Dr. Seif El Dawla is Professor of Psychiatry at Ain Shams University in Cairo and founder of the El Nadim Center for the Psychological Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence. El Nadim Center provides psychological management and rehabilitation to victims of torture. Together with other NGOs and individuals it also provides some form of social support and refers to legal aid resources. Dr. Seif El Dawala is a member to the Egyptian Association Against Torture, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, the Association for Health and Environmental Development, the Egyptian Popular Committee in Solidarity with the Intifada and the Committee to Defend Democracy.
Ahdaf Soueif is an Egyptian novelist and political and cultural commentator. Her second novel The Map of Love (1999) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, has been translated into 21languages and sold over a million copies. A cultural and political commentator, Ahdaf Soueif writes for the Guardian newspaper in London, and has a weekly column for Al-Shorouk in Cairo. In January 2012 she published Cairo: My City, Our Revolution- a personal account of the first year of the Egyptian revolution.
Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist and an international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues. She is based in New York. Her opinion pieces have been published frequently in media across the world, including The Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune and she has appeared as a guest analyst in several media outlets. She was a columnist for the Toronto Star, Jerusalem Report and Politiken until 2011 since when her columns have appeared in the Guardian. Newsweek magazine named Ms Eltahawy one of its "150 Fearless Women of 2012", Time magazine featured her along with other activists from around the world as its People of the Year and Arabian Business magazine named her one of the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women.
Huwaida Arraf is an American – Palestinian human rights activist, lawyer and co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a Palestinian-led organization focused on assisting the Palestinian side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict using non-violent protests. Huwaida Arraf co-founded the ISM in 2001, while living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. She founded the ISM with members of two Palestinian foundations with strong international ties, the Holy Land Trust and the Rapprochement Center. At the ISM, she has participated in the training of thousands of volunteers from around the world in non-violence and in human-rights monitoring and reporting.
Mark LeVine is a leader of the new generation of scholars of the modern Middle East and Islam, Globalization, and Popular Culture, and an award winning musician who has performed with many world renown artists. LeVine is a professor of Middle Eastern History at University of California, Irvine, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Lund University in Sweden. LeVine received his B.A. in comparative religion and biblical studies from Hunter College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University's Department of Middle Eastern Studies. He is the author of several books, notably "Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance, and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam" & "An Impossible Peace: Oslo and the Burdens of History".
Sherif Mansour is an Egyptian-American democracy and human rights activist working with the Committee to defend Journalists(CPJ). Before joining CPJ, he worked with Freedom House, in Washington, D.C., where he managed advocacy trainings for activists from the Middle East and North Africa. In 2010, he co-founded the Egyptian Association for Change, a Washington-based nonprofit group that mobilizes Egyptians in the U.S. to support democracy and human rights in Egypt. He has monitored the Egyptian elections for the Ibn Khaldum Center for Development Studies and has worked as a freelance journalist for Al-Kahera newspaper. In 2004, he was honored by the Al-Kalema Center for Human Rights for his work in defending freedom of expression in Egypt. Sherif Mansour has authored several articles and conducted research studies on civil society and the role of the new media and civil society in achieving democracy.
Amy Austin Holmes is an assistant professor of sociology at the American University in Cairo. She holds a PhD in sociology from Johns Hopkins University and an MA in political science from the Freie Universität Berlin. Holmes is a former Fulbright scholar who has recently been awarded fellowships from Brown University, the University of Jena, the Institute of Advanced Studies in Toulouse, and Harvard University (declined). Her book Social Unrest and American Military Bases in Turkey and Germany since 1945 was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014.
Johanneke van den Bos has extensive experience working in international development in the Middle East and North Africa for (international) organisations such as UN Women Regional Office for Arab States, UN Trust Fund EVAW, Bridging the Gulf- Foundation for Human Security in the Gulf Region and the Netherlands Helsinki Committee. She is the co-founder of the Sina-Network. The Network established an aid distribution system for five different refugee communities scattered throughout the urban expanse of Greater Cairo, focusing on victims of human trafficking, and women-headed households. It also seeks to provide support to the Egyptian impoverished and marginalized host communities in order to promote social cohesion and ensure a better protection environment for refugees in Cairo. Johanneke van den Bos has a Master in Languages and cultures of the Middle East and French and has completed several intensive trainings on advocacy, results based management and humanitarian aid.
Katarzyna Mortoń is an MA graduate in Political Science. She is a project coordinator and team leader in several areas connected mainly to the international public sphere and civil society (intercultural dialogue through media and intercultural learning and understanding) as well as art performances (especially choreographing dance-performances and dance-projects). Occasionally publishing as a journalists/media-maker, Katarzyna is also the co-founder of MENAC (Middle East and North Africa Committee) and current board member of European Youth Press, involved in the organisation since 2006. Also, a former intern in the Polish Embassy in The Islamic Republic of Iran.
Lillie Paquette is a Canadian/American filmmaker. She is the Director and Producer of the documentary, WE ARE EGYPT – THE STORY BEHIND THE REVOLUTION. The film has been hailed as “an important and ambitious documentation of the roots of the Egyptian revolution,” (Tom Brokaw, NBC News), one that “duly respects the enormous complexity of dynamic,social,economic, and political realities in Egyptian society,” (Alan Henrikson, Tufts University), and which “manages to raise these issues without plumping for one side or the other.” (Tarek Masoud,Harvard University). Prior to her filmmaking career, Paquette worked for several years on Middle East and North Africa programs at the Washington DC-based nonprofit, International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), where she specialized in US State Department-funded media and civil society development programs.