Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development

Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development

CEO and Board of Trustees

ARDD’s Chief Executive Officer: Adv. Samar Muhareb


Samar Muhareb is the CEO of the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD), a Jordanian NGO that she co-founded in 2008 in response to the Iraqi Refugee Crisis. Having worked as a lawyer for many years prior to 2008, Samar realized that one of the most urgent challenges refugees and marginalized individuals and communities face is access to justice, something too often affected by legal and socio-economic status.

With over 15 years of experience working for the international aid community, Samar is an expert in the field of human rights, refugee affairs, humanitarian response, and women’s empowerment in Jordan and the Middle East. In addition, she actively supports initiatives focusing on environmental justice in the region.

Board of Trustees

 Professor Zaid Eyadat

Dr. Zaid Eyadat is professor of political science and human rights and an expert on international and comparative politics. He is the founding chairperson of the Political Development Department, and the founding Dean of the Prince Al-Hussein School of International Studies at the University of Jordan. His training and research interests are in the fields of International Politics, Comparative Politics, International Political Theory, Modeling, and Game Theory. He is a leading and distinguished expert on Middle East politics, human rights, and on the nexus between Islam and human rights, with his research having been published in many leading academic journals.


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. Ali Oumlil

Dr. Ali Oumlil is a prominent Arab philosopher, thinker, human rights activist, diplomat and political persona. A primary figure in the fields of Islamic historical methodology and Arab political thought, he is considered to be a pioneer in issues related to state formation in the Arab world. Oumlil has extensively studied the relationship between intellectual authority and political power, the sociological pluralism and its ideological interpretations as well as the reformist trends in Arab contemporary thought. Oumlil wrote 11 books, 3 of which were translated from Arabic to French. His writings are taught throughout the major universities of the MENA region and around the world, specifically in curriculums that specialize in Arab philosophy.


Dr. Hassan Sayyed Nafea

Dr. Hassan Nafea currently contributes a weekly article and a daily column to Al-Masry Al-Youm, the daily newspaper with the widest circulation in Egypt. He graduated from the Department of Economics and Political Science, Faculty of Commerce, University of Alexandria, in 1967. In 1977 he received his Ph.D. in political science with honors from the University of Sorbonne. He obtained a diploma in International Relations from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris that same year, after which he returned to Cairo to work as a member of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University. He held several posts before becoming Head of the Department of Political Science, a position he held for eight years. He also worked as a visiting professor at several European and American universities, and in February 2007 was named Secretary-General of the Arab Thought Forum in Amman, headed by Prince Hassan bin Talal, from which he later resigned in August 2009.


Dr. Abdullah El Sayyed Walad Abah

Dr. Abdullah El Sayyed Walad Abah is a professor at the University of Nouakchott teaching the history of philosophy, general philosophy, ethics, politics and modern and contemporary philosophy, as well as visiting professor at several other Arab universities.  He has published a number of articles and a book on a variety of ethical, political and philosophy topics.



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