NOVEMBER 8-11, 2012

Saturday, November 10th

08:00-09:00           Registration & Breakfast

Location:  Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School

09:00-09:45            Staying on the Road to Growth: Why Middle East Leaders Must Maintain
                                 Their Commitment to Economic Reform

Fadi Majdalani
Senior Partner, Booz & Company

10:00-11:00            Panel Session I


From Ideas to reality: 
Practices and challenges of decision and policy making in transitioning democracies

Reforming Healthcare:
The Roadmap to Sustainable and Equitable Healthcare Delivery in the Middle East

All for One, One for All: Creating Arabia

11:00-11:45            Improving quality of medical care in the Middle East


Dr. Antoine Kaldany
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School


12:00-13:00            Lunch


13:00-13:45            Keynote Address 


Dr. Amr Hamzawy
Political Scientist, Professor of Political Science at AUC and Cairo University, Former Member of Parliament, Former Research Director at Carnegie Middle East Center


14:00-15:00            Panel Session II:

Consolidating the change:
Challenges of writing new constitutions

Medical Education in the MENA region: Challenges and Future Prospects

15:15-16:00            Osteoporosis Disease Burden and Health Initiatives in the MENA
                                 A Paradigm to Advance the Agenda for Non Communicable Diseases in our

Prof. Ghada El-Hajj Fuleihan
Founding Director of WHO Collaborating Center for Osteoporosis and Bone and Mineral Diseases

16:15-17:15            Panel Session III:

Postwar Mental and Physical Disabilities: The Rise after the Fall

The shift in media: Opportunities and challenges of the emergent media amidst the ongoing Arab Spring

17:30-20:00             Harvard Business School Startup Pitch

Panel Descriptions:

From Ideas to reality: Practices and challenges of decision and policy making in transitioning democracies

How are the visions translated into policies? What are the practices of policy monitoring? Are there any real long term policies vs. politics of emergency? What are the conditions to really implementing visions (on the economic, social and institutional level)? What success stories can be built upon? New models emerging?


Fadhel Abdelkafi, Chief Executive Officer, Tunisie Valeurs
Mehdi Al Amine Fichtali, Director, Investment Bank boutique deNovo Corporate Advisors


Professor Ishac Diwan, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Reforming Healthcare: The Roadmap to Sustainable and Equitable Healthcare Delivery in the Middle East

Reforming healthcare systems is a crucial step towards building a better Arab world. Currently, most of the healthcare systems in the MENA region show poor performance. Health is not fully funded in several countries like Yemen and Somalia, and most countries lack the expertise necessary to predict societies’ present and future medical needs. This panel aims at discussing the holes present in the current healthcare systems in the Middle East, as well as potential strategies and policies to improve health services: What are the reasons behind the deficiencies present in primary care, public health, and hospital care in the Arab world? What is the current structure of spending on health in the MENA region? What should be done to construct sustainable and equitable healthcare systems in the area? Can we make healthcare systems in the MENA region affordable and accessible to everyone?


Dr. Musaad Al-Razouki, CEO, Kleos Healthcare Corporation
Dr. Imraan Munshi , Partner in the Middle East Office of McKinsey & Company
Dr. Shadi Saleh, Associate Professor and Chair at the Department of Health Management and Policy, American University of Beirut
Ahmad Tawil, Consultant, Monitor Group


Dr. Sahar Hashmi, PhD candidate at Engineering Systems Division (ESD) at MIT

All for One, One for All: Creating Arabia

Sustaining the innovative spark that inspired the Arab Spring goes beyond individualism - it involves the collaborative and creative efforts of the empowered and educated youth. This panel will focus on the importance of fostering a passion for knowledge by unearthing the bonds between schools, families and communities to ignite creative and innovative thought throughout the region. What are the most influential communities in a child's learning process? How do students become creative thinkers and action-takers ? What forces can inspire critical thought amongst students and communities alike? How will the empowerment of youth through education impact the Arab World and advance it post the Arab Spring?


Dr. Sherif Abdel Azeem, Associate Professor, The American University in Cairo, Founder & CEO, Resala NGO
Perihan Abu Zeid, Communications Director, Qabila
Mourad Ezzine, Education Sector Manager, Human Development Department int he MIddle East & North Africa, World Bank


Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of International Education, Director, International Education Policy Program, HGSE


Consolidating the change: challenges of writing new constitutions

The constitutional process is critical to the political reconstruction and the consolidation of democratic changes following the uprisings. Who should be in charge of writing the new constitutions and under what kind of process? (best practices) Who stands for minorities rights when constitution is written by the majority? What lessons to take from the first experiences? How do the constitutional texts or projects in question compare to international democracy standards? From paper to reality: Will freedoms and right written in the constitutions be put in conditions?.


Sahar Aziz, Principal of the Law Office of Sahar Aziz, Associate professor at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law and a legal fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.
Fathi Baja, Libyan academic and a member of the National Transitional Council
Mabrouka M'barek, Member of the Tunisian constituent Assembly


Tarek Masoud, Associate professor of public policy, Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government

Medical Education in the MENA Region: Challenges and Future Prospects

The evolution of the field of medical education has long been intertwined with the developments that occur and the needs that arise within the fields of medicine, healthcare systems and healthcare-related legislation. Yet professional medical education continues to lag behind the rapid advancements that occur in these fields and sometimes fails to respond to the demands of an evolving 21st century. The MENA region is not an exception to these challenges, and a reshaping of professional medical education in the region is a pillar for sustainable and high quality healthcare delivery that has tremendous impact on the societies of the Arab world. This panel will give a bird’s eye view on the status quo of undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education in the MENA region and will attempt to discuss the disparities existing in the approach to medical education within and between countries of this region. The panel will tackle questions relating to the challenges and future directions for medical education in the region: What defines current professional medical education? How are the needs of medical education in the MENA region similar to and different from those present in Western countries? And what are the challenges that need to be faced in the MENA region to meet these needs? What is the role of international collaborations and accreditation bodies in the realization of optimal standards in medical education in the MENA region? And, on the other hand, what is the role of regional bodies and think-tanks in the design of region-tailored standards? How do reforms in medical education relate to region-specific need-customized policies and legislation that address issues such as the optimal number of physicians per specialty in the Arab world, the implications of brain drain and reverse brain drain, etc…? And finally, what is the role of multi-professional approaches to medical education in such reforms?


Dr. Thurayya Arayssi, Associate Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar
Prof. Kamal Badr, Professor and Associate Dean for Medical Education, American University of Beirut; Adj Pofessor, Johns Hopkins University
Prof. David Golan, Dean for Graduate Education and Special Advisor to the Dean on Global Programs, Harvard Medical School


Dr. Fatima Ghaddar, Medical Education Fellow and Resident Physician, American University of Beirut

Postwar Mental and Physical Disabilities: The Rise after the Fall

Recent wars and revolutions in MENA countries like Sudan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Gaza Strip have left thousands of casualties with physical and psychological disabilities. These people are in need of continuous access to physicians, medications, and health services. They however mostly suffer from insufficient care due to the lack of capable and specialized teams and treatments. Mental health in particular is one medical area that does not receive adequate attention in the MENA region and is often associated with stigma. What role can public health play pre- and post-injuries in these politically active countries? What initiatives should be taken to alleviate the mental and physical health of women and children who have experienced physical violence or traumatic events like the loss of family members? What can be done to ensure impaired people’s access to essential medicine and health professionals equipped with the skills to care for them? Can health initiatives reduce injury and trauma incidence?


Dr. Peter Barss, Clinical Professor, The University of British Columbia
Mr. Rabih Dow, Director of Rehabilitation Services, Carroll Center for the Blind
Dr. Jumana Odeh, Founder, Palestinian Happy Child Center


Prof. Jennifer Leaning, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health

The shift in media: Opportunities and challenges of the emergent media amidst the ongoing Arab Spring

Over the past few years there has been a drastic shift in the way media platforms are perceived and used, particularly in the MENA region. As media continues to play an important role in the ongoing Arab Spring, questions are being asked about how people and governments are leveraging this change. This panel will explore the opportunities and challenges of the emergent media in the context of recent events in the Arab world. Speakers will include leaders across various media platforms who have a prominent voice in the events of the ongoing Arab Spring.


Mr. Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, UAE-based columnist and non-resident Fellow, The Dubai School of Government
Ms. Souad Mekhennet, Reporter, The New York Times, SPIEGEL and ZDF
Mr. Riyaad Minty, Head of Social Media, Al Jazeera



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