FRI. FEB 5 | "Transforming Hate Into Understanding and Peace" with Moustafa Soliman, Asmaa
Following the 8:00PM performance, join us for a post-show discussion and talkback with Moustafa Soliman (author, An Arab, A Jew, and A Truck), Asmaa Abumezied (Atlas Corps) and Mohammad Asideh (OneVoice).
Tickets: "I Shall Not Hate" 8 pm Friday, February 5th
Moustafa Soliman, an Egyptian American, is the Executive Director of “Arab-Jewish Truck to Peace,” a non-profit organization that aims at spreading interfaith understanding and expanding friendship and cooperation between Arabs (Christians and Muslims) and Jews. The organization was inspired by Moustafa’s historical fiction novel titled, “An Arab, A Jew and A Truck,” www.ArabJewTruck.com. Dr. Soliman had a career that spanned more than three decades in the private and public sectors. Until recently, he managed the US Government energy collaboration with Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority. He attended Cairo University and received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He currently lives in Washington, DC with his wife Lynn Skynear.
Graduated from An-Najah National University, Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences, Mohammad has 4 years’ experience with OneVoice Organization as the director of the Youth Leadership Programs, running several campaigns, trainings, and activities that aim to raise awareness toward Middle-East peace process, and the challenges that the Palestinian new generation faces.
Mohammad considers his 2014 work as a Process Development Engineer his most impactful experience. Mohammad helped establishing Public Services Centers in eight Palestinian municipalities. More importantly, Mohammad’s work contributed to improving the quality of services provided to citizens by including neglected communities in the municipalities’ strategic plans. Based in Washington DC, Mohammad served as Cure Violence’s international program officer where his main duty is to design and implement countering violence and extremism programs in the Middle East and North Africa.
Mohammad won the Generations For Peace Samsung Award 2012 for Impact, for his own personal journey of change with Generations For Peace.
Asmaa Abu Mezied is a Palestinian from Gaza. She is currently an Atlas Corps fellow serving as a Research and Advancement Fellow at Internet2, Washington DC, U.S with partnership with President’s Obama “Emerging Global Leaders” Initiative. Since, 2011 she is working as a Researcher and Business Development Specialist at “Small Enterprise Center”; involved in programs that focus on the economic empowerment of marginalized people and areas of economic recovery in the Gaza Strip. Her expertise extends to different areas including economic development, entrepreneurship and small business development, women empowerment, youth empowerment, training, research and community service. She provided more than 1000 training hours in areas involving entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, marketing, and financing for small businesses.
Asmaa is also a co-founder of an initiative called “PAL Initiatives of Change”. Through initiative we aim to foster and reinforce the human values in the Palestinian Society as well as develop the sense of individual and collective responsibility toward positive change.
Asmaa holds a master degree from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) with a MSc. Management and Human Resources; and a BA in Business Administration from the Islamic University of Gaza.