Speaking Engagements

2017

November

19
Radicalization and Youth, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Invited to speak to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs board members visiting Jordan. We spoke and discussed radicalization in the Middle East, the role of youth and the status of women in Jordan.

November

07
Freedom of Expression in Jordan at the American University of Madaba
Invited to speak at the American University of Madaba in Jordan on  "Freedom of Expression: What does it all mean in the Jordanian context?" discussions covered the recent laws and legislations, the importance of public debate and the importance of a professional and free press.

February

17
Roots of Radicalization for Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Amman
Invited to speak at the Alumni Conference of Young Leaders Youth Perspectives on Roots of Radicalization in Amman where I explored the role of youth in combating radicalization.

2016

October

15
Voices of Jordan in New York
Invited to present and discuss Voices of Jordan in New York. The book talk was hosted by supporter Susan Wicht who focuses on Arabic language and education. The event was attended by teachers, businessmen, patrons, authors, activists & other New Yorkers.

September

22
American University of Madaba/ DePaul University students
Invited to speak to exchange students in Jordan from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois on the media landscape in Jordan and digitization.

September

18
International Election Observers
Invited to speak to international election observers in Jordan who were monitoring the parliamentary elections. I highlighted the role of the media in the elections and the importance of including youth in the decision-making process.

August

08
National Democratic Institute (NDI)
Invited to speak to long term election observers about the media landscape in Jordan and the upcoming parliamentary elections at the National Democratic Institute's office.

July

26
International Republican Institute & National Democratic Institute
Invited to speak to a high level delegation from the International Republican Institute (IRI) and National Democratic Institute (NDI) on the role of youth and public attitudes towards the upcoming 2016 Jordanian parliamentary elections.

April

27
Voices of Jordan at the American University of Madaba
I gave my first book presentation to a terrific group of literature students at the American University of Madaba. We exchanged ideas and I spoke about the writing process for my upcoming book Voices of Jordan. Read more about the event

2015

November

28
International Republican Institute (IRI)
Guest speaker for the International Republican Institute young leaders academy to discuss the media and its role particularly in Jordan. We discussed issues like media professionalism, government restrictions on the media, self-censorship and the role of civil society today in Jordan.

October

31
International Republican Institute (IRI)
Spoke to about 25 young, politically active participants about the media and its role particularly in Jordan and initiatives of Leaders of Tomorrow including the importance of creativity and innovation. Amman, Jordan.

June

15
Friedrich Ebert Foundation
Chaired two sessions in the regional conference in the "Secret of Attraction of ISIS". Read agenda.
Amman, Jordan

2014

December

21
Munathara Initiative
Workshop presenter on the art of storytelling
Amman, Jordan

December

13
Speaker at the Human Rights Journalism conference
Spoke about the importance of data and information for the work of journalists at the conference in Amman organised by Center for Defending the Freedom of Journalists (CDFJ) and Journalists for Human Rights (JHR). The event brought together more than 100 journalists, lawyers and NGOs to discuss the topic.

December

10
International Center For Journalists (ICFJ)
Speaker on media and human rights
Amman, Jordan

June

01
New America Foundation
Speaker on the state of press and internet freedom in the MENA region
Washington DC, USA

May

01
National Democratic Institute (NDI)
Speaker on digitization, social media and journalism in Jordan
Amman, Jordan

February

11
Yarmouk University FireFox Day
Speaker on the importance of digitization in media education and journalism
Irbid, Jordan

January

21
International Honor Program (IHP)-Human Rights
Speaker on human rights and the role of the media
Amman, Jordan

2013

October

06
International Honor Program (IHP)-Human Rights
Speaker on The Role Of Media In Promoting Human Rights
Jordan

September

15
4th Bronislaw Geremek International Foreign Policy Conference
Speaker on the state of Jordan two years after the Arab revolts
Warsaw, Poland

August

30
The Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Speaker on activism and challenges facing Jordan’s youth
Amman, Jordan

July

31
National Democratic Institute
Speaker on political developments in Jordan
Amman, Jordan

July

31
Aspen Mediterranean Initiative
Speaker on media, telecommunications and digitization
Naples, Italy

June

10
National Democratic Institute (NDI)
Speaker on tribal violence in universities, presenting results from interviews & research
Amman, Jordan

March

31
New America Foundation
Speaker On The Standing Political Context In Jordan
Washington DC, USA

January

31
National Democratic Institute (NDI) International Observation Mission
Speaker On The Standing Political Context In Jordan
Jordan

2012

October

31
Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies, 8th Bodrum Roundtable
Speaker on the politics of international engagement “Aiding Arab Transitions”
Bodrum, Turkey

October

21
University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill
Speaker On The Study Abroad Program In Jordan
Amman, Jordan

October

06
Global Thinkers Forum
Panel moderator on finding the leaders of tomorrow post Arab Spring. Event agenda
Amman, Jordan

July

01
Mapping Digital Media Advocacy Summit in Istanbul
Speaker on Digital Media And Activism In Jordan
Istanbul, Turkey

June

01
International Center for Journalists and Jordan Media Institute
Reporting In Jordan. Speaker
Jordan

May

31
Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
Speaker On Spectrum Allocation Policy In Jordan
New York

 

May

31
Institute of International Cooperation - German Institute for Adult Education
Speaker On The Role Of Media In Promoting Adult Education In Jordan
Amman, Jordan

April

01
Aspen Institute
Speaker On The Role Of The Media In The Middle East
Rome, Italy

2011

December

31
Jordan Media Institute
Speaker On Story Ideas, Reporting And Writing
Amman, Jordan

 

October

01
Arab-US Association of Communication Educators (AUSACE)
Speaker On Digitization And Media Literacy
Beirut, Lebanon