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10 Sep, 2015

2014 HARVARD ARAB WEEKEND “Inspiring Solutions”

Cambridge, MA, October 30, 2014. The Harvard Arab Alumni Association (HAAA) and the Arab and MENA student groups at Harvard University are organizing the eighth annual Harvard Arab Weekend at Harvard University on Nov. 6-9, 2014. Titled “Inspiring Solutions” the conference aims to address the future of the Arab World, to offer answers to the current challenges, and incubate venues to promote productive debate. The challenges facing the region are clear, the opportunities less so; how can we ask the right questions, and propose the right solutions? HAW 2014 takes on this issue, and asks: what can inspire solutions, and what are inspiring solutions waiting for to be implemented? The opening session will feature Dr. Bassem Youssef a member of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) , dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, and Mr. Hadi Albahra ,the current president of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, as the opening keynote speakers of the conference.
Keynote speakers include: Noam Chomsky, Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Fadi El Ghandour, Founder and Vice Chairman of Aramex, Marcel Khalife, Composer, oud Master, singer and performer; Ziyad Baroud, former Minister of Interior and Municipalities (MoIM) of the Republic of Lebanon; Freddie Baz, Bank Audi Group Chief Financial Officer and Strategy Director; Leila Fawaz, the Issam M. Fares Professor of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies and founding director of the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tufts University; Fadi Majdalani, partner with Strategy& and the leader of the firm’s Engineered Products and Services practice in the Middle East; Ali Jaber, Group TV Director of MBC’s 13 channels; Rania Succar; co-founder of Jusoor and member of the Jusoor Leadership Team.
The Harvard Arab Weekend, the largest pan-Arab conference in North America, is expected to be attended by nearly 1,000 participants, including professionals, businesspersons, economists, entrepreneurs, government officials, and students and alumni from Harvard, Columbia, MIT, Stanford, Wharton, and other top schools.
In their welcoming note of the Conference, the conference co-chairs, Ali Ismail Karimi and Raja Fadi Ghawi, reflected: “XXX”.
HAAA President, Mr. Ahmed El-Gaili, noted that “YYY.”
Members of the press may attend free of charge. Please contact Dr. Hesham Hamoda at or +1 617 309 6801 for arrangements. Please visit our website at for more info.

About the Harvard Arab Weekend Organizing Committee

The Harvard Arab Weekend is an alumni- and student-led initiative organized by: Harvard Arab Alumni Association, Harvard Business School MENA Club, Harvard Kennedy School Arab Caucus, Harvard College Society of Arab Students, Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School MENA Group, Harvard Law School Justice for Palestine Student Association, and Harvard Graduate School of Design Club Medina.

About the Harvard Arab Alumni Association

The Harvard Arab Alumni Association (“HAAA”) was founded in 2001 with two primary objectives. First, HAAA seeks to promote and strengthen the “Arab voice” at Harvard, an objective that was developed in response to the historical under-representation of the Arab world at Harvard University – be it within the student body, the curriculum, the faculty, or the research priorities. The second objective of HAAA is to build a strong network among Harvard alumni with an interest in the Arab world, recognizing that the Harvard Arab alumni community could achieve a profound impact when joining forces across diverse geographies as well as educational and professional backgrounds. In 2010, HAAA was honored to receive the Shared Interest Group / Club Award, recognizing it as the best alumni association at Harvard.

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