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Rihab Elhaj and Nabeel Ali

February 21, 2013
"Immerging yourself in one's culture develops an intuitive well-rounded understanding of the other"


Rihab Elhaj from Libya, and Nabeel Ali from Jordan, are both involved in accompanying human rights and democracy promotion initiatives in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region (more info available here).

They took part in the 2012 edition of the MENA Fellowship Programme, carried out by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and supported by Vivendi. Intercultural dialogue is key to this programme, whose goal is to build ties between young professionals from the Middle East, the Maghreb, Europe and the Americas (click here for more info about the Fellowship programme). In autumn 2012, in the framework of the Programme, Vivendi hosted a delegation of young leaders from the MENA region for the third time. On that occasion, Rihab and Nabeel shared with us their experiences conducted in the field.

More information on the United Nations Alliance of Civilization can be found in this interview by Jean-Christophe Bas, in charge of the Alliance's Strategic development and partnerships.

Sameer Jaywant

May 21, 2013 Student at New York University

A student in International Relations and Economics at New York University, Sameer Jaywant is from Indian origin.


Jean-Christophe Bas

December 19, 2012 Senior Advisor, Strategic Development and Partnerships, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

"We must work together to ensure that cultural diversity is included in the development agenda for post-2015."

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