As part of  the United Nations 75th anniversary initiative (UN75), the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is holding a global conversation with scholars, educators, researchers and students to discuss their priorities for the future, obstacles to achieving them, and the role of global academic cooperation in rethinking global issues. Please see below the details of the next webinar in the 75 for UN75: 75 Minutes of Conversation series organized by the United Nations Academic Impact on the topic of Rethinking Tourism:

Date: Thursday 21 January 2021

Time: 10:00am to 11:15am (New York time)

Language: Arabic

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  • Mr. Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division at the United Nations Department of Global Communications. Commissioner-General for the United Nations’ participation in Expo 2020 Dubai

Confirmed guest speakers:

  • Ms. Basmah Al-Mayman, Regional Director for the Middle East at the United Nations World Tourism Organization - UNWTO
  • Dr. Suleiman A. D. Farajat, Chief Commissioner of the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (Jordan). Former Professor of Tourism at the University of Jordan and Researcher at the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change (United Kingdom) 
  • Dr. Ghada Mohamed Wafik Abu Bak, Vice Dean for Education and Students Affairs of the Faculty of Tourism and Hotels at Fayoum University (Egypt). Researcher on Tourism Service Quality and Marketing for Tourism
  • Dr. Noureddine Selmi, Associate Professor of Marketing and Tourism at the HEC Carthage Business School (Tunisia). Ex-Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Tunisia
  • Prof. Salwa Mikdadi, Associate Professor and Researcher of the Arab Center for the Study of Art at New York University - Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). Former Head of the Professional Development Program at the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority
  • Dr. Hafidh Al-Riyami, Assistant Professor at the College of Applied Sciences – Nizwa (Oman). Co-Author of the book "Tourism in the Arab World: An Industry Perspective" and former Tour Guide for Global Tours Oman
  • Ms. Sophia Smith-Galer, Visual Journalist at BBC and winner of the Many Languages, One World (MLOW) International Essay Contest
  • Mr. Jason Pierce, Student of Arabic in the United Nations Language and Communications Programme and Editorial Assistant at the UN Chronicle magazine


You can read a recap of this webinar and watch the video here.