Sari Hanafi is a sociologist and professor of Sociology at the American University of Beirut and editor of Idafat: the Arab Journal of Sociology. He is also President of the International Sociological Association and member of its Executive Committee.
He is currently Professor of Sociology at the American University of Beirut and Chair of the Islamic Studies program. He is the President of the International Sociological Association. Recently he created the “Portal for Social impact of scientific research in/on the Arab World” (Athar). He was the Vice-President of the Board of the Arab Council of Social Science. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on the sociology of religion, sociology of (forced) migration, politics of scientific research, civil society, elite formation and transitional justice.
Among his recent books are: Knowledge Production in the Arab World: The Impossible Promise (with R. Arvanitis). Sari Hanafi is the winner of the 2014 Abdelhamid Shouman Award and the 2015 Kuwait Award for social science. In 2019, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa) of the National University of San Marcos (first and leading university in Lima, Peru, established in 1551).
Alice Miquet is President of the Montreal Youth Council. Her work aims to make cities more inclusive with a focus on vulnerable groups.
It was while pursuing a master’s degree in urban planning at the University of Montreal that she began to think about ways to improve the city, whether through concrete or political actions. Her academic research focused on youth and public spaces in Hanoi, Vietnam, and aimed to make the voice of youth heard, often neglected in issues of planning and democracy. She works as a community housing project manager, helping to build and provide affordable housing for those in need, while revitalizing Montreal’s neighborhoods.
Alice Miquet chaired the “Regroupement des étudiants à la maîtrise en urbanisme (RÉMU)”, which allowed her to realize that she can improve the program as well as the relations between the administration and the students in a concrete and significant way. She also coordinated an integrated urban revitalization, a consultation and action body in a disadvantaged neighborhood. It helps to identify issues, to find a way to respond to them and put in relation several actors and actresses of the district.
Theresa Moyo is Deputy, Chairperson of the Africa Insight (Pretoria, South Africa) and Associate Professor at the University of Limpopo in South Africa.
She is also a Professor in Master of Development in Planning and Management Programme at the Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership (TGSL). Appointed in 2004, she is one of the school’s longest serving members. Professor Moyo holds 4 degrees namely: a Bsc Hons (Economics) and M Phil (Economics) degrees from the University of Zimbabwe; MA (Economics) and PhD (Economics) degrees from University of Dalhousie in Canada and has over 20 years of lecturing experience at tertiary level.
Her research interests are in the development field, with a focus on issues of African Development such as: public policy and development, structural transformation, trade and industrialization, local economic development, climate change and development and gender dimensions of development. She has published in SAPSE-accredited and other refereed journals and these include Africa Insight, Development Southern Africa and the Journal of Public Administration and Management (JOPA).
As part of her academic citizenship, she is a member of the Advisory Academic Board for the Collaborative PhD Programme in Economics at the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Nairobi, Kenya” among other significant positions she holds.
Ramit Singh Chimni
Ramit Singh Chimni started as a proponent of the rights of the marginalized by working towards upliftment of farmers in the northern part of India and has spent over 17 years guiding strategic and policy interventions in the development sector. He co-founded Eight Goals One Foundation (8one), which promotes the eight identified goals of Well-being, Gender Equality, Peace, Environment, Hygiene, Nutrition, Education and Employment.
Ramit developed the “Fairness Paradigm”, which is championed through The F.A.I.R. Project, propagated by 8one and the UNESCO New Delhi Cluster Office. He has been actively involved in establishing the Young Legends’ League (YLL), recognized as India's first structured football development initiative that coincides with the Baby League Model advocated by the All India Football Federation.
Ramit has been previously invited by the Ministry of Law and Justice, and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, to extend his counsel on matters of FDI in the legal sector and has provided policy recommendations to the Ministry of Education. He is credited with drafting the bill circulated by the Ministry of Law and Justice for liberalization of the Indian legal profession.
Over the years, he has been regularly invited to share his school of thought on development and sustainability by the Harvard University, the University of Sydney and various fora from Australia, India and Malaysia. Ramit was recently recognized as an “Iconic Leader Creating A Better World For All” by the Women’s Economic Forum.
Eduardo Torres Cuevas
Writer, researcher and anthropologist, Eduardo Torres Cuevas is a fervent defender of fundamental rights. Former Director of the José Martí National Library and Director of the Bureau of the Martiano (José Martí) programme, he is a distinguished Cuban intellectual whose work has focused on topics of Cuban independence, abolitionism, slavery, popular religion, freemasonry, and the formation of “cubanidad.”
Eduardo Torres Cuevas is the Director of the Instituto de Altos Estudios Fernando Ortiz of the University of Havana, where he has taught for over 30 years. Since 2007 he has been the Director of the José Martí National Library, where he has undertaken important initiatives of outreach and reorganization. He has taught at universities in France and Germany, is a member of national and international professional associations, and he organized the Center for the Historical Study of Freemasonry and Patriotic Societies in Latin America.
His extensive publications include works on Félix Varela, José Antonio Saco, Obispo Espada, Antonio Maceo, the history of Freemasonry in Cuba, and the history of thought in Cuba. Among his many prizes are the National Literature Prize and the National Prize in Social Sciences of Cuba. His interests include the history of Cuban thought, connections between Cuba and other countries of the Caribbean, forms of Cuban popular religiosity, slavery and abolition, and the history of Cubans in New York and Louisiana.