Global Think In Amman

SAMAR DUDIN | Samar Dudin is the Regional Director and Head of Programs for Ruwwad Al Tanmeya, a not-for-profit community & youth empowerment organization. She develops creative community and youth educational experiences and organizes community-led campaigns that focus on social change through grass roots leadership development. Ms Dudin has been an independent theatre director and educator since 1993. In 2006, she founded Takween Open Spaces for Enlightenment & Creativity in Amman, Jordan, an initiative focusing on creating experiential learning contexts to engage youth and children in exploring pluralism and diversity as the means to a better world. She has been a fellow of the Leadership Program of the International Women's Forum (IWF) since 2003. She was selected as an Ashoka Fellow for her Takween citizenship initiative on Youth Identity & Cultural diversity in Amman in 2009, and has been an Aspen Leadership fellow and moderator since 2010. She sits on the Advisory Committee for the Arab Education Forum, is a founding board member of Al Ballad Theatre, a founding member of Mujtama3i for Arab Community organizers and a committed volunteer trainer on women's leadership with IWF–Jordan since 2005. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University in California and holds a Bachelor’s degree in theatre arts.
YUSUF MANSUR | Yusuf Mansur is an economist with over 25 years of experience in theoretical and practical research. He earned a PhD in economics from the University of Oklahoma and taught at Texas A&M University before returning to Jordan to teach at various Jordanian universities. He joined the government first as a Telecom Privatization Adviser, then as founder of the National Competitiveness Team, Aid Coordination Unit and Technical Support Unit (trade negotiation support) at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation. He then was appointed Director General of the Telecom Regulatory Commission, and subsequently served as EC-Jordan joint technical project unit as a policy and institutional support advisor, as the United Nations Development Program’s Resident Representative, and as Director General of the Jordan Investment Board and Jordan Agency for Investment and Economic Development. Yusuf Mansur is currently CEO of the Envision Consulting Group, a regional economic and management consulting firm he established in 2004. He also serves as an industry upgrading, trade and export promotion adviser in Egypt, Yemen, Jordan and Syria. In addition, Yusuf Mansur is a columnist in English and Arabic for several local and regional publications commenting on development and local/regional economic issues. He has written two books and several refereed articles.
MARWAN MUASHER | Marwan Muasher is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East. Dr. Muasher served as foreign minister (2002–2004) and deputy prime minister (2004–2005) of Jordan, and his career has spanned the areas of diplomacy, development, civil society, and communications. He began his career as a journalist for the Jordan Times. In 1995, Muasher opened Jordan’s first embassy in Israel, and in 1996 he became minister of information and the government spokesperson. From 1997 to 2002, he served in Washington as ambassador, negotiating the first free-trade agreement between the United States and an Arab nation. He returned to Jordan and, during his tenure as foreign minister, played a central role in developing the Arab Peace Initiative and the Middle East roadmap. From 2007 to 2010, he was senior vice president of external affairs at the World Bank.
MUSA SHTEIWI | Musa Shteiwi was awarded a PhD in sociology from the University of Cincinnati in 1991. He has been on the faculty of the University of Jordan for 17 years, where he has taught in the Gender Studies and the Human Rights and Development programs in addition to the Sociology Department. His experience includes advisory and consultancy positions with government, the UN, and other international organizations and research institutions. He worked as a Regional Advisor on Social Policies and Social Issues for UNESCWA (2006-07). In this capacity he provided technical support on social policies for Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Jordan. His expertise in leading, conceptualizing and conducting policy research projects and public opinion polls has seen him play a key role as a team leader on many national and regional projects, the most recent of which was Social Violence in Jordan: Causes and Solutions. Dr. Shteiwi has more than 35 papers and published books in the field of development, social policies, poverty, unemployment, women, social classes, civil society and political parties. He received the state encouragement award for his research on women in 2001.
ROGER COHEN | Roger Cohen is an author and journalist, currently working as a columnist for The New York Times and International New York Times. He has worked as a foreign correspondent in fifteen countries. In 2012, Cohen won the Lifetime Achievement award at the 8th annual International Media Awards in London. His most recent book is The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family (Knopf, 2015).
PATRICIA CULLIGAN | Patricia Culligan is Professor of Civil Engineering, Associate Director of the Columbia Data Science Institute, and a CGT member. Dr. Culligan’s principal fields of interest include geoenvironmental engineering, porous media flow and transport, urban sustainability, and geotechnical centrifuge modeling. Her current research focuses on experimental and theoretical modeling of problems involving subsurface non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) transport and remediation, colloid transport in porous media, unsaturated flows, and alternative strategies for urban water and wastewater management. Dr. Culligan is the author or co-author of over 100 technical articles, including two books, three book chapters, and over 60 refereed journal and conference proceedings.
WAFAA M. EL-SADR | Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, founded and currently directs ICAP which works in sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, and in the U.S. in partnership with governmental and non-governmental organizations building in-country capacity for HIV prevention, care, and treatment and related issues. More than one million individuals living with HIV have gained access to HIV services and more than 500,000 have received access to life-saving antiretroviral therapy through these programs. ICAP champions a family-focused approach consistent with the one pioneered at Harlem Hospital through a multidisciplinary team of providers and based on building meaningful partnerships with governmental and non-governmental organizations within countries. Dr. El-Sadr has also led efforts to support the capacity of health systems through the many programs that ICAP has established. Her work has also advanced the concepts of health systems strengthening globally for the purpose of confronting major health threats faced by communities around the world.
TURKU ISIKSEL | N. Turkuler Isiksel is the James P. Shenton Assistant Professor of the Core Curriculum at the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. Her work focuses on the ways descriptive and normative categories tailored to the nation-state apply to institutions that wield political power beyond that context. These themes are explored in her most recent publication, Europe’s Functional Constitution: A Theory of Constitutionalism beyond the State (Oxford University Press, 2016).
SAFWAN MASRI (MODERATOR) | Safwan M. Masri is Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University. As an ambassador for Columbia, he cultivates relationships with Columbia alumni and with international leaders, essential to the continued development of a global Columbia. In this role, he helps coordinate various University-wide global initiatives, and works to extend Columbia’s reach to match the pressing demands of our global society. Professor Masri is responsible for the development of an expanding network of Columbia Global Centers, located in Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, and Tunis. The Centers promote and facilitate the engagement of faculty, students, and alumni with the world, address global challenges, and advance knowledge and its exchange. He has been Director of the Columbia Global Centers | Amman since its founding in 2009.
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