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  1. 1. Board of Directors Qualified Personnalities Jamel Debbouze Jamel Debbouze is a French humorist, actor and producer of Moroccan origin. Following his first appearances on stage, he presents -starting 1995- a radio show, Le Cinéma de Jamel. Three years later the TV version is broadcasted. He performs in one man shows and has played since 1998 in more than fifteen movies including Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (Jean-Pierre Jeunet), Astérix & Obélix : Mission Cléopâtre (Alain Chabat), Angel-A (Luc Besson) and She hate me (Spike Lee). In 2007 he receives the Cannes Film Festival’s best actor award for Indigènes directed by Rachid Bouchareb. In April 2008, Jamel Debbouze inaugurates its theater, the Comedy Club, whose aim is to enable young talents to make names as comics. Waris Dirie Waris Dirie was born in the Somali desert into a nomad family. She underwent genital mutilation at the age of five and was thirteen when she fled from a forced marriage. After an adventurous escape, she managed to reach London. The British photographer Terence Donovan discovered her and she became one of the first ‘supermodels’. In 1988, Waris Dirie decided to open to the media about the tradition of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and her own fate. She was appointed UN Special Ambassador for the Elimination of FGM in 1997 and created her own Foundation in 2002, based in Austria. Waris Dirie published four best-sellers between 1997 and 2007. The recipient of numerous prizes and awards, she has become a symbol of hope and justice to millions of women. Salma Hayek Actress, director and producer Salma Hayek was born and grew up in Mexico, but has worked in the United States since the 1990s. Her interpretation of the role of Frida Kahlo in the work by Julie Taymor, dealing with the story of the famous Mexican artist, lead to an Oscar Nomination for the Best Actress in 2003. Since 2002 she has been working with the V-day Association. After acting in Monologues du Vagin by Eve Ensler, she joined the Board of Directors. Salma Hayek has since 2004 been the spokesperson for the Avon brand of cosmetics. She is particularly involved in the Avon Foundation's Speak Out Against Domestic Violence programme. Taslima Nasreen Taslima Nasreen was born and lived in Bangladesh until 1994. Trained as a gynaecologist she worked from 1986 in a public sector hospital. After the publication of her pamphlet Lajja (Shame), denouncing the oppression of the Hindu community in Bangladesh, she was handed out a fatwa death sentence and had to leave her country. Now a Swedish citizen, she has since been constantly on the move and her work -ten books to date- denounces the conditions of minorities, and in particular Muslim women. Rama Yade, French Secretary of State for Human Rights, presented her the Simone de Beauvoir Prize for the Liberty of Women in May 2008. Nazanine Ravaï After a diploma from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and a Masters in Economics at Université Paris II Assas, Nazanine Ravaï joined the Figaro staff as a journalist in 1987 before being appointed to major reporting duties in 1997. In 2000, she went to Financière Pinault as a special adviser to the President. Nazanine Ravaï has written two books: Bernard Arnault or the taste for Luxury with Nadège Forestier published by Plon in 1991, and The Republic of Vanities published by Grasset in 1997.