Board of Trustees

Professor Zaid Eyadat

Professor Zaid Eyadat is a political scientist, human rights professor, and an expert on international and comparative politics. Professor Eyadat is the founding Dean of the Prince Hussen Bin Abdullah II School of International Studies and Political Science at the University of Jordan. His expertise lies in International Relations, Comparative Political Theory, Political Risk Analysis and Middle East Politics, with his current research focusing on World Order, Human Rights, Islamic Thought, and Contemporary Arab Political Thought. He has contributed extensively to the analysis and the study of Middle East politics within a comparative and international framework. Some of his recent works include “Minorities in the Arab World: Faults and Faults Lines,” “Islamic Feminism: Roots, Development, and Policies" and “The Calculus of Consensus: an Alternative Path to Arab Democracy.” Currently, he is finalizing a project on Islamic theorizing on politics, the state, and ethics, and is in the process of developing an explanatory model for the Arab revolutions and a predictive model of international politics.

Dr. Sebastiano Maffettone

Sebastiano Maffettone is an Italian philosopher, currently Full Professor of Political Philosophy at Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome, where he is also the Dean of the Faculty of Political Science. He specialized in Social Philosophy at the London School of Economics and among other appointments, has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Tufts, U-Penn, Boston College, Columbia University, Sciences Po, LSE, Freie Univ., Mumbay and Delhi Univ., Shangai. He is a member of many scientific committees supported by Adriano Olivetti, Einaudi and Ernst & Young foundations. Professor Maffettone is also Director of Filosofia e Questioni Pubbliche, a semi-annual review of political, moral and social philosophy and applied ethics. He is also in the editorial board of Global Polity (LSE) and Philosophy and Social Criticism (Boston College) and reviewed books and articles for many scientific publishers and journals. Professor Maffettone founded and was the first President of the Società Italiana di Filosofia Politica. Professor Maffettone’s research concerns the development of an original vision of public ethics within the context of Italy and international themes of contemporary political philosophy. He has coordinated many projects on private and public research as well as national and international research, is the author of 16 books including the influential Rawls: An Introduction, and is an editor of several collective volumes.

Magda El-Sanousi

Magda El-Sanousi, is the Chief of Women's Empowerment Section at the United Nations' Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) which she joined in July 2013 as part of the senior management team. Ms. Elsanousi leads on developing strategies to enhance the role of women in the transitional period in Libya focusing mainly of the drafting of the constitution and the National Dialogue. She was Oxfam GB Country Director in Lebanon until June 2013, and has been awarded by Takreem the “Arab Woman of the Year 2012.” Ms. El- Sanousi, manages the Arab Region Gender Equality program that covers Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Yemen. She is a graduate of Ahfad University for Women in Sudan and completed two Master’s degrees from Sussex University (U.K)  in Gender and Development and Rural Development. El-Sanousi devoted the last 20 years to developing programmes and mobilizing resources to empower women. She worked with Oxfam in Yemen, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. She has worked on promoting gender sensitive budgets and policies in Yemen; on advocating policy change in Iraq to give widows access pensions, and on empowering women in remote villages in Egypt to vote and even stand as candidates in the parliamentary elections.

Dr. Ebtisam Al-Ketbi
Dr. Ebstesam Al-Ketbi is an assistant professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences at UAE University. She obtained her Ph.D in Political Science at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University. Dr. Al-Ketbi has served as a member of the Consultative Committee of the UAE Center for Strategic Studies. She is currently the Director of Women’s Programs at the Gulf Research Center. At the Gulf Research Center, she was also a member of the core team of the Arabic Human Development Report 2006. She has published a number of papers on women’s issues in the GCC Countries, democratic transformations in GCC Countries and the concept of citizenship in the GCC Counties. Her most widely published work is “The Security Dimensions of Military Relations between GCC countries and the USA: The Global Community and the War on Terrorism: Threat or Opportunity?”

Dr. Richard Hrair Dekmejian

Dr. Richard is an Armenian American professor of political science at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. His teachings are primarily focused on world leadership. He is also known for his experience on World Genocides as well as Global Terrorism. He is the author of Islam in Revolution: Fundamentalism in the Arab World. He earned a B.A. at University of Connecticut, an M.A. at Boston University, and a Ph.D. at Columbia University in 1966. Dekmejian also served honorably in the U.S. Army. Professor Dekmejian splits his research efforts between National Security issues, International Mediation, Middle East/Islamic Studies, Political Elites, Comparative Genocides, and Terrorism.

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