Board of Consultants

A voluntary, public advisory council serves as a regular platform, offering guidance to the Forum team and its management on programs, as well as financial and administrative aspects. The council’s purpose is to maintain alignment between the institution’s mission, overall vision, and strategic objectives with its work programs and outputs. This collaborative effort aims to optimize the institution’s effectiveness and influence. 

Asma Nouira

Researcher at The Arab Center for Research and Political Studies in Paris and an expert on Islamic studies and official religious institutions in Tunisia. Her special area of research is the relationship between state, religion, and religious parties. In 2011, she was appointed as one of the original members of the Committee of Experts of the Ben Achour Political Reform Committee where she worked on various legal projects related to the democratic transition, such as the electoral law and the media law. She is the co-founder of the Tunisian Observatory for Democratic Transition (OTTD).

Khaled Mansour

Khaled Mansour has been working since the early 1990s in the fields of human rights, humanitarian aid, peacekeeping, and journalism at the United Nations, academic and media institutions, and civil society organizations in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, in the midst of huge transformations or complex emergency situations during local or regional conflicts, in some of which he led large work teams, As he did in South Africa, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon and Sudan. He held the position of Executive Director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (2013-2015) and before that the Director General of Communications for UNICEF in New York (2010-2013) before he devoted himself in 2015 to writing, teaching and providing consultancy to international and non-governmental organizations. He has seven published books and his writings are available on his website:

Sonia Tamimi

Assistant Professor of History – Preparatory Institute for Literary Studies and Human Sciences – University of Tunis, and she has been in her position since 2011, and she had held several previous academic positions, as she was assigned to teach history, French Department, Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University from 2004 to 2006, As well as an assistant professor of history, University of Gafsa from 2009 to 2010. She holds a degree in research – contemporary history, University of Aix-en-Provence – France in 1999, and obtained a doctorate in contemporary history from the same university in 2008

Nirvana Shawky

Care international ‘s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, her expertise lies in the field of media and political analysis. She was instrumental in establishing Al-Shorouk newspaper (a highly respected Egyptian national newspaper) as the editor of the opinion page. Prior to that, she was the English language editor and political analyst at Al-Ahram for Democracy, a leading Arab periodical devoted to democracy, governance, and political development. Nirvana also worked as a researcher at the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies and at the Department of Political Science at the American University in Cairo, where she obtained her degree in political science and economics. She has a master’s degree in international relations

Azza Mustafa

Assistant professor at the Faculty of International Relations and Diplomatic Studies at the National University of Sudan. She studies feminist studies, international relations and the role of non-international organizations. She has published a book on democracy and political parties in Sudan, in addition to several research papers and articles.

Laila Riahi

Architect and university professor. An activist and researcher of public policies and their repercussions on Tunisian society and the local economy. She is currently active within the Working Group for Food Sovereignty, which she contributed to establishing in late 2017. It is a group concerned with the category of farmers and the rural field, and it adopts the research and recherche-action methodology in its study of reality, its interpretation, and its attempt to change it with those concerned and the right holders.

Rajaa Kassab

Former parliamentarian, trade union and associative activist, a biologist and expert in health, water rights and solidarity sectors. She participated in a number of publications, about Alternative economy and Social justice.

Wael Gamal

Researcher in political economy, journalist and writer. His research focuses on the political economy of Egypt and the Middle East and North Africa, social justice, deepening social inequality, and the erosion of the middle classes in the Arab world. Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century was translated into Arabic with Salma Hussein, and editor of The Egyptian Economy in the Twenty-First Century, published by Dar Al-Maraya in 2017.

Ghassan Issa

General Coordinator (Lebanon) of the Arab Resources Workshop and Director of the Arab Network for Early Childhood Development. One of the founders of the Association of Professionals and Professionals. He has experience working on public policies in several Arab countries.

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