MENA on the Map

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“MENA on the Map” is a weekly political affairs series, featuring in-depth conversations with academics, political activists, and influencers on issues and trends affecting the dynamic region of Middle East and North Africa from geopolitics, conflicts, humanitarian crises to technology, innovative approaches, and creative initiatives to cope with the regional and global changes.

The first season of “MENA on the MAP,” started being broadcast in April of 2020, and it was hosted by FNF MENA Regional Strategy Manager, Yara Asmar, and Senior Television Reporter and Producer Philippe Abou Zeid.

Asmar and Abou Zeid hosted many high-profile guests who provided great insight on the political and economic situations in the region in addition to social and health issues.

Episode 1: The End of Corona and the Fate of Democracy with Gordon Mackay, Secretary General of Liberal International

Episode 2: Innovation in Times of Crisis with Alec Ross, Former Advisor on Innovation to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton

Episode 3: The Future of Work … What’s at Stake? With Josef Lentsch, Managing Partner of the Innovation in Politics Institute Germany

Episode 4: The Eleventh Hour: Idlib and the Power Struggle in the Levant with Dr. Mohanad Hage Ali, Fellow and Director of Communication, Carnegie Middle East Center

Episode 5: What is Stopping Us? ... Women Defying Boundaries in MENA with Fadia Kiwan, Director General of the Arab Women Organization

Episode 6: Conflicts in a Portrait with Giles Duley, Photojournalist and CEO of the NGO Legacy of War Foundation

Episode 7: The Story of Yemen with Ahmed Baider, Yemeni award- wining journalist producer and nominee for EMMY award and Amnesty UK awards

Episode 8: Jordanian German Relations with Dirk Kunze, Regional Director, FNF MENA and Olaf in Der Beek, Member of Parliament, FDP

Watch all the episodes here.