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· Stage
Opening Song : Special Debut and Exclusive song by Aleph & Noel Kharman
Special music segment by Aleph & Noel Kharman
Hana Jabri Sara Hamdan Noel Kharman Aleph Abi Saad
2021-03-25T18:10:00Z 2021-03-25T18:20:00Z America/New_York Opening+Song+%3A+Special+Debut+and+Exclusive+song+by+Aleph+%26+Noel+Kharman Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Stage
Opening Speeches | HAAA President & Co-Chairs
Opening speeches by HAAA President Raja Ghawi and ACH Co-Chairs Hana Jabri and Youssef Abu El Neaj
Hana Jabri Raja Ghawi Youssef Abou El Neaj
2021-03-25T18:20:00Z 2021-03-25T18:25:00Z America/New_York Opening+Speeches+%7C+HAAA+President+%26+Co-Chairs Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
10th Anniversary of the Arab Spring: Hope or Despair?
A decade has passed since the initial spark of the Arab Spring. Is there silver lining in the difficult events that have transpired over the years?
Mai El-Sadany Muzna Dureid Salma El Hosseiny Tarek Megerisi Farea Al-Muslimi Chaima Bouhlel
2021-03-25T18:30:00Z 2021-03-25T20:00:00Z America/New_York 10th+Anniversary+of+the+Arab+Spring%3A+Hope+or+Despair%3F Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
ACH Talk - Antonio Tahhan
Food, memory, and nostalgia: A conversation on Syrian identity with Antonio Tahhan
Heba Mohamad Antonio Tahhan
2021-03-25T19:30:00Z 2021-03-25T20:00:00Z America/New_York ACH+Talk+-+Antonio+Tahhan Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
Biden and the Middle East: Priorities and Challenges
What are Biden's priorities in the Middle East? What are the challenges he faces and is there potential for a constructive role for the U.S. in the region?
Ibrahim Al-Assil Jomana Qaddour Paul Salem Kristen Fontenrose
2021-03-26T10:30:00Z 2021-03-26T11:30:00Z America/New_York Biden+and+the+Middle+East%3A+Priorities+and+Challenges Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
LGBTQ activism in the Arab World and the diaspora, followed by a closed-door discussion
A discussion of Arab queer activism at home and in the diaspora, followed by a closed-door discussion where attendees can share their personal experiences
Raja Ghawi Karim Nammour Maya El Helou Hawar Ali Mirna Haidar
2021-03-26T11:00:00Z 2021-03-26T12:30:00Z America/New_York LGBTQ+activism+in+the+Arab+World+and+the+diaspora%2C+followed+by+a+closed-door+discussion Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
COVIDIOCY: COVID-19 Facts and Fiction
COVIDIOCY will be discussing the success and failure of efforts, and ways for the Arab world to emerge victoriously from the pandemic
Najwa Khuri-Bulos MD, FIDSA Mohammad Hajjiri Nadia Bilbassy Rudy Hachache Mohamad Al Safadi
2021-03-26T11:30:00Z 2021-03-26T12:30:00Z America/New_York COVIDIOCY%3A+COVID-19+Facts+and+Fiction Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
HAWC Conversations | Movie Preview
Places of the Soul: A documentary journey between Antarctica and Qatar
Hamida Alkawari Rumaitha Al Busaidi
2021-03-26T12:00:00Z 2021-03-26T13:00:00Z America/New_York HAWC+Conversations+%7C+Movie+Preview Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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HAWC Conversations | Sexton
Curious about cybersecurity in the Arab world? Worried about malware spying on your phone? Want to learn more about how to protect your privacy?
Mike Sexton
2021-03-26T12:45:00Z 2021-03-26T13:45:00Z America/New_York HAWC+Conversations+%7C+Sexton Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
HAWC Conversations | Arab Youth's Rise With Climate Change: A Personal Reflection
This talk reflects on the emotions experienced by a generation that is rising in the time of climate crisis, and what it means to be architects of the future.
Rumaitha Al Busaidi Tariq Al-Olaimy
2021-03-26T13:00:00Z 2021-03-26T14:00:00Z America/New_York HAWC+Conversations+%7C+Arab+Youth%27s+Rise+With+Climate+Change%3A+A+Personal+Reflection Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
The Khaleeji Dream: Business solutions to end debt crisis among migrant laborers in the Gulf
Millions of low wage migrant workers travel to the Gulf in the hopes of escaping poverty.
Zahra Khan Sarah Mousa
2021-03-26T13:00:00Z 2021-03-26T14:00:00Z America/New_York The+Khaleeji+Dream%3A+Business+solutions+to+end+debt+crisis+among+migrant+laborers+in+the+Gulf Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
Substance abuse disorder: facing the enemy
The substance abuse disorder panel features the professionals that are dedicated to address the substance abuse problem in the region
Linda Chakkour HE Dr. Hamad Alghafri Olivera Bogunovic Hamda Alsuwaidi
2021-03-27T08:30:00Z 2021-03-27T09:30:00Z America/New_York Substance+abuse+disorder%3A+facing+the+enemy+ Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
Paula Yacoubian | Fireside Chat [ARABIC]
This panel discusses scenarios Lebanon may face while examining local conditions, regional dynamics, and the potential role of the international community.
Ibrahim Al-Assil Paula Yacoubian
2021-03-27T09:30:00Z 2021-03-27T10:30:00Z America/New_York Paula+Yacoubian+%7C+Fireside+Chat+%5BARABIC%5D Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Social Media and the Platform Economy: Opportunities and Limitations in MENA
Why young Arabs are increasingly turning to entrepreneurship & social media, what the biggest struggles are, & how to leverage social media’s potential in MENA
Leyla Fathallah Layane Alhorr Mostafa ElBermawy Sarah Refai
2021-03-27T10:30:00Z 2021-03-27T11:45:00Z America/New_York Social+Media+and+the+Platform+Economy%3A+Opportunities+and+Limitations+in+MENA Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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The Abraham Accords: A Step Forward or a Step Back?
This panel examines various perspectives about the agreement, the reasoning behind signing it, and how it might impact the dynamics in the region.
Ibrahim Al-Assil Ahmed Al-Astad Ebtesam Al-Ketbi Alaa Tartir
2021-03-27T11:30:00Z 2021-03-27T12:30:00Z America/New_York The+Abraham+Accords%3A+A+Step+Forward+or+a+Step+Back%3F Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
Arabic or 'Arabish'? The Global Language Crisis [ARABIC]
Arabs today are seemingly losing connection to the Arabic language. Find out what fuels this trend, and how it may affect our culture among future generations.
Zain Kamal Masri Rana Dajani Shahd Dibas Nesreen Shukr
2021-03-27T12:30:00Z 2021-03-27T14:15:00Z America/New_York Arabic+or+%27Arabish%27%3F+The+Global+Language+Crisis+%5BARABIC%5D Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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The Sound of Culture: Musicians Making the Right Kind of Noise
We will explore how Arab musicians today have made waves online, paved the way for a new generation of artists, and helped us through the pandemic.
Sara Hamdan Aleph Abi Saad Noel Kharman
2021-03-27T14:15:00Z 2021-03-27T15:15:00Z America/New_York The+Sound+of+Culture%3A+Musicians+Making+the+Right+Kind+of+Noise Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Arab-Americans in Politics: Challenges and Potential
Opportunities and challenges for Arab-Americans in politics on the local, state, and federal level. Ideas to improve their level and quality of engagement.
Maya Berry Brenda Abdelall Raja Ghawi Janna Ramadan Wael Alzayat Muna Jondy
2021-03-27T15:00:00Z 2021-03-27T16:00:00Z America/New_York Arab-Americans+in+Politics%3A+Challenges+and+Potential Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Developing the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Panel will explore the past and future developments that have shaped and are yet to shape the startup community in the Middle East & how all stakeholders.
Natasha-Christina Akda Tariq Sanad Basil Moftah Christopher Schroeder Sara Koleilat-Aranjo
2021-03-28T10:00:00Z 2021-03-28T10:50:00Z America/New_York Developing+the+Entrepreneurial+Ecosystem Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
Startup pitch
Hynd Bouhia Hasan Haidar Hiba Sharif Rosy Khalife
2021-03-28T10:30:00Z 2021-03-28T13:30:00Z America/New_York Startup+pitch Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Future of Education
The Future of Education panel will explore the role of education in preparing youth in the MENA region for the future of work.
Asma Siddiki
2021-03-28T11:00:00Z 2021-03-28T12:00:00Z America/New_York Future+of+Education Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Artificial Intelligence & Future of the Workforce
Explore how AI will change the future of work in the MENA region & explore what needs to be done to ensure a fair employment/ compensation/ quality of life.
Imad Atwi Rana El Kaliouby Farid Nemri Rami Khoury
2021-03-28T12:00:00Z 2021-03-28T13:30:00Z America/New_York Artificial+Intelligence+%26+Future+of+the+Workforce Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
ACH Talk - Self-Development during a Pandemic
An ask all on self-development & more!
Heba Mohamad Hassan Morshedy
2021-03-28T14:00:00Z 2021-03-28T14:25:00Z America/New_York ACH+Talk+-+Self-Development+during+a+Pandemic Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
ACH Talk | Amel Arab
Hana Jabri Amel Arab Heba Mohamad
2021-03-28T14:30:00Z 2021-03-28T15:00:00Z America/New_York ACH+Talk+%7C+Amel+Arab Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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ACH Talk- Yalla Let's Talk!!
A platform that allows eminent speakers to share inspirational stories or well-informed ideas.
Heba Mohamad Hani Al-Dajane
2021-03-28T15:00:00Z 2021-03-28T15:30:00Z America/New_York ACH+Talk-+Yalla+Let%27s+Talk%21%21 Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)


Hasan Haidar

Managing Partner at +VC

Rana El Kaliouby

Co-Founder and CEO of Affectiva | Artificial Intelligence Panel

Imad Atwi

Principal at Strategy&

Raja Ghawi

HAAA President

Hynd Bouhia

CEO of Strategica

Hamida Alkawari

Qatari filmmaker, writer and producer.

Brenda Abdelall

Senior Advisor, Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties | U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Najwa Khuri-Bulos MD, FIDSA

"Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases University of Jordan"

Tariq Al-Olaimy

Managing Director at 3BL Associates

Rumaitha Al Busaidi

HAAA Director of Membership

Mike Sexton

Fellow and Director of the Cyber program at the Middle East Institute

Rosy Khalife

Founder of Launch Sister Ventures

Hiba Sharif

Enterprise Transformation Advisor at Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Leyla Fathallah

Celebrity Chef

Nadia Bilbassy

Veteran journalist and Washington Bureau Chief for Al Arabiya News Channel

Chaima Bouhlel

Civil Society Activist

Nassima Belkadi

Student at Harvard Business School

Farea Al-Muslimi

Co-Founder & Chairman of Sana'a Center For Strategic Studies

Tarek Megerisi

Policy Fellow ECFR

Sara Koleilat-Aranjo

Partner at Al Tamimi & Company

Salma El Hosseiny

Programme Manager (Human Rights Council)

Alaa Tartir

Policy and Program Advisor Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network

Ebtesam Al-Ketbi

President of Emirates Policy Center

Ahmed Al-Astad

Director General TRENDS Research & Advisory Center

Muna Jondy

Attorney ACLU, MI Womens Commission, MI Dem Party

Nafez Dakkak

Executive Chairman Edraak

Muzna Dureid

Liaison Officer The White Helmets

Kristen Fontenrose

Director of the Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative

Paul Salem

President of Middle East Institute

Maya Berry

Executive Director, Arab American Institute

Mohammad Hajjiri

Director, Interventional Electrophysiology, Ohiohealth and Board Member, HAAA

Wael Alzayat

CEO of Emgage Foundation Inc

Jomana Qaddour

Nonresident Senior Fellow and Head of Syria Portfolio

Sarah Mousa

Ibrahim Al-Assil

Senior Fellow | Middle East Institute

Mai El-Sadany

Managing Director; Legal and Judicial Director | The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP)

Christopher Schroeder

Co-Founder Next Billion Ventures

Basil Moftah

General Partner Global Ventures

Tariq Sanad

Chief Financial Officer | Pure Harvest Smart Farms

Nour Barmada

Preceptor in Arabic

Natasha-Christina Akda

Lead Counsel

Janna Ramadan

Harvard College Student

Heba Mohamad

Director of ACB Talks; Harvard’23

Maya El Helou

PhD candidate at the Socio-Cultural Anthropology at the University of Toronto

Karim Nammour

Lebanese lawyer, researcher, and activist. Member of The Legal Agenda

Youssef Abou El Neaj

ACH Co-Chair | junior at Harvard College

Hani Al-Dajane

Co-Founder and CEO of Yalla! Let's Talk | ACHTalk

Adnan Fakhoury

MBA candidate at Harvard Business School | Business panel

Linda Chakkour

Founder of Emerge Coaching in Lebanon

Amel Arab

Algerian journalist | Language panel

Asma Siddiki

Associate Dean at the MBS College of Business and Entrepreneurship | Education Panel

Noel Kharman

Palestinian singer-songwriter | Music Panel

Khaoula Morchid

Public health physician | COVID panel

Raeda Al-Qutob

Public health physician | COVID Panel

Nesreen Shukr

Undergraduate Student | Chair of the Arabic Panel

Olivera Bogunovic

Medical Director, Alcohol, Drug, & Addiction Partial Hosp. Program | Substance Abuse Disorder Panel

HE Dr. Hamad Alghafri

Director General of the National Rehabilitation Center - Abu Dhabi | Substance Abuse Disorder Panel

Layane Alhorr

Phd Candidate | Chair and Moderator for Social Media Panel

Farid Nemri

Schwarzman Scholar | Chair of Artificial Intelligence Panel

Shahd Dibas

PHD Candidate - Oxford University | Arabic Panel

Rana Dajani

Founder and Director of We Love Reading | Arabic Panel

Aleph Abi Saad

Pianist, Composer & Arranger - 8e Art Entertainment | Music Panel

Zahra Khan

Program Manager/Research Scholar NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights | FireSide Chat

Mohamad Al Safadi

Senior Health Officer at WHO | COVID: The Corona Eutopia Panel

Karl Njeim

HBS - MBA Candidate | Chair of HBS Panels

Rudy Hachache

Pharmacist, MTV Producer, Director, and Presenter | Covidiocy Panel

Sara Hamdan

Award-Winning Writer, Editor, and Moderator | Music Panel

Rami Khoury

CEO of Auxi | Artificial Intelligence Panel

Antonio Tahhan

Food Researcher & Writer | Food, memory, and nostalgia

Hassan Morshedy

CEO of Memaar Al Morshedy | Fireside Chat

Zain Kamal Masri

Head of Brand & Reputation Marketing at Google MENA | Arabic Panel

Paula Yacoubian

Member of Lebanese Parliament | Keynote Speaker

Mirna Haidar

Staff Attorney | LGBTQ Activism Panel

Joseph Chalfoun

HBS - MBA Candidate | Chair of HBS Panels

Mostafa ElBermawy

CEO & Founder of NoGood | Social Media Panel

Sarah Refai

CEO of Coconut-Media, Inc. | Social Media Panel

Hawar Ali

Project Coordinator at Seefar | LGBTQ Activism Panel

Hana Jabri

ACH2021 Co-Chair, Harvard alumna - Masters of Liberal Arts, '15

Hamda Alsuwaidi

MMSC in global health delivery | Substance Abuse Panel Chair

Paula Yacoubian

Member of Lebanese Parliament | Keynote Speaker

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