Egypt

AMR MOUSSA, former Secretary-General of the Arab League and former Foreign Minister

AYMAR NOUR, chairman of El Ghad El Thowra party, former presidential candidate

Tunisia

YASSINE BRAHIM, former Minister, executive director Parti républicain

Libya

MAHMOUD JIBRIL, former Prime Minister of the transition government, president of the National Forces Alliance

Jordan

AWN SHAWKAT AL-KHASAWNEH, former Prime Minister

Palestine

Dr. HANAN ASHRAWI, activist, scholar, member of the Palestinian National Council

MUNIB AL-MASRI, businessman, former Minister, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council

Lebanon

Ahmad Hariri, acting president of the Future Movement

Syria

FAWAZ TELLO, prominent opposition member against the Syrian regime

Invited from the EU

 GUY VERHOFSTADT, former Prime Minister, president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

EDWARD McMILLAN-SCOTT, Vice-President of the European Parliament for Democracy and Human Rights

 

Biographies

Amre Moussa is an Egyptian politician and diplomat who was the Secretary-General of the Arab League, from 1 June 2001 until 1 June 2011. Previously he served in the government of Egypt as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1991 to 2001. He is currently member of the Constitutional Committee of Egypt. He was elected as a member of the Egyptian Constitutional assembly assigned to write the country’s new constitution. He recently formed The Alliance of the Egyptian nation.

Ayman Abd El Aziz Nour born 5 December 1964 is an Egyptian politician, a former member of the Egyptian Parliament, founder of the El Ghad party and chairman of the Ghad El-Thawra Party. Ayman Nour was stripped of his parliamentary immunity and arrested on January 29, 2005, as he was running against Hosni Mubarak for the presidency of Egypt. He was denied to run for the presidency in 2012.

Mahmoud Jibril el-Warfally ‎is a Libyan politician who served as the interim Prime Minister of Libya for seven and a half months during the Libyan civil war, chairing the executive board of the National Transitional Council from 5 March to 23 October 2011. He also served as the Head of International Affairs. As of July 2012, Jabril is the head of one of the largest political parties in Libya, National Forces Alliance.

Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh is a Jordanian politician, diplomat and judge. He was Prime Minister of Jordan. In 1995, Al-Khasawneh became Adviser to the King of Jordan and Adviser of the State on International Law with the rank of Cabinet Minister. He was appointed Chief of the Royal Hashemite Court from 1996 to 1998. Al-Khasawneh has also been a member of numerous international law bodies during his career. He was elected to the International Court of Justice in 1999 and re-elected in 2008. He served from 6 February 2000 until 31 December 2011. He served as Vice-President of the Court from 2006 to 2009. He resigned from the Court as he was appointed Prime Minister.

Fawaz Tello is a longtime Syrian political opposition figure. He was a member of the Damascus Spring Movement (2000-2001). His political activities resulted him being imprisoned by the Assad regime from 2001 to 2006. He is a founding member of the National Dialog Forum (2000-2001), the most powerful liberal grouping, and assisted in establishing the National Council of the Damascus Declaration,the most extended movement inside Syria set up to advocate reform of the Syrian political system (2006-2008). He resigned as a member of the Syrian National Council in July 2012.

Ahmad Mustafa Al-Harir is a Lebanese politician. He worked for many years at the Hariri foundation where he concentrated on social affairs and development. Since 2010 he is General Secretary of the Future Movement, where he started to build an international network for the party.

Yassine Brahim is a Tunisian businessman and politician. He was minister in the transition government Gannouchi II and Essebsi. On 17 June 2011 he resigned as a minister in order to concentrate on the elections for the party Afek Tounes of which he became secretary-general. After the elections Brahim was the driving force of the merge between the PDP, Afek Tounes, the Parti républicain and other parties into a new Parti républicain. He was elected executive director of the new party.

Hanan Daoud Khalil Ashrawi is a Palestinian legislator, activist, and scholar. She was a protégé and later colleague and close friend of Edward Said. Ashrawi was an important leader during the First Intifada, served as the official spokesperson for the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East peace process, and has been elected numerous times to the Palestinian Legislative Council. Ashrawi is a member of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s Third Way party. She is the first woman elected to the Palestinian National Council.

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Munib Al- Masri is a philanthropist, businessman, member of the Palestine Legislative Council and former Jordanian Cabinet Minister. After building a global oil services business, he returned to live in Palestine in the mid 90’s in the wake of the Oslo Accords in order to pursue his passions, philanthropy and pursuing peacemaking efforts. Al-Masri founded the Palestine Forum in 2007, a movement representing independent citizens which is widely credited with playing a key role in reaching a unity deal between the two largest Palestinian political factions. He turned down an offer to become Prime Minister three separate times.

Invited:

Guy Verhofstad is president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the European Parliament. He was Prime Minister of Belgium from 1999 until 2008. Since 1979 he has been several times President of the Flemish Liberal Party. He was Vice-Prime Minister of Belgium from 1984 until 1988. He is founder and co-chairman of the Spinelli group, a high level pro-European network. He is the author of many articles and books, translated in 18 languages.

Edward McMillan-Scott is Vice-President of the European Parliament for Democracy and Human Rights. McMillan-Scott’s special responsibilities as Vice-President included relations with national EU parliaments and the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly. In 1992, McMillan-Scott founded the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).He was elected chairman of the European Parliament’s largest-ever election observer missions, 30 MEPs, to the Palestinian territories in January 2005 and January 2006. He is a Member of European Parliament since 1984.