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1- Abdullah Al Jumah
Hailing from Saudi Arabia, Abdullah Al Jumah is the best-selling author of Tales of a Saudi in Europe (2013), a book about his adventures travelling in Europe. A media personality in the Middle East and regarded as one of the most influential young Arabs for his works in travel literature, Al Jumah has a Law degree from King Saud University and Master of Laws   from the University of Manchester. He was a legal counsel for the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources in Saudi Arabia and was appointed as a Law lecturer at King Saud University in 2013.

2- Saroo Brierley
Author of the memoir A Long Way Home, which was adapted into the Oscar-nominated film Lion. Both tell the story of how Brierley was accidentally separated from his biological mother in India when he was five years old, and was adopted by an Australian couple. Later in life, he used Google Maps to locate his lost family. Brierley studied at the Australian International Hotel School in Canberra. He is now an entrepreneur and continues to live in Hobart, Australia, communicating regularly with his Indian family.

3- Ben Okri OBE
Nigerian poet and author Ben Okri is one of Africa’s most prominent writers, best known for his Booker Prize–winning novel The Famished Road (1991). He is the youngest-ever winner of the Booker Prize. For his contributions to literature, Okri has received honorary doctorates from the UK’s University of Westminster, University of Essex, University of Exeter, School of Oriental and African Studies, and University of Bedfordshire, as well as Belgium’s Universiteit voor het Algemeen Belang. He was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2001.

4- Ali Sparkes
British children’s author Ali Sparkes has published over 40 books. Her book Frozen in Time (2009) won two Blue Peter awards: Book of The Year and Book I Couldn't Put Down. Her first book, The Shapeshifter: Finding the Fox, was nominated for the 2007 Bolton Children's Book Award, and her 2015 novel Car-Jacked was nominated for the 2017 Children’s Book Award.

5- Carmine Gallo
Dubbed a ‘communications guru’ by Publishers Weekly, Carmine Gallo is a best-selling author, journalist, speaker, lecturer, and communications advisor. Author of nine books, his 2018 publication Five Stars: The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great, relays the importance of mastering the art of persuasion in order to succeed. Gallo is a regular speaker at TED Talks and has gathered a global following for his informative and inspirational style. He holds a degree in Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles and a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University.

6- Bettany Hughes
Hughes is an English historian, author and broadcaster known for her works on ancient and medieval history and culture. Among her notable works is her second book The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens, and the Search for the Good Life (2011), which was chosen by several publications as Book of the Year, was a New York Times bestseller and was nominated for the Writer’s Guild Award. Her first book Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore has been translated into many languages. Hughes has written and presented documentaries for National Geographic, BBC, Discovery Channel, PBS, History Channel and Channel 4. She is a scholar at Oxford University and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of York.

7- Curtis Jobling
The British illustrator and author, creator of numerous picture books and book series, is best known for his children’s book Frankenstein’s Cat (2001) and as the production designer of popular children’s television series Bob the Builder. He is also the creator of fantasy horror series Wereworld, and the young adult thrillers Haunt: Dead Scared, Haunt: Dead Wrong, and Max Helsing and the Thirteenth Curse.

8- Ziauddin Yousafzai
The Pakistani education activist is best known as the father of Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, who protested against the Taliban for the education rights of girls. Currently the United Nations Special Advisor on Global Education and the educational attaché of Pakistan in its consulate in Birmingham, UK, Ziauddin recently published the moving memoir Let Her Fly: A Father’s Journey.

9- Sarah McIntyre
McIntyre is a multi-award winning illustrator and writer of children's books and comics. Her book Morris the Mankiest Monster (2009) won the Bishop's Stortford Picture Book Award and the Sheffield Children's Book Award for Best Picture Book in 2010. Her comic book Vern and Lettuce (2010), which was originally a weekly comic strip in The Guardian newspaper, also won the Leeds Graphic Novel Award in 2011. In 2016, the Bookseller magazine named her as one of their Rising Stars for spearheading the #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign that has called for more prominence and credit for book illustrators.

10- Eugene Rogan
Director of the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, Rogan is best known for his book The Arabs: A History, which The Economist, The Financial Times, and The Atlantic named one of the best books of 2009. Rogan won the Albert Hourani Book Award and the Fuad Köprülü Prize for his work Frontiers of the State in the Late Ottoman Empire (1999), and his book The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, 1914-1920 was named one of the best books of 2015 by The Economist and The Wall Street Journal. Rogan holds a degree in economics from Columbia University and a Master’s degree and Doctorate in Middle Eastern history from Harvard University.

11- Paul Blezard
Paul Blezard is an author, poet and interviewer who was for eight years the award-winning voice of Oneword radio, where he recorded over 1,700 programmes interviewing former US presidents, Nobel prize winners and many of the world’s most renowned and popular authors. The former Literary Editor of The Lady magazine, he has appeared on many TV shows around the world and is currently the Literary Director of the Firebird Poetry Prizes.

12- Saeed Al Gergawi
Saeed Al Gergawi is Director of the Dubai Future Academy, an initiative under the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF). Before joining DFF, Al Gergawi was the Programme Director of the UAE’s ‘Mars 2117’ initiative. His mandate was to establish the country’s 100-year space exploration strategy, focusing on contributing to humanity's interplanetary endeavors and creating the ecosystem needed to both attract and enable talent. Additionally, Al Gergawi was also the Mission Strategist for the Emirates Mars Mission, which will send the Arab world’s first probe to Mars by 2021, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UAE.

13- Afra Atiq
Afra Atiq is an award-winning Emirati poet. She has been featured across the globe and has held workshops with Untitled Chapters, giving back to the community. She has been published in the International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research and conducted social research involving literature and education. She has been featured at schools and universities, including the NYUAD Arts Centre, as well as at TEDxFujairah. Atiq has won multiple poetry slams in addition to the 2017 ADMAF Creativity Award, the first spoken word poet to win the award.

14- Dr. Rafia Ghubash
The founder of Dubai’s Women’s Museum and a high-achieving leader among Arab women, Dr. Ghubash was the first Emirati psychiatrist and first Emirati woman to receive a professorship in psychiatry. She is also the first female president of a regional university: Gulf Arab University in Bahrain. She has published books documenting UAE heritage and history, and Nabataean poetry in the UAE. Dr. Ghubash has made countless contributions to intellectual and scientific conferences in the Gulf and across the world. She is also a member of numerous professional associations and academic institutions locally and internationally.

15- Kim A. Page
Kim A. Page is a communications expert who has helped thousands of professionals get their message across in multinational and local organisations. Page teaches skills including voice training, team building, active listening, body language and more, with a focus on helping clients connect the skills they need to achieve their professional goals. Her career spans across three continents, having been based in Copenhagen, Barcelona and San Francisco before landing in Dubai, where she currently lives. Page recently published her first book, The Right Kind of Loud: Finding Your Communication Voice.

16- Frank Dullaghan
Dullaghan is an Irish writer living and working in Dubai, whose poetry has been widely published in international literary journals. He has written four poetry collections: On the Back of the Wind, Enough Light to See the Dark, The Same Roads Back and Lifting the Latch. In 2014 Dullaghan was commissioned to provide the final English translations for the poems of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. He also runs workshops on poetry and short story writing for schools, universities and writing groups.

17- Roudha Al Marri
Roudha Al Marri is a modern Emirati who lives to travel the world. She is a vegan and a certified yoga teacher who loves anything holistic. A Master’s degree-holder in Finance and Operation Management, she left the corporate world more than a decade ago. A writer at heart, she always carries a black pen and a notebook anywhere she goes.

18- Zeina Hashem Beck
Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet whose most recent collection, Louder than Hearts, won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. She is also the author of two chapbooks: 3arabi Song, winner of the 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and There Was and How Much There Was, published in 2016 by smith|doorstop as a Laureate’s Choice, selected by Britain’s poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. Beck’s first collection, To Live in Autumn, won the 2013 Backwaters Prize. Her work has appeared in the publications Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Ambit, and The Rialto, among others.

19- Dawn Metcalfe
An executive coach, facilitator, trainer and leadership advisor, Metcalfe’s first book, Managing the Matrix: The Secret to Surviving and Thriving in Your Organization, was published in 2014. She is the founder of PDSi, which helps individuals and teams improve their performance, and the creator of the HardTalk™ training programme. In 2018 she published The HardTalk Handbook: The definitive guide to having the difficult conversations that make a difference. Metcalfe often contributes to various publications such as Training Magazine Middle East, Gulf Business and Explorer UAE.

20- Gaurav Sinha
Gaurav Sinha established Insignia Worldwide in 2003 and is the founder of Quillon Hospitality.
He moved to Dubai in 1993 where he joined Hilton Hotels as Head of Marketing for the Arabian Gulf. Insignia, a leading branding, advertising, digital and interior design agency based in Dubai, is ranked amongst the Top 100 SMEs by Dubai Chamber and was listed in the Top 30 Most Admired Companies by Arabian Business. In his new book Compassion Inc.: Unleashing the Power of Empathy in Life and Business, he outlines the economics of empathy for life and for business, offering actionable solutions to maintaining a successful trade in a changing global landscape.

21- Eithne Treanor
Using her custom OwnYourSpace programme to train corporate stars, Treanor has been helping executives deliver their messages with power and clarity for more than 10 years. She has moderated heavy-hitting ministerial and executive panels around the world. She is one of the world's premier choices for events and training, and companies across the globe, including OPEC, SPE, and DMG have trusted her with their most important events. Her contagious energy and sharp intellect are balanced with a thoughtful and creative approach.

22- Brandy Scott
Brandy Scott is co-host of The Business Breakfast on Dubai Eye 103.8FM. Scott’s career has seen her running the Features Desk of a national newspaper, producing Radio New Zealand’s flagship breakfast show, appearing as a regular television pundit and writing for numerous magazines and websites. Her debut novel, Not Bad People, recently published by HarperCollins Australia and William Morrow, is a compelling tale of three Australian women whose impulsive decision to let off illegal Chinese lanterns sets in motion a series of life-changing events.

23- Julia Johnson
As a child, Johnson loved dressing up and making up stories, and her life has revolved around storytelling ever since. With a background in performing and teaching, she has read stories on radio and TV, narrated audiobooks and performed in theatres. A thirst for adventure brought her to Dubai more than 40 years ago and much of her writing inspiration comes from the UAE and Oman. A desire to share her discoveries about the region led to her first story, The Pearl Diver, now read and enjoyed in primary schools throughout the Gulf. Many more books have followed, including the award-winning The Turtle Secret. Her latest books are The Secret of the Cave and Lizard and Toad.

24- Rehan Khan
An avid observer of history and the many cross-cultural connections it unearths, Rehan Khan has always been intrigued by how ideas and information move from one civilisation to the next. Throughout his travels, what most fascinates him are the narratives, legends and chronicles which unite cultures.
Khan is the author of historical fiction novel A Tudor Turk (2019), as well as the fantasy works Last of the Tasburai (2014) and Scream of the Tasburai (2017). When not writing, Rehan works in the telecoms sector and is a visiting professor at an international business school. He lives in Dubai with his family.

25- Nadia Wassef
Nadia Wassef is a Co-Founder of Diwan Bookstores, Cairo’s first chain of modern, boutique-style bookstores, now with ten stores employing one hundred and fifty people. Wassef was on the Forbes List of the Most Powerful Women in the Middle East in 2014, 2015, and 2016. She holds three Masters degrees, the latest in Creative Writing from Birkbeck College, University of London (2017).

26- Julie Till
Julie Till is the author of The Drive to Dubai and Mystery in Muscat and has also written reading comprehension books and a short story for Oxford University Press (OUP). Till is Head of Business Development for Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa for OUP and has been based in the UAE since 2007. She has managed a number of extensive reading projects with ministries in the region, as well as events such as the Oxford University Press Story Writing Competition during the Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature and the National Bookworms Competition in Lebanon. She has set up a number of different training programmes in the region including the Oxford Teacher’s Academy: Extensive Reading and Literacy for Arabic Speakers of English. Till is also the regional sponsor for OUP’s new Arabic literacy project.

27- Emma Jobling
Emma Jobling is a professional proofreader and copy editor with wide experience in children’s publishing, having worked on more than 250 titles. Her career in this field started unexpectedly five years ago; after proofreading her husband’s Wereworld novels in an unofficial capacity, his publisher hired her as part of their freelance editorial team. Jobling’s clients include Scholastic, Macmillan, Egmont, OUP and Penguin Random House. She lives in Cheshire, England.

28- Shadi Al Hasan
With a background in strategic communications planning, Shadi Al Hasan is renowned for brand positioning and creative alternative solutions. Al Hasan has successfully developed, planned and executed the branding and integrated marketing campaigns for multinationals such as Philips, Hyundai, BP Middle East and many government departments in the region. A former M&C Saatchi Creative Director, he currently heads up sister company Simaty Communication as well as Rufoof Online, the first Arabic eBook platform on mobile. He has spoken at conferences and seminars throughout his career and is a regular resident at renowned Pan-Arab satellite programmes.

29- Trevor Naylor
Trevor Naylor has worked in global publishing and bookselling for 38 years. His experience includes many years in UK and export sales, during which time he has visited over 80 countries. Naylor has held senior roles in bookselling (and owned his own bookstore), distribution and as a freelance sales agent in the Middle East representing many trade publishers. He now works as Sales and Marketing Director for the American University in Cairo Press (AUCP) and Bookstores. The AUCP recently launched a new imprint, Hoopoe Fiction, specialising in Arabic literature in translation. Naylor is also an author, and his latest book is Cairo Inside Out.

30- Emma Shercliff
Emma Shercliff is the Sales & Rights Director for Cassava Republic Press (UK). She was formerly Managing Director of Macmillan English Campus, a digital publishing division of Macmillan Publishers, and has worked for publishing houses in the UK, France, Australia and Nigeria. Shercliff is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Education, University College London; her doctoral research explores the role of female publishers in Africa. She has written for industry publications such as Publishing Perspectives, Wasafiri and LOGOS, and has spoken at events including the Dubai International Publishing Conference and the Geneva Book Fair.

31- Mary Beth Jarrad
Mary Beth Jarrad is the Sales and Marketing Director for NYU Press. She began her career at Oxford University Press, in International Sales, and moved next to Cambridge University Press and then Random House, all in International Sales. She has been at NYU for eight years.

32- Marcia Lynx Qualey
Writer, critic, and editor Qualey founded the ArabLit (www.arablit.org) website in 2009. Since then, it has developed into a source of daily news and views on Arab and Arabic literature and translation that is used in classrooms, publishing houses, bookshops, and homes around the world. In 2017, ArabLit won the Literary Translation Initiative Award at the London Book Fair. That same year, Qualey co-launched the popular ‘Bulaq’ podcast. In 2018, she founded the ArabLit Story Prize, an agenting cooperative called ArabKidLitNow!, and the ArabLit Quarterly magazine. In August 2019, her co-translation of Fatima Sharafeddine and Samar Mahfouz Barraj's co-authored Ghady & Rawan will be published by the University of Texas Press.

33- STEFAN WEIDNER
Stefan Weidner is a renowned German translator and literary critic specialising in Arabic literature. In September 2019 his collection of critical essays, 1,001 Books, will be published by Edition Converso, Germany.

34- MARGARET OBANK
Margaret Obank is a British publisher known for her contribution to the dissemination of contemporary Arabic literature in English translation. She is co-founder of Banipal Magazine of Modern Arab Literature and Administrator of the Banipal Trust for Arab Literature. The Trust, which she set up in 2004, administers the annual Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation (the first prize in the world for published literary translation from Arabic to English) and the Banipal-Arab British Centre Library of Modern Arab Literature. Obank will speak about how the translation of literature – fiction and poetry – is an essential part of the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural world we live in; how the translation of literary works by contemporary authors from all corners of the Arab world into English (and other languages) makes this literature accessible to the widest possible audiences, allowing the works to take their rightful place within world literature and to speak to a global readership about the realities of Arab cultures in all their diversity and vibrancy.

35-  JAN KARSTEN
Jan Karsten is the CEO of CulturBooks, a German independent press that focuses on young, upcoming, award-winning international voices. It publishes printed books as well as eBook-only digital editions. Karsten will talk about his experience as a digital publisher, the importance of Bibliodiversity and a strong and diverse independent publishing scene, and the power of a kind of intercultural, cosmopolitical writing that transcends (and transforms) a ‘national’ literature.

36- Bensalem Himmich

Literature Award – Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2019
Bensalem Himmich is an intellectual and author, and the former Minister of Culture for Morocco. He attained his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Paris. Writing in both Arabic and French, some of his novels have been translated into several other languages. The Writers’ Union of Egypt chose Himmich’s novel Majnun Al Hukm as one of the 100 best novels of the 20th Century, and another novel, Mu’athibati, was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Himmich has spoken at several Arab, European and American forums, and received the grand award of the French Academy of Toulouse in 2011.

37- Hussain Almutawaa
Children’s Literature Award - Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2019
Hussain Almutawaa is a Kuwaiti writer and photographer born in 1989. Almutawaa attained a Bachelor’s degree in Literature and Criticism from the College of Arabic Language at the University of Kuwait, minoring in Philosophy. He started his literary career as a poet in 2009, and has participated in many poetry events and festivals. In 2015, he began writing short stories and won first place in the ‘University Poet and Story Teller’ category at the University of Kuwait. Almutawaa then moved on to novels, publishing his first, Turab, at the end of 2017, and his children’s novel, I Dream of Becoming a Cement Mixer, in 2018.

38- Dr. Abderrezak Belagrouz
Young Author Award - Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2019
Dr. Abderrezak Belagrouz is an Algerian scholar holding a PhD in the Science and Philosophy of Values and Knowledge. Belagrouz is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Staif-2 University in Algeria, and an expert judge and member of the scientific committee of the Algerian Society of Philosophical Studies. He has authored several books, including Transformations of Modern Philosophical Thinking: Questions on Concept, Meaning and Connection, published by Al Maaref Forum, Beirut in 2018 and For Knowledge: Honest Discussion with Self and Books, published by Al Watan Publications, Algeria in 2017.

39- Professor Dr. Charbel Dagher
Literary & Criticism Award - Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2019
Professor Dr. Charbel Dagher is a Lebanese scholar and a Professor at the University of Balamand holding two PhDs, in Modern Arabic Literature and Art History and Philosophy. He has written over 60 books in both Arabic and French, including Arabic and Urbanism: The Relationship between Revolution, Culturalism and Modernity, published by Dar Al Nahar and University of Balamand in 2009, and Modern Arabic Poetry: The Prose Poem, published by Al Maaref Forum in 2018.

40- Dr. Philip F. Kennedy
Arab Culture in Other Languages Award - Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2019
Dr. Philip F. Kennedy is a British academic and researcher, and a Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and Comparative Literature at New York University. He holds a PhD in Classic Arabic Poetry and a Masters in Middle East Studies. He is currently working on a book called Islamic Projections, a study of narrative knowledge focusing on the medieval period.
Arab Centre for Geographic Literature - Irtiyad Al-Afaq
Publishing & Technology Award - Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2019
The Arab Centre for Geographic Literature - Irtiyad Al-Afaq is a UAE cultural initiative established by Emirati poet and author Mohammad bin Ahmad Al Suwaidi. It was established under one of Al Suwaidi’s other projects, the Al Suwaidi Cultural House, which has published a large number of accounts of ancient and modern Arab voyages in more than 60 books. The Centre annually bestows the Ibn Battuta Geographic Literature Award for best publications of travel writing and criticism. Among the Centre’s achievements is the compiling of a comprehensive database of written voyages.
Jaroslav Stetkevych & Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych – U.S.
Cultural Personality of the Year Award - Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2019

41. Stefan Weidner
Stefan Weidner is a renowned German writer, translator, and literary critic, with a specialization in Arabic literature. In September 2019 his collection of critical essays, 1,001 Books, will be published by Edition Converso, Germany. Weidner will speak about this project, which situates Arabic literature in the context of world literature today, shedding new light onto it from the perspective of postcolonial theory on one hand and the interested Western readership on the other.

42. Margaret Obank
Margaret Obank is a British publisher known for her contribution to the dissemination of contemporary Arabic literature in English translation. She is co-founder of Banipal Magazine of Modern Arab Literature and Administrator of the Banipal Trust for Arab Literature. The Trust, which she set up in 2004, administers the annual Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation (the first prize in the world for published literary translation from Arabic to English) and the Banipal-Arab British Centre Library of Modern Arab Literature. Obank will speak about how the translation of literature – fiction and poetry – is an essential part of the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural world we live in; how the translation of literary works by contemporary authors from all corners of the Arab world into English (and other languages) makes this literature accessible to the widest possible audiences, allowing the works to take their rightful place within world literature and to speak to a global readership about the realities of Arab cultures in all their diversity and vibrancy.

43. Jan Karsten
Jan Karsten is the CEO of CulturBooks, a German independent press that focuses on young and upcoming award-winning international voices. It publishes printed books as well as e-book-only digital editions. Karsten will talk about his experience as a digital publisher, the importance of Bibliodiversity and a strong and diverse independent publishing scene, and the power of a kind of intercultural, cosmopolitical writing that transcends (and transforms) a ‘national’ literature.

44. Bensalem Himmich
Literature Award
Bensalem Himmich is an intellectual and author, and the former Minister of Culture for Morocco. He attained his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Paris. Writing in both Arabic and French, some of his novels have been translated into several other languages. The Writers’ Union of Egypt chose Himmich’s novel Majnoun Al Hukm as one of the 100 best novels of the 20th Century, and another novel, Mu’athibati, was shortlisted for the Arab Booker International Award. Himmich has spoken at several Arab, European and American forums, and received the grand award of the French Academy of Toulouse in 2011.

45. Hussain Almutawaa
Children’s Literature Award
Hussain Almutawaa is a Kuwaiti writer and photographer born in 1989. Almutawaa attained a Bachelor’s degree in Literature and Criticism from the College of Arabic Language at the University of Kuwait, minoring in Philosophy. He started his literary career as a poet in 2009, and has participated in many poetry events and festivals. In 2015, he began writing short stories and won first place in the ‘University Poet and Story Teller’ category at the University of Kuwait. Almutawaa then moved on to novels, publishing his first, Turab, at the end of 2017, and his children’s novel, I Dream of Becoming a Cement Mixer, in 2018.

46. Dr. Abderrezak Belagrouz
Young Author Award
Dr. Abderrezak Belagrouz is an Algerian scholar holding a PhD in the Science and Philosophy of Values and Knowledge. Belagrouz is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Staif-2 University in Algeria, and an expert judge and member of the scientific committee of the Algerian Society of Philosophical Studies. He has authored several books, including Transformations of Modern Philosophical Thinking: Questions on Concept, Meaning and Connection, published by Al Maaref Forum, Beirut in 2018 and For Knowledge: Honest Discussion with Self and Books, published by Al Watan Publications, Algeria in 2017.

47. Professor Dr. Charbel Dagher
Literary & Criticism Award
Dr. Charbel Dagher is a Lebanese scholar and a Professor at the University of Balamand, holding two PhDs, in Modern Arabic Literature and Art History and Philosophy. He has written over 60 books in both Arabic and French, including Arabic and Urbanism: The Relationship Between Revolution, Culturalism and Modernity, published by Dar Al Nahar and University of Balamand in 2009, and Modern Arabic Poetry: The Prose Poem, published by Al Maaref Forum in 2018.

48. Dr. Philip F. Kennedy
Arab Culture in Other Languages Award
Dr. Philip F. Kennedy is a British academic and researcher, and a Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and Comparative Literature at New York University. He holds a PhD in Classic Arabic Poetry and a Masters in Middle East Studies. He is currently working on a book called Islamic Projections, a study of narrative knowledge focusing on the Medieval period.

49. Arab Centre for Geographic Literature - Irtiyad Al-Afaq
Publishing & Technology Award
The Arab Centre for Geographic Literature - Irtiyad Al-Afaq is a UAE cultural initiative established by Emirati poet and author Mohammad bin Ahmad Al Suwaidi. It was established under one of Al Suwaidi’s other projects, the Al Suwaidi Cultural House, which has published a large number of accounts of ancient and modern Arab voyages in more than 60 books. The Centre annually bestows the Ibn Battuta Geographic Literature Award for best publications of travel writing and criticism. Among the Centre’s achievements is the compiling of a comprehensive database of written voyages.

 
Author of the memoir A Long Way Home, which was adapted into the Oscar-nominated film Lion. Both tell the story of how Brierley was accidentally separated from his biological mother in India when he was five years old, and was adopted by an Australian couple. Later in life, he used Google Maps to locate his lost family. Brierley studied at the Australian International Hotel School in Canberra. He is now an entrepreneur and continues to live in Hobart, Australia, communicating regularly with his Indian family.

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