Sultan Sooud Al Qassemiis a United Arab Emirates-based columnist whose articles have appeared inThe Financial Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The New York Times Room for Debate, Foreign Policy, Open Democracy, and The Globe and Mail, as well as other notable publications. Sultan is also a prominent commentator on Arab affairs on Twitter. Rising in prominence during the Arab Spring, his tweets became a major news source, rivaling the major news networks at the time, until TIME magazine listed him in the “140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011.”Sultan was an MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow from 2014-2016, and in the Spring of 2017 Sultan was a practitioner in residence at the Hagop Kevorkian Center of Near East Studies at New York University, where he offered a special course on Politics of Middle Eastern Art. Sultan is also the founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation, an independent initiative established tocontribute to the intellectual development of the art scene in the Arab region by building a prominent and publicly accessible art collection in the United Arab Emirates. Sultan continues to write and tweet about the Arab world from his homein Sharjah, and also while giving lectures internationally.
Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi
Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Tolerance
a New York State licensed clinical psychologist and clinical hypnotherapist. An approved CBT/RE Supervisor by the Albert Ellis Institute, professor of clinical psychology at Kuwait University's Faculty of Medicine