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Public Speaking

Topics I have come to discuss/lecture on include entrepreneurship and private sector development, post-conflict/post-crisis development and growth, the Egyptian revolution, social media and social change, citizen journalism, etc. I regularly give talks in English, French, and Arabic.

My latest conferences and public talks include


Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, 12 October 2016, Washington DC, USA

“Outlook on Egypt and the IMF deal”


World Economic Forum on Africa, 11-13 May 2016, Kigali, Rwanda

● United Nations Alliance of Civilisations Forum, 25-27 April 2016, Baku, Azerbaijan

“Volunteering in refugee camps: the Lighthouse Relief experience”

● Columbia University, 29 March 2016., New York, USA

“Post-crisis economic development” [University Lecture]

Aspen Institute Italia Seminar, 18-19 March 2016, Palermo, Italy

“Euromed cooperation in entrepreneurship”

United Nations Economic and Social Commission on West Asia, 1-2 December 2015, Beirut, Lebanon

“Private Sector Development Challenges in Post-Conflict Countries”

Internet Governance Forum, 3 September 2014,  Istanbul, Turkey.

“Evaluating MS Mechanisms to Address Governance Issues”


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●  Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 19 August 2013, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

“Future perspectives on Egypt”


● World Affairs Council of Houston, 14 August 2013, Houston, Texas, USA

The Next Step for Egypt: Securing Good Governance and Building Economic Growth


4th Arab Social Media Forum, 8 July 2013, Ramallah, Palestine / Amman, Jordan

Keynote talk: “What’s Next in Social Media


Aspen Institute Italia, 5-6 July 2013, Naples, Italy

Aspen Mediterranean Institute seminar – “The Changing Mediterranean: the quest for growth and the Gulf factor

Plenary Panel discussion: “Latest developments in Egypt


● World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, 24-26 May 2013, Dead Sea, Jordan

Moderator of a panel discussion on “Preparing for the Workforce of the Future

Moderator of a private discussion with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas


● Anna Lindh Forum, preparatory meeting on Media, 28 February – 1 March 2013, Barcelona, Spain

Panel discussion, “Reporting economic and social crises”


● Swedish Institute, YLVP Alumni conference, 19-21 February 2013, Rabat, Morocco

Workshop: “Developing innovative ideas for business and social entrepreneurs”


● World Economic Forum, Annual Meeting, 22-27 January 2013, Davos, Switzerland

Panelist: “Meet the Millennials”, 26 January

Firestarter: “Financial Inclusion”, 24 January

Rapporteur: “A new vision for Arab Employment”, 23 January


TEDxCairo, 1 December 2012, Cairo, Egypt

Democratising Entrepreneurship – ريادة الأعمال للجميع” – In Arabic


● Aspen Institute España, 24-25 November, Cordoba, Spain

Aspen Mediterranean Institute seminar – “Global Networks and Business strategies for Mediterranean Integration”


● Google Internet at Liberty, 23-24 May 2012, Washington DC, USA

Panel: what is the responsibility of United States institutions in promoting internet freedom?


● TEDxUChicago, 29 April 2012, Chicago, Illinois, USA

“The revolutions within The Revolution” (presentation to be uploaded soon)


● 5th Arab Free Press Forum, 23-24 January 2012, Tunis, Tunisia

Discussion: “The Media – Help or Hindrance to Revolution?”


● 4th United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Forum, 11-13 December 2011, Doha, Qatar

“The Arab Spring: Youth and Nation Building”


● Arab Thought Foundation 10th Annual Conference, 5-7 December 2011, Dubai, UAE

“The Economic Challenges in the aftermath of the Arab Spring” (Ar.)  [press]


● Columbia University Global Center launch event, 2 November 2011, Istanbul, Turkey

High-level policy discussion (closed)

Panel discussion, “Is the Internet Too Free?


● Sweden In Arabic launch event, 13 October 2011, Swedish Embassy, Cairo, Egypt

Panel discussion, “Social Media and its use in Business Development and Small Projects”


● International Conference Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the first Congress of “Solidarity” (Solidarność), 9-10 September 2011, Warsaw/Gdansk, Poland

Debate: “Are Cairo and Tunis Repetitions of Gdańsk? The Waves of Democratisation

Throughout the World”, 10 September 2011


● Vantage Communications workshop, “The Power of Blogs”, 10 July 2011, Cairo, Egypt

Presentation: “The Weakness of Blogs”


● Almedalen Week – Sweden’s most important yearly political gathering, 6-8 July 2011, Visby, Sweden

Discussion, “Global leadership and the new Digital Landscape”, 7 July 2011.


● Tällberg Forum, 30 June – 3 July 2011, Sigtuna, Sweden

Opening plenary session: “the Middle East: Old Maps, New Realities”, 30 June 2011.

Workshop: “The Global Network Society”, 1 July 2011.

Panel Discussion: “After Democratic Revolutions: What Next?”, 2 July 2011.


● Turkey State visit 3-8 June 2011, Istanbul/Ankara/Konya, Turkey.

Meetings and discussions with a host of Turkish political personalities, including President Abdullah Gül, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoğlu, and a number of party and civil society leaders.


●  Connect!! Pakistan’s first Social Media Summit, 11 June 2011, Karachi, Pakistan
Panel on “Education & Good Governance: Going Digital”.


●   St. Gallen Symposium, 12 – 14 May 2011, St. Gallen, Switzerland

One-on-One (public interview) with Ribal Al-Assad, 12 May 2011

“The Media, a sword. But who carries it?”, debate with US Army Major Michael Erwin, 13 May 2011


●   Palestinian Vision, 1 May 2011, Jerusalem, Palestine

Workshop on Social Media for Jerusalemite youth (in Arabic)


●   Bil’in 6th International Solidarity Conference, 28 April 2011, Bil’in, Palestine

Lessons learned from the Egyptian revolution” (in Arabic)


●   TEDxRamallah, 16 April 2011, Bethlehem, Palestine

Creative Expression Tahrir Square.


●   Institut Francais d’Egypte, 12 Avril 2011, Le Caire, Egypte

                       Conference “Points de Vue” en compagnie de Guy Sorman (in French)


●   ArabNet.ME conference,  24 March 2011, Beirut, Lebanon

                       Panel on “Social Media and Citizenship”


●   American University in Beirut,  22 March 2011

                       Guest lecturer at the School of Journalism – Digital Media


● UNDP – Central European University Webinar, 08 July 2010

                       Social media and political mobilization


● 5th Global YES Summit – Rework the World, 4 June 2010, Leksand, Sweden

                       Panel on “Job creation and youth engagement as means of integration

                       in conflict and post-conflict regions”


● Media Seminar on the War in Gaza, Norwegian Institute of Journalism, 26 February 2009, Oslo, Norway

                       Presentation, “Arab Media coverage of the War on Gaza”

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  1. Nihad permalink
    April 18, 2016 4:15 pm

    Is it possible to contact Mr. Dahshan regarding public speaking training courses.

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