Zahra Babar

Zahra Babar

Zahra Babar is Associate Director of Research at the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University in Qatar.

Provost Groves

Provost Robert Groves

Dr. Robert M. Groves is the Gerard J. Campbell, S.J. Professor in the Math and Statistics Department as well as the Sociology Department at Georgetown University where he has served as the Executive Vice President and Provost since 2012.

Dr Barham Salih

His Excellency Dr. Barham Salih

His Excellency Dr. Barham Salih served as the 8th president of the Republic of Iraq, presiding from 2018 to 2022, and founder of the American University of Iraq, in Sulaimani. Previously, he served as prime minister of the Kurdistan Region from 2009 to 2012, and from 2001 to 2004.

Opening Panel: The Invasion of Iraq and Global Diplomacy

In an engaging interview-style panel, this discussion will highlight the role of diplomacy during and after the invasion of Iraq. Each Ambassador’s unique perspective, derived from their personal experiences in Iraq will provide understanding of the pivotal role diplomats play in during and post conflict situations. 

Laila Al-Shaikhi

Laila Al-Shaikhli

Laila Al-Shaikhli began her professional TV career with a local TV station in Virginia, USA, in 1991 before joining the BBC World Service in London as a news anchor in 1994. In 1996 she joined the Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) and became the first female journalist to present a political show on Arab satellite TV. She later joined Abu Dhabi TV as a news anchor and talk show host in 1999. In 2006 she joined Al Jazeera Media Network as a presenter and later joined AlArab News Channel in Bahrain in 2014. Throughout her career, she has hosted numerous talk shows including Dialogue with the West (MBC), Agenda (MBC), Dunnia (ADTV) and Panorama (ADTV). Ms. Al-Shaikhli has covered international crises, global events and interviewed several Arab and world leaders as well as famous celebrities. She has received several media awards and was chosen as an Ambassador of Good Will to the Comoros Islands in 2008. In addition to her journalism career, she has been a media instructor since 2007 providing training in public speaking, news presenting, and how to talk to the media.

H.E. Davis

His Excellency Mr. Timmy T. Davis

His Excellency Mr. Timmy T. Davis was confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to the State of Qatar on August 4, 2022. 

H.E. Wilks

His Excellency Mr. Jonathan Wilks

His Excellency Mr. Jonathan Wilks assumed his role as the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to Qatar in March 2020. Ambassador Wilks previously served as Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq from 2017 to 2019.