Tuesday, June 11

Nadia Bouras is a Dutch historian of Moroccan descent. She graduated in History at the Free University of Amsterdam. In 2012 she published her Ph.D.-thesis, ‘Het Land van Herkomst, Perspectieven op verbondenheid met Marokko’ 1960-2010, (The Country of Origin, Perspectives on Alliance with Morocco, 1960-2010). She is one of four Moroccan Dutch members of the “Conseil de la Communauté Marocaine à l’Étranger” (Assembly of Overseas Moroccan Community Council) or CCME. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the treaty allowing mass-recruitment of Moroccans for Dutch industries, Bouras (together with Annemarie Cottaar and Fatiha Laouikili) has written a book entitled “Marokkanen in Nederland: de pioniers vertellen” (Moroccans in The Netherlands: the pioneers tell, ed. Meulenhof 2009). The book covers the first period of Moroccan migration to the Netherlands (1960-1975).

Ineke van der Valk has extensive experience as a researcher, consultant, writer, lecturer and as a French and English translator. She is especially interested in the processes of societal exclusion and discrimination. Recent projects of her are particularly focused on islamophobia. Van der Valk has a broad academic background. She has obtained a doctorate in Educational Studies and Ethnic studies. Besides, she obtained a PhD at the University of Amsterdam on the interface of Social studies and Discourse studies. In the 1970s and 1980s, she has worked as a community worker in Amsterdam and Utrecht and provided support to organizations that focus on human rights and anti-discrimination issues. For a collaborative project between the University of Amsterdam and the University of Vienna, she also participated in comparative studies on the image formation of migrants in the Dutch and French political landscape. For the Dutch province South Holland she did research on educational issues, integration and the history of migrants. For the Anne Frank Foundation, van der Valk participated in research projects on rightwing extremism, jihadi extremism, islamophobia and radicalization and deradicalisation of youngsters.

Umar Ikram is a Senior Fellow who participated in the New York Humanity in Action Summer program in 2009. He is currently enrolled in a PhD program at the department of Public Health at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on the social factors of ethnic health disparities. During his studies, he founded a medical students’ association on public health. He has been a regular guest speaker on issues concerning integration and ethnic minorities. Since 2010 Umar also organizes an eye project for villagers in Pakistan. As part of his HIA action plan, he co-founded a homework support network for mainly migrant children and wrote a report on the political engagement of Muslims in the Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Meindert Fennema studied Sociology at the University of Utrecht and Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. His fields of interest are anti‐immigration parties, ethnic mobilization, political theory and political violence. He currently teaches Political Theory in the Department of Political Science and is preparing a book entitled `Social Capital of Migrants and Muslim Radicalism in Amsterdam’. This monographic study will focus on the ethnic communities in Amsterdam to explain the differences in voting turnout, political trust and political mobilization. His latest book about the Dutch right‐wing politician Geert Wilders is published in Dutch under the title ‘Geert Wilders. Tovenaarsleerling’ (2010, Amsterdam: Bert Bakker).

Afshin Ellian is a Dutch professor of law, philosopher, poet and critic of political Islam. He is an expert in international public law and philosophy of law. He is born in Teheran, Iran. In the Netherlands, Elian started his studies of law at the Catholic University of Brabant (now the University of Tilburg). He graduated with a degree in international public law, criminal law, and philosophy (1996). He remained in Brabant as a researcher until he found a position with the Amsterdam Center for International Law, of the University of Amsterdam. He obtained a PhD from the University of Tilburg in 2003, Ellian was a regular columnist for NRC Handelsblad, and makes appearances on political discussion programs on Dutch television. Ellian writes articles for the magazine Elsevier but also for international magazines and newspapers such as Wall Street Journal , Le Monde, and Le Figaro.

Khadja Azahaf is studying Interdisciplinary Social Sciences in Utrecht and works as trainer for the foundation Interculturele Alliantie in Amsterdam. She is also chairwoman of the foundation Unveiled (Stichting Ontsluiert) which aims to increase the participation and empowerment of veiled muslim women. It does so through a positive approach towards veiled muslim women to promote the dialogue with government, employers, educational institutions and to keep the public informed. The emphasis is on promoting an open attitude towards veiled muslim women. 29 The idea here is that muslim women must develop without unnecessary impediment due to wearing a veil.

Doutje Lettinga is a senior fellow from the Amsterdam 2005 program. Currently, she works for the strategic planning department of Amnesty International. Lettinga holds a PhD in sociology from the VU University Amsterdam, studying the framing and regulating of Muslim women’s head and body covering in The Netherlands, France, and Germany. She combined her PhD with her work for a European Commission sponsored cross‐national project, VEIL, and an internship for Press Now in Amsterdam and Morocco. Recently, Lettinga has worked as a consultant for Human Rights Watch on a project that focused on the rights of migrant women in Belgium to access protection, refuge and legal remedy when experiencing domestic violence.

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