Abeer AlFouti (Executive Manager, Alwaleed Philanthropies Global)
Abeer Al Fouti is Executive Manager of Global Initiatives at Alwaleed Philanthropies (AP), with over 25 years of experience in the field of human development, quality management and public relations across government, private and non-governmental organizations. In her time at AP, Abeer has coordinated the funding of $30Million to combat the global efforts to fight covid 19 in the most vulnerable countries in Africa and the middle East and facilitated the international recognition of the first published indicator of Saudi women participation in economy.
Alongside her work with AP, Abeer is on the board of the Women in Sports Committee and the Women’s Initiative for Social Entrepreneurship as well as being the Co-Founder of Smile Entertainment, an entertainment platform dedicated to encouraging cultural dialogue through live comedy, theatre and cultural events.
Dr. Silke Ackermann (Director, History of Science Museum, University of Oxford)
Silke Ackermann studied History, Languages & Cultures of the Orient, and History of Science at Frankfurt University (Germany). She worked for 16 years in a variety of curatorial and managerial roles at the British Museum in London (UK) before taking up a professorship for leadership and cultural management at a private university in Germany.
In 2014 she returned to the UK to join the History of Science Museum as the first ever female museum director at the University of Oxford. With her team she is working on Vision 2024, an ambitious transformation project to celebrate the Museum’s centenary and to create a meeting place for people, science, art and belief.
Dr Kholoud Al-Ajarma (Lecturer, Alwaleed Centre, University of Edinburgh)
Kholoud al-Ajarma is Alwaleed Lecturer in the Globalised Muslim World and Deputy Director of the Alwaleed Centre. Her current research focuses on water resource management and contemporary environmental concerns in the Muslim World. Kholoud also works in refugee studies, gender, youth development, migration, human rights, and environmental justice across the Mediterranean region including Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, and Morocco.
Kholoud is also an award-winning photographer and filmmaker with experience developing and leading programs among refugee communities, including innovative platforms for human rights research and media production among young refugee youth.
Moderated by Kerstin Manz (Project Manager, UNESCO Cultural Policies and Development Entity).
Kerstin Manz is a geographer and art historian from Berlin, Germany, with masters’ degrees from the Technical University of Berlin and from the Paris-Sorbonne University. In the last 20 years, she has worked on World Heritage as a Programme Specialist at UNESCO Paris and as a division head at the German Commission for UNESCO. She currently is Project Manager of a joint UNESCO – Alwaleed Philanthropies project on culture and arts education for community livelihoods at UNESCO’s Entity for Cultural Policies and Development in Paris.