Building bridges and increasing empathy through science

Dr. Charles Mouhaned Malek

Dr. Charles Malek thinks the only way for the Arabic-speaking world to transition from a consumer to a producer market is through investing in scientific research and technology here at home. Many students decide to work abroad because their home countries don’t provide them with the necessary tools and infrastructure to pursue their scientific research. The key to solve this problem is to teach with the scientific method – which relies on empirical observation, information gathering, analysis, conclusion and critical thinking – as opposed to lectures and rote memorization. Malek emphasizes the need to develop and promote scientific content in the Arabic language as a vehicle to build knowledge across the region. “If we decide to prioritize science education and make that the compass of the north, change will come,” he says.

About the Speaker

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.