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Moderators and Hosts

Alex Broun

Alex Broun

Award winning Australian playwright and screenwriter Alex Broun is one of the world’s most

Andrew Staples

Andrew Staples

Andrew Staples is a Dubai-based communications consultant and former journalist and editor.

Annabelle Corton

Annabelle Corton

Awad Al Darmaki

Awad Al Darmaki

Awad Al Darmaki is an Emirati writer and poet who holds an MBA in Executive Leadership from San

Aya Sharaf

Aya Sharaf

Bassam Chebaro

Bassam Chebaro

Born in Beirut, Bassam Chebaro is a graduate of American University of Beirut in Business in

Bilal Orfali

Bilal Orfali

Bilal Orfali, Ph.D. (2009), Yale University, is Chairperson and Associate Professor of Arabic

Brandy Scott

Brandy Scott

Brandy Scott co-hosts the Business Breakfast, Dubai Eye’s award winning flagship morning

Charles Nahhas

Charles Nahhas

Charles Nahhas is the Middle East distributor of Montegrappa and other luxury brands. Born in

Chris Capstick

Chris Capstick

Chris Capstick is the General Manager of Motivate Media Group’s award-winning Book Publishing

Christopher Bradley

Christopher Bradley

Christopher Bradley lives in Dubai with his wife and three daughters. A native of the UK, he

Ciarán Kelley

Ciarán Kelley

Ciarán Kelley is an educator with almost 20 years of experience of teaching across the entire

Dana Alblooshi

Dana Alblooshi

Dana is the youngest Emirati to train with NASA and is involved in programmes in the fields of

Daniel Patrick Leblanc

Daniel Patrick Leblanc

Daniel left Canada 23 years ago with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of

David Perry

David Perry

With 40 years’ experience in the books business, David now work as an independent consultant to

Dawn Metcalfe

Dawn Metcalfe

Dawn Metcalfe is an executive coach, facilitator, trainer and leadership advisor.

Dina Elabd

Dina Elabd

Dina Elabd is a children’s author and critic, and the founder of Arabic Book A Month. For

Eman Al Hammadi

Eman Al Hammadi

Eman Al Yousuf

Eman Al Yousuf

Eman Al Yousuf is a Chemical Engineer and a certified coach in Graphology. Al Yousuf is also an

Fahad Almamari

Fahad Almamari

Fahad Almamari is an Emirati scholar and writer specializing in Arabic Literature and Heritage.

Flora Rees

Flora Rees

Georgia Tolley

Georgia Tolley

Georgina Godwin

Georgina Godwin

Georgina Godwin, broadcast journalist, is Books Editor for Monocle 24,  a regular host of

Hafsa Hariga

Hafsa Hariga

Hafsa Hariga is a translator, critic and writer. She started her own blog, Roh Al Yasmine,

Hani Yakan

Hani Yakan

Hani is a mechanical Engineer by profession but has always had a passion to be on stage,

Hazem Ibrahim

Hazem Ibrahim

Hazem Ibrahim is a Certified Translator and Interpreter and Reports Writer at CNBC Arabia TV,

Hend Saeed

Hend Saeed

Ibrahim Ustadi

Ibrahim Ustadi

Ibrahim Ustadi is an Emirati theatre actor and radio presenter for Dubai Radio. He has a

James Mullan

James Mullan

James was lured to the Middle East more than 20 years ago on the promise of adventure. The

Jo Browning Wroe

Jo Browning Wroe

Jo Browning Wroe is a writer, editor and teacher. She worked in publishing for 12 years before

Joan Scott-Minter

Joan Scott-Minter

‘Having been involved since the very first year of the Festival, Joan Scott-Minter

Julia Wheeler

Julia Wheeler

Julia Wheeler is an experienced journalist and interviewer who worked for the BBC for more than

Kevin Hasler

Kevin Hasler

Kevin Hasler is back for his fourth consecutive year as a Festival moderator. He has both

Kristin Sherry

Kristin Sherry

Kristin Sherry is a career consultant, author, speaker, Founder of Virtus Career Consulting,

Lea Sellers

Lea Sellers

Lea Sellers is a media trainer, communications consultant and writer. She moderates at the

Lori Dorman

Lori Dorman

Lori Dorman has been moderating and hosting at the Festival for four years. The authors she has

Maán Jalal

Maán Jalal

Maán Jalal is a writer, journalist and co-founder of The Arab Edition. With over 11 years of

Maha Shakir

Maha Shakir

Maha Shakir has been an active member of various book clubs in Dubai since 2010. She is also

Mana’a Al Maeeni

Mana’a Al Maeeni

Mana’a Al Maeeni is an Emirati author. His has published a number of books including Memories

Mark Lloyd

Mark Lloyd

Melanie Swan

Melanie Swan

Melanie has been practicing yoga for 11 years and teaching for nearly six. She discovered the

Meredith Chipperton

Meredith Chipperton

Meredith is a highly accomplished singer, actress and voice over artist. Meredith has enjoyed

Mohammed N. Al Khan

Mohammed N. Al Khan

With more than 10 years of experience as a journalist in the UAE, Mohammed has reported on a

Najwa Yassir

Najwa Yassir

Najwa is Palestinian Canadian. She has a PhD in Earth Sciences from University College London.

Patricia Millns

Patricia Millns

Patricia Millns is a British artist, avant-garde aficionado and advisor. She has had a studio

Paul Evans

Paul Evans

Paul Evans is the co-founder and managing director at Solutions Leisure. A passionate,

Paulo Lemos Horta

Paulo Lemos Horta

Paulo Lemos Horta is the author of Marvellous Thieves: Secret Authors of the Arabian Nights,

Peter Dale

Peter Dale

Peter spent 42 years teaching Mathematics, 25 of them in Dubai College, so crowd control is his

Peyman Parham Al Awadhi

Peyman Parham Al Awadhi

Peyman Parham Al Awadhi is the co-founder of Qabeela New Media and produced, directed and

Philip Frayne

Philip Frayne

Professor Rafia Ghubash

Professor Rafia Ghubash

The founder of Dubai’s Women’s Museum and a high-achieving leader among Arab women, Dr Rafia

Rachel Hamilton

Rachel Hamilton

Rachel Hamilton is an award-winning children’s author, so she spends her days either

Rachel McArthur

Rachel McArthur

Rachel McArthur is a Dubai based journalist and editor, with over a decade of experience in

Rana Nawas

Rana Nawas

Rana is a corporate veteran, writer and host of the #1 pocast in the Middle East – When

Ranya Abdel Rahman

Ranya Abdel Rahman

Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar has published or edited over a dozen books, including the Muse India award-winning

Rawan dabbas

Rawan dabbas

Rawan Dabbas is the Head of International Relations at the Emirates Publishers Association

Rehan Khan

Rehan Khan

Rehan Khan is the author of the fantasy series, The Tasburai Chronicles (Last of the Tasburai

Richard Dean

Richard Dean

Richard Dean is a journalist, broadcaster and public speaker. Based in Dubai, he presents the

Riz Khan

Riz Khan

Riz Khan is an international journalist, author, and public speaker recognized across the globe

Robert Mitchell

Robert Mitchell

Robert Mitchell hails from the UK and has lived and worked in Dubai since 1992. Further back

Safia AlShehhi

Safia AlShehhi

Safia AlShehhi has extensive experience in media sector, she is Media trainer – Voice over –

Salha Obaid

Salha Obaid

Salha Obaid is an Emirati author of several books including The Postman of Happiness and The

Sally Mousa

Sally Mousa

Sally Mousa is an Australian radio presenter and producer with Dubai Eye Radio. Of Middle

Salwa Al Qadoumi

Salwa Al Qadoumi

Salwa Al Qadoumi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Birzeit University

Sameer Al Jaberi

Sameer Al Jaberi

Sameer Al Jaberi is a multi-skilled and multi-talented creative and media professional. He is

Sarah Abbas

Sarah Abbas

Palestinian-Canadian media and communications professional with experience in both

Shumon Basar

Shumon Basar

Shumon Basar is a writer, thinker and cultural critic. He is Commissioner of the Global Art

Soha Odah

Soha Odah

Steven Gale

Steven Gale

Steven Gale is a literary event moderator and curator based in London. He has worked at

Taghred Chandab

Taghred Chandab

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Taghred Chandab has lived in the UAE for almost a decade

Turki Al Zaabi

Turki Al Zaabi

An Emirati professional who dedicates most of his free time to reading and reviewing books

Yvette Judge

Yvette Judge

Zeina Hashem Beck

Zeina Hashem Beck

Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet. Her most recent collection, Louder than Hearts, won the

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