HRH Princess Banderi Al Faisal has been the Director General of the King Khalid Foundation since 1999. During her tenure, Princess Bandari has worked to build formal structures within the foundation, institutionalizing measurements and evaluations. As Part of her work, one of the most critical discoveries has been the overwhelming need for capacity building in Saudi Arabian nonprofits. Princess Bandari focuses first on sustainability, not dependency. The foundation assists with strategic planning, mentoring and program development. Princess Banderi has coached philanthropists and other foundations in the realities on the ground, including the need for program-building funds to ensure a robust nonprofit system. And, perhaps to ensure continuity, she has also established the Princess Banderi Al Faisal Fellowship at the Kennedy School to support students from the Arab League. She also contributed in launching several social development initiatives and programs across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and has also participated in numerous conferences and forums both locally and internationally to promote the concept of strategic philanthropy. She is a member of Al-Nahda Philanthropic Society for Women, The ADHD Society & Support Group (AFTA) and The Voice of Down Syndrome Society (Saut). Princess Banderi holds a BA. in English Literature from King Saud University and Masters in Public Policy from Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.
HM Queen Noor Al Hussein - Jordan
Queen Noor Al Hussein is an international public servant and advocate for cross cultural understanding and conflict prevention and recovery issues such as refugees, missing persons, poverty, climate change and disarmament. During her early career, she worked in international urban planning in the United States, Australia, Iran and around the Arab world. She married King Hussein in 1978 and became known for her philanthropic work. Her peace-building work has focused on the Middle East, the Balkans, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa. In 1979 and 1999 respectively, she founded and chaired, the Noor Al Hussein Foundation and the King Hussein Foundation, two initiatives that have advanced development thinking in Jordan and the Middle East through pioneering best practice programs in the fields of poverty eradication, women’s empowerment, microfinance, health, and arts as a medium for social development and cross-cultural exchange. A long-time advocate for a just Arab-Israeli peace and for Palestinian refugees, Queen Noor is a director of Refugees International and an outspoken voice for the protection of civilians in conflict and displaced persons around the world. Her ongoing focus includes advocacy for Iraqis displaced in Iraq, Jordan, Syria and other countries after the 2003 Iraq conflict, and the 2011 Syrian Crisis. Today, she is the leading global provider of DNA-assisted identifications for natural catastrophes and human rights cases. In recognition of her efforts to advance sustainable development, democracy and peace, Queen Noor has been awarded numerous awards and honorary doctorates in international relations, law and humanitarian efforts. Queen Noor holds a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University.
HE Shaikha Mai Al Khalifa - Bahrain
Sheikha Mai Al Khalifa is a leading figure in the Arab culture and art scenes, she has spearheaded national efforts to develop the cultural infrastructure in the Kingdom of Bahrain for heritage conservation and the growth of sustainable tourism. The President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, Sheikha Mai is the foremost public expert in the field, holding the unique portfolios of the Ministry for Culture & Information and then the Ministry for Culture. As the Founder of the Sheikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research and Chair of its Board of Trustees since 2002, she works actively to foster culture and preserve the traditional architecture of Bahrain. It was to this end, that she launched the nation-wide ‘Invest in Culture’ initiative, building an unprecedented partnership between the private and public sectors for heritage preservation, leading to the establishment of the Bahrain Fort Site Museum and the Bahrain National Theatre. In addition, Sheikha Mai champions youth capacity building programs in the fields of heritage and culture development. She established Taa’ Al Shabab, a Bahraini youth forum for emerging talent in which cultural dialogue is cultivated. Amongst her myriad achievements have been the 2005 and 2012 inscriptions of the Bahrain Fort and the Pearling: Testimony of an Island Economy as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, in addition to the founding of the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage, a UNESCO Category 2 Centre, established to conserve the MENA region’s cultural and natural heritage. Today, a role model for culture and heritage enthusiasts, Sheikha Mai was the first laureate of the Colbert Prize for Creativity and Heritage in 2010, she received the Légion d’Honneur, the Moroccan Order of Ouissam Alaouite (Grand Officer) and the Order of the Italian Star, as well as the First-Class Order of Merit from HM King Hamad of Bahrain, she is also renowned as a local historian whose work has been published both in Bahrain and internationally.
HE Dr. Hilal Al Sayer - Kuwait
Hilal Al-Sayer is currently the Chairman of the Kuwait Red Crescent Society. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dasman Diabetes Institute, where he has been instrumental in ensuring that the Institute is the leading specialty center for Diabetes in the Gulf Region. As part of his vision he has been key in developing innovative, hands-on diabetes focused healthcare education within Kuwait. Hilal is also the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kuwait Association for the Care of Children in Hospitals (KACCH), that provides focused services within government hospitals across Kuwait. He is also president of the Bayat Abdullah Children’s Hospice, the first hospice of its kind in the Middle East. Throughout his career, he has held many positions, including Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Surgical Department of the Amiri Hospital, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Kuwait University, and visiting professor at the Surgical Department of Aberdeen University for 5 years. He has been awarded numerous medical certificates and diplomas in the field of surgery. Hilal holds a medical degree from the Cairo University.
HE Dr. Lakhdar Brahimi - Algeria
Lakhdar Brahimi, is an Algerian diplomat whose lengthy career included peacemaking efforts in Lebanon, South Africa, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. During Algeria’s struggle for independence from France in the late 1950s and early 60s, he was a representative of the National Liberation Front, the group that led the liberation struggle, in Southeast Asia. He served in the Algerian government as Presidential Adviser (1982–84) and then served as Under-Secretary General (1984–91) of the Arab League before returning to the Algerian government as Foreign Minister (1991–93). He subsequently headed UN missions to South Africa (1993–94) and Haiti (1994–96) before being appointed to represent the UN in Afghanistan in 1997. Frustrated with the inability to resolve the conflict between the Taliban and other factions in Afghanistan, he resigned from his post in 1999. In 2000, he was lauded for his Report of the Panel on UN Peace Operations (commonly known as the Brahimi Report), which recommended broad changes to the way UN peacekeeping missions were conceived and implemented. The report was critical in particular of UN inaction in both Rwanda in 1994, and Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1995. Lakhdar was appointed Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the UN in January 2004. In May the UN sent him to Iraq to help that country recover from the U.S. invasion of 2003. He was charged with aiding in the effort to restore Iraqi independence, which hinged on the country’s first democratic elections, scheduled for early 2005. He retired from his position at the end of 2005, indicating that the U.S. invasion in 2003 had caused more problems than it had solved. In August 2012, he was appointed the UN’s special envoy to Syria. He replaced Kofi Annan, who had resigned after failing to broker a cease-fire in the Syrian Civil War during his six-month tenure. Lakhdar was also unable to negotiate a peace deal, and he left the post in 2014. He was a member of the Elders, a group of international leaders established in the early 21st century to promote peaceful conflict resolution throughout the world. Lakhdar was educated in Algeria and France specializing in Law and Political Science.
HE Mr. Farouk Hosny - Egypt
Farouk Hosny is an abstract painter, who was Egypt’s Minister of Culture from 1987 to 2011. Farouk held exhibitions worldwide and won the Japanese Soka Gakai International University cultural and peace prize. Between 1971-1978, he was Egypt's cultural attaché in Paris and from 1979 to 1987 served in the same position in Rome, where he also was the director of the Egyptian Academy of Arts. In 1987, Farouk was appointed the Minister of Culture in Egypt from his position in Rome. During his tenure, he expanded state-run exhibition spaces and initiated various cultural programs, including the Horizon One Gallery, the Palace of Arts, Gezira Arts Center, Alexandria Center of Arts, the Modern Dance Troupe and School, the Cairo History Rehabilitation Project, the Nubian Museum in Aswan and the Alexandria National Museum and the Cultural Development Fund. On July 30, 2007, Egypt nominated Hosny to succeed Koichiro Matsuura as Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and began a campaign to have him elected to the position. No Arab had previously held the position. Farouk was regarded as certain to win the September 2009 election, but his May 2008 pledge to burn Israel books in Egyptian libraries sparked doubts about his suitability for the position and strengthened opposition to his candidacy. He lost the UNESCO election in a stunning upset in the fifth and final round of voting. Farouk blamed his defeat on Zionist pressures and a group of influential Jews. He criticized the US Ambassador at UNESCO, David Killion, for derailing his election. Farouk holds a BA. from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Alexandria.
Dr. Suad Juffali - Saudi Arabia
Suad Juffali, widow of the Late Sheikh Ahmed Abdullah Juffali, is a renowned philanthropist and a well-respected social figure. She has been a social entrepreneur before the phrase became popular. She is the Co-Founder of the Help Center, a special education institution for children with intellectual disabilities. She is also the Chairperson of The Brain Forum Board of Foundation, and the Managing Director of The Ahmed Juffali Benevolent Foundation. Suad is a generous and active philanthropist. She is the patron of Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology at KAUST established in 2013; and has received numerous awards for her charitable services in various areas of education and welfare of women and children. She established her own foundation contributing scholarship funds to Arab students in support for their higher education, and providing chairs in different universities, globally. Suad was also involved in establishing and organizing the 1st women welfare society in Jeddah in 1956; and followed by helping and organizing Al-Faisaliyah Women Society. Both of these societies deal with mother and child welfare in health and education, helping to eliminate illiteracy for women. Her vision and leadership has made these welfare centers a reality. Among many other positions, she sits on the Board of various national and international educational institutions, including the American University in Cairo, Effat University, and the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University. Suad holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Sociology from the Beirut College for Women (BCW), presently Lebanese American University (LAU), in Lebanon and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the American University in Egypt and LAU in Lebanon.
Mr. Samer Khoury - Palestine
Samer Khoury is President of Engineering & Construction of the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), a multi-billion engineering group and the largest construction company in the Middle East. He is at the helm of CCC, which today is a large conglomerate with a broad range of activities ranging from its conventional engineering & construction role to the more complex role of an oil & gas and power developer. CCC employs more than 100,000 individuals worldwide. According to the annual Engineering News Record (ENR) surveys, CCC ranks continuously among the top 20 largest International Contractors and first in the Middle East region. Samer, is highly involved in business, social and educational activities in the US, the Middle East and Europe focusing on: Engineering Innovation; Sustainability; Economic Collaborative Development; Peace & Conflict Resolution Dialogues; Youth Empowerment; Knowledge Societies; and Social Enterprise Philanthropies. He is a board member of several associations including: Welfare Association; Governors for Engineers and Contractors; Arab Business Council, World Economic Forum; Consolidated Contractors International, Greece; National Petroleum Construction Company, UAE; Palestine Investment Fund; Palestine Electric Company; Solomon Pools Project, Gaza International Hospital; Bethlehem Cardiology Hospital, and many more. Samer holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from California State University in Chico and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
Mr. Marc Levy - France
Marc Levy is a French author. At the age of 18, he joined the French Red Cross where he spent six years in various positions. In 1983, he created a company specializing in computer graphics in France and the United States and in 1989 he lost control of his group and resigned. At 29, from scratch, he returned to Paris and founded with his brother-in-law an office architecture firm, Eurythmic Cloiselec. At 37, Marc Levy writes a story, encouraged by his sister writer, the novel; "And if it was true ...", became a bestseller overnight in France as well as overseas. It was made into a film by Steven Spielberg and Dream works in 2005. After the huge success of his first novel, Marc Levy resigns at the age of 38 from his architecture firm and leaves to live in London to devote himself exclusively to writing. Since then, he has written fifteen novels including: Finding You (2001, adapted for television in 2007), Seven Days for an Eternity (2003), In Another Life (2004), and Another Idea of Happiness (2014). Marc wrote some short stories and directed a short film for Amnesty International," Nabila's Letter "(2003), adapted from a short story he co-wrote with Sophie Fontanel. He has also written songs for different artists including Johnny Hallyday. In 2017, he signed a series of children's books devoted to expressions of the French language (illustrated by Florent Bégu) for McDonald's. Marc holds a degree in management and computer science from Paris Dauphine University.
HE Mr. Amre Moussa - Egypt
A staunch defender of Arab democratic change, Amre Moussa was Egypt’s Permanent Representative to the U.N (1990 - 1991), the Foreign Minister of Egypt (1991-2001) and the Secretary General of the League of Arab States (2001-2011). In 2012, he ran for President of Egypt as an independent candidate with a vision to reform Egypt's ailing bureaucratic and economic infrastructure, in the country’s first democratic elections following the 25 January Revolution. He lost the elections but continued his political career serving Egypt as an elected member of the Constitutional Assembly, writing the constitution of 2012 and leading the liberal members in their negotiations. He resigned after four months of active participation due to attempts to monopolize the drafting of the constitution. Later, he founded the Congress Party of Egypt and is also among the founding members of the National Salvation Front, which was an Egyptian political alliance established in reaction to President Mohammed Mursi’s constitutional decree. Amre was also one of the leaders who called for and marched during the June 30th revolution that deposed President Mursi and brought in reforms in accordance with the agreed-on road map. In 2014, Amre was Chair of the Fiftieth Committee for the Egyptian Constitution that all Egyptians voted and agreed on. In the course of his diplomatic career, he received a number of awards including the Grand Cordon of the Nile from the Egyptian government in May 2001, the Order of the Two Niles, first class, from Sudan in 2001, and high decorations from Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina and the German Federation. Amre holds a Law degree from Cairo University.
Lady Hayat Palumbo - Lebanon
Lady Hayat Palumbo is the owner and chairman of the city club Walbrook, a private members club in London, which opened in May 2000. The club is as well known for its impressive art collection as it is for its famous clientele. Lady Palumbo has lived in London since 1986 when she married Lord Peter Palumbo, property developer and Patron of the Arts, Former Chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain and Chairman of The Pritzker Prize for Architecture. During her first year in London, she founded a needlework shop specializing in hand painted designs. In addition to her passion for art, she also plays a leading role in charities such as: St Jude's and Cancer Research in the UK. Before she moved to London, she worked for two years as a reporter for the Daily Star and then a year at Jeune Afrique in Paris in the early seventies, as well as Actis International, an institutional PR firm. Lady Hayat was born and raised in Lebanon, daughter of a newspaper publisher, Kamel Mroueh, who was murdered by extremists in his Beirut office when she was sixteen. She holds a BA in Middle Eastern History from the American University of Beirut and a Master’s in International Relations from the Sorbonne in Paris.
HE Dr. Barham A. Saleh - Iraq
Barham A. Saleh is the founder of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. He is a veteran Kurdish politician with years of public service and leadership in both the Kurdistan Region and in Iraq. His life and political outlook have been defined by his experience as a political activist committed to freeing the Kurdistan Region and Iraq from tyranny and to the pursuit of democracy and human rights. Barham served as Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region from 2009-12. He was elected to a leadership role at the first conference of the Political Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party after the liberation of Kurdistan from dictatorship in 1992 and was also chosen to head the PUK office in the United States. Following the first parliamentary elections in the same year, he became the representative of the newly formed Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to the US. During his time in the USA he was active in improving Kurdistan’s relations with the West. He was appointed Prime Minister of the KRG in Suleimani from 2001-04. After the fall of the Ba'athist regime, he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of the Interim Iraqi Government in mid-2004, the Minister of Planning in the transitional government in 2005, and Deputy Prime Minister again during 2005-2009. In addition to his role as deputy prime minister, he was also in charge of the economic portfolio and head of the Economic Committee. Barham holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and construction at the University of Cardiff, and a doctoral degree in statistics and computer applications in engineering from the University of Liverpool.
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