Orçun Can Okan is an MA candidate in History at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. His research project is “A Generation in ‘the Middle’: Ex-Ottoman Arab Leaders in Syria and Iraq in the Interwar Period.”
Sharif Elmusa is a Visiting Associate Professor and the Coca Cola World Fund Visiting Fellow for 2012-13. Elmusa is from the American University in Cairo, Egypt, where he has been an associate professor in the Political Science Department since 1999, except for two years at Georgetown University in Washington and Qatar. Elmusa received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research and writing covers two areas – Environment and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is currently concerned with environmental politics, hydro-politics and resources conflict, and environmental ethics. He is developing a project on environmental ethics (the Ecological Bedouin) based on desert life, history, and literature. His writings include A Harvest of Technology: The Super-Green Revolution in the Jordan Valley, and Water Conflict: Economics, Politics, Law and the Palestinian-Israeli Water Resources. Co-wrote All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Depopulated and Occupied by Israel in 1948. He is editor of Culture and the Natural Environment and The Burden of Resources (Cairo Papers in Social Science monograph series, AUC Press). Elmusa is a poet, co-editor of the Grape Leaves: A Century of Arab American Poetry and author of Flawed Landscape: Poems 1988-2008. He is an occasional contributor to the Opinion page of the English-language Egypt Independent.
Sallama Shaker was the first appointed woman Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Americas in the history of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Cultural, Educational Relations, Technical Cooperation, and Dialogue for Egypt in September of 2004. For four years prior to that, she was Egypt’s ambassador to Canada. She has held several positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including Deputy Minister for North and Latin America, Advisor to the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs on Egyptian/American Relations and NATO, First Secretary at the office of the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, and attaché at the Soviet Desk within the ministry. From 1985-1990, Dr. Shaker served as the Consul General at the Egyptian Embassy in Washington, D.C. She has also served as Economic and Political Counselor at the Embassy in Turkey, as well as Cultural and Political attaché at the Embassy of Egypt in Malta.
Dr. Shaker began her education at the American College for Girls in Cairo, Egypt. She went on to earn her B.Sc. in Political Economy at Cairo University. She holds two Masters Degrees in Political Economy and Economics, from Johns Hopkins University and the London School of Economics/Malta University respectively. In 1993 she received her Ph.D. in International Development from American University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Shaker was a Senior Associate at the Woodrow Wilson Center from 1992-1994, where she did research on the impact of the first Gulf War on the economies of Egypt and Turkey.
Dr. Shaker has published many articles on the issues of peace and development in the Middle East. Additional papers include “Building Peace in the Middle East,” “Feminization of Poverty,” “Women in Islam,” “Diversity in Islam,” and “Inter-faith Respect.” She has published a book entitled State Society and Privatization in Turkey, and is fluent in Arabic, English, French, Turkish and Maltese.
Yale World Fellows
Kamal Amakrane (Morocco), Head, Office of the Joint United Nations-African Union Special Representative for Darfur. Amakrane leads the Office of the Head of the UN-AU Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) – the world’s largest peacekeeping mission. In previous positions with the UN, he served as Special Assistant to the UN Envoy to Myanmar and worked toward the stabilization of Iraq. His international career began in the Office of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
Amine Belaicha (Algeria), General Manager, Numid-Invest International. Belaicha runs a Tunis-based private equity firm that provides consulting services to foreign companies developing business opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa. Numid-Invest also helps local small businesses find investors, raise money, and plan their strategic development
Réda Oulamine (Morocco), President and Founder, Droit et Justice. Oulamine created Droit et Justice, an NGO promoting the rule of law and human rights in Morocco. He is also a Managing Partner at Oulamine Law Group which specializes in business, corporate law, and legal reform consulting.