Middle Eastern Heritage Speakers

Middle Eastern Heritage Speakers & Experts

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is a geopolitical and transcontinental region that, throughout its modern history, has played a large and shifting role in regional and world politics. While many of these nations share a common cultural and linguistic heritage, the Middle East is home to a wide range of diverse religions, ethnicities, cultures, diasporas, and indigenous peoples. Whether they're celebrating their own heritage or are experts in Middle Eastern political and social issues, the journalists, political speakers, celebrities, and activists in this category spark important conversations about immigration, foreign affairs and national security, humanitarian aid, human rights, and cross-cultural communication. Whether you are planning an event for National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM), or otherwise looking to honor the contributions of generations of Middle Eastern Americans, these keynote speakers are a great addition to university and heritage events.

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Marty Makary, M.D.
(1 rating)

Healthcare Futurist, Johns Hopkins Surgeon & Professor of Public Health

Alaa Murabit
(1 rating)

UN High-Level Commissioner on Health & Economic Growth; Global Sustainable Development Goal Advocate

Sara Minkara
(1 rating)

Founder & CEO of Empowerment Through Integration

Dennis Prager

Host of the Dennis Prager Radio Show, Co-Founder of Prager University, NY Times Bestselling Author & Columnist

Gail Harris
(1 rating)

Highest Ranking African American Woman in the US Navy

Deborah E. Lipstadt
(4 ratings)

Professor of Modern Jewish & Holocaust Studies at Emory University

Fawzia Koofi

Afghan Politician & Women's Rights Activist; Member of Parliament; Vice President of the National Assembly

Trita Parsi

President of the National Iranian American Council & Author of Several Award-Winning Books on US Foreign Policy

Richard Wolffe

Digital Executive, Best-Selling Author & Columnist at The Guardian

Maysoon Zayid
(4 ratings)

Palestinian-American Actress, Writer, Comedian, Disability & Anti-Cyber Bullying Advocate

Hoda Kotb

Broadcast Journalist, Television Personality, Author & Co-Anchor of "The Today Show"

Joshua Malina
(1 rating)

Actor Known for his roles in "The West Wing" & "Scandal"

Dan Abrams
(3 ratings)

Chief Legal Affairs Anchor at ABC News & Founder of Abrams Media

Aaron David Miller

Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Nicholas Burns

Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy & International Politics, Harvard Kennedy School

Zainab Al-Suwaij

Executive Director of the American Islamic Congress

Asra Nomani

Journalist & Author, Women's Rights Activist

George Mitchell

Global Diplomat, Peace Negotiator & Leadership Expert; Former Senate Majority Leader Who Enjoyed Bipartisan Respect

Ronald W. Zweig

Israeli Historian Specializing in Hebrew & Judaic Studies

Jared Cohen

President, Jigsaw (previously Google Ideas) & Chief Advisor to Alphabet Executive Chairman (former Google CEO) Eric Schmidt