Al Sharq Forum is an independent, international non-profit organization that aims to consolidate the values of pluralism and justice, while developing long-term strategies and programs that contribute to the political development, economic prosperity, and social cohesion of the people of the Al Sharq region and the world.

The Forum consists of three pillars working in tandem to ensure the realization of its mission

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Wadah Khanfar

Position: President of Al Sharq Forum

Wadah Khanfar is the President of Al Sharq Forum and was the Director General of the Al Jazeera Network 2003-2011. During his tenure Al Jazeera went from a single channel to a media network with multiple properties including the Al Jazeera Arabic channel, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Documentary, Al Jazeera Sport, Al Jazeera’s news websites.

He has addressed leading political and media think tanks including the Middle East Institute, Wilton Park, Chatham House, New America Foundation, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Wadah Khanfar

President of Al Sharq Forum

Wadah Khanfar is the President of Al Sharq Forum and was the Director General of the Al Jazeera Network 2003-2011. During his tenure Al Jazeera went from a single channel...

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Yasin Uğraş

Position: Executive Director of Al Sharq Forum

Yasin UĞRAŞ, acting as the Executive Director of Al Sharq Forum, studied at Galatasaray University Computer Engineering, graduated from Marmara University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Business Administration, Department of Management and Organization, and graduated from Ankara University Social Sciences Institute for his master study. He is continuing his doctoral studies at Istanbul Zaim University. After working in International Logistics for more than ten years and in Civil Society for fifteen years, he worked as the Secretary General of a University for four years. He speaks English, French, and German.

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Yasin Uğraş

Executive Director of Al Sharq Forum

Yasin UĞRAŞ, acting as the Executive Director of Al Sharq Forum, studied at Galatasaray University Computer Engineering, graduated from Marmara University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Business...

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Mohammad Affan

Position: Director of Al Sharq Academia

Dr Mohammad Affan is the director of Al Sharq Academia and a lecturer at the Political Science department at Ibn Haldun University, Istanbul. A medical doctor by training, he holds a PhD from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, in 2020. He obtained his MA degree in Comparative Politics from the American University in Cairo in 2015. In addition, he holds a post-graduate diploma in Civil Society and Human Rights from Cairo University, a diploma in Political Research and Studies from the Institute of Arab Research and Studies in Cairo, and a diploma in Islamic Studies from The Higher Institute for Islamic Studies, Cairo. He is the author of “Secularism Confronts Islamism: Divergent Paths of Transitional Negotiations in Egypt and Tunisia.” Also, his master’s thesis was published in Arabic as a book titled “Wahhabism and the Brotherhood: The Conflict on the Concept of the State and the Legitimacy of Power”. His research interests include Islamism and democratization in the MENA region.

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Mohammad Affan

Director of Al Sharq Academia

Dr Mohammad Affan is the director of Al Sharq Academia and a lecturer at the Political Science department at Ibn Haldun University, Istanbul. A medical doctor by training, he holds...

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Basheer Nafi

Position: Senior Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Strategic Research

Basheer Nafi is a Senior Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Strategic Research and Senior Research Fellow at Al Jazeera Centre for Studies. He writes weekly columns for Middle East eye.

Research Interests: Egypt, Iraq, Political Islam, and Middle Eastern Politics in General.

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Basheer Nafi

Senior Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Strategic Research

Basheer Nafi is a Senior Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Strategic Research and Senior Research Fellow at Al Jazeera Centre for Studies. He writes weekly columns for Middle East eye....

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Nicci Enchmarch

Position: Managing Director at Al Sharq Forum

Nicola Enchmarch is the Managing Director of Al Sharq Forum in the United Kingdom. She has a wealth of commercial and Not for Profit experience acquired over 20+ years in business and management consultancy roles across multiple industry sectors within the UK, New Zealand, Europe and the MENA region. Nicola has experience working in multi-national and cross-functional environments from enterprise-wide to micro-level projects. Nicola holds a BRS in Environmental Studies and continues to maintain an active interest within this field.

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Nicci Enchmarch

Managing Director at Al Sharq Forum

Nicola Enchmarch is the Managing Director of Al Sharq Forum in the United Kingdom. She has a wealth of commercial and Not for Profit experience acquired over 20+ years in...

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Mercedes Bellavista

Position: Executive Secretary & Project Manager

Throughout her professional life, Mercedes has performed several roles, such as manager`s assistant, executive secretary, as well as project manager and worked with international companies, consulting firms and foundations in Spain, Switzerland, the United States and the United Kingdom. With an excellent ability to assess any situation, Mercedes provides a personalized approach and a smooth and easy communication style, and has the ability to adapt to a wide variety of environments and cultures

Her current roles in Al Sharq Forum Geneva: Executive Secretary and Project Manager

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Mercedes Bellavista

Executive Secretary & Project Manager

Throughout her professional life, Mercedes has performed several roles, such as manager`s assistant, executive secretary, as well as project manager and worked with international companies, consulting firms and foundations in...

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Galip Dalay

Position: Senior Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Strategic Research

Galip Dalay is a Senior associate fellow at Al Sharq Strategic Research and Al Jazeera Center for Studies. He previously worked as a visiting fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin and as a political researcher at SETA Foundation in Ankara. He is a regular contributor to German Marshall Fund of the United States’ on Turkey policy brief series, and a columnist for Middle East Eye.

Research Interests: Turkish Politics, Turkish Foreign Policy, Regional Kurdish politics, Political Islam, and Radical Movements.

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Galip Dalay

Senior Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Strategic Research

Galip Dalay is a Senior associate fellow at Al Sharq Strategic Research and Al Jazeera Center for Studies. He previously worked as a visiting fellow at the German Institute for...

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Jawad Abazeed

Position: Head of Information Management

Jawad Abazeed is the Head of Information Management at Al Sharq Forum. He was the Community Coordinator for Al Sharq Youth Network from 2015 to 2016. He studied accounting at the University of Science and Technology in Yemen. Previously, he worked in accounting and operation management, and was an IT instructor.

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Jawad Abazeed

Head of Information Management

Jawad Abazeed is the Head of Information Management at Al Sharq Forum. He was the Community Coordinator for Al Sharq Youth Network from 2015 to 2016. He studied accounting at...

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Mehmet Emin Cengiz

Position: Research Fellow

Mehmet Emin Cengiz is a Research Fellow at the Istanbul-based international think tank Al Sharq Strategic Research, focusing on Syria, Turkey, and the wider Middle East. After receiving his B.A. from the Sociology Department at Ege University in 2016, Cengiz completed his master’s degree at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the Middle East at Marmara University in 2020. During his B.A., he also participated in the Erasmus+ Program and studied at Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf as an international exchange student in Germany.

Cengiz’s pieces regarding Turkish foreign policy, the Syrian war, and non-state armed actors have appeared in national and international media outlets and think tanks.

His research interests are the Syrian conflict, non-state armed actors, Turkish foreign policy, volunteer foreign fighters, and regional Kurdish politics.

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Mehmet Emin Cengiz

Research Fellow

Mehmet Emin Cengiz is a Research Fellow at the Istanbul-based international think tank Al Sharq Strategic Research, focusing on Syria, Turkey, and the wider Middle East. After receiving his B.A....

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Beshr Abdulhadi

Position: Communications Team Lead

Beshr Abdulhadi is a Communications Team Lead of Al Sharq Academia. Beshr is a blogger and social media specialist,focusing on marketing and the media industry. Beshr is studied media and mass communication

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Beshr Abdulhadi

Communications Team Lead

Beshr Abdulhadi is a Communications Team Lead of Al Sharq Academia. Beshr is a blogger and social media specialist,focusing on marketing and the media industry. Beshr is studied media and...

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Tasnim Yaseen Al-Hammadi

Position: Project Coordinator

Tasnim Yaseen Al-Hammadi holds her BA in International Relations from Istanbul Medeniyet University, with a stint in International Management at the Lebanese International University in Beirut. She is Active in civil society since 2009, Tasnim founded two youth initiatives in Yemen. She is interested in community affairs and youth development, especially with regard to professional and economic development.

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Tasnim Yaseen Al-Hammadi

Project Coordinator

Tasnim Yaseen Al-Hammadi holds her BA in International Relations from Istanbul Medeniyet University, with a stint in International Management at the Lebanese International University in Beirut. She is Active in...

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Fatmaelzahraa Nassar

Position: Content Creator

PhD candidate and researcher specializing in Communication and Semiotics. Professionally, I am working as a communications officer focusing on powerful strategies, advanced technology, and sustainability.
My mission focuses on Empowering organizations to connect with their audience, shape their narratives, and achieve their goals through strategic communication.

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Fatmaelzahraa Nassar

Content Creator

PhD candidate and researcher specializing in Communication and Semiotics. Professionally, I am working as a communications officer focusing on powerful strategies, advanced technology, and sustainability. My mission focuses on Empowering...

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Banan Abazeed

Position: Project Coordinator

The responsible and coordinator of the executive education in Academia program at Al-Sharq Academia. Banan holds BA in political science, she has a passionate about political and social work and strong commitment to community service and experience in research and administration.

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Banan Abazeed

Project Coordinator

The responsible and coordinator of the executive education in Academia program at Al-Sharq Academia. Banan holds BA in political science, she has a passionate about political and social work and strong commitment to...

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Fatin Nabilah Fatah

Position: Regional Coordinator

Fatin hails from Malaysia and Hong Kong and grew up in Qatar. She holds a Bachelors and Masters in Islamic Finance and has experience in the Fintech and Education startup space. She has a keen interest in holistic education and social projects and has engaged in various volunteering positions.

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Fatin Nabilah Fatah

Regional Coordinator

Fatin hails from Malaysia and Hong Kong and grew up in Qatar. She holds a Bachelors and Masters in Islamic Finance and has experience in the Fintech and Education startup...