Of Algerian origin, Dr. Abbas Aroua is a medical physicist. He is a professor at the Lausanne Faculty of Medicine in Switzerland, where he has been living for more than 20 years, combining scientific expertise, engagement in public health and a rich citizen engagement. A strong advocate for human rights, peace and dialogue among cultures, Dr. Aroua is engaged in several non-profit initiatives: he leads the Hoggar Institute, a research institute publishing works related to human rights, Algerian politics and history, he has he co-founded Rachad organization, which opposes the Algerian government with nonviolent resistance, and the Alkarama Foundation for Human Rights. He has written many articles and books on conflict resolution and human development, teaches at the Basel World Peace Academy, and heads the “Arab world” department of the transcend.org network.
In 2002, he founded the Cordoba Foundation of Geneva (www.cordoue.ch) aiming at promoting the exchange between cultures and civilizations in the spirit of Cordoba; and fostering research and debate about peace, issues in the world. Cordoba is actively involved in research, training and intervention in the fields of conflict prevention and conflict transformation. It focuses on the Arab world and Islam in Europe.
D’origine algérienne, le Professeur Abbas Aroua est un physicien médical. Il enseigne à la Faculté de Médecine de Lausanne, où il vit depuis plus de 20 ans, conciliant son expertise scientifique, son engagement pour la santé publique avec un riche engagement citoyen. Fervent défenseur des droits humains, de la paix et du dialogue entre cultures, Dr. Aroua est engagé dans plusieurs initiatives: Il dirige Hoggar, un institut de recherche et de publication sur l’histoire et la politique algérienne, il est co-fondateur de l’organisation Rachad, qui oppose le gouvernement algérien par la résistance non-violente, et de la fondation Alkarama pour les droits humains. Auteur de nombreux articles et livres sur la résolution de conflits et le développement humain, M. Aroua enseigne à la World Peace Academy de Bâle et dirige le département “monde arabe” du réseau transcend.org.
En 2002, Abbas Aroua a fondé la Fondation Cordoue de Geneva pour promouvoir l’échange entre cultures et civilisations dans l’esprit de Cordoue et pour encourager la recherché et le débat sur la paix dans le monde. Cordoue est active dans les domaines de la recherche, de la formation et intervient en prévention et résolution de conflits. Elle se concentre sur le monde arabe et l’Islam en Europe.
Alistair Davison is a human resources consultant and chartered accountant who has spent most of his career in the private sector and in public-private partnerships, and has worked in businesses and on projects in North and West Africa and the Middle East.
Alistair has a M.A. in Arabic and Persian from the University of Cambridge, and taught languages at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London after graduating. Since his childhood in Iran, Alistair retains a deep interest in events and developments in the Muslim world and in its rich cultural heritage.
Alistair joined the Cordoba Foundation of Geneva in March 2014.
Sarah Franck holds a Masters in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies from King’s College London (2014-2015) and a Bachelor Degree in International Relations from the University of Geneva (2009-2012). Her MA dissertation was on « Conflict Tourism in Jerusalem » and her BA thesis on « Public Opinion in Israel, post Operation Cast Lead ». She previously worked in Israel and Palestine for a local Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), in Cambodia for the World Health Organisation (WHO) and in Geneva for the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH). She joined the Cordoba Foundation of Geneva in October 2015.
Prior to joining Cordoba Foundation he initiated the Maghreb Studies Initiative within the Africa Affairs Programme at the LSE IDEAS Centre for Diplomacy and Strategy (2008-2012), where he published several position papers and articles on the international affairs of North Africa and the Middle East. Besides, he presented papers and gave public talks at international conferences in the U.S. and U.K. such as the 2011 Annual Conference of the Society for the Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), Alexandra, VA, and the 8th Annual Cold Ward Conference 2010 in Washington DC.
His main research interest and expertise areas include U.S-North African relations and history, democratisation and governance in North Africa, and political Islam. His recent publications include a chapter contribution: “Unrest in Algeria: The Window is Closing Fast”, in African Awakening: The Emerging Revolutions, edited by Firoze Mani and Sokri Ekine, London: Fahamu Books & Pampazuka Press, 2011.
Abdulfatah Mohammed has been working for more than 24 years with various sectors in major corporations to International Organizations, NGOs and Government institutions in the UK, Switzerland, Qatar, Africa and Middle East. His career path has been shaped with adopting inter-disciplinary approaches to contribute in solving socio-economic and global recent trends of conflicts and challenges. He has been a consultant to governmental institutions and NGOs, the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, the Islamic Development Bank, the Cordoba Foundation in Geneva, among others. As a director for an International NGO based in London contributed to the development of new approaches for a dialogue and mediation among the Muslim Community and law enforcement agencies in The UK and Europe wide. He has also contributed to bridge the work of Islamic Humanitarian Charities with international humanitarian frameworks and systems through number of initiatives. Also, He has appointed by the UN in the global consultation for the theme serving the needs of people in conflict in preparation for the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul 2016.
Kheira Tarif joined the Cordoba Foundation of Geneva in October 2015. She holds a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and has studied and worked in Egypt, Morocco and Oman. Her areas of interest include language and identity, socio-political transformations and forced migration, with a focus on the West Asia, North Africa and Sahel regions.
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