Beyond speaking engagements, are the remarkable people I had the opportunity to meet along the way from all walks of life, young or old, each one of them serves a purpose whether they recognize it or not.
Panelist, Burning to Tell You: Critical Conversations with Risk-Taking Artists by The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics. National Press Club Washington DC. Participants:
Natalia Kaliada, Founding Co-Artistic Director of Belarus Free Theatre (Belarus)
Maria Alyokhina, member of Pussy Riot; performer in Belarus Free Theatre’s Burning Doors (Russia), Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and Things I’ve Been Silent About (Iran), Nik Kowsar, Member of Board of Directors of Cartoonists Rights Network International (Iran), Honey al Sayed, Founder of Honey&. LLC and Director of Media and Arts for Peace Initiative at the Geneva Center for Security Policy; former award-winning radio host & producer (Syria), Nadia Brodskaya, Co-Managing Director, Belarus Free Theatre (Belarus), Svetlana Sugako, Co-Managing Director, Belarus Free Theatre (Belarus), Marc Behrendt, Director for Europe and Eurasia programs, Freedom House (USA), Moderated by Derek Goldman and Cynthia Schneider, Co-Directors, The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics (USA)
Video Commentary, The Geneva Centre for Security Policy & the Creative Center for the Leadership Alliance for Advancing Leadership in Peace & Security
Influence & Leadership. Geneva, Switzerland, August 2017
MC, Speaker, Moderator, Media and Arts for Peace (MAP) online course launch:
-The United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, D.C. USIP - MAP interactive launch event May 25, 2017
-The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), Geneva, -Switzerland - MAP interactive launch event June 21, 2017
New York MAP interactive launch event October 3, 2017
Moderator, The Middle East Institute
Food For Humanity. Washington, D.C., March 1, 2017
Speaker, Georgetown University
“Media and the Arts in War & Peace”: Derek Goldman's class of Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University. Washington, D.C., February 16, 2017.
Speaker, Georgetown University
“Media and the Arts in War & Peace”: Ambassador Cynthia Schneider’s class of Diplomacy and Culture: Global Performance Film, Media. Washington, D.C., October 6, 2016.
Panelist, Harvard Arab Weekend 2016
Cambridge, Boston, November 10-13, 2016.
Keynote, The Northern Bay Leadership Council
2016 Leaders of the North Bay Awards Luncheon.
San Rafael, San Francisco, November 4, 2016. Agency: Steven Barclay Agency
Panelist, UN Foundation World Humanitarian Summit: Istanbul and Beyond
UN Foundation, Washington DC May 24, 2016.
Panelist, OWNIT Summit
Creating Game-changing Moments to Inspire Young Women
Media Arts + Impact
Georgetown University, Washington DC April 9, 2016.
Moderator, Middle East Institute, National Building Museum, British Council
A Conversation with Tania El Khoury: Live Art and The Everyday
Artist: Tania El Khoury, Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 7, 2016.
Panelist, RightsCon Silicon Valley, ISC project
"The Digital Threat of ISIS"
Panelists, Dlshad Othman, Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi, John B. Jaeger. San Francisco, Wednesday, March 30-Friday, April 1, 2016.
Moderator, Goethe Institute DC, New York University and the Embassy of Sweden
"Destruction as Image-Act - Remapping History"
Panelists Christian Christensen, Nadia Oweidat, Rüdiger Lohlker. Washington D.C., March 17, 2016.
Panelist, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
"The Global Migration and Refugee Crisis - Challenges, Lessons Learned and Opportunities"
International Organization for Migration and Institute of Current World Affairs. Washington, D.C, December 11, 2015.
Moderator, Georgetown University (Mortara Building)
“Kazeboon: Land of Fear and Oppression” Film Screening and discussion with Dr. Sally Touma: Prominent Egyptian political activist, heads the Medecins Du monde mission to Egypt. Washington, D.C, October 6, 2015.
Speaker, The Womanity Foundation
"Mobilizing Women: How Media in the Middle East is Changing the Status Quo", via Geneva based organization The Womanity Foundation with speakers Yann Borgstedt Founder & President Womanity; Kyle Gibson, Women in the World; Sabrina Hersi Issa, Be Bold Media. Moderator: Brook Baldwin, CNN, at Civic Hall. New York City, June 16, 2015.
Panelist, United States Institute of Peace
“Catalyzing Change: Women, Media and the Arts”. Washington, D.C, April 29, 2015.
Speaker, Georgetown University
“Positive Media for social change and peacebuilding in the midst of conflict” for Ambassador Cynthia Schneider’s class of Diplomacy and Culture: Global Performance Film, Media. Washington, D.C., March 31, 2015.
Panelist, New America and Arizona State University’sCenter on the Future of War and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
“Examining The Crisis In Syria” Conference: Media Portrayal of the Syrian Crisis. Moderated by Peter Bergen. This panel provided an overview of how the Syrian crisis has been covered by the U.S. and international media. Panelists: Hannah Allam, McClatchy Newspapers, Peter Baker, New York Times, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post, Honey Al Sayed, Syrian journalist. Washington, D.C., January 2015.
Moderator, United States Institute of Peace
“Film Screening: Red Lines” film documentary about the Syrian conflict. Washington, D.C., December 2014.
Moderator, Goethe Institute
Art In Exile film screenings and art exhibit for Syrian, Palestinian and Iraqi artists and filmmakers. Washington, D.C., October 2014.
Co-Moderator (in both English and Arabic) Georgetown University
“Voices Unheard The Syria: Trojan Women Summit”. Washington, D.C., September 2014.
Lecturer and participant, The Harvard JFK Forum for The Institute for Inclusive Security
Colloquium: strengthening women peacemakers around the world. Cambridge, MA, January 2014.
Guest participant, Woodrow Wilson Center
Strategic Roundtable Discussion “How to safeguard women’s rights in the countries of the Arab Spring looking forward.” Washington, D.C., July 2013.
Lecturer, The US-Middle East Partnership Program-MEPI at Delaware University
“The Role Of Media During Conflict and It’s Impact On Mobilizing Civil Society” Newark, DE, July 2013.
Panelist, Bloomberg and the Committee to Protect Journalists
“Attacks on the Press: Journalism on the Front Lines in the Middle East and North Africa". Washington, D.C., June 2013.
Lecturer, Georgetown University
“Creative Politics” for Ambassador Cynthia Schneider’s class of Diplomacy and Culture: Global Performance Film, Media. Washington, D.C., April 2013
Panelist, The Stimson Center
“Syria Beyond Assad: Building a New Syria from the Grassroots”. Washington, D.C., March 2013.
Speaker, Global Studies Institute, Culver Academies
Syria fundraiser event. Chicago, IL, November 2012.
Panelist, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Conference: “Syrian Women’s Role Post Assad Regime-An Unpredictable Future” Washington, D.C., October 2012.
Speaker, The Institute of Inclusive Security
“Syrian Women Empowerment”, Washington, D.C., September 2012.
Speaker, The Stimson Center
“Understanding Syria’s Silent Majority”. Washington, D.C., May 2012.
Keynote speaker, ARCH International
“Positive Media/ Communication” for the Bamiyan Project on “Building Historical Narratives for Iraq and Afghanistan”. Washington, D.C., April 2011.
Keynote Speaker, Rand Corporation
“Creative Use of Media in the Middle East”. Washington, DC & California, LA, April 2008.