We hear and see ideas everywhere. Ideas have the power to change minds and create social impact worldwide. They are one of the most effective tools we have at our disposal to reach and engage wider and more diverse audiences. The TEDinArabic stage will bring together the brightest minds to share ideas on the most pressing global challenges, as sharing ideas boldly is key to shaping our shared future and embracing our humanity.

TEDinArabic hosted a regional event in Ben Guerir, Morocco, on 13 October 2022, featuring renowned TED Speakers who shared their talks with a live global audience, all in Arabic. This event was be the third in a series of regional TEDinArabic events leading up to the TEDinArabic Summit in March 2023 in Doha, Qatar. In addition to the TEDinArabic talks, the event included a series of interactive workshops curated by our partners at AFIKRA, activations, and a performance by Joudour Sahara. The event was hosted by Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P). 

Meet the Speakers

Aziza Chaouni

Aziza Chaouni is a civil engineer and an architect. She creates sustainable, built environments in the developing world, focusing on the Middle East deserts. Aziza's design philosophy holds that it is not enough for sustainable buildings to have zero impact—they must give back to the community socially, economically, and environmentally. Aziza aspires to innovate through collaboration with local communities and experts from other disciplines to integrate architecture, landscape, and infrastructure. Having been born and raised in Fez, Morocco, Aziza has a deep fascination with the Fez River. What was once considered the city's soul and water supply became a toxic sewer because of overcrowding and pollution in the 1950s. This was covered and eventually became a dumping ground. With immense determination, Aziza has been working on this project for two decades, starting with a thesis she wrote about it as a graduate student and then making it her career.

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Dr. Charles Mouhaned Malek

Dr Charles Malek is a researcher in molecular and cellular biology and oncology. In 2000, he migrated from his home country Syria to France to pursue higher education. Dr Malek holds a Bachelor's in genetics and completed his Master and PhD studies in Cancer Cell Biology in 2011 from the University of Lyon 1. 

Dr Malek has contributed to more than 13 peer-reviewed papers in some of the most prestigious scientific journals around the world, improving our understanding of cancer cell biology.

Because of his unwavering belief that science is the key to building a prosperous society, Dr Malek founded "Syrian Researchers" in 2012, becoming one of the most trusted Arabic organizations that seeks to spread scientific articles in Arabic and reaching more than 2 million Arabic-speaking followers. 

In 2018, he was named one of the 50 most influential Arab influencers by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (GDI) in Switzerland.

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Dr. Hayat Sindi

Dr Hayat Sindi is one of the world’s leading biotechnologists and a global champion of science and technology. She is a pioneering and inspiring female leader, working to improve the lives of people around the world through her resolute belief in the power of science, technology, and innovation to solve the greatest development challenges. 

Her remarkable career includes co-founding and co-inventing ‘Diagnostics for All’, a program to create affordable diagnostic devices for millions of people in impoverished regions, alongside a team from Harvard University. These innovative, inexpensive, and point-of-care diagnostic devices require no power, water or trained doctors and can provide potentially life-saving medical results in minutes. 

Dr Sindi holds nine patents for a machine that combines the effects of light and ultra-sound for use in biotechnology in early detection of breast cancer. 

Dr Sindi was voted one of BBC’s top 100 Women for the year 2018, a list of inspiring and influential women from around the world.

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Suzanne Talhouk

Suzanne Talhouk is an author, poet, and advocate for the Arabic language as a tool of power, pride, and unity. She holds a master’s degree in Physics but has built her career as a communications and public relations expert, writer, and speaker at TEDxBeirut as well as international forums such as Harvard, McGill, and others. Her TEDx Talk “Don't Kill Your Language” is the first-ever TEDx Talk in Arabic to be featured on TED.com. 

Talhouk is a board member of the Women Leaders council of Lebanon (WLC), and the founder of a local organization called "Feil Amer" that aims to highlight the importance of the mother tongue in creativity, productivity, and preserving identity. She has also published two books of poetry.

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Moderated By

Mohamed Er-Rammach

Mohammed Er-Rammach is a journalist and presenter for Al Jazeera Network, and a content creator on social media. 

After spending eight years as a correspondent for BBC Arabic and Aljazeera Network, he decided to focus his efforts on the online world to leverage his social media presence. 

Throughout the years that he spent traveling between Europe and the Arab world, he started to post information and personal observations of the cultural differences between societies and cultures. 

Despite the easy access to content in various dialects on social media, he decided to focus on sharing his content in Modern Standard Arabic to maximize reach and engagement across the Arabic-speaking world, while preserving his persona as a trusted journalist for his audience.

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