ARDD Boards Members
Board of Trustees
Prof. Zaid Eyadat
Laila Al Noubani
Samar Muhareb is the CEO of Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development – ARDD.
With over 20 years of experience in working for the development and humanitarian sector, 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 political and social reforms in the Arab region.
Samar holds a B.A. in Law and a master’s degree in Human Rights and Human Development from the University of Jordan.
Dr. Zaid Eyadat is the director of the Center of Strategic Studies in the University of Jordan, and Eyadat is a political scientist and human rights professor at the University of Jordan, with over ten years of experience in researching the democratization of the Middle East within the framework of game theory, as he has formally been trained in comparative and international politics and game theory methodology. Subsequently, his expertise lies in Middle East politics, with his current research focusing on human rights, conflict management and resolution, the democratization and politics in the Middle East, and Islamic politics. Through his membership in both governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as international institutions, he has extensively contributed to the analysis and advancement of Middle East politics within a comparative and international framework, working extensively on legislation, policies, and procedures with the Jordanian government and NGOs. Some of his recent works include “The Rationality of Political Violence: Modeling Al-Qaeda vs. the United States” “Culture and Foreign Policy: an Explanatory Model. American Foreign Policy Post 9\11 and “The Calculus of Consensus: an Alternative Path to Arab Democracy.” Currently, he is finalizing a project on Islamic theorizing on politics and the state, the theory of ethics in Islam, as well as developing an explanatory model for the Arab revolutions.
Eyadat holds a bachelor’s degree in political science/Economics and Statistics and a master’s in political science from the University of Jordan. He also holds a master’s in international political science and a PhD in Political Science from the University of South California.
Magda El-Sanousi, is a developmental expert in the Higher Council for Peace in Sudan, and worked previously as 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 led 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.” El- Sanousi, manages the Arab Region Gender Equality program that covers Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Yemen. 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. ElSanousi 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
Professor and lecturer at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in Rabat. 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, he co-founded the Moroccan Association for Human Rights in Rabat, which he chaired until 1985, He was also a member and co-founder of the Board of Directors of the Executive Committee of the Arab Institute for Human Rights in Tunis. He headed the Arab Institute for Human Rights in Cairo. He was elected as The Secretary General to the Board of Trustees of the Arab Thought Forum. He was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Egypt and Ambassador to the Lebanese Republic. He participated in many seminars and has many works in both Arabic and French. Oumlil holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Cairo University and joined the Sorbonne to work with the French scholar Roger Arnalds with a focus on Ibn Khaldun’s methodology. He completed his doctorate in 1977.
A Mauritanian academic, thinker and professor of philosophy and studies at the Mauritanian University of Nouakchott since 1989 and a visiting professor at several Arab and international universities. Walad Abah teaches modern philosophy, philosophy of ethics, politics, religion, philosophy of law, linguistics, Islamic philosophy, philosophy of communication and media sciences. Abah also serves as a coordinator of Arab-Islamic cultural and civilizational dialogue programs, an advisor to the Supreme Council for Communication, a human development expert accredited to the United Nations, and secretary-general of the Mauritanian Society for Philosophical Studies and a writer for a weekly intellectual column for Al Etihad newspaper in the UAE since 2009. He has published a book in addition to several scientific works in addition to dozens of researches and articles published in the Arab periodicals. Ould Abah holds a PhD. in Philosophy from the University of Tunisia.