Advisory Board


Osama Abi-MershedOsama Walid Abi-Mershed

Director, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS), School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Osama Abi-Mershed is Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University, where he teaches courses on North Africa, the Middle East, and the Western Mediterranean (medieval and modern); on Arab and Ottoman societies in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; and on colonial and post-colonial Franco-Maghribi relations. His academic research focuses on the ideologies and practices of colonial modernization in nineteenth century Algeria, and on the parallel processes of state-and nation-making in France and North Africa.



Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad

Professor, and former President, Qatar University

Qatar University’s 5th President Al-Misnad is one of Qatar’s leading educators, and a partner in many initiatives towards the fulfillment of national development strategies.  As a member of the Board of Directors of Qatar Foundation for Education Science and Community Development since 1999, she has had a key role in the governance and leadership of the educational institutions comprising Education City. Al-Misnad has written more than 50 articles published in professional journals and presented at leading conferences and seminars at the local, regional and international levels.


Ahmed Dallal

Ahmad Dallal

Professor and former Provost, American University of Beirut

Dallal is professor of history At AUB's Department of History and Archaeology. He joined AUB in the summer of 2009 from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he served as the chair of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies. His previous academic appointments were at Stanford University (2000-03), Yale University (1994-2000), and Smith College (1990-94). Dallal’s scholarship focuses on the history of science, Islamic revivalist thought, and Islamic law. His most recent publication is Islam, Science, and the Challenge of History. He received his BE (1980) from AUB’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, and his PhD (1990) in Islamic Studies from the Department of Middle East Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.

Suad Joseph

Distinguished Research Professor of Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, University of California, Davis

Joseph is the founder of the Middle East Research Group in Anthropology (which evolved into the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association), founder of the Association for Middle East Women's Studies (AMEWS) and the Arab Families Research Group. She founded and directs a five-university consortium including the American University of Beirut, the American University in Cairo, the Lebanese American University, Birzeit University, and UC Davis. She was president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America in 2010-2011. She has edited or co-edited 8 books, and published over 100 articles in journals and books.  She has been a faculty at the University of California, Davis since 1976 where she is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies, and Faculty Assistant to the Chancellor.  

Stanley N. Katz

Director, Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, Princeton University

Katz is President Emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies, the national humanities organization in the United States. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1955 with a major in English History and Literature. He was trained in British and American history at Harvard (PhD, 1961), where he also attended Law School in 1969-70. His recent research focuses upon the relationship of civil society and constitutionalism to democracy, and upon the relationship of the United States to the international human rights regime. He is the Editor in Chief of the recently published Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History, and the Editor of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the United States Supreme Court.


Rami Khouri

Director, The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut

Khouri is a Palestinian-Jordanian and US citizen whose family resides in Beirut and Nazareth. He is the Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, as well as a columnist at the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper. He is an internationally syndicated political columnist and book author, and a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Dubai School of Government. He was the co-recipient of the Pax Christi International Peace Award for his efforts to bring peace and reconciliation to the Middle East.


Sir Timothy Lankester

Chairman of the Council, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London

Sir Lankester held senior positions in the British Treasury, was Britain’s representative on the boards of the IMF, World Bank and the European Investment Bank, and served as Permanent Secretary in Britain’s international aid and education ministries. He served as Private Secretary (Economic Affairs) to Prime Ministers Callaghan and Thatcher. He was Director of SOAS at the University of London and President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. In 2012, his book The Politics and Economics of Britain’s Foreign Aid: the Pergau Dam Affair was published by Routledge. He also Chairs the Board of Governors of Contemporary Dance Trust.


James Reardon-Anderson

James Reardon-Anderson

Senior Associate Dean and Sun Yat-Sen Professor of Chinese Studies, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Reardon-Anderson is Sun Yat-sen Professor of Chinese Studies and Senior Associate Dean of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He has been a member of the Georgetown faculty since 1985, and has served as director of the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei (1980-81, 1988), chief librarian of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library of Columbia University (1982-85), director of the Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People's Republic of China (1990-92); director of Asian Studies at Georgetown (1992-1995); and director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service program (2002-05). Dean Reardon-Anderson is the author of five books on the history and politics of China, most recently Reluctant Pioneers: China’s Expansion Northward, 1644-1937 (Stanford University Press, 2005), a study of Chinese frontier expansion and settlement.

Alistair Routledge

Alistair Routledge

President and General Manager, ExxonMobil Qatar

Alistair Routledge was appointed President and General Manager of ExxonMobil Qatar Inc. in January 2015. He is responsible for leading the interface of all ExxonMobil-affiliated activities in Qatar in partnership with Qatar Petroleum as well as joint ventures between Qatar Petroleum International and ExxonMobil abroad. Alistair holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh in 1990 and an MBA from Strathclyde Graduate Business School, Glasgow in 1995.  Alistair began his career with Mobil in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1990.  Since that time, he has undertaken a range of technical, supervisory and managerial assignments for Mobil and ExxonMobil (following the merger in 1999).  He has served in various capacities in engineering, operations, planning and commercial functions while working in the United Kingdom, the United States, Venezuela and Italy.