Our team

Salam Sarhan Founder and Director

Writer and journalist with three books and over one thousand articles on a wide range of subjects in Arabic and English. Worked as senior editor, TV presenter, producer and commentator for numerous leading media establishments, including BBC, Alarabiya, Sky Arabia, Alarab daily and The Arab Weekly. Highly involved in many political and humanitarian campaigns

Nadia Al Turki Advisor

Journalist, poet, academic and writer in Arabic, French and English. Founder and president of the International Academy of Media and Diplomacy (IAMD). Founder and Executive editor-in-chief of www.7Dnews.com. TV commentator and regular speaker in international forums and conferences on political and social issues. Leading activist for peace, tolerance and human rights in the Middle East.

Dirk Adriaensens Advisor

Member of the Executive Committee of the BRussells Tribunal. Coordinator of SOS Iraq and former member of the International Organising Committee of the World Tribunal on Iraq.  Renowned author and co-author of many books and studies in international affairs and violations of international law. Peace activist, criminologist and regular contributor in the media and prominent speaker in international conferences.

Hanan Sharfelddin Advisor

Chief Executive of the International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (EAFORD). Academic and researcher with Doctorate in organizational leadership management, University of Phoenix. Specialised researcher in examining performance variables of NGOs and religious orientation and Racism.

Dr Emily Amal Porter Advisor

Art historian, artist and novelist in English and Arabic. University lecturer and regular contributor to various international conferences and forums in the UK, Austria, Spain, Mexico, Sweden, Iraq. Exhibited her art in Baghdad, London, Newcastle, Lebanon, Sweden and Austria. Awarded the Millennium Award and Fellowship. Leading figure in cultural, justice and women’s rights. Chair of Multi Cultural Integration Centre. Consultant for North Tyneside College on cultural issues. Running the regular cultural events ‘Remembering Al Mutanabbi’, a street that was blown up by Daash. Founder of ‘Save World Cultural Heritage’ an initiative to ban the trade in artifacts from ancient archaeological sites in Iraq.

Bishop Dr. Sunday N. Onuoha Advisor

Founder and President of ‘Vision Africa’ which focuses on building networks of faith communities in Nigeria. Executive director of Nigerian Interfaith Action Association, the largest Christian-Muslim collaboration to end malaria in Nigeria. Former Special Assistant on Privatization in the Presidential Cabinet of Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2003. Consecrated as Bishop in the Nigerian Methodist Church.

Marah Bukai Advisor

Syrian-American writer, academic, researcher and consultant on MENA region and cultural dialogue between the United States and Arab and Muslim worlds. Former lecturer at University of Maryland and Georgetown University on Linguistic and contemporary Islam. Advisor at Vital Voices organization to empower emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs worldwide. Author of nine books in Arabic and English and prominent advocate for democratic peaceful change in Syria. Current Director of Middle East and Africa department at Frontiers Consultants based in Washington D.C.

Selwa Kazwini Advisor

Journalist, broadcaster, entrepreneur, activist and campaigner for social justice. She was an anchor for major TV stations like BBC and Aljazeera until setting up her PR company, SK PR & Events.

Ulrich Schreiber Advisor

Leading cultural figure worldwide. Founder and president of the international literature festival berlin (ilb) since 2001. Always worked on linking culture and literature with political, justice and humanitarian issues in all events he led worldwide. Member of the German PEN-Centre as well as a co-founder of the PEN World Voices Festival.

Jo Pannecoucke Advisor

Visionary entrepreneur who enjoys building strategic alliances with a focus on improving health and quality of life. Has established many businesses including TakeAir.world, which focuses on microbial architecture to promote a healthier and sustainable lifestyle. Actively involved in political and humanitarian issues.

Hassan Abdulrazzak Advisor

Award winner play writer in English. His plays were performed since 2007 in many main theatres in London, Washington and San Francisco among many others. Translated many plays and books to English and contributed to many more. Recipient of George Devine, Meyer-Whitworth, Pearson and Bay Area theatre awards as well as the Arab British Centre Award for Culture.

Alfred-Maurice de Zayas Advisor

Writer, historian and prominent lawyer in international law and human rights. Former high-ranking United Nations official and independent expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order. Speaker and lecturer on the jurisprudence of the UN Human Rights Committee and freedom of opinion and expression.

Obiora Francis Ike Advisor

Executive director of Globethics.net Geneva. Professor of ethics and intercultural studies, Enugu University, Nigeria and visiting lecturer at Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt. Catholic priest, writer, publisher and author of numerous books and articles. Member of World Academy of Arts and Science and the European Academy. Founder of the First Ethics Institute in Nigeria and co-founder of the largest micro finance bank in southeast Nigeria.

Anissa Naqrachi Advisor

President of Amal Network and Nour Foundation for solidarity with rural Women. Academic, leading activist and international expert in collaborating with ISESCO and Islamic Development Bank in Morocco. Leading member of the Council of Human Rights in morocco, responsible for the international relations.