2014); “Turkey until 2023: Internal Priorities and Relative Regional Retreat” (Fall 2014); “Flashpoint Ukraine: The Pivot of Geography in Command of the West’s Eastern Gateway” (July 2014); “The Turkish Model: Acceptability and Apprehension” (Fall 2010); Towards an Arab Security for the Red Sea (1998); The Future of International Policies toward the Middle East (1996); Political Effects of the Palestinian Autonomy Agreement (1995); and an M.A. dissertation entitled “The Strategic Regional Role of Turkey” (1993).
Abdelwaheb Souissi is an Arabic editor at the ACRPS. Prior to joining the Center, he taught Arabic for nearly two decades. Souissi holds a degree in literary studies from the Faculty of Literature and Humanities of Kairouan, and a Teaching Certificate in Arabic Literature from the University of Arts and Humanities of Sfax.He holds a Master’s in Arabic Language, Literature, and Civilization. Souissi is a member of Sfax University’s Research Unit on Interpretive Curriculum in the Faculty of Literature and Humanities, and is currently working on a doctorate.
Amel Fayech is Senior arabic editor at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. Previously, she was an Arabic teacher and principal at the Tunisian School in Doha, a senior proofreader for the Al Jazeera Children’s Channel and the Baraem Channel, and a supervisor at the Qatar News Agency children’s website. Fayech also worked as a proofreader and translator with Al Jazeera Documentary, the Al Jazeera Center for Studies and French and English production companies. She holds a BA from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Manouba University in Tunis.
Ayat Hamdan is an Assistant Researcher at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. Prior to joining the Center, she was an instructor at Birzeit University in the Department of History and Archaeology. She has also worked as an assistant researcher in a number of university departments. She has several publications related to the Palestinian cause, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Islamic movements, the non-governmental organizations, and international donor agencies involved in development. She holds a Master's in Arab-Islamic History from Birzeit University.
Hamzeh al-Moustafa is a assistant researcher at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. His primary research concerns internal relations, with a special focus on Syria.Turkey and their geo-political significance. Prior to joining the Center, al-Moustafa worked as an executive researcher at the Orient Center for International Studies, and focused on Israeli affairs. He holds a BA in Political Science from Damascus University, and is currently preparing for an MA in International Relations. Additionally, he holds a Certificate in International Relations from the Global Policy Center at the Free University of Berlin.
Wafaa Al-Jmaly is a library specialist at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. She is responsible for indexing, classifying, and archiving the library’s materials, as well as establishing its system of borrowing and expanding its collection. Prior to joining the Center, she worked at the College of the North Atlantic-Qatar as a library assistant. From 2005-2009, she was public relations supervisor at Stenden University, where she had also worked as a librarian. She graduated from Qatar University with a BA in Information Science and Librarianship.
Radwa Zoweil works as a Library Specialist/ Indexing at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. Prior to joining the Center in Doha, Zoweil worked as a library specialist in a number of the departments within the world-renowned Library of Alexandria, between 2000 and 2008. She later moved to Qatar and focused and worked within the Learning Resource Center within the independent Ibn Sina Model School, moving to the ACRPS in 2010. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alexandria’s Department of Library and Information Sciences in 2000, later earning a correspondence degree in Library Studies through the French Centre national d'enseignement à distance. Radwa is adept at Arabic, English and French.
Saad Ebrahim is a Library Technical at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. He is responsible for facilitating the library’s borrowing system and assisting staff in locating research materials. He has worked as a library and documents specialist at the University of Alexandria, Faculty of Fine Arts, from 2001-2009. During his work he undertook several training courses in relation to the use of library systems and the management and digitization of university libraries. He holds a BA in Arabic Language and Islamic Studies from Cairo University.
Ihab Bashir is the General Manager Assistant at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. He has experience in office management, archiving, and events coordination. Prior to joining the Center, Bashir was employed at Centre for Arab Unity Studies (CAUS) as a Research Assistant and Executive Secretary for the Studies Department, and later for the Director General. He holds a degree in Business Administration from the Arts, Sciences and Technology University in Lebanon and a Diploma in Business Administration from Siblin Training Center (STC), where he was also a member of its Administrative Committee and an Assistant to the Registrar and Student Councilor.
Azmi Bishara is the General Director of the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies and a member of its Executive Board. A prominent researcher and writer, Bishara has published numerous books and academic papers in political thought, social theory, and philosophy, in addition to several literary works. He was Professor of Philosophy and History of Political Thought at Birzeit University, from 1986 to 1996. He also co-founded Muwatin, the Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy, and Mada al-Carmel, the Arab Center for Applied Social Research. Bishara was the principal founder of the National Democratic Assembly (Balad), a Palestinian-Arab party inside the Green Line, which supports democratic values irrespective of religious, ethnic or national identity. For four consecutive session, from 1996-2007, he represented his party as an elected member of parliament. In 2007, Bishara was persecuted for his political positions at the hands of the Israeli authorities, and currently resides in Qatar. He is the recipient of the Ibn Rushd Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2002 and the Global Exchange Human Rights Award in 2003.
Nerouz Satik is a Research Assistant at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. Satik’s research is focused on the Arab world in international relations, specifically the role of Syria. Previously, he worked as an Executive Researcher at the Orient Center for International Studies, focusing on Russian affairs. He holds a BA in Political Science from Damascus University where he is currently undertaking an MA in International Relations.
Hessa al-Attiyah is a research assistant at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. Her research interests focus on linguistics and identity formation in Qatar. She is also the coordinator of the “Policy Analysis Unit” at the center, and a member of the editing board for Siyasat Arabiya, a peer-reviewed bi-monthly political periodical published by the Center. Before joining the ACRPS, Hessa graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Affairs, Cum Laude (With Distinction), from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service at Qatar, majoring in Culture and Politics (CULP). Her Honors Thesis was titled “Reviving the Local Dialect in Qatar: An issue of Linguistic Concern or Identity Politics?”. Before entering university, she received the Education Excellence Day Award in 2007, a Qatar-wide distinction recognizing pre-university student’s academic success. She remains a member of the Phi Alpha Theta: National History Honor Society, and was previously a member of the Honor Council at Georgetown University.
Mourad Diani is an associate researcher at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Strasbourg in 2003, with a thesis on “Corporate Culture and Evolutionary Economics”. His fields of research include Evolutionary Economics, Socio-Economics and the Economics of Knowledge and Creativity. He is also involved in some philosophical issues related to the Theories of Justice and Democracy.He has numerous book chapters and publications in peer-reviewed journals in Arabic, French and English, and he is referee for Arabian, European and American research programs and peer-reviewed journals.
Hani Awad is an assistant researcher
at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, where his specialty
is the sociology of culture in Palestine and the Arab world,
specifically looking at types of religiosity and the disclosure of
public discourse through social media. Previously, he worked as the
director of the research unit at the Palestinian Youth Organization for
Leadership and Rights Activation in Ramallah, and an academic assistant
at Birzeit University. Awad holds a MA from Birzeit University in
Contemporary Arab Studies; his thesis is entitled, “Internal Modernity
and Politics of Consensus in Azmi Bishara's Thought”.
Jamal Barout is an Associate
Researcher at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, where he
also is the Head of the Research Department. Barout has contributed or
authored exclusively a total of 30 published books. Barout’s research
work is focused on questions of modern Arab thought and modernity;
education and human development; development and demographics; foreign
migration from Syria; and development forecasting studies. He has worked
for a number of governmental and international agencies in Syria,
including as an Advisor to a number of projects run by the United
Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Syria; the UN Population Fund; and
the International Migration Organization. Barout was the main author of
“Syria 2025”, published in 2007 and the main author of the National Reference Report
on the State of the Syrian Population. In addition, Barout has held
positions at the French Institute for the Near East (IFPO) in Aleppo,
where he was a Visiting Scholar from 2007 to 2010, and was a guest
lecturer at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University in 2008 and was also
a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Graduate Studies in
the Social Sciences in Paris.
Dr. Saifeldin Abdelfattah is a
Researcher at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, where he
is also the Coordinator of the Program on the Democratic Transition in
the Arab Region. Abdelfattah earned his PhD from Cairo University in
1987, where he focused on Political Philosophy (Philosophy of Political
Science), focusing on political theory. He later worked as a Professor
of Political Science at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science
at the same university and went on to faculty appointments at a number
of other universities in the region, including Zayed University (Abu
Dhabi, UAE) and Qatar Foundation. Dr. Abdelfattah has also been a
Visiting Professor at a number of other universities across the world,
including the International Islamic University of Malaysia. Latterly,
Abdelfattah was the Director of the Political Studies Center at Cairo
University and Deputy Director at the Center for Civilizational Studies
and Cross-Cultural Dialogue at Cairo as well as the Director of the
Center for Good Governance and Public Policy at Qatar Foundation. Abdelfattah’s most important publications include: Political Renewal and Arab Reality (1989); The Unholy March: the Nationalization of Egyptian Religion (2005); Globalization and Islam: two Visions of the World. (All in Arabic). Abdelfattah has also contributed to a number of collected volumes, including Civil Society and its Intellectual Aspects.
Chamseddin Alkilani is a researcher at
the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. Alkilani is the author
of a number of books and scholarly essays on culture and politics,
including The Arab Image of Europe During the Middle Ages; The Image of the Black Peoples in Arab Culture; The Image of the Peoples of the Far East in Arab Culture; Transformation of Syrian Elites' Attitudes Towards Lebanon: 1920-2011 (published by the ACRPS, 2013), Sheikh Mohammed Abdo; Islam and Christian Europe from the 11th to the 16th Centuries, and The Continuous Return.
Faisal Saouli is a Arabic Senior Editor and webmaster at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies where he supervises the editorial department in Doha. His research interests include the relationship between the media and the political sphere, political communication, and culture. In addition to his experience in manuscript editing and publication, Saouli has had a long career as a journalist and editor for a number of Algerian newspapers, including writing analyses on political and security affairs in the Arab Maghreb for “Al Ahram Weekly”. He previously held the post of Assistant Director of the Economy Department in the Qatari “Al-Arab” newspaper and has also worked as an Assistant Professor in Editorial Techniques in the Journalism Department in the University of Algiers. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Algiers and is preparing a doctoral dissertation entitled “The Media and the Construction of the Mental Image of the Political Reality”.
Ahmad Helmy is a Senior graphic designer at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. He has worked as a graphic designer for advertising agencies in Egypt and Qatar in a variety of industries. Helmy also has experience teaching graphic and web design, and has worked in training consultancy in Qatar. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Microbiology from Alexandria University in Egypt and is an Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Certified Professional.
Mona Hedaya is a Website and New Media Coordinator at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. She was a student leader in Al Fakhoora, a campaign to defend the right to education in Gaza, where she organized events and administered student forums. Hedaya is also a blogger concerned with new media, and has launched a number of virtual advocay campaigns. She graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at Qatar University with a degree in Software Engineering. She also holds a diploma in network engineering from Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and a degree in graphology from the World Academy of Graphology.
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