CHAIRMAN - NABIL FAHMY
Nabil Fahmy founded the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) in 2009. Fahmy was Foreign Minister of Egypt from July 2013 - June 2014. He formulated a strategy to reorient Egypt’s Foreign Policy, ensuring it had numerous foreign policy options. He resumed his position as Dean of the School late 2014 after a year in government. Previously, during his distinguished diplomatic career, over three decades he served as Egypt’s Ambassador to the USA, and Japan, and in numerous government and international positions focusing his work on international and regional security, disarmament and non-proliferation, and Arab-Israeli diplomacy. He publishes frequently on these issues as well as on domestic and global governance in both English and Arabic.
Jon Alterman is Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, Director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He is author of New Media: New Politics: From Satellite Television to the Internet in the Arab World.
Mohammad Ayish is currently Head of the Department of Mass Communication at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. His academic experience includes over 30 years of teaching and administration at universities in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. He had served as Dean of the College of Communication at the University of Sharjah. His research interests include satellite broadcasting, digital communications, social media and media ethics.
Douglas Boyd is Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky, where he has previously served as Associate Provost for International Affairs and Dean of the College of Communications and Information Studies. He is author and co-author of numerous journal articles and books including Broadcasting in the Arab World.
Mohammed el-Nawawy is Charles A. Dana Professor of International Communication and Middle Eastern Studies at Queens University of Charlotte, NC. He is author and co-author of several books, including Egyptian Revolution 2.0: Political Blogging, Civic Engagement, and Citizen Journalism (Palgrave Macmillan) and Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattlings Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism (Basic Books). He is the founding editor of the Journal of Middle East Media.
Kai Hafez is Chair Professor for International and Comparative Media Studies, University of Erfurt, Germany. He is the author of several books including Radicalism and Political Reform in the Islamic and Western Worlds (Cambridge University Press, 2010), The Myth of Media Globalization (Polity Press, 2007)
Andrew Hammond is author of Popular Culture in the Arab World: Arts, Politics, and the Media, What the Arabs Think of America, and The Islamic Utopia: The Illusion of Reform in Saudi Arabia. He has worked as a journalist with BBC Arabic and Reuters in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and as a political analyst with the European Council on Foreign Relations. He is a doctoral researcher at St Anthony’s College, University of Oxford.
Adel Iskandar is Assistant Professor of Global Communication at Simon Fraser University. He is the author, co-author, and editor of several works including Egypt In Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution (AUCP/OUP); and Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism (Basic Books). He is co-editor of Jadaliyya and associate producer of the audio journal Status.
Sahar Khamis is associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is an expert on Arab and Muslim media and co-author of the books Egyptian Revolution 2.0: Political Blogging, Civic Engagement and Citizen Journalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Islam Dot Com: Contemporary Islamic Discourses in Cyberspace (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
Rami Khouri is an internationally syndicated political columnist and author. He is editor-at-large of The Daily Star, Senior Fellow at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, and nonresident Senior Fellow at the Kennedy School at Harvard University.
MARWAN M. KRAIDY
Marwan M. Kraidy is Professor of Global Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. His books include The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World (Harvard University Press, 2016) the award-winning Reality Television and Arab Politics: Contention in Public Life (Cambridge, 2010); and Arab Television Industries (BFI/Palgrave, 2009, with J. Khalil).
Marc Lynch is associate professor of political science at the George Washington University where he directs the Institute for Middle East Studies, editor of The Middle East Channel for Foreign Policy and non-resident senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. His most recent book is The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East (Public Affairs, 2016).
WILLIAM A. RUGH
William A. Rugh is the Edward R. Murrow Visiting Professor of Public Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. From 1964-1995 he was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, with nine diplomatic assignments in the Arab world. He is author of five books including Arab Mass Media: Newspapers, Radio and Television in Arab Politics (2008) and American Encounters with Arabs: the “Soft Power” of U.S. Public Diplomacy in the Arab World (2005).
Philip Seib is Professor of Journalism and Public Diplomacy and Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California. He served from 2009-2013 as director of USC’s Center on Public Diplomacy. His books include, The Al Jazeera Effect, New Media, and the New Middle East, Al Jazeera English, Real-Time Diplomacy, and, most recently,The Future of Diplomacy.
Christa Salamandra is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Lehman College, CUNY. She has been a Research Associate at the University of Oxford, a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and a Fulbright Scholar at the Lebanese American University, Beirut. She is the author of A New Old Damascus: Authenticity and Distinction in Urban Syria (Indiana University Press, 2004), and several articles and chapters on Arab media.