Azza Sultan

Azza Sultan is a Sudanese American queer activist, currently serving as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Program Advisor at OutRight Action International. She came to OutRight in 2020 from Grindr, where she was the associate director of Grindr for Equality (G4E), the app’s initiative to promote justice, health, and safety for LGBTIQ people

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Habiba Abdelaal

Habiba Abdelaal is a graduate student studying public administration and non-profit management, focusing on women, gender, and sexuality studies. She also works as a graduate researcher for Ohio University’s Women’s Center and has volunteered and worked in many NGOs, civic initiatives, and social institutions in Egypt, across the MENA region, and the United States.

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Sara Khorshid

Sara Khorshid worked as a journalist and columnist in Egypt for fifteen years. Her articles have appeared in Foreign Policy, The New York Times, HuffPost, and numerous other outlets. She is currently writing her PhD in Canada’s Western University on the history of Egyptian-American mutual perceptions as represented in popular culture during the Cold War. Follow

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Dima M. Toukan

Dima Toukan is the Founder and Managing Partner of Integrated International, a development consulting firm based in Jordan and leading assignments and programming in the MENA region. Previously, Toukan served as Political/Women’s Issues Specialist at the MEPI Regional Office in Abu Dhabi covering Jordan, Yemen, and the GCC. She also served as Head of Communication

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Fatima Abo Alasrar

Fatima Abo Alasrar is a Non-Resident Scholar at the Middle East Institute. Before joining the Institute, Alasrar was a Senior Analyst at the Arabia Foundation in Washington DC, MENA Director for Cure Violence, Research Associate at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, a Mason Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, and an International Policy

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Marwa Fatafta

Marwa Fatafta leads Access Now’s work on digital rights in the Middle East and North Africa region as the MENA Policy Manager. She is an advisory board member of the Palestinian digital rights organization 7amleh, and a policy analyst at Al-Shabaka, The Palestinian Policy Network working on issues of political leadership, governance and accountability. Before

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