Speakers are Hisham Al-Alawi, Iraqi ambassador to South Africa and Omar Shaukat (researcher at AMEC focusing on the Levant).
Date: Wednesday, 25 June
Venue: AMEC Seminar room, 64 First Road, Hyde Park, Johannesburg
About the Speakers:
Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi has been Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the Republic of South Africa from the 15th April 2011 to date. He has graduated from the College of Medicine, University of Baghdad in June 1988, and arrived to UK in 1994 where he completed his higher specialist medical training in Internal Medicine / Diabetes & Endocrinology in 2001. He worked as a Consultant Physician with interest in Diabetes & Endocrinology at Sandwell & West Birmingham Teaching Hospitals until 2010. He actively participated in many voluntary socio-political activities whilst in UK, and was granted a Post-Graduate Diploma in Diplomatic Studies after completing his course at the Diplomatic Academy of London, University of Westminster in 2009. He joined the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baghdad as a new ambassador in January 2010 where he worked until April 2011 (Head of Policy Planning Department). He is married with 3 children.
Omar Shaukat is a researcher at AMEC, and a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia in USA. Along with guest lecturing at University of Johannesburg in the department of Religion Studies, at AMEC he focuses on the Syrian crisis and Islamist politics. He also maintains interest in political theory and sociology of social movements in the Muslim world.