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Meet the speakers of the 2023 TEDinArabic Summit

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In collaboration with Qatar Foundation, TED is hosting a two-day TEDinArabic summit centered around the theme “The Butterfly Effect” in Doha, Qatar, on March 18-19, 2023. The summit will feature 17 speakers from across the Middle East and North Africa sharing their ideas with a global audience — all in Arabic.

Launched in partnership with Qatar Foundation in July 2020, TEDinArabic is TED’s first-ever initiative in Arabic that seeks to highlight voices from the region. In June 2022, TED launched a TEDinArabic Idea Search, inviting all Arabic speakers to submit their ideas worth spreading for a chance to be featured at the summit. Applicants were required to submit a two-minute video of their idea. After reviewing thousands of applications, TED’s curation team selected top speakers whose ideas are unique, timely and hold the potential to move the needle on a number of pressing issues. Learn more about the summit and speakers here and read this post in Arabic here.

Meet Our TEDinArabic Speakers

  • Adnan Barq, content creator
    Country: Palestine
    Idea: How to overcome trauma
    After a life-threatening experience, Barq realized that the butterfly effect has helped him cope with intergenerational trauma.


  • Hend Al Qaderi, dental researcher
    Country: Kuwait
    Idea: Saliva as a diagnostic tool for systemic diseases
    There’s a lot to be learned from our spit, as Al Qaderi discovered while studying salivary biomarkers and the oral microbiome during the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Ahmad Nabeel, physician + entrepreneur
    Country: Kuwait
    Idea: Holding onto reality in an ambiguous, virtual world
    The virtual world may look real, but it can be deceiving. With the right critical framework and democratization of data, Nabeel believes we can keep our bearings — and hold ourselves accountable.


  • Ahmed Habib, accessibility specialist
    Country: Iraq
    Idea: How accessibility took center stage at the 2022 World Cup
    Fans praised the great accessibility and inclusiveness of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. As an organizing committee member, heres’s how Habib helped make that happen (and how other events can do the same).


  • Imane El Khantouti, aerospace engineer
    Country: Morocco
    Idea: How to achieve sustainability using clues from space
    Satellite data and technologies developed for use by astronauts can also help those on Earth with farming, water conservation and disaster recovery, says El Khantouti — and that’s just the start.


  • Amr Ramadan, climate change advocate
    Country: Egypt
    Idea: Can carbon taxation support climate justice?
    As someone whose home city of Alexandria, Egypt, is at risk due to sea-level rise, Ramadan is passionate about finding solutions to the climate crisis. He believes that a carbon tax is the way to help everyone, worldwide.


  • Lama Sha’sha’a, roboticist
    Country: Jordan
    Idea: The promise of robotics in education
    Sha’sha’a makes the case that to truly prepare today’s youth for the future, educational systems must incorporate out-of-the-box thinking — using robotics, coding and AI.


  • Belal Khaled, artist + activist
    Country: Palestine
    Idea: Calligraphy as a tool for social change
    Khaled likes to draw on any object he sees, using his work to send strong messages about politics and social justice.


  • Mashael Al Nuaimi, textile designer
    Country: Qatar
    Idea: How to be both fashionable and sustainable
    After realizing she was wasting too much money on fast fashion, Al Nuaimi joined the fashion industry in her fifties to develop sustainable attire that also follows the trends. She’ll tell us how to spot climate-friendly clothes.


  • Mahdi Mansour, physicist + poet
    Country: Lebanon
    Idea: The science and poetry of human creativity
    Both a physicist and a poet, Mansour believes that merging science and literature is the key to maximum creativity. An educational system that divides us between language arts and science needs an overhaul.


  • Nasser Jaber, gastro-diplomat
    Country: Palestine
    Idea: The role of food in global peace
    Jaber will share how diners and local restaurants can fight food insecurity on the other side of the world.


  • Mona Al Hallaq, preservation activist
    Country: Lebanon
    Idea: The urgency of saving historical buildings
    Historical buildings serve as a society’s collective memory and should be preserved, says Al Hallaq. She uses the Barakat building in Beirut to illustrate her point.


  • Mohammed Al Shaker, the weatherman of Arabia
    Country: Jordan
    Idea: How AI can help with the climate crisis
    Obsessed with forecasts and weather from an early age, Al Shaker is now using AI and social media to help the Gulf region adapt to climate change — with lessons for the rest of the world, too.


  • Rafiah Al Talei, women’s rights advocate
    Country: Oman
    Idea: Putting women on the political map
    Though she didn’t win when she ran for office herself, Al Talei resolved to pave the way for others. Here’s what she’s learned.


  • Yusra Mardini, Olympic swimmer
    Country: Syria
    Idea: How sports can spur refugee self-reliance and resilience
    After escaping the war in Syria with her sister — and helping to save all 20 other refugees in their stalled boat — Mardini saw her dream come true when she participated in the 2016 Olympics as a member of the Refugee Olympic Team.


  • Ali Al Rashid, engineer + researcher
    Country: Qatar
    Idea: Using your senses to stay safe
    Using his knowledge of cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, Al Rashid developed airport security methods to detect people who are under the influence of narcotics or who have infectious diseases. Here’s how what he knows can help you.


  • Alaa Salah, engineer + activist
    Country: Sudan
    Idea: How to keep dreaming in the midst of revolution
    After participating in the December 2018 Sudanese revolution to overthrow the Omar al-Bashir regime, Alaa Salah was shortlisted for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for her book, Le chant de la révolte.