Conference “Middle East Gender and Economic
 Symposium: Translating Research into Action”

                 Kennedy School - Harvard University
                            November 17-20, 2009

Workshop Participants :
  Biographical Sketch
      he got the Aggregation diploma in Private Law and Criminology in 1982 from
      the University of Tunis. She is, also, teaching criminal law and economic and
      political criminal law relative to criminology, as well civil law, constructions
and urban planning law, environmental law and human rights. From 1987 to 1991,
she was the head of the department of private law and criminology, when she crea-
ted an MA diploma in environment, land management, and urban planning.

In 1991, she founded the Center of Documentation, Research, and Media on Women
(CREDIF), which she chaired (as Chief Executive Officer) up to 1996. She was also
the chairperson of the committee on “Women and Development” in the eighth eco-           Soukeina Bouraoui
nomic and social development plan of Tunisia (1992-1996).                        
Since 1999, to present day, she has been the Executive Director of the Center of Arab
Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR). She published a great number of stu-
dies and other publications, mainly on the issue of women’s rights. She is a visiting
teacher in several foreign universities and a member of the Board of Directors of the
Tunisian Society on Criminal Law, the International Association on Economic Law,
and the International Center on the Comparative Environmental Law. She took an
active part in many committees on legislative reforms.

In 1997, Mrs. Bouraoui received the Order of the Republic, was elected as a regio-
nal governor of the International Council of the Environment, and was appointed
member of “the International Court for Arbitration and Reconciliation on

                         he is an associate professor in economics at the college of Economic Sciences
                         and Management of Nabeul, Tunisia. She is the research coordinator of the
                         gender Economic Research and Policy Analysis (GERPA), managed by CAW-
                     TAR and funded by the World Bank.

                     She got her PhD in 2002 and her MA in 1996 in economics from Connecticut-Strauss
                     University, USA. She graduated in economics from the College of Economic
                     Sciences of Tunis (1992). From 1994 to 2002, Ms Limam was an assistant and a lec-
                     turer in the Connecticut-Strauss University. She has much research interest in eco-
Yasmine Rim Limam    nomic development, growth, technological change, global economy, financial libera-
                     lization, gender and economy, etc.

                     She took part in many projects and programmes, including “the Integrated
                     Programme of Rural Development”, upon the request of the Center of Rural
                     Development, in Tunisia, and “Service export in Tunisia: assessment and perfor-
                     mance”, upon the request of the Center of International Trade in Geneva. She also
                     participated in a number of conferences on economy, development, and investment,

    s Senior Advisor to the Chief Economist of the MENA Region of the World Bank.
    In her 28 year career with the World Bank, she has held technical, managerial,
    and advisory positions across operational regions and sectors. From 2002-2008,
she led the gender agenda for the MENA region and authored among others a flags-
hip report on "Gender and Development in MENA–Women in the Public Sphere"';
and "The Environment for Women's Entrepreneurship in MENA." As a founding
member of Gender Economic Research and Policy Analysis (GERPA), she sits on its
Steering and Advisory Committees; she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the
Center for Arab Women Training and Research and the Chair of Friends for the
Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund which provides scholarships to women from               Nadareh Chamlou
emerging markets to pursue graduate studies at leading universities in the Europe and    Nchamlou@world-
America. She authored “Corporate Governance: A Framework for Implementation"      
and co-founded the Global Corporate Governance Forum which she headed from
1998-2000. She was a member of the review committee of The Netherlands Task
Force on Gender Equality. She is adjunct professor at New York University’s Wagner
School for Public Policy and collaborates with several leading universities on pro-
grams on MENA and on gender and economic studies. She holds a B.S. from
Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a MA in Economics.

                             he is the Chairperson of the Women's National Committee in Yemen since May
                             2000. She joined the Prime Minister’s Office in 1987. She was chairperson of
                             the General Directorate for labour and management affairs. She was appointed
                       Advisor for the Prime Minister in Administrative Development since 2008 until now.
                       She is a member of several governmental institutions, Arab and international non-
                       governmental organizations and bodies, such as the Executive Board of the Arab
                       Women Organization in Cairo, and the Secretary General of Family Care
                       Association. She has worked for a number of committees in the field of poverty alle-
                       viation, planning, sports, health, women and labour…
Rashida Al-Hamdani
                       She has represented Yemen in a great number of Arab, regional and international   events, fora, and conferences and has contributed a number of studies dealing with     issues pertaining to the progress made by women, population, health, environment
                       and children. She attended, with the Prime Minister, the international conference on
                       good governance in the Arab World in Amman, Jordan.

         octorante in Comparative Litterature, University of Paris III. Professor in the
         Faculty of Arts, specializing in Litterary and Culturel Citicisme, and in
         Feminist and Gender Studies. Has participated in many Arab and internatio-
nal conferences and coordinate many conferences the latest was “Arab Feminismes
: A Critical perspective, Beirut 4-7 october 2009, in editing several Bahithat books,
in the creation of academic programs in gender and feminist studies, as well as in the
Arab Human Development Report on the Advancement of Arab Women.

Among her latest work: Lebanese Young Women: A Case of Professional& Financial
Success, Bahithat volume XIII 2009; Feminist Research and Researcher in Al                 Noha Bayoumi
Bahrain al Thakaffiya, July 2006; Women and Political Change in Bhrain, Hiwar al
Arab, July 2005; Masculine-Feminine and the Anxiety of Identity : A Reading of
Edward Said’s Autobiography, in Bahithat IX 2004 (All in Arabic). Member of the
Lebanese Association of Women Researchers.

                              ppointed as a Senator to the Jordanian Upper House of Parliament for its fif-
                              teenth session on December 2, 2007, and as a General Secretary to the
                              Family council for Family Affairs on December 17, 2007.

                      Prior to her appointment, Dr. Abu Ghazaleh served as the Regional Programme
                      Director for the Arab States Regional Office at the United Nations Development
                      Fund for Women (UNIFEM). For more than three decades, Dr. Abu Ghazaleh has
                      been heavily involved and instrumental in the Arab region in the areas of policy and
                      legislative reform, gender mainstreaming and analysis, strategic planning, organiza-
Haifa Abu Ghazaleh    tional development, management and capacity building, Gender and ICT, project for-
    haifa.abughaza-   mulation, evaluation and analysis, community development programming, educatio-     nal counseling, human rights, peace and security, and training programme design and
                      implementation. During her tenure at UNIFEM, Dr. Abu Ghazaleh also served as the
                      Arab Region Focal Point for the United Nations for the NGO forum on Women in
                      Beijing 1995 throughout the period 1993-1995, and won the national elections as the
                      President of the General Federation of Jordanian Women in 1993; served 1993-1995
                      term. Prior to her service as Regional Programme Director at UNIFEM, Dr. Abu
                      Ghazaleh served as Regional Project Coordinator for UNIFEM, and previous to that
                      she held several prominent positions such as the Advisor to the Minister and the
                      General Director for Foreign Relations at the Ministry of Education in Jordan.

                      In 2005, Dr. Abu Ghazaleh was nominated for the Noble Peace Prize following her
                      nomination selection for the '1000 women for Noble Peace Prize 2005'. Laureate of
                      numerous prestigious international and regional women leadership awards, Dr. Abu
                      Ghazaleh was awarded the Teaching Excellent Medal from H.M King Abdalla of
                      Jordan in 2009, ESCWA Award in 2007, Sheika Sabika Bint Ibrahim Al-Khilkfa
                      Award in 2007, the Humanitarian Aid Club in 2007, the Ministry of Manpower and

Migration Award for Egypt in 2007, the UNIFEM Lifetime Achievement Award for
Exceptional Services and Commitment in 2007, the Women leadership Award of the
Ministry of Social Development for Oman in 2006, Women leadership Award, the
Ministry of Education of Jordan in 2001, the Jordanian Ministry of Education in
2001, the Omani Ministry of Social Affairs, and the General Federation of Jordanian
Women. Dr. Abu Ghazaleh received her State Doctorate (Doctorat d'Etat), PhD, in
Education from the Jesuit University in Beirut in 1995 having written her doctoral
dissertation on the ‘Efficacy of Desensitization and Relation in Reducing Test
Anxiety’. Her first PhD was in psychology, awarded to her by the Jesuit University
in Beirut in 1982. Her doctoral dissertation then was on ‘Stuttering, its causes and
effects on Educational achievement in Compulsory Stage’. She obtained her Masters
Degree, MA, in Educational Counseling from the University of Jordan in 1978, and
her Bachelor's Degree, BA, in Psychology and Sociology from Ein Shams University
in Cairo in 1968.

Dr. Abu Ghazaleh is a founder and member of several national and international
organizations such as ,Head of CEDAW Regional Expert committee of the League
of Arab State ,Jordan Representative and Executive Member of the Arab Women
Organization Board Member of the Jordanian National Committee Board Member
of the National Council for Family Affairs, Board Member of the Board of Trustees
of the Women Research Center of University Jordan, Board Member of the Royal
Commission “We are All Jordan- Kalona Al-Ardun” Executive Board Member of
Arab Family Organization .co-founder of the General Federation of Jordanian
Women, founder and member of Women Workers Association, Member of the ICT
Royal Committee, and international member of Sheikh Sebeka Gender Award foun-

                          egan her career with P&G nearly 20 years ago and has a broad range of expe-
                          rience in areas including employee communications, employee and organiza-
                          tion research & sensing, strategic planning, project management, plant finan-
                  ce, treasury, profit forecasting and financial analysis. As a diversity and inclusion
                  specialist, she drives P&G’s corporate Diversity & Inclusion mission of Everyone
                  Valued, Everyone Included, Everyone Performing at Their Peak™. Hanan is cur-
                  rently responsible for P&G’s most complex and diverse region of Central and Eastern
                  Europe, Middle East & Africa, supporting employees in more than 30 countries
                  representing 80 nationalities.
Hanan Heakal
                  She formerly led D&I work for P&G’s Global Operations spanning seven regions
                  and 80 countries worldwide. In both of these roles, significant progress was made in
                  the percentage of managers who are women at P&G as well as in favorability scores
                  on inclusion, leadership accountability and flexibility as part of the Company’s
                  annual Employer of Choice survey. With her strong financial background, Hanan
                  developed innovative systems for measuring the health of diversity in the organiza-
                  tion which were reapplied broadly across P&G. She is also the author of several gui-
                  delines and current best practice approaches in areas such as gender recruiting and
                  flexibility. Her training and speaking experiences span several countries - including
                  the U.S., UK, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Hungary, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Bahrain,
                  Egypt, Lebanon, Nigeria, South Africa and China – and have equipped her with a
                  true global perspective. Hanan earned a B.A. in Economics from Carleton College in
                  her native Minnesota and did some undergraduate study at King’s College,
                  Cambridge University in the UK. Before joining P&G, she was a project officer with
                  an international development bank. A dual U.S.-Egyptian citizen, Hanan currently
                  resides in Cairo with her husband and their three children.

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     s an Egyptian journalist who started her career 20 years ago in "The Youth"
     monthly magazine, Al-Ahram organisation. Since then Amal had many Media
     experiences (Press, Photo Journalism, Radio, documentaries & Television) local-
ly, regionally and internationally.

Amal has an international experience as an ICRC's communication delegated in
North Iraq and East Chad (The International Committee of the Red Cross). She wor-
ked also as a Media Consultant for Dubai-Based Hill and Knowlton PR Agency and
for USA-based CSID (Center for the study of Islam & Democracy) and Street Law,
Inc. She had a work attachment at the Guardian newspaper, as a part of the Egyptian          Amal Ewida
Press Syndicate and British Council’s journalists exchange program. Amal received
a local acclaim by receiving the prize of Ahmad Baha' al-Dîn’s friends cultural
Association for the young researchers. She won also the first prize in journalism, the
Egyptian Press Syndicate, about serial of reports as a first Egyptian female journalist
in the Palestinian territories after the beginning of second Intifada. Now, she is a
deputy chief of the foreign affairs dept. in Al-Ahram daily news paper (the most pres-
tigious newspaper in the Arab world). Amal's commentaries come out every Saturday
& Tuesday on Nile Life Channel, Egyptian Television. Amal got her bachelor of Arts
in Mass Communication, Cairo University, and works now on finishing a Master
about" Women between Literature and Mass Media". Amal has already 3 books and
many published articles & researches.

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                               btained his B.SC and M.Sc. from the American University of Beirut in
                               Mathematical Statistics and his Ph.D. in Economics Statistics from Leeds
                               University UK in 1979. He worked at the Ministry of Planning in Iraq during
                       1968-1993, including Director of Living Conditions Statistics Department at the
                       Central Statistical Organization, Director of Planning Methods Department at the
                       National Planning Institute and Chief Consultant at the National Centre for Planning
                       and Management Development.

                       During 1994-1998 he joined Al Zarka University and Amman University in Jordan
Bakir Mohammed         as an Associate Professor. Since 1994, he worked as an international consultant for
                       different international and regional organizations including UNDP, World Bank,
                       CAWTAR and ESCWA. The countries that he worked in include Iraq, Jordan,
                       Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Tunisia, UAE, USA, and Yemen. His consultancies involved
                       mainly the production, capacity building and application of social statistics in areas
                       of development planning, human development, gender, and poverty.

                       Dr. Bakir was a member of teams that produced 14 reports acting mainly as the lead
                       statistical consultant. Two of the said reports were CAWTAR reports, the
                       Globalization, Gender and the Economic Participation of Arab Women Report
                       published in 2001 and the Arab Adolescent Girl Report published in 2003. Besides,
                       four of the said reports were human development reports and six of them were on
                       poverty issues. Moreover, he was the author or joint author of 24 books and studies,
                       mainly on the areas of applying statistics and quantitative techniques for measure-
                       ment and analysis of economic and social issues.

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         as over thirty five years of experience working in international development,
         mostly with the World Bank. She is now engaged as an international deve-

                                                                                                                         GERPA EVALUATOR
         lopment consultant with two major fields of activity: energy development, in
particular renewable energy and energy efficiency, and the promotion of gender
equality in infrastructure investments and services. Her experience spans from sec-
tor policy design and strategy in agriculture, rural development, transport and urban
infrastructure, and energy, to project design and management, and portfolio manage-
ment. Ms. Lallement has worked extensively in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin
America, but also in the Middle East, North Africa, South and East Asia.
                                                                                          Dominique Lallement
In the World Bank she was Energy Advisor in the Energy and Water department,
Manager of the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program, Sector Manager of
the Energy and Infrastructure Unit covering Ukraine, the Baltics, and the Caucasus,
Manager of the Bank’s Portfolio Monitoring Unit, country officer for Brazil, and pro-
ject officer for a number of countries in East and West Africa. Ms Lallement has lec-
tured extensively in US Universities, mostly on issues of sustainable energy, pover-

                                                                                                                         GERPA GRANTEES
ty reduction and gender equality.

Ms. Lallement also serves on the Board of Directors of two NGOs, the Margaret
McNamara Memorial Fund which provides scholarships to developing country
women, and POWEO, a French NGO which finances small energy investments in
Africa. Her volunteer work also includes coaching young people to facilitate their
entry into the labor market. She is the mother of two grown-up daughters, and a pas-
sionate world traveler, photographer, and painter. In 2009, she produced, wrote and
director her first documentary film.

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                             s an associate at the Population Council's West Asia and North Africa regional
                             office in Cairo, Egypt. Her work is situated within the Data Analysis and
                             Economic Development Unit. She completed her Ph.D. in economics from
                          McMaster University, Canada in March 2009. She holds a master's degree in econo-
                          mics from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

                          Her broad research areas are economic development and applied microeconomics.
                          Her research interests lie in the areas of economics of education and the economics
                          of gender, marriage, and the family, with a geographical focus on the Middle East,
  Asmaa Elbadawy          and specifically Egypt. She is also currently working on studying migration effects   and conducting impact evaluation. She has participated in numerous national and
                          international conferences.

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    s an economic researcher at the Consultation and Research Institute, Beirut,
    Lebanon, where she conducts research and writes reports on issues pertaining to
    developmental issues, especially cultural heritage and urban development, com-
munity development and anti-poverty projects. Previously, she worked as a research
assistant at the American University of Beirut, focusing on poverty issues in the
Middle East and North Africa.

Ms. Srour, obtained her bachelor’s degree from the American University in Beirut,
in Economics (2005) and 16 her master’s from the same university in Financial
Economics (2008). She is currently in her first year of PhD in economics at the          Illina Srour
Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milano, Italy.                      

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                              as educated at the University of London (BSc Econ, ‘71) and Harvard
                              University (PhD Econ ‘77). He is currently Professor of Economics at
                              Virginia Tech, Non-Resident Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution,
                  and Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School (2009-2010). He was Assistant
                  Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania (1977-84), visiting facul-
                  ty at the University of Oxford (1991-92), and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings
                  Institution (2007-08).

                  He has served on the boards of the Middle East Economic Association and the
    Djavad        Economic Research Forum, where he has been an elected Research Fellow since
Salehi-Isfahani   1993. His research has been in demographic economics, energy economics, and the    economics of the Middle East. He has co-authored one book, edited two volumes,
                  and his articles have appeared in, among others, Economic Journal, Journal of
                  Development Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of
                  Economic Inequality, International Journal of Middle East Studies, and Iranian
                  Studies, and Middle East Development Journal.

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    s a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Alazhar University, Cairo Egypt.
    He got his doctorate degree in 1989 as a joint supervision between AlAzhar
    University and Wayne State University USA. Since he got his doctorate degree
he joined the research activities of the Reproductive Health Working Group of the
Arabian countries and Turkey which was hosted at the Population Council for seve-
ral years then they founded the Egyptian Society of Population Studies and
Reproductive Health (ESPSRH). He is the secretary of this society.

They started by doing the reproductive morbidity studies in Giza, Egypt, (1989 -
1993) then in several Arab countries in collaboration with the ministries of health.   Abdelmoneim Farag
Then the group adopted several policy implications which were applied first at a
nuclear level in few districts then scaled up to a wider number of the ministry of
health centers. Lately he joined the evaluation study of the Health Sector Reform in
Egypt and the Equitable access of women to Reproductive Health services. This
study was supported by GERPA. He presented the final results of this study in the
last meeting of CAWTAR in Dubai, November 2008.He worked also as a consultant
to the Population Council office in Egypt in several of its research activities.

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                      s an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Nevada,
                      Reno. He is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn,
                      Germany, and a Research Associate of the Economic Research Forum (ERF) for
                  Arab Countries, Iran and Turkey. He was recently elected Board Member to the Middle
                  East Economic Association in the U.S. He was the Director of the West Virginia Public
                  Finance Program and Research Assistant Professor at West Virginia University between
                  2001 and 2006. He was also a Faculty Research Associate at the Regional Research
                  Institute at West Virginia University. Dr. Tosun received his Ph.D. in Economics from
                  the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. His research interests include public eco-
                  nomics, economics of population and demographic change (particularly aging and inter-
Mehmet S. Tosun   national migration), international political economy and economic development and   growth. Dr. Tosun was a visiting scholar in the Research Department of the International
                  Monetary Fund in May 2004. He contributed as a consultant to a section on global aging
                  and labor migration in IMF’s September 2004 issue of the World Economic Outlook. He
                  has also worked as short-term consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations
                  Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the United Cities and Local Governments
                  (UCLG) and has participated in tax study commissions in New York and West Virginia.

                  Dr. Tosun has published in such journals as the International Migration Review, Journal
                  of Economic Dynamics and Control, National Tax Journal, Journal of Macroeconomics,
                  Economics Letters, Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, Review
                  of Middle East Economics and Finance, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, and
                  Applied Economics. He also published his work in numerous edited book volumes. He
                  has presented his work in many international conferences and served as referee, program
                  committee member and advisory committee member for various international journals
                  and conferences. Dr. Tosun was recognized as the Best Researcher of the Year in 2009
                  by the Nevada Alpha Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society for
                  business studies. He was the recipient of the Middle East Economic Association’s Ibn
                  Khaldun Prize in 2005.

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    s currently a teaching assistant of Economy at the University of Sfax, Tunisia. He
    studied Economics at the University of Sfax (Tunisia) and got his Bachelor deg-
    ree in 1994. Then, he got his MA in Development Economics from the University
Montesquieu-Bordeaux IV in France in 1996. He started his academic carrier at the
Economic Sciences and Management Faculty (1998 - 2003) and now is based at the
High Institute of Industrial Management of the University of Sfax. His research inter-
ests are in Gender, Labour Economics, Return to Education and Migration. During
the period January – July 2002, he spent a six months fellowship program at the
University of Minnesota as one of the selected candidates working on a project entit-
led “Gender, Family and labor market in the MENA region, Iran and Turkey”.                   Sami Zouari
This project was supervised by Professor Ragui Assaad. He collaborated with the
World Bank in several times. In 2002, he contributed to the “MENA Development
Report: Gender and Development in the Middle East and North Africa, Women in the
Public Sector” as one of a team of researchers and consultants. Report edited by The
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and The World Bank. In
2005, he moderated the World Bank E-discussion regarding “The status of women in
the economic policies in the Maghreb”. Mr. Zouari participated to a Ford Foundation
funded and CAWTAR administered project entitled: “The Dynamics of
Discriminatory Social Beliefs and Practices and Gender Equity in the Arabic-
Speaking MENA Region: Lessons Learned in the Last 20 Years”. Actually, he is
involved, with Dr. Mehmet Tosun (University of Nero-Nevada, USA) in a project
conducted for GERPA (Gender Economic Research and Policy Analysis) and dealing
with “Migration, Gender and Development: A Comparative Study on Morocco,
Tunisia and Turkey”.

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                            s a PhD student at the Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS), Monash University,
                            Australia. His dissertation analyzes the link between trade, gender and poverty
                            using Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) and micro-simulation models. He
                        was a senior research assistant at the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division
                        (MTID) of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) from September
                        2008-09; and was a visiting researcher at the Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP)
                        research network in Laval University, Canada from 2006-08.

   Erwin Corong

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           as born in 1983 in Cairo, Egypt. She studied Economics at the faculty of
           Economics and Political Sciences at Cairo University. In 2005 Rana flied
           to Paris for post graduate education. She finished her Masters in Labor
Microeconometrics with distinction at the Paris School of Economics and was selec-
ted by the French National Statistical Institution to pursue her doctoral degree with
full scholarship.

Simultaneously Rana is a teacher assistant at the University of Paris I Pantheon
Sorbonne. Her fields of research are Labor Economics, Microeconometrics,
Intrahousehold allocation issues, Gender and Evaluation of Market Policies. One of         Rana Hendy
the main contributions of Rana’s Doctoral degree is being the introduction of the
Time Allocation theory into the developing countries literature (Egypt).

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                       s a Phd candidate (under the supervision of Lionel Fontagné) and a research fel-
                       low in the Paris School of Economics, Université of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne,
                       France. He holds a M.A. (DEA) of International Economics from Université
                    Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, with high distinction.

                    He has been also working for the World Bank (Cairo, Egypt) and the International
                    Trade Center (UNCTAD-WTO, Geneva) as a consultant. He is also working with the
                    International Development and Research Center (IDRC) and the Population Council
                    (Cairo) on a project dealing with trade policy and wages inequality in Egypt.
  Chahir Zaki
                    He is currently working on trade policy issues, in particular trade facilitation and
                    administrative barriers to trade. He is interested also in gravity models, computable
                    general equilibrium ones and microsimulation analysis. His main works are
                    "Assessing the Impact of Trade Openness of the Textile and Garments Sectors in
                    Egypt : a CGE Analysis", "Making International Trade Easier: A Survey of the Trade
                    Facilitation Effects", "Does Trade Facilitation in Bilateral Trade?" and "Towards an
                    Explicit Modeling of Trade Facilitation in CGE Models:the Case of Egypt".

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            Rania Roshdi

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  Khalid Suliman

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      he is an assistant lecturer in the department of public health and community
      medicine- Assiut University- Egypt. She is honoured to have the follwing:
      Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery with the general grade of Excellent
(89,02%) in September 2004, Assiut university, Egypt; and a Master degree in public
Health and Community Medicine with the general grade of very good in 18th June,
2009, Assiut university, Egypt. She has prepared her Master thesis on (Promoting
Health Of Menopausal Women) and she is intending to work in the reproductive
health and gender issues in her PHD thesis.
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                                                                                         Wesly Aziz

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 Salah El-Kafri

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    s a lecturer in Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies and Women’s and Gender
    Studies at Brandeis University. Her research focuses on women’s education in
    Muslim societies. In a recent publication, “Western Procedures, Eastern proto-
cols: Conducting Research in Western-Wary Iran,” in Innovations in Education
(2008), she explores the methodological dilemmas she has confronted in studying
this topic. Her work has also appeared in Harvard Educational Review, Teacher’s
College Record, International Journal of Middle East Studies, and Women’s Studies
International Forum.

Shavarini is also the coauthor of Women and Education in Iran and Afghanistan: An      Mitra K. Shavarini

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Annotated Bibliography (with Wendy R. Robison, 2005) and the author of Educating
Immigrants: Experiences of Second Generation Iranians (2004).

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                         hD Student in sociology at the University of Ottawa. Political scientist - spe-
                         cialised in international affairs - bachelor in international relations and politi-
                         cal science in Belgium and master in international and comparative politics in
                   Canada. During her academic years, Hanieh developed a vital interest in the Middle
                   East region and focused her researches especially on Iran.

                   During several internships at the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg, at
                   the Belgian Delegation in Quebec and at the Montreal Council on Foreign Relation,
                   Hanieh deepened her knowledge in European affairs, social movements and women
 Hanieh Ziaei      issues.

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          ho has been with the Population Reference Bureau since 1987, is a senior
          policy analyst with more than fifteen years of experience in population
          and policy information analysis and management. A native of the Middle
East, Ms. Roudi serves at PRB as Program Director for the Middle East and North
Africa (MENA).

She has initiated PRB’s Population and Development Program in MENA and colla-
borated with different NGOs from the Middle East region. She is recognized as an
authority on Middle East population matters and has lectured on these topics at the
World Bank, academic institutions, a number of international and regional conferen-   Farzaneh Roudi

She is author of a number of reports and articles on Middle East population issues.
Ms. Roudi has a MA in demography from Georgetown University, with additional
graduate study in demography at the University of California at Berkeley.

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                               olds two post-Doctorates. The second one was a two-year post doctorate
                               granted by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC).
                               This research was chosen as one of the three most distinguished SSHRC post
                       doctoral research in Canada. She is the winner of several awards such as the Eileen
                       D. Ross award 2003-04 on Female poverty, globalization, Islamization and women’s
                       employment. In 2006 she won a three-year research grant by the SSHRC and in 2008
                       was given a grant by the Council for the Arts to write her memoire. Her latest grant
                       is from GERPA, to work on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Iran. Bahramitash has
                       taught many courses at McGill and Concordia University and has worked with inter-
Roksana Bahramitash national development agencies such as the Canadian Development Agency (CIDA),
                       the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the United Nation
                       Development Program UNDP.

                         She produced a documentary on Afghan women “Beyond the Burqa” based on her
                         research on Afghan women in post-Taliban Afghanistan. She is the author of several
                         articles and her first book is Liberation from Liberalization: Gender and
                         Globalization in Southeast Asia, published by Zed published in 2005. Her forthco-
                         ming book is entitled “Veiled Employment: The political Economy of Women’s
                         Employment in Iran” by Syracuse University Press (co-ed with H.Esfahani.
                         Bahramitash is currently coordinator of Persian Speaking Gender Network and is
                         working as research director at the Chair of Islam, Pluralism and Globalization at
                         Department of theology at University of Montreal.

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         orn and raised in Iran, I came to the U.S after finishing high school to conti-
         nue my education. I studied Economics at Berkeley as an undergraduate and
         am currently pursuing my PhD in Development Economics at the department
of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Berkeley. My main interests in develop-
ment economics are gender related outcomes and women’s economic options, main-
ly in Iran and the Middle East.

I am currently working on three different papers. My main paper is on the presence
of child gender preferences at birth in Iran, and its potential impact on total fertility
of women and their labor force participation. My other work focuses on the expan-             Negar Ghobadi
sion of health clinics in rural Iran, and on measuring their impact on total fertility as
well as female labor force participation for rural women.

I worked as a short term consultant with the World Bank in Summer of 2005.
Together with Dr. Renos Vakis and Johannes Koettl, we wrote “Moving out of
Poverty: Migration insights from Rural Afghanistan”. The paper was published by
the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) as a resource to its subscri-
bers. This is the link to the paper:

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                      s a social entrepreneur and Internet pioneer. She founded IranDokht in 2002 as
                      the first online media platform designed to connect the global community to
                      Iranian women. It is a powerful and insuppressible medium that reflects the
                   diverse lifestyles, complex perspectives, experiences and accomplishments of
                   women of Iran.

                   Esfandiari's commentaries and articles have won her international acclaim as a lea-
                   ding authority on Iranian popular culture, women advancement, and Internet. Her
                   articles and interviews have appeared in Aljazireh, MS magazine, Voice of America,
Pari Esfandiari    BlogHer, KPFK, KALW and numerous other media outlets and have been translated
                   to many languages. She has been nominated for the US prestigious National
                   Magazine Award and received the Positive Journalism Award.

                   Her work has been showcased by UNESCO and recognized by the New America
                   Media. She is a frequent speaker at universities, research organizations and other
                   forums. Pari left Iran after finishing her degree in architecture. She has a doctorate
                   from Oxford Brookes University in sustainable business, and is an avid environ-

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    s Associate Professor of education and women studies at the University of
    Western Ontario, London, Canada. Her research and teaching interests focus on
    race, gender and their intersection in education. In addition, she is interested in
the field of globalization and education.

Dr Rezai-Rashti is currently invloved in two SSHRC funded research project (Social
Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada): the firsrt one examines
women and higher education in Iran; the second one investigates male elementary
school teachers as role models. She has published extensively in scholarly journals
and books.                                                                                Goli M. Rezai-Rashti

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                           Was born in Palestine, he received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of
                           Jordan, a masters with distinction in economics from St. Mary’s University-
                           San Antonio, Texas, and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York-
                     Albany. Currently he an associate professor of economics at Birzeit University, he
                     was the acting director of the Center for Development Studies at Birzeit University
                     in 2008. He served as the chair of Economics Department and Director of the MA
                     program in economics at Birzeit University.

                     He worked as a research fellow and data base manager at Palestine Economic Policy
 Yousef Daoud        Research Institute (MAS). Previous experience included consulting experience for   the World Bank, Palestine Monetary Authority, UNCTAD, Palestine Energy
                     Authority, Palestine Central Bureau of Statistics, and Palestine Ministry of Finance.
                     Research interests are in applied econometrics, some of the published work was in
                     the fields of international finance, health economics, modeling policy issues, and
                     labor markets.

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           ho has been researcher about women and development since 1999, with
           her scientific work in the Women’s Research Center in Alzahra
           University” and then, since 2000 in shahid Beheshti University. She is
Assistant Prof. and scientific member of Urban Geography Department now. Also,
she had been consular about women issues in some organizations (including:
Housing & Urbanism Ministry, Women Participation Center) in the past. Also, she is
the member of GPN which has founded by Dr. Roxana Bahramitash.

Ms. Fanni is recognized as a researcher about Gender Geography, Gender &
Development and women’s economic empowerment in Iran and has lectures on these          Zohreh fanni
topics at academic institutions and number of international and national conferences.
Ms. Fanni has MA in Human Geography from Tehran University (1986); MSC in
Population Geography from Tarbiat Modarres University(1991) and Ph.D in Uran
Geography from the same university (1996).

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                          eceived her Ph.D in economics in January 2009 from the University of Nice
                          Sophia-Antipolis, France. She hold an MS degree in development and plan-
                          ning from Alzahra University in Tehran and a BSc degree in economics from
                   Esfahan University. My Ph.D. dissertation research focused on economic growth and
                   adjustment in six Mediterranean/Middle Eastern countries (Algeria, Tunisia,
                   Morocco, Egypt, Turkey and Iran).

                   She has also carried out research on macroeconomic performance and economic
                   development in Iran and has taught economics in Iranian universities in a number of
Parastoo Shajari   fields, particularly Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics, Development
                   Economics, and Theory of Money and Banking. She also presented her work in inter-
                   national conferences. Parastoo Shajari recently joined the Monetary and Banking
                   Research Academy in Iran-Tehran.

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    s the United Arab Emirates University’s Secretary General and a Faculty Member
    at the Economics Department, College of Business & Economics (UAEU). She
    has a PhD in Economics from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom, a
Master of Economics from the University of Baltimore, USA and a Bachelor of
Economics from the College of Economics & Political Sciences, Cairo University.
She held several academic and administrative positions such as; chair person of the
Economics Department, Assistant Dean for Students’ Affairs, head of the Internship
and Career Advising Unit, Vice-Dean and Acting Dean of the College of Business &
Economics at the UAE University. She served as a consultant to the UAE National
Human Recourse Development and Employment Authority. Dr. Fatima Al Shamsi               Fatima Al-Shamsi
has many research publications in refereed academic journals and presented research
papers in different scientific conferences. Most of her researches deal with economic
development and growth issues, economic coordination, the role of the private sec-
tor in the development in the GCC countries, foreign direct investments, and diver-
sification of national income. Dr. Al-Shamsi’s has also research interests that deal
with women economics participation. She has participated in many conferences,
seminars, and workshops addressing women issues such as “woman as a partner poli-
tical decision”, “woman is a partner in economy” and a partner in decision-making
and many others.

Dr. Fatima Al Shamsi has been a member of many committees at national and inter-
national level such as the UAE World Trade Organization Committee and was a
delegated member to the WTO conference in Doha. Dr Al-Shamsi is a founding
member of the Gulf Research Foundation in Switzerland, and a founding member of
the UAE Human Rights Association. She is also a member of Abu Dhabi Higher
Education task force and a member in the committee preparing the report of “the
UAE Millennium’s Objectives for 2007” prepared by the Ministry of Economy.

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                                 e obtained his MA in Development Economics from Vanderbilt University,
                                 Nashville, Tennessee, USA in 1963. Baquer has held high positions in the
                                 Government of Iran, including Deputy Executive Director of Plan and
                        Budget Organization. He was head of UNICEF country offices in Somalia, Kenya
                        and Egypt. He held the position of Policy Advisor at Hqs before his field positions.
                        He has been an international development consultant since 1997. He prepared insti-
                        tutional capacity building studies and proposals for government and non-government
                        institutions in Iran, Egypt and Yemen. He carried out missions and studies for UNDP,
                        UNICEF, the World Bank, and the Population Council. He initiated national consul-
  Baquer Namazi         tation process for Iranian NGOs. He delivered lectures on civil society at the Middle-
                        East Studies Institute in Washington D.C., and at Columbia University, in New York.
                        He gave lectures on international cooperation to lead researchers in Universities of
                        Medical Sciences, Iran and delivered presentations on indicators to measure progress
                        in human rights for children and women in national development. He has been Senior
                        Advisor to the Population Council, WANA Regional Office, since 1998, managing
                        the Iran NGO Initiative project, and Lead Social Advisor on World Bank/Ministry of
                        Housing UUHRP project. He is presently Chairman of the Board of Directors of
                        Hamyaran, Iran NGO Resource Center. Recently he has been promoting the theme
                        of Hearing Voices of the Poor at times of Economic Crisis in World Bank annual

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       ocial researcher, graduated in Sociology, was born in Iran, in 1958. She started
       her research about ethnic groups and their social solidarity in the Northeast and
       West of Iran in 1987, after receiving her B.A in Social Research. Her research
entitled “Recognition of the evaluable cultural patterns for achieving social consen-
sus among ethnic groups in the Northeast of Iran,” conducted after her Master’s
Degree in Cultural Anthropology, earned her the First Prize of the Anthropology
Faculty in 1996. By developing geographically her research to the Northwest and
Southeast of Iran, Mrs. Hosseinzadeh studied the relation between cultural changes
and social consensus of ethnic groups, before beginning the Master’s Degree pro-
gram in the Department of Interventional Sociology at the Ecole d’hautes Etudes en            Mrs. Fahimeh
Science Social, in France, in 2002. Since 2003, she has continued her education in a          Hosseinzadeh
Ph.D. Program in Interventional Sociology and at the same time she has developed 
her studies about the influence of identical paradoxes on the social consensus of eth-
nic groups and social movements. Mrs. Hosseinzadeh has managed 21 research pro-
jects and 15 workshops and has also published 17 articles about ethnic groups,
women and ethnic identity, social movements and cultural changes in Iran.

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                           tudied 11years and successfully completed her studies at school 16 in 2003.
                           She then went on and studied further in Tajik State Pedagogical University and
                           obtained a Teaching Diploma in June 2008. June 16, 2006 she obtained certi-
                    ficate of Competency in English language. These qualifications have enabled her to
                    work in International organizations and Educational Institutions.

                    She worked as a volunteer in the “Civil Society Support Center “Tretiy Sector” from
                    2004 – August 2004 she lobbying support for disadvantaged and physically disabled
                    children. This included the hosting of fundraising drives and liaised with other
Ozoda Bazarova      NGO’s. She also carried out administrative duties. She was able to use her language
                    skills in an International Hotel –Her duties an administrative capacity included;   translating documents, handling correspondence and booking. She completed 9
                    months internship .2 months in School 16 in class 4 and 7 months with class 9 the-
                    reafter she has been employed in Dushanbe International School as a teacher. Her
                    duties include preparation of lessons and resources, the delivery of lessons, the trans-
                    lation of concepts during lessons, at assemblies and parent interviews. She assists
                    teachers during lessons. This includes assessing, recording and reporting on the pro-
                    gress of students.

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    s professor of Religion and Islam and Chair of the Department of Religion at
    Concordia University, Montréal. Her areas of specialisation include Shiism, gen-
    der, law, and the Persian-speaking world. Some publications relevant to the
conference are: Muslim & Canadian Family Law (2006); "Hijáb According to the
Hadíth: Text and Interpretation" in The Muslim Veil in North. America: Issues and
Debates (2003); and "Women in Islam" (with case studies) in Women in Religious
Traditions (2004). Dr. Clarke is keenly interested in the effects of religious gender
discourses and particularly Muslim law on the lives of women. In cooperation with
the Canadian Council of Muslim Women and Ontario Law Society, she has recently
completed a Muslim Marriage Contract Kit designed to inform women and couples              Lynda Clarke
of problems and opportunities in using private Muslim law in the West. The contract
suggests various means of overcoming issues in the traditional law such as legally
sanctioned "obedience" to the husband and lack of opportunity for divorce.

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                           s higher education professor and researcher at Group Business management ESC
                           Dijon, France. He authored five books in French and published more than one
                           hundred scholarly and professional articles in English and French. He is also
                       member of several editorial boards publishing journal in English and French.
                       Professor Djamchid ASSADI has delivered many lectures on business and marketing

                       Djamchid ASSADI also advocates the establishment of democracy and market eco-
                       nomy in Iran. As such, he participates in conferences and regularly publishes analy-
 Djamchid Assadi       tical articles in English, French and Persian. Some of his contributions in this field
                       are: the rent-seeking economy in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the nuclear crisis and
                       transition to democracy in Iran. He is frequently cited and interviewed in major press
                       titles and radio and TV media in French and English.

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    s a Visiting Professor at the Department of Economics, Mills College. She also
    teaches at University of California, Berkeley’s Extension Program. Her research
    interests are: Gender and Economics, Economics of Migration, Economic
Development, and Political Economy of Oil. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the
Department of Gender and Women Studies, University of California, Berkeley
(2003-2006) and the Women's Leadership Institute at Mills College (2004-2005).
She has taught at California State University, Sacramento and University of
Missouri, Kansas City. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Dissertation Award,
University of Missouri-Kansas City (2001); the Association of Collegiate Business
School and Program Teaching Excellence Award (2002); the National Institute for       Zohreh M. Niknia
Staff and Organizational Development Excellent Award (2002); Fulbright-Hays
Fellow, East-Central Europe Summer Research Project (2002); and Faculty
Exchange Program Award, Russia, 1999.

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                         s an expert on Iran’s internal affairs and a leading advocate of human rights and
                         democracy in Iran, was a member of Iran’s reformist parliament from 2000-2004.
                         In 2001 Iran’s judiciary sentenced her to 10 months which she has not served—
                     for her claims that the government had tortured prisoners. Dr. Haghighatjoo has held
                     many academic positions at MIT, Harvard and University of Connecticut and is cur-
                     rently a visiting scholar at Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at
                     University of Massachusetts Boston. She has been quoted and interviewed with
                     international Media and TV on Iran’s politics.

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    s a Professor of Economics and the Director of the Center for South Asian and
    Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In
    addition, he currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Quarterly Review of
Economics and Finance and the President of Middle East Economic Association. He
has also worked for the World Bank as a visiting staff economist and a consultant.
He has received his B.Sc. in engineering from Tehran University and Ph.D. in eco-
nomics from the University of California at Berkeley. His theoretical and empirical
research is in the field of political economy of development, focusing in particular on
the Middle East and North Africa region. He has published numerous articles on the
role of politics and governance in fiscal, trade, and regulatory policy formation.        Hadi Salehi Esfahani

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                            s currently conducting anthropological research with widows in Kabul,
                            Afghanistan. She has Master degrees in Public Health and Islamic Studies from
                            UCLA and a Master degree in Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.
                        She has worked in Pakistan and Afghanistan over the past thirteen years. She is com-
                        pleting her PhD in Social Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

  Anila Daulatzai

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     s an attorney, writer and activist working toward the promotion of democracy, the
     rule of law and human rights within the framework of Islamic law in the Islamic
     Republic of Iran. Despite her efforts being frequently impeded and curtailed by
the intelligence services of the Islamic Republic, she has been an active public defen-
der in Iran's civil and criminal courts, and has published regularly in several influen-
tial and independent Iranian journals.

Banned from making public appearances within her country, including conferences,
radio and television, Ms. Kar has used international forums as a platform for voicing
her opinions and advocating for the democratic, political, legal, constitutional and         Mehrangiz Kar
human rights of the Iranian people. In April of 2000, following her participation in
a symposium in Berlin, she was arrested and imprisoned on charges of acting against
the national security of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Three of the five charges against
her are pending, for which she may again be arrested upon her return. In 2008 she
was a visitor scholar at the New House Center for Humanities at Wellesley College
and is currently a visiting fellow at the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law
University. Currently, she is a visiting fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East
Policy at Brookings Institution.

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