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 hosted its inaugural event on December 9th in Doha, Qatar, featuring renowned TED speakers who shared 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.

Asma Jaber Al Hammadi
Mohamad Ali Bahri + Farah Al Taweel
Dr. Rana Dajani
 Mohammed Al-Janahi

Meet the Speakers

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.

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Mohamad Ali Bahri

Mohamad Ali Bahri is the Arabic Language Program Coordinator at Translation and Interpreting Institute, part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hamad Bin Khalifa University. Mr. Bahri is a well-experienced consultant in educational and cultural affairs. He worked as a lecturer at Damascus University's Faculty of Education and the Netherlands Institute for Academic Studies.

In addition to studying and teaching Arabic language and literature, Mr. Bahri worked in educational administration for years and then took interest in media, where he studied and worked as a media consultant. Having developed a passion for literacy and media studies for children, he has contributed to children's literature (theatre, children's books, and animated cartoons).

Mr. Bahri is a founding member of the "Binaa Foundation" for supporting and empowering Syrian refugees and a consultant in higher education for the "Education Without Borders / Midad" Foundation.

In addition to academic and social work, Mr. Bahri launched the "On the Shores of Arabic" program on social media, which features a series of cultural dialogues on identity, religion, and politics. He participated in the WISE Summit, where he gave a speech about "Language Planning and Policy," one of his main current interests. He believes that we humans are made of four integral parts: body, soul, spirit, and language.

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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. 

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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. 

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Mohammed Al-Janahi

Mohammed Al-Janahi is the head of outreach at Teach for Qatar Organization, where he works to spread and share knowledge in the educational community. He graduated as a mechanical engineer in 2010 and got his master's degree in education in 2020 from Qatar University.

During his career journey, Mohammed shifted from his first profession in the oil industry to work as a math teacher where he used his talent in writing Arabic poems to create unique educational visual content, such as math and science songs. He aims to enhance the Arabic media with purposeful content in high urban quality.

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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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