Panel with Basma Fakri, Serif Turgut and Bjorn Klouman Bekken, Harvard

Friday, April, 11, 2008
Linnehan Conference Room, 73 Tremont Street

Ms. Basma Fakri is a founding member and three times elected president of the Women’s Alliance for a Democratic Iraq, an organization dedicated to a free and democratic Iraq with full and equal individual rights for women. On October 25, 2005 she addressed the UN Security Council in a closed session about Iraqi women’s issues and the importance of their role in building the peace in Iraq. She earned a BA from Baghdad University and a MA in Civil Engineering from Tennessee State University She is at the Harvard Kennedy School (MPA 2008).

Ms. Serif Turgut worked for more than three years as the UN Head of Public Information Office for the Central Liberia. In that capacity she has created and managed information dissemination mechanisms for Demilitarization, Reintegration, Rehabilitation, elections and post conflict transition. Before she worked for eight years as a war correspondent in Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Chechnya, Iraq, Algeria and Western Sahara. Serif was one of the few journalists who stayed and worked in siege of Sarajevo for years and later in Kosovo through NATO’s bombardment. She was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University and received her Masters in Intl. Politics and Practices from George Washington University and is at the Harvard Kennedy School (MPA 2008).

Bjorn Klouman Bekken, Fr. Advisor, Perm.anent Mission of Norway to the Un, New York, Harvard Kennedy School (MPA 2008).

Co-sponsored by the Suffolk University:  College of Arts and Sciences, Suffolk University Law School, United Nations Association of Greater Boston (UNAGB).

Invited are students and faculty members at Suffolk University, at MIT, Harvard University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Boston University, Boston College, Brandeis University and interested members of the greater Boston Community.

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