Dr. Dimah Mahmoud

Dimah Mahmoud is a humanist, activist, and passionate change-maker. Her extensive interdisciplinary expertise in research, political analysis and project management are reflected in the diverse conferences she organised as well as the initiatives and collaborations she spearheaded through The Generator, an independent consultancy she established in 2014. Her work contributes to advancing social, political and economic sustainable development in Africa and the Middle East. She facilitated and consulted for the League of Arab States, the Arab America Foundation, Massimedia, El Karma and EURAXESS North America among others. Prior to this, Dimah was the Interim Executive Director of Bridges of Understanding Foundation, during which she helped launch it onto its current forward trajectory: emphasizing the necessity of youth-targeted educational  programming as part of the effort to catalyze an effective, long-lasting paradigm shift.

Dahlia Mahmoud

Dahlia Mahmoud, Assistant Professor at Zayed University, is a Design Educator and Consultant. Her experience spans 15 years in  Design | academia and the entrepreneurial creative professional field. Mahmoud specialised in developing academic programs for universities in the US, MENA and GCC economic structures. The programs and consequently the students stabilise and flourish via extensive regional marketing, outreach, fundraising and government and private institutional collaborations. As a Photographer, time spent in the Middle East has prompted her career shift towards observation and documentation as a form of communication and cultural diplomacy.

Professor Herman Bell

Professor Herman Bell is a Senior Research Fellow at Exeter. He is collaborating with Nubian scholars on the languages and culture of Egyptian and Sudanese Nubia. His activities include discovering nubia, surveying geographic names and language revitalisation. As the Director of the Nubian Revitalisation Team and in collaboration with Nubian scholars, Herman’s work focuses on promoting Nubian literacy and developing a writing system based on the distinctive Nubian alphabet of the mediaeval period. He is also promoting Nubian creativity in music, art and literature.

Herman has been recording the geographical names of Nubia since 1962 and now serves as a Sudan Expert at the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) since 2000. His many contributions to work on Nubia includes providing a record of the spectacular house decorations of Nubia before the flood.

Professor Richard Lobban

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and African Studies at Rhode Island College, where he taught since 1972. At RIC, Richard is also the Executive Director of the Sudan Studies Association and was Director of the Program of African and Afro-American Studies for nearly thirteen years. He has been engaged in African studies since 1964, when he first went to Africa. Richard spent two years on the research staff at the American University in Cairo and has taught in Khartoum, Sudan, as well as in the U.S. at the University of Pittsburgh, Tufts, Bucknell, and Dartmouth. He lived in the Nile valley for six years and conducted his own ethnographic fieldwork in Arabic.

Recently, he received an excavation license for a continuing archaeological project in Sudanese Nubia, with colleagues from Rome and Moscow, at the Meroitic site of Abu Erteila which was recently reported in the New York Times.

Richard is a past-President of the Narragansett Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, and endowed an AIA lecture series that focuses on the archaeology of Africa. University courses he has taught include comparative language and writing systems, rise of the state in the Egypto-Nubian valley, ethnoarchaeology of ancient

Nubia, and anthrozoology along the Nile. He has also has run and organised tours through Egypt and Sudan for more than twenty years, including annual departures of the AIA’s Egyptian Odyssey since 2009 for which he has received excellent reviews,and he brings a broad perspective to our in-depth tour that will complement that of our excellent local Egyptologist guide.

Dr. Ahmed Abuzayed

Ahmed Abuzayed has over 25 years of extensive experience in leading institutions and cutting-edge projects as a subject matter expert in the education, research and knowledge industry, having held executive positions in both the academic and the non-academic world, with a successful track record of helping organizations reach the next stages of development.

Most recently, Ahmed was the managing director of Knowledge and Research at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Saudi Aramco. Prior to that, he was the Director of Heritage Library, Qatar Foundation. At the University of Exeter, he was Research & Digital Assets Manager, Head of the Arab World Documentation Unit, and Head of the Exeter Research and Information Content Archives.

Ahmed initiated, developed and managed a wide spectrum of programs and service projects either in higher education or the knowledge and culture industry. His expertise extends to the planning and implementation of new knowledge management systems and developing conceptual and detailed designs for various digital content projects along with associated communication strategies.

Throughout his career, he has gained professional and academic experience in both qualitative and quantitative data analysis. One salient example is a nationwide research to measure reading trends and acquisition of knowledge across 13 governorates in Saudi Arabia, in pursuit of developing a national strategy for knowledge society.


Dr. Massimilliano Fusari

Massimilano Fusari’s research and produce visual and multimedia digital communication. His latest work in an interactive storytelling on the Cairo Tentmakers. In 2014, he passed my PhD at the University of Exeter. In his practice-led dissertation, he contextualised 20 years of in-the-field media work from Morocco to China, and more specifically the 10 years of photojournalism in the Middle East. His research

findings invite to use the 'Meta-Image' and 'Post-produced Cultures' as two formatsfor today's quickly evolving media scenario.



Paolo Martinez of FUTOUR | Community Development

FUTOUR helps people and organisations discuss so as to take decisions and co-create the future. Challenging problems are transformed into creative ideas, innovations, strategies and solutions through dialogue, leadership, communication and participatory interaction.

Paolo Martinez has degree in Geography and Sociology from Oxford Polytechnic, four years of experience in the sector of maritime construction and offshore plants and more than 15 years in creativity and participation applied to innovation management, technology transfer and territorial development. As an architect of processes and an innovation pilot, through the application of participatory techniques and futurization methods, for years he has been coordinating and managing projects in Italy and abroad for clients in the following private and public sectors: design management,

ICT, management consulting, policy making, knowledge society, intellectual capital, territorial marketing, strategic plans, cultural heritage, employment strategies, concerted action, collaborative working environments. For years he has been active in research, writing and teaching on innovation, participation, fast-prototyping and creativity, collaborating with Universities and national and international research centers. He is a founding member of The Future Center Alliance (UK), of International Initiatives for Societal Innovation i2Si (NL), and as certified Lego® Serious Play®

facilitator, of the Duck Academy (DK). He is a Fellow of the The Royal Society of Arts (RSA), a London-based, British organisation committed to finding practical solutions to global social challenges and is a Full Member of the New Club of Paris, an international organization working as agenda developer for knowledge societies.


Momen Talosh | Technology Development

Momen  started his career juggling many roles. Earlier on as an  HR specialist for 2 years,then following that in the field of Information Technology.  Some of the roles in IT include system analyst, tester, support agent and for the past two years 2 working as an Application support specialist in programming company located in Alexandria, Egypt.  Nubi is the first Nubian project interested in the Nubian heritage and the education of the Nubian language in its two dialects (Kenzi and Fadicca) using technological facilities and digital communications currently popular internationally.