The Road to Democracy: the Arab Region, Latin America and Eastern Europe Speakers BiosAhmad DallalProvost, American University of Beirut and Professor of History, Department of History &Archaeology, AUBAhmad Dallal is provost of the American University of Beirut and professor of history in itsDepartment of History and Archaeology. He joined AUB in the summer of 2009 fromGeorgetown University in Washington, DC, where he served as the chair of the Department ofArabic and Islamic Studies. His previous academic appointments were at Stanford University(2000-03), Yale University (1994-2000), and Smith College (1990-94). Dr. Dallal¹s scholarshipfocuses on the history of science, Islamic revivalist thought, and Islamic law. His most recentpublication, Islam, Science, and the Challenge of History, which traces the historicaldelineations between scientific knowledge and religious authority in Muslim societies, is basedon the Dwight H. Terry lectures that he delivered at Yale University in February 2008. Hereceived his BE (1980) from AUB¹s Department of Mechanical Engineering, and his Ph.D. (1990)in Islamic Studies from Department of Middle East Languages and Cultures at ColumbiaUniversity in 1990.Gerardo della PaoleraPresident, Global Development NetworkGerardo della Paolera is the President of Global Development Network and has been pivotal indeveloping the organization’s Business Plan as well as strengthening its role in buildingresearch capacity in developing and transition countries around the world. Dr. della Paolera iswell-known for his outstanding work at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT) in Buenos Aires,Argentina, and at The American University of Paris (AUP) in Paris, France, in both cases asPresident of these institutions as well as in research. At present, Dr. della Paolera is a Professorat the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest (on leave); Earlier he was Professor ofEconomics at UTDT from 1992-2002 and at AUP from 2002-2010, and a Visiting Fellow at theParis School of Economics. A world-renowned expert on Latin American economic history, heholds a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago.
Samir MakdisiProfessor Emeritus of Economics, American University of BeirutProfessor Emeritus of Economics; Distinguished Senior Fellow, Issam Fares Institute for PublicPolicy and International Relations; and Founding Director of the Institute of FinancialEconomics, all at the American University of Beirut. He has served as Minister of Economy andTrade, Republic of Lebanon, 1992; Deputy President of AUB, 1992-1998; Chair of the Board ofTrustees, Economic Research Forum, 1993-2001 (headquarters in Cairo), re-elected as amember of the Board in 2011; member of the Board of the Global Development Network,2000-2008 (headquarters in Delhi); an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Euro-Mediterranean Economic Research Institutes (headquarters in Marseilles). He is the recipientof a number of awards including the AUB medal (1998). Widely published, he is the author ofthe Lessons of Lebanon, the Economics of War and Development (2004) and co-editor (withIbrahim Elbadawi) of Democracy in the Arab World: Explaining the Deficit (2011). He receivedhis BA in Economics (with distinction) from the American University of Beirut and his Ph.D. inEconomics from Columbia University (New York).Boris VujcicDeputy Governor, Croatian National Bank; Professor, University of Zagreb, Croatia and GDNBoard of DirectorsBoris Vujčid has been a Professor of Economics at the University of Zagreb since 2003. Heworked as Deputy Chief Negotiator for Croatias entry into the EU, between 2005 and 2012. Hewas a consultant to the European Commission, DG-II Economic and Financial Affairs in 1996.Between 1992 and 1994 Dr. Vujčid was a visiting fellow at the Institute of DevelopmentStudies at the University of Sussex in Brighton, visiting lecturer at the University of Freiberg,Germany and visiting scholar at the University of Kentucky, United States of America. Dr. Vujčidjoined the Croatian National Bank in 1997, where he was Director of the Research Departmentfor three years, before becoming Deputy Governor in 2000. His research interests includemacroeconomics, international finance and labor economics. He holds a B.A., M.A. and a Ph.D.in Economics from the University of Zagreb. In addition, he has received diplomas in Economicsfrom the Montpellier University (France), the Michigan State University and in-service trainingat the European Commission in the Monetary Matters Department in Brussels.Torcuato Di TellaAmbassador of Argentina to ItalyTorcuato Di Tella, born in Buenos Aires, in 1929, specializes on the comparative study of LatinAmerican political systems. He is an emeritus professor at the University of Buenos Aires. Hewas visiting professor at various universities. He is the author of several books translated intoEnglish, Latin American Politics (Austin, 2001), National Popular Politics in Early IndependentMexico (Albuquerque, 1996) and History of Political Parties in Latin America (New Brunswick,2004). Together with his brother Guido he was a founder, in 1958, of the Instituto Torcuato DiTella, which later became a university (1990). He was named Emeritus Professor at theUniversity of Buenos Aires in 2003; was national Secretary of Culture between May 2003 andNovember 2004, and Argentine Ambassador to Italy from November 2010.
Noha El-MikawyRegional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa, The Ford FoundationNoha El-Mikawy serves as the Regional Representative for the Ford Foundations Middle Eastand North Africa office in Cairo, Egypt. She oversees the foundations grant making in theregion and her work concentrates on issues of equity, inclusion and civic engagement bysupporting transparency, integrity and accountability; social, economic and cultural rights;creative arts; media; and higher education. Before this, she served as a team leader fordemocratic governance at the UNDP regional center in the Arab States Region. Previously, Dr.El-Mikawy led Middle East focused comparative research on political economy and institutionalanalysis at the Centre for Development Research at the University of Bonn, Germany, incollaboration with the Economic Research Forum for the Arab States, Iran and Turkey. Shebegan her career lecturing and writing on politics of the Middle East at the American Universityin Cairo, Free University of Berlin and Erlangen-Nuremberg University. She has written twobooks on politics of reform in Egypt and one comparative book on processes of economicreform, participation and legislation in Egypt, Jordan and Morocco. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A.both from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).Moez LabidiProfessor of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Management of Mahdia, University ofMonastir and Board Member of the Central Bank of TunisiaDr. Moez Labidi, Professor of Economy, earned his Doctorate from the University of NiceSophia-Antipolis, France. Following positions as Consultant and Associate Professor at theUniversity of Paris Est and European Business School (Paris), he joined the University ofMonastir in 1999. His teaching interests focus on international finance and monetary policy.After the revolution, in February 2011, he joined the Board of the Central Bank of Tunisia. Hisresearch is broadly concerned with Monetary Policy Transmission, Banking Sector Regulationand Asset Prices Bubbles. His recent Publications are: Crédibilité monétaire et instabilitéfinancière: lorsque le "free lunch" intoxique les marchés, Annales des Sciences Economiques etde Gestion, 2011 and Les stratégies de sortie de la crise: quels défis, in Dhifallah S.M. "La crisefinancière internationale: Aspects théoriques et empiriques, Imprimerie Officielle, 2011.Rami KhouryDirector, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American Universityof BeirutMr. Rami Khoury is the Director of Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and InternationalAffairs at the American University of Beirut. He is a book author and writes an internationallysyndicated weekly column. He is a lecturer at the University of Chicago and NortheasternUniversity in the USA. Mr. Khoury is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Dubai Initiative-Belfer Center/JFK School of Government at Harvard University. Before this, Mr. Khoury waseditor in chief of the Jordan Times newspaper, hosted television and radio shows on currentaffairs and ancient history and archaeology, was general manager of Al Kutba, Publishers, andwrote for leading international publications, including the Financial Times, the Boston Globeand the Washington Post. He often comments on Mideast issues in the international media,including the BBC and U.S. National Public Radio, and lectures frequently at conferences anduniversities throughout the world. Mr. Khoury holds a MSc degrees in Mass Communicationsfrom Syracuse University (USA) and BA in Political Science.