Samer Abdelnour is completing a PhD in Management at the London School of Economics. His doctoral research examines NGOs and humanitarian response, and the role of community and collective enterprise in postwar peace-building and development in Sudan. Since 2005 Samer has managed applied research projects across Sudan (Darfur, Southern Sudan, Blue Nile).
Rabab Abdulhadi is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, Associate Professor of Race and Resistance Studies, and Senior Scholar, Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative at San Francisco State University. She is a long-time feminist activist and scholar who has contributed to the struggle for Palestinian self-determination and the well-being of Palestinian women. From 1982 to 1988, she was the Director of Political and International Relations at the Middle East Research Center in New York.
Oroub al-Abed is a PhD student in Development Studies at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. She is the author of Unprotected: Palestinians in Egypt since 1948 (Washington, DC and Ottowa, CA: Institute for Palestine Studies and the International Development Research Centre, 2009).
Mai Abu Moghli is Palestinian human rights activist based in London. Mai is a PhD candidate and a research officer at the Institute of Education, University of London. Her research focus is on human rights education in Palestine. Mai holds a Masters degree in human rights from the University of Essex and has worked extensively in the field of human rights in the MENA region.
Mohammad Abu Zaineh is Adjunct Professor of Economics at Aix-Marseille Université School of Economics and École des hautes études en santé publique in Paris. He has worked with UNAIDS in Geneva, the Palestine Economic Policy Institute in Ramallah and the Department of Economics as well as the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University, Palestine. His main areas of research include measurement and explanation of socioeconomic inequality; public economics and policies (applied mainly to health and the health care sector) and economic development.
Bashir Abu-Manneh is Assistant Professor of English at Barnard College, where he teaches global literature, Palestinian and Israeli literatures, Marxism, and Postcolonialism. He is affiliated with Barnard's programs in Africana Studies and Comparative Literature. He has written widely on the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Ali Abunimah is a writer and commentator on Middle East and Arab American affairs. He author of One Country, A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse (Metropolitan Books), and co-founder of The Electronic Intifada, an independent online publication with a global readership. He blogs at http://aliabunimah.posterous.com/
Maureen Ali, former cultural editor of The Middle East magazine, is a writer and film-maker based in Beirut. She is the editor of the book “A Lost Summer,” a compilation of blogs, texts and other writings about the 2006 Israeli War on Lebanon and wrote the texts for “Watercolors,” a campaigning book by photographer Mazen Jannoun about the state of the Lebanese coast. She is an active member of Inaash, Association for the Development of Palestinian Camps, Beirut.
Zarefa Ali received her MA degree from Birzeit University in International Studies with a concentration in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies.