Having completed an MA in Human Rights Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Amal established the AHRA along with a number of esteemed colleagues and legal advocates. She is author of Hagar: Before the Occupation, Hagar: After the Occupation and six other literary books in Arabic, the latest published by Al-Saqi. For a full biography, visit Amal’s website.
Adonis is a Syrian poet, essayist, and translator, having written more than twenty books and volumes of poetry in the Arabic language as well as translated several works from French. A perennial contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature, he has been regularly nominated for the award since 1988 and has been described as the greatest living poet of the Arab world.
Widely recognised as the Arab theatre’s leading lady, Samiha is an Egyptian actress, having graduated from the Acting Institute in 1952. In 1964 Samiha received the State Merit Award, awarded by late president Gamal Abdel-Nasser, and later in 2007, she won the State Recognition Award. Her contribution to the Egyptian Cultural Channel of the Egyptian Radio has been unprecedented.
Sam holds two degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Kent and the University of Marburg. He is the Personal Assistant to the CEO and is responsible for AHRA’s operational and project management.
Jonathan is a freelance writer, lecturer, and broadcaster on international affairs. For seven years, he was based in Brussels, initially for Reuters, and now writes mainly for the BBC and The Guardian. He has written a dozen non-fiction books, including volumes on Brussels and London. He also lectures part-time at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Mosa is the Founding Director of the Middle East Forum for Development in London. He is currently a PhD candidate in Game Theory and Conflict Analysis at the University of Leiden. He has extensive knowledge and awareness of global human rights and democratisation issues, and has worked across Europe in a number of political campaigning and advocacy positions.
Fiyaz Mughal OBE is director of Faith Matters, an interfaith and anti-extremist organisation which runs the TELL MAMA anti-Muslim violence helpline.
Moataz is currently a PhD candidate in Law and teaching fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, writing his thesis on Islamic Law and International Human Rights in the Thought and Practice of the Society of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. He was Executive Director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and is currently a member of its Board of Directors.
Simon is a writer, researcher and editor based in London. He blogs at Precarious Imagination, tweets @spaceboy_psy, edits the Birkbeck Law Review, has published research on the Occupy movement, and is currently co-authoring a book chapter on the same topic.