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Public Speaking

Topics I have come to discuss/lecture on include entrepreneurship and private sector development, the Egyptian revolution, social media and social change, citizen journalism, etc. I regularly give talks in English, French, and Arabic.


My latest conferences and public talks include


●  Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 19 August 2013, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

“Future perspectives on Egypt”


● World Affairs Council of Houston, 14 August 2013, Houston, Texas, USA

The Next Step for Egypt: Securing Good Governance and Building Economic Growth


4th Arab Social Media Forum, 8 July 2013, Ramallah, Palestine / Amman, Jordan

Keynote talk: “What’s Next in Social Media


Aspen Institute Italia, 5-6 July 2013, Naples, Italy

Aspen Mediterranean Institute seminar – “The Changing Mediterranean: the quest for growth and the Gulf factor

Plenary Panel discussion: “Latest developments in Egypt


● World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, 24-26 May 2013, Dead Sea, Jordan

Moderator of a panel discussion on “Preparing for the Workforce of the Future

Moderator of a private discussion with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas


● Anna Lindh Forum, preparatory meeting on Media, 28 February – 1 March 2013, Barcelona, Spain

Panel discussion, “Reporting economic and social crises”


● Swedish Institute, YLVP Alumni conference, 19-21 February 2013, Rabat, Morocco

Workshop: “Developing innovative ideas for business and social entrepreneurs”


● World Economic Forum, Annual Meeting, 22-27 January 2013, Davos, Switzerland

Panelist: “Meet the Millennials”, 26 January

Firestarter: “Financial Inclusion”, 24 January

Rapporteur: “A new vision for Arab Employment”, 23 January


TEDxCairo, 1 December 2012, Cairo, Egypt

Democratising Entrepreneurship – ريادة الأعمال للجميع” – In Arabic


● Aspen Institute España, 24-25 November, Cordoba, Spain

Aspen Mediterranean Institute seminar – “Global Networks and Business strategies for Mediterranean Integration”


● Google Internet at Liberty, 23-24 May 2012, Washington DC, USA

Panel: what is the responsibility of United States institutions in promoting internet freedom?


● TEDxUChicago, 29 April 2012, Chicago, Illinois, USA

“The revolutions within The Revolution” (presentation to be uploaded soon)


● 5th Arab Free Press Forum, 23-24 January 2012, Tunis, Tunisia

Discussion: “The Media – Help or Hindrance to Revolution?”


● 4th United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Forum, 11-13 December 2011, Doha, Qatar

“The Arab Spring: Youth and Nation Building”


● Arab Thought Foundation 10th Annual Conference, 5-7 December 2011, Dubai, UAE

“The Economic Challenges in the aftermath of the Arab Spring” (Ar.)  [press]


● Columbia University Global Center launch event, 2 November 2011, Istanbul, Turkey

High-level policy discussion (closed)

Panel discussion, “Is the Internet Too Free?


● Sweden In Arabic launch event, 13 October 2011, Swedish Embassy, Cairo, Egypt

Panel discussion, “Social Media and its use in Business Development and Small Projects”


● International Conference Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the first Congress of “Solidarity” (Solidarność), 9-10 September 2011, Warsaw/Gdansk, Poland

Debate: “Are Cairo and Tunis Repetitions of Gdańsk? The Waves of Democratisation

Throughout the World”, 10 September 2011


● Vantage Communications workshop, “The Power of Blogs”, 10 July 2011, Cairo, Egypt

Presentation: “The Weakness of Blogs”


● Almedalen Week – Sweden’s most important yearly political gathering, 6-8 July 2011, Visby, Sweden

Discussion, “Global leadership and the new Digital Landscape”, 7 July 2011.


● Tällberg Forum, 30 June – 3 July 2011, Sigtuna, Sweden

Opening plenary session: “the Middle East: Old Maps, New Realities”, 30 June 2011.

Workshop: “The Global Network Society”, 1 July 2011.

Panel Discussion: “After Democratic Revolutions: What Next?”, 2 July 2011.


● Turkey State visit 3-8 June 2011, Istanbul/Ankara/Konya, Turkey.

Meetings and discussions with a host of Turkish political personalities, including President Abdullah Gül, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoğlu, and a number of party and civil society leaders.


●  Connect!! Pakistan’s first Social Media Summit, 11 June 2011, Karachi, Pakistan
Panel on “Education & Good Governance: Going Digital”.


●   St. Gallen Symposium, 12 – 14 May 2011, St. Gallen, Switzerland

One-on-One (public interview) with Ribal Al-Assad, 12 May 2011

“The Media, a sword. But who carries it?”, debate with US Army Major Michael Erwin, 13 May 2011


●   Palestinian Vision, 1 May 2011, Jerusalem, Palestine

Workshop on Social Media for Jerusalemite youth (in Arabic)


●   Bil’in 6th International Solidarity Conference, 28 April 2011, Bil’in, Palestine

Lessons learned from the Egyptian revolution” (in Arabic)


●   TEDxRamallah, 16 April 2011, Bethlehem, Palestine

Creative Expression Tahrir Square.


●   Institut Francais d’Egypte, 12 Avril 2011, Le Caire, Egypte

                       Conference “Points de Vue” en compagnie de Guy Sorman (in French)


●   ArabNet.ME conference,  24 March 2011, Beirut, Lebanon

                       Panel on “Social Media and Citizenship”


●   American University in Beirut,  22 March 2011

                       Guest lecturer at the School of Journalism – Digital Media


● UNDP – Central European University Webinar, 08 July 2010

                       Social media and political mobilization


● 5th Global YES Summit – Rework the World, 4 June 2010, Leksand, Sweden

                       Panel on “Job creation and youth engagement as means of integration

                       in conflict and post-conflict regions”


● Media Seminar on the War in Gaza, Norwegian Institute of Journalism, 26 February 2009, Oslo, Norway

                       Presentation, “Arab Media coverage of the War on Gaza”

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