Secretary General – Arab League
Al Araby was elected as secretary general of the Arab League in May 2011. He was one of a group of about 30 high-profile Egyptians acting as liaison between the protesters and the government and pressing for the removal of President Hosni Mubarak. Al Araby was appointed foreign minister of Egypt in Essam Sharaf’s post-revolution cabinet from March to June 2011. In that time, he opened the Rafah border crossing with Gaza and brokered the reconciliation of Hamas with Fatah. He was appointed by the Egyptian minister of justice on the list of arbitrations in civil and commercial affairs in Egypt in 1995. Previously, he was legal adviser to the Egyptian delegation to the Camp David Middle East peace conference in 1978, head of the Egyptian delegation to the Taba negotiations from 1985 to 1989, and agent of the Egyptian government to the Egyptian-Israeli arbitration tribunal from 1986 to 1988. Al Araby was legal adviser and director in the Legal and Treaties Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1976 to 1978 and then ambassador to India from 1981 to 1983; he then returned to his previous post at the foreign ministry from 1983 to 1987.
Leading Specialist in Media Economics
Professor Robert G Picard is one of the world’s leading experts on media economics and management and government communications policies. He is director of research at the Reuters Institute, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, and a research fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He is also on the faculties of the Media Management and Transformation Centre, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden; the Institute of Media and Entertainment, IESE Business School, in New York; the Center for Media Management and Economics at Tsinghua University in China; and University of Tampere, Finland.
He is editor of the Journal of Media Business Studies and was editor of The Journal of Media Economics for a decade. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous other journals. Along with such publications, he is the author and editor of 25 books on media economics.
Head of Government Affairs
at Cisco Systems
Having joined the company in 2005, Pepper is responsible for the international aspects of the company’s advanced technology policy, working in areas such as broadband, IP-enabled services, wireless, security and privacy, and ICT development. He serves on the board of directors of the US Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) and the advisory boards for Columbia University and Michigan State University, and is a Communications Program Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He is a member of the US Department of Commerce’s Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, the UK’s Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board and the US Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy.
President of International Center for Journalists
Created in 1984, ICFJ is the premier trainer of global journalists and media organizations, and has offered programs, workshops, fellowships and exchanges to more than 40,000 journalists around the world. Barnathan is responsible for running the organization, long-range planning, and institutional development. She also serves as chair of the Global Forum for Media Development. Previously, she was executive editor for Global Franchise at BusinessWeek, where she helped create new editorial extensions and alliances. She oversaw editorial quality for existing line extensions, managed editorial product launches, and ensured the integration of BusinessWeek offerings across all delivery channels. As assistant managing editor, she supervised nearly every department of the magazine, including Finance, Economics, Investing and Lifestyle.
Prior to that, she completed a seven-year assignment as Asia regional editor and Hong Kong bureau manager, helping to launch the Asia edition, which earned three Overseas Press Club Awards for coverage of China’s growth, Asia’s financial crisis and the turmoil in Indonesia.
Dean and CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar
Dr Everette E Dennis is dean and CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar. He is a well-known institutional leader and builder, educator, foundation executive and author. Dennis has extensive international experience with media in Eastern Europe, Latin America and East Asia and had assignments in Africa, Russia and Western Europe. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served as a trustee of the International Institute of Communications. Prior to his appointment at Northwestern, he led the Center for Communications and was an endowed professor at Fordham Graduate School of Business in New York City; was founding director of the Media Studies Center at Columbia University; founding president of the American Academy in Berlin and dean of the School of Journalism at the University of Oregon. He has held professorships at four US universities and is the author of some 45 books on media industries, media law, freedom of expression, journalistic practice and related topics.