Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital
Josyann Abisaab is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and a Senior Associate Attending Physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Abisaab is a faculty member of the Global Emergency Medicine Program at the Weill Cornell Medical College. She has a special interest in International Emergency Medicine, particularly in the development of Emergency Medicine as a specialty in the Middle East. Abisaab received her M.D. at the University of Rochester.
Hashem Abushama is a Palestinian man who grew up in Arroub Refugee Camp, in Hebron, West Bank. In Arroub Refugee Camp, Abushama was active in the community where he founded a youth initiative, "Trash the Occupation, Not Our Land.” He is currently completing his bachelor’s degree in Peace and Global Studies at Earlham College. At Earlham, he has served as the convener of Students for Justice in Palestine and is the student body President. Last February, he became the first Palestinian youth representative to address the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council. Abushama was also a Palestine refugee ambassador UNRWA@65, at the UN Headquarters.
UCLA School of Law
Tendayi Achiume is Assistant Professor of Law at University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law. Her research and teaching interests lie in international human rights law, international refugee law, comparative immigration law, international criminal justice, and property. Achiume clerked for Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and Justice Yvonne Mokgoro on the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Following her clerkships, she was awarded the Bernstein International Human Rights Fellowship to work for the Refugee and Migrant Rights Project unit at Lawyers for Human Rights in Johannesburg. Achiume earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and her law degree from Yale Law School.
International Labour Organization
Salem Ajluni taught economics in the U.S. before being appointed Chief Economist, Office of the United Nations Special Co-ordinator in the Occupied Territories (UNSCO). During 1996-2001, he led research for UNSCO and was the principal author of the UNSCO Report on Social and Economic Conditions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. After 2001 he consulted for UNSCO, the World Bank, the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Planning, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency and the International Labour Organisation. Ajluni’s recent consultancies have focused on the labor market impacts of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, as well as the economic labor market impact of the Israeli assault on Gaza in summer, 2014.
Boston University School of Law
Susan Akram is Clinical Professor at Boston University School of Law. She teaches international human rights, comparative refugee law and immigration law. She is a past Fulbright Senior Scholar in Palestine, and has taught at Al-Quds University/Palestine School of Law, the American University in Cairo, and the Oxford Refugee Studies Centre. Her clinical work involves litigating and advocating in domestic and international courts on behalf of refugees and forced migrants. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A), Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.), and the Institut International des Droits del ‘Homme (diplome in international human rights).
Cornell Medical College
Satchit Balsari is Chief of the Weill Cornell Global Emergency Medicine Division, and Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine. He is faculty at the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. His research and writings are focused on complex humanitarian emergencies, disaster preparedness, and the application of mobile technology in healthcare delivery. He has worked in emergencies around the world, and continues to lecture in emergency medicine and public health domestically and abroad.
University of Oxford
Alexander Betts is Director of the Refugee Studies Centre and Leopold Muller Professor of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford. His research is on the politics and political economy of refugees, migration, and humanitarianism, with a geographical focus on Africa. He has worked for UNHCR and as consultant to UNDP, UNICEF, IOM, OCHA, and the Council of Europe. He sits on UNHCR's "i Circle" and is a member of the World Humanitarian Summit's Thematic Working Group on Transformation Through Innovation. He is founding Director of the Humanitarian Innovation Project, which has among other work, undertaken extensive research on the economic lives of refugees.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Gilbert Burnham holds an MD degree from Loma Linda University (California) and an MSc and PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He managed rural health services in Malawi for 15 years before joining the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he is now a professor of International Health. He has worked on public health projects in Iraq, Libya, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria and has managed research programs in Afghanistan for 13 years where he is now working to create a school of public health in Kandahar.
Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics, Cornell University
Nancy Chau is a professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. Chau's research interests fall under three main areas: international trade, regional economics, and economic development. She was recently awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, and the first T. W. Schultz Award of the International Agricultural Economics Association. She is a senior fellow at the Center for Development Research, a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA Bonn), and member of an expert panel for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Cornell Law School
Angela Cornell is a Clinical Professor of Law at Cornell Law School and directs the Labor Law Clinic. She is recognized as a specialist in labor and employment law by the Board of Legal Specialization in New Mexico. She has extensive union-side labor law experience and considerable employment law experience. She has served as a Labor Commissioner on the tripartite New Mexico Labor and Industrial Commission and on the Albuquerque Personnel Board, adjudicating appeals of employees terminated or subjected to severe discipline. Cornell has also worked in international human rights and represented low-income immigrant for six years.
United Nations Population Fund
Henia Dakkak is the Senior Technical Advisor with Humanitarian Response Branch at United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). She has comprehensive knowledge and experience of emergency obstetrics, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and reproductive health. Dakkak provides technical support and advice to UNFPA country offices dealing with emergency situations in regard to reproductive health issues, gender based violence and gender during humanitarian crisis and in post conflict and recovery settings. Before Joining the UN in June 2004, she was the Director of Relief and Development programs with International Medical Corps (IMC).
George Mason University
Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney, activist, and an Assistant Professor at George Mason University. Her scholarship investigates the laws of war, human rights, refugee law, and national security. She is a Co-Editor of Jadaliyya, an electronic magazine that leverages scholarly expertise and local knowledge on the Middle East. Erakat co-leads the Refugees and Migrants project at the Arab Studies Institute along with Omar Dahi.
European University Institute
Philippe Fargues is a sociologist and demographer. He is the founding Director of the Migration Policy Centre at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, in Florence. He held senior positions at the National Institute for Demographic Studies in Paris and the American University in Cairo and taught at Harvard, and various universities in France, the Middle East and Africa. His research areas include migration, population and politics, demography, and development. Recent publications include Migration from North Africa and the Middle East: Skilled Migrants, Development and Globalisation (IB Tauris, 2015) and Is What We Hear About Migration Really True? Questioning Eight Migration Stereotypes (IB Tauris, 2015).
Physicians for Human Rights
Adrienne Fricke is a consultant specializing in human rights and refugee issues. Since 2007, she has worked with Physicians for Human Rights, serving most recently as Syria Advisor, having previously assessed the health impacts on Sudanese refugee women living in Eastern Chad. For Refugees International, she traveled to Sudan and co-authored an analysis of its rape laws. She has been a member of the Coalition for International Justice’s Atrocities Documentation Team, for whom she traveled to eastern Chad to take witness statements from Darfuri refugees. Fricke holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. from New York University and a B.A. from Yale University.
Maria Cristina Garcia
Maria Cristina Garcia is the Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies at Cornell University. She studies refugees, immigrants, exiles, and transnationals in the Americas. Her first book, Havana USA, examined the migration of Cubans to the U.S. after Fidel Castro took power. Her second book, Seeking Refuge, studies the individuals, groups, and organizations that responded to the Central American refugee crisis of the 1980s and 1990s. She is currently writing about refugee and asylum policy in the U.S. since the end of the Cold War. Garcia received her B.A. from Georgetown University and her M.A. and Ph.D from the University of Texas, Austin.
Human Rights Lawyer, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Kathleen Hamill is a human rights lawyer and a Fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. As an Adjunct Assistant Professor, she has taught human rights and international law at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. She has worked as a researcher, advocate, and consultant in several regions, including the Middle East. Hamill recently conducted FXB child protection assessments among Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan in order to inform FXB’s policy work to protect the rights and well-being of children and families impacted by the Syria crisis. She holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School, a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School, and a B.A. from Brown University.
United Nations High Comissioner for Refugees, Representative to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
For the past three years Andrew Harper has been responsible for leading and coordinating of the international refugee response to the Syrian Crisis in Jordan, as Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. He has been Head of Desk for UNHCR, covering the Iraq Situation as well as being the Emergency Focal Point for the Middle East and North Africa region for the Libyan Crisis in 2011. He has served with OCHA as Head of Office in Sumatra and as the Chief of Staff for the UN Recovery Coordinator for Aceh. Harper has been awarded the Member of the Order of Australia, an ANZAC Peace Prize, and the Sir Ron Wilson Human Rights Award.
Lisel Hintz is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University's Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, and received her Ph.D. from George Washington University. Bridging the subfields of International Relations and Comparative Politics with an empirical focus on Turkey, her overall research investigates the mechanisms by which particular identities (ethnic, religious/sectarian, gender, regional) shape, and are shaped by, foreign policy. She has been awarded two US State Department Critical Language Scholarships to attain fluency in Turkish. She is currently working on a book that seeks to distill the complexities of the Turkish case while offering a conceptually rigorous, comprehensive approach to wider studies of identity and foreign policy.
Public Partnership Division – New York, UNICEF
Dominique Hyde is the Deputy Director of the Public Partnership Division for UNICEF. Hyde worked for the Canadian Government from 1989 to 1994. She joined the International Organisation for Migration in Haiti from 1994 to 1995. From 1997 to 2010, she worked for the United Nations World Food Programme where she held different positions in Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Iraq, Italy, and Nepal. In September 2010, Dominique joined UNICEF as the Representative for Jordan. She received her M.A. from University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, Master Courses from the London School of Economics, and her B.A. from the University of Ottawa.
UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
Michael Kagan is associate professor of law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he co-directs the Immigration Clinic. He previously spent 10 years building legal aid programs for refugees throughout the Middle East and Asia. He has taught at Tel Aviv University and the American University in Cairo, and also served as Egypt country director of Africa Middle East Refugee Assistance, a refugee legal aid organization, and was a co-founder of Asylum Access, a US-based organization that operates refugee rights programs on three continents. Kagan has written several widely cited articles in the fields of refugee and asylum law, which have been relied on by US federal courts of appeals, and by courts in Israel and New Zealand.
Sibel Kulaksiz is a Senior Country Economist at the World Bank where she is working at the Global Practice for Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management. She is task-managing macroeconomic policy work with a focus on economic growth and development, fiscal policy and management, and trade integration issues. Kulaksiz is the lead author of many World Bank publications, including the “KRG: Economic and Social Impact of the Syrian Conflict and ISIS.” Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked in the Turkish Government. Kulaksiz holds master’s degrees from Hacettepe University and Johns Hopkins University.
FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University
Jennifer Leaning is the François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights and the Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. Her research interests include issues of public health, medical ethics, and early warning in response to war and disaster, human rights and international humanitarian law in crisis settings, and problems of human security in the context of forced migration and conflict. She has field experience in problems of public health assessment and human rights in a range of crisis situations (including Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Kosovo, the Middle East, former Soviet Union, Somalia, the Chad-Darfur border, and the African Great Lakes area) and has written on these issues.
Cornell Law School
Muna Ndulo is Professor of Law and the Elizabeth and Arthur Reich Director of the Leo and Arvilla Berger International Legal Studies Program at Cornell Law School. He also serves as the Director of the Institute for African Development at Cornell University. Ndulo is an authority on African legal Systems, human rights, constitutions, election monitoring, international development, and legal aspects of foreign investments in developing countries. He has served as Dean of University of Zambia School of Law and on the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law. He received his D. Phil. From Oxford University, an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, and his LL.B. from the University of Zambia.
Hamisch Syrian Cultural Center
Şenay Özden is a cultural anthropologist from Turkey. Her research areas include international migration, Refugees in Turkey and Turkish state's refugee policies, politics of humanitarian aid. She has published numerous articles and reports published on Syrian refugees in Turkey and has extensively taught on the subjects at various universities in Damascus and Istanbul. She is one of the founders of the Syrian Cultural House in Istanbul, Hamisch.
Beasley School of Law, Temple University
Jaya Ramji-Nogales is the I. Herman Stern Professor of Law and the Co-Director of the Institute for International Law and Public Policy at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where she teaches Refugee Law and Policy. She is also a Senior Research Associate of the Refugee Law Initiative of the School for Advanced Studies at the University of London. Ramji-Nogales writes in the field of international and comparative migration law. Her most recent works critique human rights law as insufficiently attentive to the interests of undocumented migrants and examine the role of international law in constructing migration emergencies. Ramji-Nogales has also authored articles on the situation of forced migrants under international criminal and humanitarian law.
Cornell Law School
Eduardo M. Peñalver is the Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law. Dean Peñalver most recently served as the John P. Wilson Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. He received his B.A. from Cornell University and his law degree from Yale Law School. Between college and law school, he studied philosophy and theology as a Rhodes Scholar. Upon completing law school, Dean Peñalver clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and at the Supreme Court for Justice John Paul Stevens. Dean Peñalver’s scholarship focuses on property and land use, as well as law and religion. Dean Peñalver previously taught at Cornell Law School and at Fordham Law School.
Cornell Law School
Aziz Rana is a Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. His research and teaching center on American constitutional law and political development, with a particular focus on how shifting notions of race, citizenship, and empire have shaped legal and political identity since the founding. His book, The Two Faces of American Freedom (Harvard University Press, 2010) situates the American experience within the global history of colonialism, examining the intertwined relationship in American constitutional practice between internal accounts of freedom and external projects of power and expansion. Prior to joining the Cornell faculty, he was an Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fellow in Law at Yale.
Kent F. Schull is an Associate Professor of Ottoman and Middle East history at Binghamton University, SUNY. He is the author of Prisons in the Late Ottoman Empire: Microcosms of Modernity (Edinburgh University Press, 2014) and is the editor of the Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association. Additionally, he has two co-edited volumes currently in production with Indiana University Press: Living in the Ottoman Realm: Empire and Identity, 13th-20th Centuries and Law and Legality in the Ottoman Empire and Republic of Turkey, both scheduled to be published in 2016. He is a twice Fulbright scholar to Turkey and has graduate degrees from the University of Oxford (2000) and UCLA (2007).
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Noor Shakfeh is the daughter of Syrian immigrants. In 2013, Shakfeh traveled to Syria and stayed in a makeshift camp for internally displaced persons, where she delivered approximately $136,000 in aid raised by herself and her team from the Syrian American Council. She has since worked with the Syrian American Council to help plan and execute an international conference; with the Syrian American Medical Society to send medical supplies; with the National Coalition of Opposition Forces; with Watan Syria for WASH (Water Sanitation Hygiene); and with the Syrian Emergency Task Force as a Policy Fellow. Shakfeh currently an MHS candidate in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
American University of Beirut
Rabih Shibli is the Director of AUB’s Center of Civic Engagement and Community Service (CCECS). In 2006 he founded and directed Beit Bil Jnoub, a non-profit civil organization heavily involved in the reconstruction process in the aftermath of the ‘July War’. Shibli joined CCECS as a consultant following its establishment in 2008 and was appointed Associate Director for Development and Projects in 2013. In this role he designed and implemented projects linking University expertise with community development needs: Upgrading Suq Sabra, Karem El-Zaitoun Pedestrian Trial, Reclaiming Traditional Rainwater Harvesting in Marwaheen, Urban Agriculture in Ein El-Hilwi Camp, and Ghata - Bringing Education to Syrian Refugees in The Informal Tented Settlements.
Laura Spitz is the Interim Vice Provost for International Affairs at Cornell University and the Associate Dean for International Affairs at Cornell Law School. She is also the Executive Director of the Clarke Center for International and Comparative Legal Studies. At the Law School, Dean Spitz is responsible for oversight and development of international programs, including international strategic partnerships, study abroad, student and faculty exchanges, visiting scholar and speaker series, and the Paris Summer Institute. Dean Spitz received her undergraduate degree in history from the University of Toronto, her law degree from the University of British Columbia and her J.S.D. from Cornell Law School.
Kayany Foundation (Beirut)
Firas Suqi is the Programs Coordinator for the Kayany Foundation, a Beirut NGO dedicated to providing Syrian refugee children with education in Lebanon. His work involves managing community stakeholder relations in the Bekaa Valley and liaising with Government and UN officials. He is a member of UNICEF Lebanon’s Education Cluster and a participant in UN Interagency Coordination meetings. Firas is a contributing writer for Al Jazeera English and has spoken on the educational interventions for Syrian refugees at the American University of Beirut and the American Council on Oriental Research in Amman.
Christopher Szabla is a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University. He has been a fellow at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and is currently teaching courses on international law and the Middle East. Szabla has worked in Berlin and Cairo, where he assisted in the resettlement of Iraqi refugees. Szabla received his B.A. from Columbia University and his law degree from Harvard Law School.
Cornell Law School
Chantal Thomas is a Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, where she also directs the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa. She teaches in the areas of Law and Development and International Economic Law. Professor Thomas has consulted for the USAID Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Affairs, and she currently serves on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law. Professor Thomas received her B.A. from McGill University and her law degree from Harvard Law School.
Wissam Yafi is a Lebanese American technologist, entrepreneur, development practitioner, educator, and writer. He founded TidWiT whose mission is to provide smarter learning solutions to organizations in different parts of the world. A native of Lebanon, he has travelled extensively from the Mashreq to the Maghreb researching, writing, and meeting leaders, policy makers, and academics. Since the civil war broke out in Syria, Yafi has been working to provide alternative learning methodologies to the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. He helped orchestrate an MoU with the Lebanese Ministry of Education, which resulted in the digitization of the Lebanese and Syrian curricula. Yafi has two published books on the Middle East.