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Past Webinars

Human Rights Protection in Africa

Wednesday April 28, 2021

Panelists are:

  • Edwan Ngum Tah, Founder of Haven for Rebirth Cameroon

  • Ernest Duga Titanji, Founding Member and Senior Partner of the Duga & Co. Law Firm

  • Tutu Alicante, Founder and Executive Director of EG Justice in Equatorial Guinea

Good Society Forum - Good Country / Good Society: Can We Have Both?

Wednesday February 24, 2021

Panelists are:

  • Simon Anholt, Independent Policy Advisor to the Heads of State and Governments of 57 Countries

  • Uffe Elbæk, Member of the Danish Parliament for the Independent Greens

  • Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, Deputy Secretary General, Commonwealth Secretariat, 2008-2014

The Power of Youth Voice in Creating a Good Society

Wednesday January 27, 2021

Panelists are:

  • Sughra Ahmed, Director of Education UK, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

  • Aliyah Irabor-York, Founder, Pupil Power

  • Lucy Stephens, Founder and Co-Headteacher, The New School

  • Kayleigh Wainwright, Director of Engagement, UK Youth

  • Jo Wells, Director, Blagrave Trust

Disability Inclusion and the Good Society

Wednesday December 2, 2020

Panelists are:

  • Sara Minkara, Founder and President, Sara Minkara, LLC

  • Manal Ataya, Director General, Sharjah Museums Authority

  • Dr. Heidi Alaudeen Alaskary, Special Olympics Saudi Arabia

Dealing with the Crisis: Emotional Resilience and Society

Thursday November 19, 2020

Panelists are:

  • Professor Marc Brackett, Founding Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Yale University

  • Jennifer Nadel, Director, Compassion in Politics

  • Dr Claire Yorke, Author, Researcher and former Yale Postdoctoral fellow

Reducing Inequality in the Middle East and North Africa

Wednesday September 30, 2020

Panelists are:

  • Nabil Abdo, Senior Policy Advisor, Oxfam, MENA

  • Sally Abi Khalil, Country Director, Oxfam, in Lebanon (2020 Yale World Fellow)

  • Dr Charlotte Karam, Director of the Center of Inclusive Business and Leadership for Women, American University of Beirut

God and the Good Society: Spirituality in a Time of Pandemic

Wednesday July 29, 2020

Panelists are:

  • Abdul Rehman-Malik, award-winning journalist, educator, organiser and lecturer at the Yale University School of Divinity. 


  • Athambile Masola, Co-Creator of uMoya: on African Spirituality (podcast) and Lecturer at the University of Pretoria. 


  • The Rev. Dr Tim Bull, Director of Ministry and Residentiary Canon at St Alban’s Cathedral.

  • Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism.

From hate speech to good speech: moderating online content in a free society

Wednesday July 22, 2020

Panelists are:

  • Jason Stanley, Professor of Philosophy at Yale University, author of How Fascim Works and How Propaganda Works, he writes about authoritarianism, propaganda, free speech, mass incarceration, and other topics for The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other publications.

  • Priscilla Ruiz, Legal Coordinator for Digital Rights of Article 19 Mexico, a global NGO that has the objective of protecting freedom of speech and the right to information.

  • Imran Ahmed, CEO and founder of the Centre for Countering Digital Hate in the UK, he is an expert in online malignant behaviour, including identity-based hate, misinformation, extremism, fake news, trolling and social media.

  • Dr. Murtaza Shaikh, Co-Director of think tank, Averroes and author of forthcoming publication on 'Incitement to Religious Hatred and Islamophobia under UK and International Law'.

Physical activity and the good society

Wednesday July 15, 2020

Panelists are:

  • Simidele Adeagbo, first Nigerian Winter Olympian and the first African and Black woman to compete in Skeleton at the Olympics, and 2019 Yale World Fellow. 


  • Luke Grenfell-Shaw, leader of Bristol2Beijing, a tandem cycle ride which is defining what is possible with a cancer diagnosis, and founder of the Facing Up podcast.

  • Charlotte Roach, founder and CEO of Rabble, a U.K. organization that makes exercise fun.

Gender equality and the good society

Wednesday July 8, 2020

Panelists are:

  • Samia Melki, a Tunisian politician who is president of Kadirat and member of the steering committee of Solidarity for African women’s rights network


  • Randa Siniora, a human rights and women's right defender, who is currently the General Director at the Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counseling. 


  • Fatemah Khafagy, an Egyptian human rights activist and Coordinator of the Arab Women Network for Parity and Solidarity

How do we embed racial equity in our future vision of the good society?

Wednesday July 1, 2020

Panelists are:


  • Dr Mathew Mathews - Head of IPS Social Labs, National University of Singapore (Singapore)

  • Mbongeni Allan Magubane - Deputy Headmaster, St John’s College (South Africa)

  • Tebussum Rashid - Deputy CEO, Black Training and Enterprise Group (UK)

  • Mark Gonzales - Chair, Department of the Future (USA)

Building inclusive and welcoming societies in a time of COVID divisions

Sunday June 21, 2020

Panelists are:


  • Yasir Naqvi – CEO, Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC)

  • Colleen Thouez – Director of Welcoming and Integrated Societies, Open Society Foundations 

  • Vladimir Horvath - Strengthening Inter-Ethnic Political Discourse and Minority Inclusion, National Democratic Institute (NDI)

  • Samar Ali – Founding President, Millions of Conversations

International Cooperation for the Good Society

Wednesday June 10, 2020

Panelists are:


  • Michel Rentenaar, Netherlands Deputy Permanent Representative to NATO in Brussels

  • Jessica Faieta, Resident Coordinator of the UN in Colombia and Resident Representative of UNDP (2006 Yale World Fellow)

  • Brian Kagoro, Open Society Foundations, Pan-Africanist (2003 Yale World Fellow)

Art and the Good Society

Sunday June 7, 2020

Panelists are:


  • Sultan Sooud al-Qassemi, an Emirati columnist and researcher, and is the Founder of Barjeel Art Foundation. (2018 Yale World Fellow)


  • Myrna Ayad, an arts consultant, cultural strategist and editor. Born in Beirut, she has spent almost 40 years in the UAE. She is the former Director of Art Dubai, and former Editor of Canvas, a leading magazine for art and culture from the Middle East.


  • Saleh Barakat, a Lebanese art expert, gallery owner and curator. (2006 Yale World Fellow)

Preventing a lost generation: Supporting vulnerable young people during COVID

Wednesday June 3, 2020

Panelists are:


  • Joy Oliver, Co-founder of IkamvaYouth (South Africa) 

  • Joseph (Joe) Elias, Senior director program management, Ahlan Simsim (Sesame Workshop)

  • Mamoon Abdul Moktader, Senior Program Manager, Save the Children (Bangladesh)

Joe shared with us some materials that we invite you to explore:

Sesame Workshop resources on COVID-19 aimed at children. Languages: - English, Spanish, Japanese and Portuguese

                    - Arabic


Also, visit the Ahlan Simsim website (content in Arabic and English) and its YouTube channel (Arabic content only)

Joy also shared with us these Treasure Box Activity Packs for grades 1-5. (English and IsiXhosa, and English and Afrikaans) (IsiZulu, SeTswana, and SeSotho coming soon)

Education in times of COVID: Challenges of a socially distanced classroom

Sunday May 31, 2020

Panelists are:


  • Denis Mizne, Executive Director of Lemann Foundation (Brazil) - 2007 World Fellow

  • Emiliana Vegas, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, former chief of the Education Division at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

  • Raymond Ravaglia, Chief Learning Officer for Opportunity Education where he is developing innovative learning models and building new schools; founder of the Stanford University Online High School; and former Associate Dean and Director of Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies.

  • Nav Iqbal, Principal and CEO of GEMS Metropole School - Motor City (Dubai), with over a decade of school leadership experience.

Will the coronavirus change the future of food? 

Wednesday May 27, 2020

Panelists are:


  • Soledad Barruti, an investigative journalist whose work includes the best-selling books about food systems in Latin America,  Mala Leche and Malcomidos.

  • José Luis Chicoma, the Executive Director of Ethos Public Policy Lab who works at the intersection of food and politics (Yale World Fellow 2017).

  • Hallie Davison, a documentary producer whose work includes The Taco Chronicles, a James Beard Award-nominated Netflix series. 

  • Avi Szapiro, chef and owner of Roia Restaurant in New Haven, Connecticut.

COVID, Climate Change and Conflict Resolution

Sunday May 24, 2020

Panelists are:


  • Gidon Bromberg, Israeli co-founder of Ecopeace, a regional organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists to promote sustainable development and advance peace efforts in the Middle East (2007 Yale World Fellow)


  • Shuang Liu, Senior Associate, World Resources Institute


  • Rafay Alam, Pakistani environment lawyer and activist (2014 Yale World Fellow)


  • Janet Dalziell, recently of Greenpeace, now advising organisations working for environmental and social justice solutions (2013 Yale World Fellow)

Campaigning for election in a post-COVID world   

Wednesday May 20, 2020


  • Julio Guzman: 2021 Presidential candidate in Peru, leader and founder of the Partido Morado (The Purple Party), a centrist-political national party. (2018 Yale World Fellow)

  • Olena Sotnyk: Ukrainian politician, lawyer, and human rights defender (2019 Yale World Fellow)

  • Jake Sullivan: former national security adviser to US Vice President Joe Biden and director of policy planning, U.S. Department of State; as well as deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Should we be looking to cities for leadership in a post-COVID world?

Sunday May 17, 2020


  • Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol (UK) and 2010 Yale World Fellow

  • Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE, Mayor of Freetown (Sierra Leone)

  • Professor Sheila Foster, Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University and Chair of the Global Parliament of Mayors Advisory Committee

  • Ufuk Kâhya, Deputy Mayor of Hertogenbosch (Netherlands)

Why have minorities suffered most from COVID-19?

Wednesday May 13, 2020


  • Dr Ami Banerjee, Associate Professor in Clinical Data Science and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, Institute of Health Informatics, UCL (UK) 

  • Dr Abdi Gele, Unit for Migrant's Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health  (Norway)

  • Professor Lucinda Platt, Professor of Social Policy and Sociology, London School of Economics (UK)

  • Dianne Morales, Candidate for NYC Mayor 2021, former Executive Director and CEO of Phipps Neighbourhoods (USA)

Health on the frontlines in developing countries during COVID-19

Sunday May 10, 2020


  • Dr. Deqo Mohamed: Doctor and Founder of Hagarla Institute, Somalia (2016 Yale World Fellow)

  • Dr. Ibrahim Ajami: Doctor and Founder of Medical Consortium Outreach Program, Liberia (2017 Yale World Fellow)

  • Dr. Beverly Ho: Doctor and Director of Health Promotion and Communication Service, Philippine Department of Health (2019 Yale World Fellow)

The resurgence of traditional media during COVID19

Wednesday May 06, 2020


  • Emma Graham-Harrison: Senior International Affairs Correspondent at The Guardian and Observer. 


  • Monika Halan: Consulting Editor with Mint in India (2011 Yale World Fellow)


  • Vincent Ni: BBC correspondent ( 2018 Yale World Fellow)


  • Raymond Mujuni: Editor with the Nation Media Group in Uganda. 

Disruptive Journalism and Bridging Trust Deficits during COVID-19

Sunday May 3, 2020


  • Simon Allison, Africa Editor at Mail & Guardian, South Africa 


  • Sarah Alvarez, Founder and Executive Director at Outlier Media, Detroit (USA)


  • Yusuf Omar, Co-Founder at Hashtag Our Stories, South Africa

Credible voices and communication strategies for COVID19

Wednesday April 29, 2020


  • Dora Siliya, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, and Chief Government Spokesperson, in Zambia

  • Rema Rajeshwari, Superintendent of Police, India (2017 Yale World Fellow)

  • Leonid Volkov, Founder of the Internet Protection Society, Russia (2018 Yale World Fellow)

Countering Disinformation During COVID -19

Sunday April 26, 2020


  • George Chen (Head of Public Policy, Hong Kong & Taiwan, Facebook), 

  • Chloe Colliver (Senior Research Manager and Digital Research Unit Lead, Institute for Strategic Dialogue)

  • Amil Khan (Founder, Valent Projects).

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