Civic Society Practioners

Youssef Alkaidi

Youssef El Kaidi is fromTaounate, Morocco. He is a PhD holder from Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fes. Youssef is Morocco World News correspondent in Fes and the regions. He is an alumnus of the University of the Middle East Project since  July 2011. In 2013, he became a member of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) international network of young leaders and academic researchers after participating in the New Faces Conference in Tunis, Tunisia and in the DGAP Alumni Conference in Berlin, Germany. Youssef is also a graduate of the  International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) after his participation at the Fletcher Summer School on Non-violent Resistance at Tufts University in Boston in June 2014. His areas of interest beyond teaching are cultural studies, journalism, media studies, youth training, and non-violent resistance. He participated in the Oleander Initiative for peace in Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in August 2017. Ahmed is also a frequent presenter on civic education and democratic schooling in the Middle East and North African region. In 2012, Ahmed was chosen as a Leaders for Democracy fellow and subsequently was chosen to be the delegate of Algeria in a UN event in New York and most recently as a Caux Scholar in Switzerland. His work has appeared in Revolution by Love, where he spoke to issues of social change through education. He is currently working on a single-author book, "The Apprenticeship of Leadership in Arab Schools," where he discusses the role of distributed leadership in education.

Ph.D., Morroco World News Correspondent

Munza Duraid

Muzna Duraid holds a bachelor’s degree in translation and languages, French section. Recently, she joined a Master program in conflict resolution and peace-building at Sherbrook University, Canada. She comes with experience in administration and project coordination where she was a project coordinator at Badael Foundation for Peace Building and Conflict Resolution, and worked for Folkekirkens Nødhjælp (Danish church Aid) with a particular focus on protection programs which included Mines’ Risk Education and Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV). Furthermore, she joined and participated in professional training activities and volunteered in several organizations such as Women Refugees, Not Captives of War, and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC).

Muzna is concerned about a diversity of issues and has been a member of the Syrian Feminist Lobby, the Syrian Women’s Network, co-founder at Syrians for Truth and Justice, and co-founder of Urnammu Justice and Human Rights, Likewise, she has joined a number of international activist exchange programs with particular emphasis on women organizing for change with Bosnian women and with such reputable organizations as WILPF, MADRE, the Foreign Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and UN Women.

Board Member, Syrians for Truth and Justice

Cecilia Pechmeze

Cecilia is a lawyer qualified in France and specialised in International Criminal Law and International Humanitarian Law. She graduated with an LL.M. in Public International Law from the London School of Economics. She has developed an expertise of conflict and post-conflict justice in the Middle East working on the specific issue of the legal defence of Yazidis and has assisted International Criminal Law Professor Philippa Webb in her research on genocide and fair trial in international criminal law. She now works for Syrians for Truth and Justice and is focused on the international criminal and humanitarian law applicable to the Syrian conflict.

Syrians for Truth and Justice

Neven Shahab Nali

Neven Shahab Nali has extensive experience in research and analysis of the Middle Eastern political recovery, including developing research design protocols. Nali has experience in analyzing of local cultural elements, such as ethnic and religious reconciliation, as a means to understand the practices/possibilities of expanding civic cultures, with a specialty in Iraqi heritage and culture, as well as tribal studies. In addition, Nali has experience developing innovative curriculum for academic projects/programs, particulary those focused on transferring academic skills across different domains. 

Lecturer, University of Kurdistan

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