Omar Hussein is a Saudi public figure who specialises in digital media. He currently works with Syrian refugees through the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) as well as with AJ+, Al Jazeera’s online news and current affairs channel. A comedian, he wrote and presented the YouTube programmes ‘On the Go’ and ‘Truth Be Said’, and was the presenter of ‘Al Jami3a’ on television. Formerly, he held the position of CEO of U-Turn. He wears a red shoe. In this Ajyal Talk, he discusses the difference between passively watching and being affected by digital content – and how that content can spur people to action rather than simply gathering a larger viewership. This programme is presented in Arabic with simultaneous English translation. Interpreters will be available for questions from the audience.
Thu, Dec 1, 07:30 PM
Mohammed Al Hajji speaks on ‘What I Learned in My Twenties’, in which he outlines the major life lessons he learned as a young GCC student living in the USA. A doctoral student and teaching assistant in the social and behavioural sciences at Temple University in Philadelphia, Al Hajji focuses on the effects of biases and heuristics in decision-making processes. Besides his academic ventures, he co-founded Genome, a social entrepreneurship project that aims to curb hereditary diseases in Saudi Arabia. His online content focuses on empowering his peers by providing scientifically based self-development methods that help the young generation make the most of their daily lives. This programme is presented in English with simultaneous Arabic translation. Interpreters will be available for questions from the audience.
Fri, Dec 2, 06:00 PM
Following the screening of ‘Born in Syria’, Khaled Khalifa will lead a conversation on the current global displacement crisis, with a focus on the situation of Syrian refugees. Mr Khalifa is the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Regional Representative to the States of the Gulf Co-Operation Council. This programme is presented in English with simultaneous Arabic translation. Interpreters will be available for questions from the audience.
Sun, Dec 4, 07:00 PM