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2022 Saïd Rhodes Forum on Syria, Jordan, Lebanon & Palestine (SJLP)

2022 Saïd Rhodes Forum on Syria, Jordan, Lebanon & Palestine (SJLP)

21 May 2022

09:00 - 18:00 (GMT+01:00)

Said Business School


Join us for the next Saïd - Rhodes Forum on Syria, Jordan, Lebanon & Palestine (SJLP) at Saïd Business School

Hybrid Saïd - Rhodes Forum on Syria, Jordan, Lebanon & Palestine (SJLP)

"A Region Through Time: Legacy, Trouble and Hope"                               

Saturday 21st May 2022

Saïd Business School, Oxford


The Saïd - Rhodes Forum on Syria, Jordan, Lebanon & Palestine (SJLP) celebrates the historic partnership between the Saïd Foundation and the Rhodes Trust.

The Forum will explore the Past, Present and Future of the region, aiming to provide a space to explore the pressing issues and encourage critical debate, while being forward looking and solution oriented. The conference will take us on a journey through the richness of the past, the complexity of the present day, and allow us to imagine a dynamic future of hope and prosperity. By addressing diverse topics pertinent to the region––under the broad themes of culture, economy, and governance––this conference demonstrates that the region is far from static, and its fate is not foreclosed.


  • Eliana Abu-Hamdi, Program Manager, MIT & Visiting Associate Professor, Pratt Institute
  • Tamim Al-Barghouti, Poet, Professor and Diplomat
  • Waad Alkateab, Filmmaker & Activist
  • Omar Ferwati, Researcher, Forensic Architecture
  • Valentina Kassisieh, Chief Executive Officer , The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation
  • Barik Mhadeen, Independent Policy Analyst
  • Sami Moubayed, Chairman, The Damascus History Foundation
  • Amr Najjar, Senior Researcher, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)
  • Jessica Obeid, Non-Resident Scholar- Middle East Institute, and Senior Advisor- Azure Strategy
  • Nisreen Salti, Associate professor of Economics, American University of Beirut
  • Karam Shaar, Independent consultant on Syria, Research Director of the Operations and Policy Center & Non-Resident Scholar, Middle East Institute.
  • Rania Succar, Co-Founder, Jusoor, SVP and Business Leader for QuickBooks Payments and Capital | Intuit
  • Sana Tannoury-Karam, Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge
  • Himmat Zoubi, Post-doctoral Fellow, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (EUME - Forum Transregionale Studien, and the Centre for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Freie Universitat)



On Friday 20th May, In preparation for the Forum, join us for a 60-minute in-person oud performance with Mohannad Nasser preceded by a drinks reception. Registration for this event is separate, and can be found here -


Tickets are on a first-come, first-serve basis and are available today! If you have any questions please contact


Confirmed Speakers and the programme will be updated on our website.

Delegates are responsible for organising their own accommodation. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Please contact if you have any questions or have any difficulties booking.

Dress Code: Business Casual - No Ties

*Please note that your attendance fee helps to partially cover the cost of the Forum. We rely on the generosity of individual donors and other sponsors to cover the rest of the costs.*

Forum Speaker

Forum Moderator

Leen Aghabi

Leen Aghabi

Melanie Cremona

Melanie Cremona

Joumana Talhouk

Joumana Talhouk

Lebanon & Queen's 2019

Oudai Tozan

Oudai Tozan

Forum Committee Member


Please note there is no parking on site. The closest car park can be found at Oxford Train Station

Dress Code

Business Casual