Over 50 world renowned speakers on 40+ panels.
Introducing some of our speakers
Majd Masharawi is the CEO of GreenCake, a Gaza Strip-based start-up that designs and manufacturers bricks made from recycled local materials. Mashhawari invented a new process for making a strong, low-cost brick from ashes that would otherwise be wasted. She also created a model for a women-led business, putting other women in leadership positions.
Wadah Khanfar is The President of Al Sharq Forum, an independent network dedicated to developing long-term strategies for political development, social justice and economic prosperity of the people of the Middle East. He previously served as the Director General of Al Jazeera Media Network.
Zwelivelile Mandela MP South Africa
Zwelivelile Mandela is a Member of Parliament in South Africa representing the ANC. He is the Chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council and is the grandson of former president Nelson Mandela.
Salma Karmi Ayyoub
Salma Karmi Ayyoub is a criminal barrister and external consultant for the Palestinian human rights organisation Al Haq. Salma also works with human rights organisations and solicitors’ firms on legal projects concerning Palestine and has a particular interest in the question of Palestine and the International Criminal Court.
Professor Joseph Massad
Joseph Massad is a professor of Modern Arab Politics and intellectual history, Columbia University. He has a particular interest in theories of identity and culture – including theories of nationalism, sexuality, race and religion. He has authored many books including Desiring Arabs; The Persistence of the Palestinian Question: Essays on Zionism and the Palestinian Question; Islam in Liberalism.
Faiza Shaheen is an economist, writer, activist and commentator. She has also recently become the Labour Party parliamentary candidate for the Chingford and Woodford Green constituency. She appears regularly on national television.
Dr Ramzy Baroud
Ramzy Baroud is a journalist, author and editor of Palestine Chronicle. His forthcoming book is The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story (Pluto Press). Baroud has a Ph.D. in Palestine Studies from the University of Exeter (2015).
Gideon Levy is a world renowned Israeli journalist and author. His weekly column appears in Haaretz and has had opinion pieces in most major English newspapers. Levy has won prizes for his articles on human rights in the Israeli-occupied territories. He is known for speaking truth to power.
Latifa Abouchakra is a Palestinian based in London. She is a Public Speaker, International Officer at National Education Union and a teacher.
Issa is a Palestinian activist based in Hebron, West Bank. He is a prominent Palestinian human rights defender and co-founder of Youth Against Settlement.
Ahdaf Soueif is an author of the bestselling The Map of Love (shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1999 and translated into more than 30 languages). She is also a political and cultural commentator with articles appearing in British European and American press.
In 2007 she founded the Palestine Festival of Literature which takes place in occupied Palestine.
Remi Kanazi is a poet and writer based in New York City. His political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world, including Salon, Al Jazeera and BBC. He is a Lannan Residency Fellow and an Advisory Committee member for the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.
Huda Elmi is a Constituency Labour Party representative on Labour’s National Executive Committee. She believes that collectivism is at the heart of all we do and campaigns on issues around race, class and inequality.
Yousef Jabareen MP Knesset
Yousef Jabereen is a member of parliament in Israel with the Hadash-Ta’al alliance. A human rights lawyer and founding director of the Arab Centre for Law and Policy. His work focuses on discrimination and inequality in education and workplace, as well as on promoting cultural and housing rights.
Professor Ilan Pappe
Ilan Pappe is a professor at the University of Exeter. He became a fellow of the IAIS in 2010. His research focuses on the modern Middle East and in particular the history of Israel and Palestine. He has also written on multiculturalism, Critical Discourse Analysis and on Power and Knowledge in general. He has published many books including The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories.
Osama Abuirshad is the National Policy Director and a board member of American Muslims for Palestine (AMP). He lectures frequently on Middle East and American politics. He is a regular commentator on Palestinian and Middle Eastern affairs as well as on the American domestic and foreign policy.
Dr Myriam Francois
Myriam Francois is a research associate at the Centre of Islamic Studies, SOAS University of London. She’s also a senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Global Policy think tank. In addition to her research roles, Myriam is also known for her work as a writer, journalist and TV producer.
Ronnie Barkan is an Israeli dissident, a BDS activist and serial disrupter to apartheid representatives. He is currently on trial in Berlin along with two fellow activists for speaking up against apartheid representative Aliza Lavie. Barkan negates the patently false liberal-Zionist discourse while offering a narrative that challenges the very foundation of the Zionist project in Palestine as a supremacist endeavor which practices colonialism and apartheid since the day of its inception.
Professor Hatem Bazian
Hatem Bazian is a teaching professor in the Departments of Near Eastern and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at the University of California. Professor Bazian is a co-founder and Professor of Islamic Law and Theology at Zaytuna College, the co-Founder and national Chair of American Muslims for Palestine and co-Founder in 1992 of Students for Justice in Palestine.
Colin Monehen is a Labour party member and made impassionate speech at the last Labour Party Conference. He is also a solicitor.
Daphna Baram is the Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions UK. Her background is in investigative journalism and human rights law. She’s also a researcher, university lecturer, a voice artist, a performer and a stand up comedian.
David Hearst is the Editor in chief of Middle East Eye. Previously he was chief foreign leader writer of The Guardian, former Associate Foreign Editor, European Editor, Moscow Bureau Chief, European Correspondent, and Ireland Correspondent. He joined The Guardian from The Scotsman, where he was education correspondent.
Julie Ward MEP
Julie Ward is an MEP for the North West England region for the Labour Party. She is Labour's spokesperson on the European Parliament culture and education committee and is a member of the women's rights and gender equality committee. Julie is an active campaigner for equal rights and social justice.
Sarah Lasoye is the National Women’s Officer for the National Union of Students (UK).
Steven Saxby is a Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for the Cities of London and Westminster.
John Altman is an actor, singer, songwriter, author and poet. He is best known for playing ‘nasty’ Nick Cotton in BBC’s EastEnders. Besides television Altman regularly appears in pantomimes and in 2016 published his autobiography In the Nick of Time.
Andy Slaughter MP
Andy Slaughter is a Labour MP since 2005. He is Secretary of the Britain-Palestine All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and Vice-Chair of Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East.
Dr Swee Ang
Dr Swee Ang is the first female orthopaedic consultant appointed at the St Bartholomew and Royal London Hospital. In the 1980s and 90s, she worked as trauma and orthopaedic consultant in the refugee camps in Lebanon. Gaza and West Bank. She is Co-Founder and Patron of Medical Aid Palestine.
Leah Levane is a Jewish Labour Council candidate for Castle Ward, Hastings at Hastings and Rye and the co-chair of Jewish Voice of Labour (JVL). She is a known activist against austerity, supporting peace and justice for Palestine.
Lola Olufemi is a recent graduate of Cambridge and the current CUSU women's officer.
Tez Ilyas is a celebrated rising star in British Comedy. He has already delivered three critically acclaimed live shows, appeared on Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, Man Like Mobeen and The Last Leg. Recently he has written his own project Bounty for Channel 4.
Rev Chris Rose
Chris Rose is the Director of creative human rights organisation Amos Trust. He has travelled extensively in the West Bank and Gaza. He led Just Walk to Jerusalem, a 2,500 mile walk from London to Jerusalem. He has also run the Palestine marathon, cycling the West Bank and performing at Bet Lahem festival amongst other activities.
David Cronin is an Irish journalist and political activist living in Brussels. He is the author of Corporate Europe: How Big Business Sets Policies on Food, Climate and War (Pluto, 2013). His earlier book is Europe's Alliance With Israel: Aiding the Occupation (Pluto, 2011).
UK Palestine Mental Health Network
Martin Kemp is a psychoanalyst in private practice. He has worked in mental health since 1991,spending ten years at The Lorrimore, an inner city social centre near the Elephant and Castle, and becoming its Director. He subsequently worked as a psychotherapist with adolescents at the Open Door Young People's Consultation Service, and as a staff consultant to various residential facilities for young people. His made his first visit to the Middle East in 2008, and has been actively involved in the struggle for equal rights in Palestine since that time.
Professor Salman Sayyid
Salman Sayyid is the Professor of Social Theory and Decolonial Thought. Head of School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds. He has authored many articles and books including Recalling the Caliphate and A Fundamental Fear.
Professor Neve Gordon
Neve Gordon is a professor of international law, human rights, the ethics of violence, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and political theory. His publications include Israel’s Occupation; The Human Right to Dominate. He has been a member at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and a visiting scholar at the University of California, the University of Michigan, and SOAS.
Palestine Trauma Centre
David Harrold is chair of trustees at Palestine Trauma Centre (UK) which is based in Hertfordshire and was founded in 2009. It supports resiliency programmes inside Gaza, specialising in Family Therapy and Focusing techniques as well as a community-based entertainment project called "The Friday of Joy Initiative". David works in education in the UK and has visited Gaza three times in the last nine years.
Nick Bilbrough is the founder and coordinator of the ‘Hands Up’ Project, which connects volunteers from around the world to develop key skills with children from Palestine. Nick is also a renowned writer and academic in the field of language teaching.
Dr Tajul Islam
Tajul Islam is a lecturer in Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Leeds.
Mickey Brady MP
Mickey Brady is a Sinn Fein MP. He is rooted in the community work and activist for social justice and equality.
Samayya Afzal is a graduate in Biomedical Science from the University of Bradford, and twice elected Women's & Campaigns officer at the University of Bradford Union of Students. She has been an elected representative on the NUS National Executive Council for two years, volunteering under the remit of Society & Citizenship. She is also the co-founder of the national campaign Students Not Suspects, formed in opposition to the measures placed on universities under the Prevent duty.
Justin Butcher is a multi-award winning playwright. His creative work in advocacy for Palestinian rights includes the hugely successful Bethlehem Unwrapped festival, built around a full-scale replica of the Separation Wall.
Justin’s acclaimed book, WALKING TO JERUSALEM: Blisters, hope and other facts on the ground, telling the story of his 2017 walk from London to Jerusalem, calling for equal rights in the Holy Land.
Rawan Damen is a member of Al-Shabaka and has produced and directed more than 25 hours of TV documentaries, translated into multiple languages, including the award-winning Al Nakba series. She has founded and led teams on multiple digital platforms, notably the innovative project Palestine Remix and was awarded the Media Creativity Award from the Arab Thought Foundation in December 2015.
Claire Anastas is a Palestinian living opposite Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem. Her house is surrounded by the apartheid wall on three sides. Claire also owns a guest house where guests can have the experience of living surrounded by walls, because of its location along Israeli’s separation barrier, a 400-mile wall that cuts through the West Bank.
Sarah Al Aride
Sarah Al Aride is a former Education Officer at UCL Students' Union.
Louise Regan is a former headteacher and past President of the National Education Union, National Union of Teachers section.
Simon Dubbins is Director of International and Research for UNITE the Union in the UK. He has previously the Director of International & Research for UNITE. Simon now coordinates the European and International work of UNITE across all its sectors.
Liz McKean is a Campaigns and Policy Director for a War on Want. Liz has previously worked as an External Relations Manager at World Vision UK and a Women's Human Rights Programme Director at Amnesty International UK.
Hilary Aked is a writer and researcher on the UK Israeli lobby. Hilary is also a contributor for The Electronic Intifada, an independent online news publication with a focus on Palestine.
Ibrahim Hewitt is the Chairman of the board of trustees of Interpal and a senior editor at Middle East Monitor (MEMO). He is also a trustee of the International Board of Educational Research and Resources (IBERR), which distributes Islamic educational material around the world. Ibrahim also served as the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain from 2004-2006.
Nur Masalha is a Palestinian writer, historian and currently a member of the Centre for Palestine Studies at SOAS. Nur is also the Editor of Journal of Holy Land and the author of many books on Palestine-Israel.
Jehan Alfarra is a Palestinian writer and multimedia journalist covering Middle Eastern affairs and specialising in Palestinian political news and social issues. She is also a contributing author to the book Gaza Writes Back.
Atif Choudhury is the co-founder of Zaytoun, the world's first Fairtrade Palestinian olive oil cooperative. Atif is a trustee for the anti-poverty charity War on Want. Atif co-founded DnA, an organisation that helps further the wellbeing and development of dyslexic and disabled learners and educational communities.
Alexandra Tohme is the founder of the Lebanese NGO Azahir, which runs two local community and youth centres in a Palestinian Refugee Camp near the Syrian border. They aim to empower youth, provide child protection & education & psycho-social support, and to build local capacity of the community.
Chris Nineham is a British political activist and Deputy Chair of the Stop the War Coalition in the UK. He was also a leading member of Globalise Resistance, the anti-globalisation network that protested in Genoa and he played a role in the European and World Social Forums.
Zita Holbourne is the founder of the Roots, Culture and Identity arts collective and touring exhibitions, showcasing the art of predominantly young black, Asian and migrant artists. Zita is also the Co-Founder and National Co-Chair of Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC) UK, elected to the ACTSA (successor to the Anti-Apartheid Movement) National Executive Council and the Movement Against Xenophobia National Steering Group.
Claudia is a final year PhD student at the University of Leeds. Her research is on de-radicalisation in the UK from 2003 to present with a particular focus on Prevent. She also looks at Islamophobia and it's impact on policy, and the continuation of colonial governance through counter-terror measures.