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British Summer Time, BST  |  May 21, 2022  |  09:00 - 18:00

Damascus, Syria  |  May 21, 2022  |  11:00 - 20:00

Eastern Time, ET  
|  May 21, 2022  |  04:00 - 13:00

Saïd Business School - Oxford

Hybrid Saïd - Rhodes Forum on Syria, Jordan, Lebanon & Palestine (SJLP)
"A Region Through Time: Legacy, Trouble and Hope"

The Saïd - Rhodes Forum on Syria, Jordan, Lebanon & Palestine (SJLP) celebrates the historic partnership between the Saïd Foundation and the Rhodes Trust.

The Forum will explore the Past, Present and Future of the region, aiming to provide a space to explore the pressing issues and encourage critical debate, while being forward looking and solution oriented. The conference will take us on a journey through the richness of the past, the complexity of the present day, and allow us to imagine a dynamic future of hope and prosperity. By addressing diverse topics pertinent to the region––under the broad themes of culture, economy, and governance––this conference demonstrates that the region is far from static, and its fate is not foreclosed.





  • Nour Abuzaid, Advanced Researcher, Forensic Architecture

  • Eliana Abu-Hamdi, Program Manager, MIT & Visigin Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

  • Valentina Kassisieh, Chief Executive Officer , The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation

  • Barik Mhadeen, Senior Policy Research Specialist, Generations for Peace

  • Sami Moubayed, Chairman, The Damascus History Foundation

  • Amr Najjar, Senior Researcher, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

  • Jessica Obeid, Non-Resident Scholar- Middle East Institute, and Senior Advisor- Azure Strategy

  • Nisreen Salti, Associate professor of Economics, American University of Beirut

  • Karam Shaar, Independent consultant on Syria, Research Director of the Operations and Policy Center & Non-Resident Scholar, Middle East Institute.

  • Maha Shuayb, British Academy Bilateral Chair in Education, Centre for Lebanese Studies and University of Cambridge

  • Rania Succar, Co-Founder, Jusoor, SVP and Business Leader for QuickBooks Payments and Capital | Intuit

  • Sana Tannoury-Karam, Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge

  • Himmat Zoubi, Post-doctoral Fellow, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (EUME - Forum Transregionale Studien, and the Centre for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Freie Universitat)

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