Zaha Hassan is a human rights lawyer and co-author of 'Breaking the Israel-Palestine Status Quo' at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a think tank in Washington, DC. She talks about shifting US policy towards prioritizing human rights, the trend towards support for Palestine among the population and the ongoing evictions in Sheikh Jarrah in Palestine.
Published 06/28/21
Damian Radcliffe is a journalist and a Professor in Journalism at the University of Oregon. He is also a regular contributor to major media outlets such as the BBC, Huffington Post and ZDNet. He talks about social media and VoIP bans in the Middle East, the development of proprietary apps, TikTok, and Israel's bombing of the media tower in Gaza.
Published 06/14/21
Rabih Sweidan is the creator and executive producer of award-winning animated film ‘Alephia 2053’. He talks about this dystopian vision of the future set in an fictitious Arab city and producing the film in Beirut.
Published 06/07/21
Sofiane Si Merabet is an Algerian-French creative known for his platform, The Confused Arab. He talks about false nostalgia, the future of Arab culture and how the Arab world should leverage its talent while letting go of destructive social phenomenons, including racism.
Published 05/31/21
Sofia Guellaty is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a platform that highlights the latest in fashion, culture, beauty and travel from the boundary-breaking Arab youth culture. She talks about the media's ongoing practice of hiring Western editors and her own platform's commitment to working with Arab writers and directors. She addresses mental health relative to regulating social media through disclaimers and discusses stereotypes and the rebranding of Arab culture for...
Published 05/17/21
Joe Arida is a Beirut-based multidisciplinary designer, art director and editorial stylist and the founder of fashion brand La Terre est Folle and a new furniture brand, Unintentional Functional Objects. A self-described humanitarian, he talks about sexual taboos and diversity in the Middle East, the shift in consumer behavior when it comes to fashion, the uselessness of stereotypes and the possibility of extraterrestrial-life.
Published 05/10/21
Designer Nafsika Skourti is shattering stereotypes in the Middle East with her label. She talks about the challenges of operating out of Jordan and the true meaning of 'sustainable' fashion in a region that's still developing.
Published 05/05/21
From a 'Soft Only' collection to Naughty Pinstripe Pants, Jordan-based designer Nafsika Skourti is shattering stereotypes in the Middle East with her label. She talks about dealing with customs seizures, commodified sexuality and the true meaning of 'sustainable' fashion in a region that's still developing.
Published 05/03/21
Dana Al Fardan is Qatar's first internationally renowned female singer-songwriter. She talks about her upcoming projects including a musical based on Rumi, the best selling poet in the US. She explains the importance of reclaiming the lessons of Rumi in our daily lives and how telling his story can help the Middle East reclaim and export its culture.
Published 04/26/21
David Parker is a specialist in International Investment Promotion. He has spent the last five years working with Bahrain’s Economic Development Board, helping the small Arab country work towards its Economic Vision 2030 goals. He explains how the region is shifting towards being a cashless society at warp speed. He talks about the benefits of digital data and identities but also its pitfalls, including when it comes to building long-term business partnerships.
Published 04/19/21
Angus Blair is a CIB Professor of Practice at the Business School at the American University of Cairo and an expert in corporate governance and ESG investing. He explains how the Abraham Accords could help speed up the Middle East's development as it faces the threats of water shortages and climate change. He talks about why the Palestinian leadership needs to become more sophisticated and he expresses his ideas on why Lebanon's government won't move forward to save the country from collapse.
Published 04/12/21
Hassan Damluji is Deputy Director of Global Policy & Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and author of 'The Responsible Globalist.' He explains how the foundation's $1.75 billion investment so far is being deployed to fight COVID-19 and the importance of funding the development of vaccines in advance to prepare for the next pandemic. He talks about his book, how 'globalism' has gotten a bad rap and proposes solutions for uniting countries to face humanity's biggest...
Published 04/05/21
Fatima Al-Banawi is a Saudi Arabian filmmaker and actress who came into the limelight after starring in the film 'Barakah Meets Barakah', a romantic comedy that was produced and shot in Saudi Arabia but first released in Germany in 2016, before cinemas were allowed in Saudi Arabia. She talks about her country's untold stories and presenting a narrative other than the one that's portrayed in the media. She reveals her latest projects, including two feature films set to be released in Saudi...
Published 03/29/21
Elie Habib is the co-founder of Anghami, the music streaming platform that became the first Arab tech company ever to be listed on the NASDAQ. Fresh off the IPO, he reflects on a journey that started in 2012, when the small Lebanese startup started building a catalogue by uploading CDs to its platform. He talks about the symbiotic relationship with his co-founder Eddy Maroun, the books that inspire him as a leader, the company's plans to leverage 'audio influencers' and growing ambitions for...
Published 03/22/21
Wade Davis is a Canadian anthropologist, author and explorer. He talks about 'The Unravelling of America', an essay he wrote for Rolling Stone that got over five million views, how his PhD thesis on the zombie culture in Haiti became a Hollywood movie and his latest book Magdalena: River of Dreams, centered around Colombia's most important waterway.. He draws parallels between Middle East countries and South America and the lessons that can be drawn from Columbia's renaissance. He comments on...
Published 03/08/21
Farah Nabulsi is a Palestinian British filmmaker and human rights advocate. She talks about directing a scene at the infamous Bethlehem Checkpoint 300 and working with Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri. She explains why she makes films meant to raise the global social conscience and why most people don't really know or understand what's really been going on in Palestine. She also comments on the International Criminal Court's (ICC) recent decision on its jurisdiction to investigate Israel for...
Published 02/28/21
Fawaz Shakralla is the Head of IT at the Bahrain Institute for Political Development (BIPD) and an expert on blockchain for telecom, banking, infrastructure and ERP project management. He weighs in on the current Bitcoin hype, the effect of day traders and explains the difference between publicly traded crypto vs. blockchain for infrastructure and crypto asset opportunities. He talks about Binance's new payment card and how cryptocurrency will become just "another payment method."
Published 02/21/21
Dr. Souha Kanj is a specialist in infectious diseases at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. She explains the differences between different types of vaccines coming on the market, Russia's Sputnik vaccine, the effect of COVID-19 on fertility and the pitfalls of uneven global vaccination. She weighs in on fake vaccines and predicts that the anti-viral Ivermectin will soon make headlines. She comments on new air travel regulations, the possibility of injecting GPS nanoparticles in...
Published 02/08/21
Philip Bahoshy is the Founder and CEO of Magnitt, a Dubai-based platform focused on tracking and enabling emerging venture markets including the MENA, Pakistan and Turkey. He shares highlights from their annual 2020 report, including the rise of fintech and why Saudi Arabia was among the only countries to see an increase in investments. He explains how COVID affected regional startups and investments and delivers his a bullish predictions for 2021.
Published 02/01/21
Nabil Debs is the founder of Plutus Capital Advisory in London. He’s also behind Arthaus, a collection of experiential hotels around the world. He talks about restoring his family's 19th century estate in Beirut, war tourism, his exclusive concierge service that includes setting up private appointments with designers and why the city is a sexy destination. He also provides his take on the current financial crisis in Lebanon and how he thinks it should be resolved.
Published 01/18/21
Rania Khalek is a journalist and contributor to 'In the Now', a US-based social media platform that has been accused of having ties to Russia but has since taken steps to disprove this. She talks about Joe Biden, the pitfalls of state-sponsored media, the US's state-collapsing policies in the Middle East and why she can no longer afford cheese in Beirut.
Published 01/11/21
Jörg Matthias Determann is an associate professor of history at VCU in Qatar and the author of the new book 'Islam, Science Fiction and Extraterrestrial Life'. He talks about the history of the genre in the Middle East, the connection between religion and science and how science fiction can inspire the next generation of scientists.
Published 01/04/21
Raoum Bani is a Saudi chef and yoga instructor in Riyadh who promotes a plant-based diet. She talks about being an influencer in the Islamic kingdom and her journey from blogger to successful YouTuber. We discuss the power that content has over our lifestyle and how to find your own authentic voice on social media.
Published 12/28/20
Soraya Chemaly is an award-winning writer and activist whose work focuses on the role of gender in culture, politics, religion, and media. She explains why we need to change ideas of gender that are ingrained in early childhood in order to disrupt the fundamental inequalities that exist in governments and business leadership. She also suggests that the Arab world needs a feminist organization that would create a network of male accomplices.
Published 12/21/20
Qusai AKA Don Legend is a Saudi American hip hop artist, record producer, rapper and actor. He talks about his journey as a musical trailblazer and explains why he thinks Arab Hip Hop can make it on international music charts. He also explains how he's connected with corporate brands and shares details on upcoming music and acting roles.
Published 12/14/20