General Manager of the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic ThoughtRead More
One of the greatest things Dr. Minwer is most commonly known for is, leading the recreation of the famous Minbar (pulpit) of Salahuddin in Al Aqsa Mosque from old photographs. The Minbar was burned in 1969 and for thirty years all efforts failed in restoring it. It can be said that he and his team were able to crack the equation by which the original Minbar was built. The Minbar was installed in its proper historic place in Al Aqsa Mosque on February 2nd of 2007.
Selected as one of the "500 most influential Muslims", by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISSC) in 2008 and 2009. As well as the "100 most powerful Arabic characters in the world" by Arabian business in 2010.
However, it all started when Dr. Minwer felt like he did not get what he had signed up for after receiving his degree in Civil Engineering, he decided to pursue his quest even further and his fascination in Islamic Arts and Architecture led him to shift his course of study. He eventually received his Ph.D. in Proportional Systems in Traditional Islamic Arts and Architecture, which helped him understand the universal language of Islamic Art and how to scientifically analyse the proportions used in the sacred art and architecture.
He has been the Dean of The College of Traditional Islamic Arts & Architecture (ITIAA) at The World Islamic Sciences & Education University (WISE) since 2008. The Institute (currently a College) was founded by him when it was part of Al-Balqa Applied University in 2000.
In 2010 Dr. Minwer was appointed as the director of The Royal Aal al Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought. In addition to that, he is the Director of Al –Mushaf project, which consists of three traditional Qur’ans implemented on the traditional way of Arabic calligraphy, foliation and illumination.
Furthermore, he designed and supervised many architectural projects that embodied his understanding for the beauty of Islamic Art and Architecture. Winning first place in restorations of tombs of the Sahaba and interior designs for mosques such as: Jafer Al-Tayaer mosque, Sharhabeel Bin Hasnah, Prophet Shu'aib Mosque and Abdullah Bin Rawaha tomb.
Founder and CEO of MaysalwardRead More
With strong passion for games and mobile entertainment, Nour has had twelve years of experience in the online and mobile Value Added Services (VAS). However before becoming the founder of Maysalward, Nour worked between different VAS companies in Jordan, Dubai, Egypt, Qatar and France.
And in November of 2003, he launched the first Mobile Game Development operation in the Middle East, offering unique games and targeting the Middle Eastern, European and Latin American markets.
A certified ScrumMaster in game development, as well as a founding board member and chairman of Jordan Gaming Task Force, has been giving several lectures and conference panels on gaming throughout the years.
On November 19th of 2011 Sima performed in TEDxYouth@Amman. She stunned the audience with her remarkable talent. And five months later, she performed in Doha-Qatar on April 19th of 2012 in TEDxSummit. Composing her own pieces and infusing them with emotions, she began to find life in the black and white keys at the age of 9 and as she grew older, the piano became a necessity in her life rather than a hobby.
“Music was one of the key helping factors in my academic performance, it aided my concentration and developed certain skills in my personality” is what Sima had to say about the effect of music on her life.
CEO & Founder of AgricelRead More
Along with Agricel, Yalman is also the founder and CEO of Nakeiya Ventures. While Agricel represents one of the most exciting investments in recent years, Nakeiya's focus has been to invest in unique and compelling Japanese technologies and commercializing them globally. Their main focus remains in the food, energy and water sectors.
Founder of AgricelRead More
Kunal holds five years of banking experience in the City of London, as well as an MBA from Imperial College Business School.
Founder of “7enna wa 6een”Read More
Henna Al-Khalili is driven by her passion to create eco-friendly and sustainable habitats focusing on social entrepreneurship to empower woman and support communities. She hopes to preserve the cultural identity of the communities she works with while promoting the best ecological practices, knowledge, health, awareness and sustainability.
As the founder of “7enna wa 6een”, Henna focuses on building ‘Eco-domes’ an alternative way towards building “Green” habitats using designs that are based on the timeless principles of “bio-mimicry” (From bios meaning life and mimesis, meaning to imitate,) which include the use of universal natural elements (earth, water, air and fire), the arch and its derivatives, along with green technology such as photovoltaic cells and other methods of producing sustainable energy.
Henna has been trained in California to build environmentally friendly houses and along with her degree in Optics and Orthoptics from University of Siena – Italy, she has the eye for detail and precision required to bring to life the natural geometry and symmetry of structures with the unity of tension and compression that act as the foundation of building eco-friendly communities.
Furthermore, Henna has worked in the fields of real estate, communications, interior design, architecture and landscaping. She has already completed several projects in Jordan and is expanding to reach more communities and build several eco-touristic resorts.
Co-founder and a Principal of TURATHRead More
Rami Daher is a practicing architect and an academician. Daher had taught at the German Jordanian University, the American U of Beirut, Jordan U. of Science & Tech., and at Texas A&M. Daher had earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the U of Jordan (1988), a Master of Architecture from the U of Minnesota (1991), a Ph. D. in Architecture from Texas A&M U (1995), and did his post-doctoral studies at the U of California, Berkeley (2001). Daher is a heritage and urban regeneration specialist interested in research related to politics and dynamics of public space making and new interventions in existing historic settings. Daher is a co-founder and a principal of TURATH: Architecture & Urban Design Consultants (1999-present), and Metropolis: Cities Research Council (2008- Present), the research arm of TURATH. TURATH had worked on several leading urban regeneration and adaptive reuse projects in Amman and in the region including the urban regeneration of Rainbow and Wakalat Streets in Amman, the adaptive reuse of the Amman Electricity Hangar and the Building of Ras al Ain Gallery, the adaptive reuse of Abu Jaber House in Salt, the interpretation center for the Church of the Map in Madaba, in addition to several residential houses in the City Amman. Daher had published extensively on issues related to the politics of heritage and place making in the Arab City, cultural change, urban activism and critical theories & epistemologies.
As an urban activist interested in the politics within Cities in the Arab World, Daher has participated in several research projects/ urban art initiatives/ or publications on the City in the Arab World addressing several topics including current neoliberal transformations in the region, cultural change and the vanishing heritage of Modernity in the Arab City, politics and dynamics of public space making, politics of foreign aid and City, and urban heritage. Daher is very much interested in consciousness building in the Arab World amongst the youth and even other segments of society, and he is in the process of initiating a school of thought in Amman and the rest of the Arab World entitled: “The Ammani School for Consciousness Building.” Furthermore, the following are some of his key publications:
Daher, Rami. 2011 “Prelude: Understanding Cultural Change & Urban Transformations (Qualifying Amman: The City of Many Hats", pp. 65-92, in Cities, Urban Practices, and Nation Building in Jordan The book is edited by Myriam Ababsa & Rami Daher. Beireut: Institut Français du Proche-Orient.
*Daher, Rami. 2009. “Global Capital, Urban Regeneration, and Heritage Conservation in the Levant.” In The Middle East Institute Viewpoints: Architecture and Urbanization in the Middle East. John Calabrese (ed.). www.medeasti.org. pp: 22-26
Daher, Rami. 2008. "Amman: Disguised Genealogy and Recent Urban Restructuring and Neoliberal Threats." in The Evolving Arab City: Tradition, Modernity & Urban Development. Elsheshtawy, Yasser (Editor). London: Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group. pp. 37-68.
Daher, Rami. 2007. “Re-conceptualizing Tourism in the Middle East: Place, Heritage, Mobility and Competitiveness.” in Tourism in the Middle East: Continuity, Change and Transformation. Daher, Rami (Editor). England: Channel View Publications. Pp. 1-69
Daher, Rami. 2005. "Urban Regeneration/Heritage Tourism Endeavors, the Case of Salt, Jordan: Local Actors, International Donors, and the State." International Journal of Heritage Studies, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 289-308.
Daher, Rami. 1999. “Gentrification and the Politics of Power, Capital, and Culture in an Emerging Jordanian Heritage Industry.” Traditional Dwellings and Settlement Review, X, (II), pp. 33-47.
Founder and Managing Director of TIMAR VenturesRead More
Mehtap Mae Ozkan is the founder and Managing Director of TIMAR Ventures and she is the founder and Managing Director of Golden Horn Ventures, the first institutional venture capital firm in Turkey. Mehtap brings over fifteen years of technology knowledge and startup experience as an entrepreneur and technologist.
Transportation consultant at EngiconRead More
Hazem is a transportation consultant at Engicon, a multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm based in Amman, and the Co-Founder & CEO of Sowt, a new online startup. He holds a master's degree in transportation engineering and planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a bachelor's in economics from Macalester College.
Prior to joining Engicon, Hazem headed the Transportation Economics and Modeling Division at the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM), where he was part of a team that oversaw several projects and initiatives aiming to revamp Amman's transport network. Such projects included, among others, the much talked about Amman Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. Hazem's specific areas of expertise lie in transportation economics and modeling, as well as planning of urban public transportation systems.
Co-founder of Visual LaundryRead More
A father of four with an experimental spirit. Passionate about visual story telling, sound design, film editing and cinematography.
Founder of SYNTAXRead More
Ahmad is a designer/design advocate, blogger and web entrepreneur.
He started his first design studio in 1991 while studying architecture at
the University of Jordan. In the 1990s he led design and technology efforts
at various pioneering publishing, consulting and web ventures in the Arab
region, including BYTE Middle East Magazine and Arabia.com, the region's
first web portal.
His Amman-based company, SYNTAX, is a brand, design and innovation firm.
SYNTAX works with companies, governmental agencies, non-profits and culture
institutions to create interactive user interfaces/experiences,
informational and media products, corporate and product branding systems as
well as cultural, retail and work spaces. In its work SYNTAX combines the
disciplines of research, communication strategies, innovation strategies,
content creation, visual design, architecture and web and mobile
technologies. In 2008, SYNTAX was commissioned to create the first
comprehensive city branding system for Jordan's capital, Amman.
In 2005 he cofounded TootCorp, a web venture lab that launched the
pioneering Arab video portal ikbis.com and other web ventures. Soon after,
he cofounded Spring, a web and mobile technology development company that
focuses on serving the emerging technology startup scene in the region.
In 2011 he launched the design advocacy initiative ReDesign Arabia, which
aims at elevating the social role of design and designers as agents of
positive change and human-centered innovation in the Arab region.
Living on the web since the advent of the commercial internet in 1994, he
has been a regular blogger on his blog 360east.com, one of Jordan's first
blogs, focusing on design, technology, media and urban culture in the
region. Nowadays he can be more often read on twitter @humeid and on
Ahmad is a member of Diwan al Mimar, an architectural forum that meets
regularly in Amman. He also spoke in various regional and global conference
and forums on design, media and technology.
He is married to Salua Qidan who is SYNTAX's other co-founder. Together with
their three boys they live in Amman, Jordan
Founder of Karma InvestmentsRead More
Founder of DNA Personal Training StudiosRead More
Ammar is an exercise scientist and nutritionist a graduate from The University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.
Ammar is the founder and co-owner of DNA personal training studios; the first personal training studio ever founded in Jordan. DNA is the choice of many prominent figures for personal training including top athletes, politicians and business men and women.
Ammar recently co-founded the Rose City Health and fitness, the first Health Farm in the region, catering for health related exercise as well as peaking fitness levels.
He is a master trainer and a Middle East representative of The Professional
Fitness Instructor Training Institution (PFIT). Additionally, Sabbah is a board member of the Jordanian Sports Medicine Federation and a lecturer for the Asian Sports Medicine Federation.
Sabbah’s vast experience ranges from being a clinical nutritionist at Al Khaldi
Hospital, launching and managing several prominent health clubs in Amman to presenting health and fitness segments on JTV and Ro’ya TV. He also filled
the position of the strength and conditioning coach for U19 Jordanian
National Basketball Team, and presented fitness tips for Sunny FM radio station.
His running C.V. includes 4 Marathon Des Sable, a Desert Cup finish, 8 Dead Sea Ultra Marathon, a Beirut Marathon and a Kuwait half marathon. He is also a member of Amman Road Runners; the organizing committee of the Dead to Red Marathon and the Founders of the Dead Sea Ultra-Marathon. His other hobbies include scuba diving, football, hiking and biking.
Sabbah co-authored and published his first scientific paper which was presented
in the European Congress of Sports Science in Liverpool, July 2011. On the lighter side he lectured for many public events including TTI, Osteoporosis day (2 times), Amman Municipality several time, several sports federations, and several schools. Ammar is also schedule to speak at the New Think theater in December of 2011.
Specialized in Chelation therapyRead More
Founder of Zikra InitiativeRead More
Rabee Zureikat, the founder of the Zikra Initiative , holds a bachelor's degree in Advertising and Marketing from Notre Dame University in Lebanon. In 2007, he learned about a declared poverty pocket by the Jordanian government known as Ghor al Mazra’a in the governorate of Al Karak. The Ghor al Mazra’a community struggled against many challenges: their history marked by discrimination due to their dark skin color, insufficient household income and a lack of job opportunities. In turn, they have been stereotyped as poor, lazy, and inadequate.
Rabee then decided to launch the Zikra Initiative to reach out to this estranged community through a traditional charity drive. He collected clothes and household items from the residents of the capital and delivered them to the Ghor al Mazra’a community. Undergoing this experience, the process felt demeaning; one party was a giver and the other a receiver. There was a clear uneven and unfair balance of power.
As he distributed the items, Rabee found his first treasure. Looking around, he saw the richness of lifestyle the Ghor al Mazra’a community had, and as a city dweller, he felt ‘poor’ in his knowledge and practice of his own cultural traditions. Believing that riches and poverty come in many forms, Rabee decided to capitalize on the positive aspects of the local community as well as those residing in the capital. He had to seek out what people had rather than what people lacked. Concurrently, the Zikra Initiative had to utilize the strengths of both communities to alleviate the different forms of ‘poverty’ both communities faced. The Initiative started creating programs that bridged the urban communities of the Kingdom with the local marginalized communities to exchange resources and skills. This experience is then turned into a positive Zikra, or memory.
One of Zikra's most popular activities is the exchange tourism program, where urban dwellers visit rural areas to get acquainted with their culture and traditions, and the tourism revenue is channeled towards the economic development of the marginalized community. Exchange tourism creates a niche for marginalized rural communities in national economies and helps lift them out of "poverty" without relying on unsustainable financial aid. Exchange tourism also bridges the divide between marginalized rural communities and the rich but insulated urban population. The frequent trips are an opportunity for each party to know the “other” and get firsthand impressions of the other community without the taint of stereotypes
In 2008 Rabee' was selected as a Social Innovator by the Synergos institute and received the King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation & Achievement in 2009 & in the same year he received the Ashoka fellowship and was named by the Arabian Business/CEO Middle East Magazine as one of the 30 under 30- Next Generation of Arab Leaders in 2009. He also received the prestigious World Travel Market Global Award in London in 2010 and was invited to give a speech at the 7th UNESCO youth forum in Paris in 2011.
Chair, Jordan Green Building CouncilRead More
Chair, Jordan Green Building Council, Amman - Jordan www.jordangbc.org
Chair, WorldGBC MENA Regional Network www.wroldgbc.org
Middle East Adviser, Kontentreal, New York - USA www.e2-series.com
Adviser, Asfour Investment & Management, Amman - Jordan
Author/Senior Reporter/Human Rights ActivistRead More