TEDinArabic is a joint initiative with TED and Qatar Foundation designed to provide a global platform for thinkers, researchers, artists, and change-makers across the Arabic-speaking world. TEDinArabic is TED’s first initiative to amplify solutions, inventions, and stories from the Arabic-speaking communities.
In partnership with WISE 2021, TEDinArabic is hosting its inaugural event on December 9th in Doha, Qatar, featuring renowned TED speakers who will be sharing their talks in Arabic with a live global audience. This event is the first in a series of TEDinArabic events hosted in the region. The WISE 2021 conference will take place in Doha, Qatar on 7-9 December, under the theme of “Generation Unmute: Reclaiming our Future through Education.” Thousands of educators and thinkers from around the world will convene in person and online to share their latest contributions and innovations to reimagine the education system. WISE is a multi-sectoral platform for incubating forward-thinking ideas and solutions designed to shape the future of education, through collaboration.
Meet the Speakers
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.
Dr. Rana Dajani
Dr. Rana Dajani holds a Ph.D. in molecular cell biology from the University of Iowa. She is currently a professor at Hashemite University, Jordan. She is also a former visiting professor at the Yale Stem Cell Center. Her current research focuses on epigenetics of trauma across generations.
Dr. Dajani was a consultant to the Higher Council for Science and Technology in Jordan. She was one of the 20 most influential scientists in the Islamic World in 2014 and one of the 100 most powerful Arab women in 2014. Dr. Dajani established the “We Love Reading” (WLR) program to encourage children to read for pleasure. Dr. Dajani won the prestigious UNESCO International Literacy Prize in 2017 and the UNHCR Nansen Award in 2020.
Farah Al Taweel
Farah Al Taweel is a designer from Qatar who is interested in design thinking and innovative teaching methods for children.
Farah believes that focusing on children's needs is crucial to building an environment that empowers children, accommodates their small bodies, and enables them to unlock their full potential.
By creating multimedia materials, including digital content, game design, workshops, and interactive experiences, she has experimented with producing interactive educational content for children and their families.
Farah studied design at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar and earned a Master's in Art Education from Rhode Island School of Design. She is currently the head of 2D design at Dadu, the Children’s Museum of Qatar.
Machaille Hassan Al Naimi
As President of Community Development, Machaille Hassan Al Naimi plays a vital role in enriching Qatar Foundation’s contribution to the social and economic prosperity of the people of Qatar.
Machaille began her career as an attorney at Patton Boggs, a US law firm where she advised both local and international clients. She later joined ExxonMobil Qatar Inc. as Legal Counsel, supporting Qatar Petroleum Joint-Venture projects with RasGas, Laffan Refinery, and Al Khaleej Gas.
Machaille also has experience working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 18/CMP 8). As the Chief Legal Counsel and Advisor to the President, she has represented Qatar at multiple negotiations and engagements with global institutions, such as the United Nations Office in New York, the United Nations Secretariat in Bonn, the World Bank, MEF, the White House, and others.
Asma Jaber Al Hammadi
Asma Jaber Al Hammadi is a broadcaster on Al Jazeera news channel. She graduated from the College of Mass Communication at Qatar University, started her career with "Al Khaleej Voice" Radio, then moved to work as a presenter for Qatar TV, and currently presents "Al Jazeera This Morning" on Al Jazeera Channel. Known for her broad intellect, wide knowledge, cheerfulness, and eloquence, Asma is one of the prominent names for presenting morning programs, and one of the known young Qatari faces in the media. She gained wide fame on social media and was chosen as an ambassador for several national and charitable programs.