Madees Khoury was born in Boston, MA and lived there for 10 years before moving to Palestine in 1995 with her family. She returned to Boston to complete undergraduate studies at Hellenic college and moved back to Palestine to work full time in the family business – Taybeh Brewing Company. She is now studying towards an MBA from Birzeit University.
Shireen is a senior architect and urban planner on the Rawabi planned city project for BAYTI real estate investment company. Shireen holds a Masters degree in Urban Planning and currently is a PhD student at the University of Rennes. She earned her BA in architecture from the engineering department at Birzeit University.
Lucy Nusseibeh lives and works in East Jerusalem. She is founder-director of Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy (MEND) and director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al-Quds University. She is also a member of the International Governance Council Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP), and co-chair of the Awareness Raising Working Group at the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC).
Adital was born in Jerusalem in 1974 and lived in Tel Aviv for the last 15 years with long periods of residence in Germany, India and The Netherlands. She is a designer specializing in the field of design for sustainability. With a BA in product design from HIT- Holon Institute of Technology in Israel and a Masters of Design from the “Man and Humanity” masters program at the Design Academy Eindhoven, she currently runs “S-SENSE DESIGN”, an active sustainable design studio, promoting various projects with companies, non-profit organizations and social groups. She is a TED Fellow 2010.
A Hollywood producer, Illana was recently crowned Miss Israel of All Time. Drawing from personal experience as a 19 year old after being raised in a boarding school for kids with no financial means, when she was crowned Miss Israel in 1980, her message was “I want to be financially independent!” Illana is a fearless advocate of economic empowerment for women as a key to their liberation. She supports EEW – Economic Empowerment for women in Israel, and co-founded the Women’s Empowerment Foundation, a non-profit organization based in California, to raise awareness worldwide.
Giulia (Sayfan) Borghini:
Giulia Borghini began her journey into knowledge in the academic world, as a doctor in Physics at the University of Rome, where she researched for few years in biophysics. A passionate traveler she has taken her personal questions about humanity and future across the world to meet several countries and cultures. She uses her solid background in philosophy and scientific thought and her continuous interest in emerging perspectives to bring live questions into discussion, both in life and on the web.
Dr. Dalia Fadila is currently Deputy President of Al-Qasemi Academy, an Arab college of Education in Israel. She is also a fellow member of the EU Visitors Program and IPPA – the Israeli Association for Organizational Development. Dalia is an expert in American literature, women’s literature and ethnic studies.. She has established a private school for teaching English called Q Schools – English Language and HR Development that proposes a unique approach to learning English suited to Arab students.
Safa Abu Rabia:
Safa Abu-Rabia is a faculty member of the Mandel Center for Leadership in the Negev, an anthropologist and doctorate student at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in the department of interdisciplinary studies. She is currently completing her study on the historic discourse amongst Arab-Bedouin women of the 1948 generation, in the Negev. She is a lecturer at the Ben Gurion University and a social activist in the Negev.
Leonie Casanova is a London-based singer-songwriter. She was born and raised in Zambia to an Italian father and Zambian mother, and schooled in Swaziland, England and the USA where she studied Economics and French Literature before working on Wall Street. Her first album of songs is due for release later this year.