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Adeeb Nami

Adeeb Nami

Adeeb Nami has always been on a journey of self-discovery through creative endeavors. His

Ahmad Belhoul

Ahmad Belhoul

Aida Al Busaidy

Aida Al Busaidy

Alex Broun

Alex Broun

Allison K Williams

Allison K Williams

Allison K Williams has edited and coached authors to deals with Big Five publishers and

Amandeep Bhangu

Amandeep Bhangu

Amandeep Bhangu is an international presenter-reporter and filmmaker, with 10 years’

Annabel Kantaria

Annabel Kantaria

Annabel Kantaria is a British journalist and author. Winning the 2013 Montegrappa Writing

Antonina Grunska-Gokdeniz

Antonina Grunska-Gokdeniz

Antonina Grunska-Gokdeniz is an expert on China. Fluent in Mandarin, she has helped companies

Bilal Orfali

Bilal Orfali

Bilal Orfali, Ph.D. (2009), Yale University, is Sheikh Zayed Chair for Arabic and Islamic

Brandy Scott

Brandy Scott

Brandy Scott is the co-host of The Business Breakfast on Dubai Eye 103.8. Brandy’s career has

Charles Nahhas

Charles Nahhas

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

Christopher Bradley

Christopher Bradley

Ciarán Kelly

Ciarán Kelly

David Perry

David Perry

After forty years in bookselling and publishing sales, working in most of Europe, the Middle

Dawn Metcalfe

Dawn Metcalfe

Author, workplace culture advisor, executive coach and speaker Dawn Metcalfe helps

Ehsan Parham Al Awadhi

Ehsan Parham Al Awadhi

Ehsan Parham Al Awadhi has more than ten years of experience as a producer of visual content,

Eithne Treanor

Eithne Treanor

Elham Alqasim

Elham Alqasim

Elham Alqasim is an Emirati business woman, adventurer, entrepreneur and mother of three who

Gamze Hakli Geray

Gamze Hakli Geray

Gamze Hakli Geray is a Psychotherapist, Author and Counsellor. Gamze’s debut book

Georgia Tolley

Georgia Tolley

Georgia Tolley worked for ten years for BBC Radio 4 in London before moving to the UAE in 2014

Hafsa Hariga

Hafsa Hariga

Hafsa Hariga is a translator, critic and blogger. She runs her own blog, rohalyasmine, about

Hani Yakan

Hani Yakan

An engineer by profession and an artist at heart, Hani Yakan has a passion to be onstage,

Hazem Ibrahim

Hazem Ibrahim

Hind Bushawab

Hind Bushawab

Ibrahim Ustadi

Ibrahim Ustadi

Iman Ben Chaibah

Iman Ben Chaibah

Jamil Adas

Jamil Adas

Jamil Adas is the founder of The Poetryhood, which is a poetry initiative dedicated to

Jenin Al Shalabi

Jenin Al Shalabi

Joan Scott-Minter

Joan Scott-Minter

Jonathan Siklos

Jonathan Siklos

Long-time UAE resident and bookworm Jonathan Siklos is a corporate super sleuth by day. By

Julia Wheeler

Julia Wheeler

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

Kevin Hasler

Kevin Hasler

Khalifa Bin Sobeih Al Suwaidi

Khalifa Bin Sobeih Al Suwaidi

Khalifa Bin Sobeih Al Suwaidi’s experience encompasses a wide variety of knowledge in all

Kira Jean

Kira Jean

Kira Jean is the founder and CEO of The Dreamwork Collective, an independent print and digital

Lamya Tawfik

Lamya Tawfik

Lamya Tawfik is a media professional in Dubai working as a presenter, writer, translator and

Maán Jalal

Maán Jalal

Manal Omar

Manal Omar

Manal Omar, founder of Across Red Lines, is dedicated to women’s leadership for change. She is

Mark Lomas

Mark Lomas

Mark Lomas is a Dubai-based journalist, editor and broadcaster who has couch-surfed through

Mashal Waqar

Mashal Waqar

Mashal Waqar is the co-founder and COO of The Tempest, a global women’s media company bringing

Mish’al Eskander

Mish’al Eskander

Mish’al Eskander is a Saudi Arabian MC, stand-up comedian and core improv troupe member with

Mohammed Alhebsi

Mohammed Alhebsi

Mohammed N. Al Khan

Mohammed N. Al Khan

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

Najwa Yassir

Najwa Yassir

Naouel Chaoui

Naouel Chaoui

Peter Hellyer

Peter Hellyer

Peyman Parham Al Awadhi

Peyman Parham Al Awadhi

Porter Anderson

Porter Anderson

Porter Anderson is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives, founded and operated by

Rachel Hamilton

Rachel Hamilton

Rachel Hamilton’s debut novel was runner up in the Emirates Literature Festival’s

Rachel McArthur

Rachel McArthur

Rehan Khan

Rehan Khan

Rehan Khan has always been intrigued by the way legends and chronicles from across the world

Richard Dean

Richard Dean

Richard Dean is one of Dubai’s leading broadcasters, journalists and public speakers. Host of

Riz Khan

Riz Khan

Robert Mitchell

Robert Mitchell

Salha Obied

Salha Obied

Sally Mousa

Sally Mousa

Sally is one of the most in-demand presenters in the Middle East, who has interviewed some of

Sara Hamdan

Sara Hamdan

Sara Hamdan is currently editor of Think with Google MENA, a hub for all things digital

Tamara Clarke

Tamara Clarke

Tamara Clarke is an American expat and former software developer based in Abu Dhabi, where she

Turki Al Zaabi

Turki Al Zaabi

Tyler Davis-Smith

Tyler Davis-Smith

Tyler initially trained at drama school in London and worked extensively in theatre before

Wendy Holden

Wendy Holden

Wendy Holden has written more than 30 non-fiction titles, including many international

Zaki Nusseibeh

Zaki Nusseibeh

Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh has been active in government service since 1968, in many key positions

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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