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MEM Summer Summit 2019

Seminar 2019

The programme consisted of a series of plenary session and workshops, thematically separated into three streams – “New Dynamics of the Middle East Mediterranean Region”, “Middle East Mediterranean Region: Governance, Administration, and Policy Making”, “Middle East Mediterranean Region: Cultural Narratives”.

Full programme of the Seminar 2019: MEM_Summer_Summit_2019_Seminar_Programme

Photo credit: Miguel Bueno

CAROLINE ABU SA’DA

President, ONG SOS Méditerranée, France

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EMILIANO ALBANESE

Professor, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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ANNA ANTONIOS

Programme Officer, Swisspeace, Switzerland

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FABRICE BALANCHE

Associate Professor, University of Lyon, France

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SALEH BARAKAT

Art Expert, Gallery Owner and Curator, Gallery Agial/Saleh Barakat, Lebanon

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SOUHAÏL BELHADJ

Research Associate, Graduate Institute, Switzerland

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RICCARDO BOCCO

Professor, Graduate Institute, Switzerland

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ADHAM DARAWSHA

Assessor for Cultures and Democratic Participation, Municipality of Palermo, Italy

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FEDERICA DE ROSSA

Professor and Director, Institute of Law, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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GABRIELE DERIGHETTI

Deputy Head MENA Division, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Switzerland

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ISHAC DIWAN

Professor, PSL – Paris Sciences et Lettres; École normale supérieure, France

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JOLANTA DRZEWIECKA

Professor, Institute for Public Communication, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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RABIH EL CHAMMAY

Psychiatrist, Saint Joseph University, Lebanon

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MARTA FADDA

Postdoctoral Researcher, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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FEDERICA FREDIANI

Ph.D. Senior Researcher, Educational Program Manager MEM Freethinking Platform, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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SARA GRECO

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Communication Sciences, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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ABIR HAJ IBRAHIM

Co-Founder and Board Member, Modaberoon Network, Syria

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MARC-ANDRÉ HALIDMANN

Research Associate, University of Bern, Switzerland

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MARLEN HEIDE

Ph.D. Student, Institute for Public Communication, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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JEAN-JACQUES HIBLE

Policy Analyst, Public Governance Directorate, OECD, Switzerland

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JULIAN HOTTINGER

Expert and Mediator, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Switzerland

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TOMASZ JANOWSKI

Professor and Head of Department of Applied Informatics in Management, Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland; Professor, Danube University Krems, Krems, Austria

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ALEXANDRE KAZEROUNI

Associate Professor, Ecole Normale Supérieure, France

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GILLES KEPEL

Professor, PLS Paris Sciences et Lettres-École normale supérieure, France; Adjunct Professor and Scientific director of the Middle East Mediterranean Freethinking Platform, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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FYRAS MAWAZINI

Country Director for Morocco and Tunisia, Drosos Foundation, Switzerland

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DIMA MOHAMMED

Senior Researcher, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

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EL MOUHOUB MOUHOUD

Professor, University of Paris Dauphine PSL, France

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SILVIA NAEF

Professor, Université de Genève, Switzerland

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IBRAHIM OLABI

Executive Director and Founder, Syrian Legal Development Programme, Syria

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JUANITA OLAYA

Lawyer, Independent Expert; Chair, UNCAC Coalition, Germany

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HELA OUARDI

Professor, Université de Tunis, Tunisia

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FRANCESCA PIANA

Historian, Université de Genève, Switzerland

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GIOVANNI PICA

Professor, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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FRANCIS PICCAND

Head, Think-Tank Middle East and North Africa, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Switzerland

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NADIA REDISSI

Training manager, Maison de l’Image, Tunisia

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ANDREA ROCCI

Dean and Professor, Faculty of Communication Sciences, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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IBRAHIM SAÏD

Research Associate, Centre of Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP); Co-founder, Think-Ahead, Switzerland

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SAMIR

Filmmaker, Producer, Author, and Film Director, Switzerland

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MARK THATCHER

Professor, Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS) Guido Carli, Rome, Italy

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YVES UBELMANN

President and Co-founder, Iconem, France

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LUCA URECH

Swiss Career Diplomat and Syria Programme Manager, Human Security Division, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Switzerland

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LIISA VÄLIKANGAS

Professor, Hanken School of Economics, Finland

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ELINE VAN DER VLIST

Artistic Director, Darat al Funun-The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Jordan

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COSTA VAYENAS

Director, Procivis Think Tank, Switzerland

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JEAN-PATRICK VILLENEUVE

Professor and Vice-Director, Institute for Public Communication, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

Pio Wennubst

PIO WENNUBST

Vice Director General, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Switzerland

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DIMITRIOS XEFTERIS

Assitant Professor, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Forum 2019

The second edition of the Middle East Mediterranean Summer Summit involved around 100 young change-makers from over 30 countries of the Middle East Mediterranean region and Europe. Organised by Università della svizzera italiana (USI) with the joint support of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the meeting aimed to develop innovative solutions and concrete opportunities for dialogue and growth.

On 24 and 25 August 2019, after an intense eight-day Seminar, the ideas generated and formulated by the young change-makers were presented and debated in the framework of a Forum, open to the public. Forum attendees included high-level political authorities, experts, intellectuals, and entrepreneurs of the Middle East Mediterranean region.

Full programme of the Forum 2019: MEM_Summer_Summit_2019_Forum_Programme

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SOUAD ABDERRAHIM

Mayor of Tunis, Tunisia

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HE CARMELO ABELA

Minister, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Republic of Malta

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EMILIANO ALBANESE

Professor, Università della Svizzera italiana; Director, WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Training in Mental Health, University of Geneva, Switzerland

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ROBERTO ANTONINI

Journalist, RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera, Switzerland

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MANUELE BERTOLI

State Councilor, Republic and Canton of Ticino, Switzerland

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MARCO BORRADORI

Mayor, City of Lugano, Switzerland

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LORENZO CANTONI

Prorector and Professor, UNESCO Chair, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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OLMO GIOVANNINI

Film historian, Communication Officer at the Dicastero cultura, sport ed eventi, City of Lugano, Switzerland

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MARINA CAROBBIO GUSCETTI

President, National Council, Switzerland

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HE IGNAZIO CASSIS

Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Switzerland

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CRISTIAN CHIAVETTA

Environmental Engineer and Industrial Researcher, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development ENEA, Italy

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LORENZO CREMONESI

Journalist and Middle East Correspondent, Corriere della Sera, Italy

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ISHAC DIWAN

Professor, PSL – Paris Sciences et Lettres, École normale supérieure, France

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STEFANO DOMINIONI

Executive Secretary, Council of Europe Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA); Director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes, Luxembourg

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RABIH EL CHAMMAY

Psychiatrist, Saint Joseph University, Lebanon

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MAHA EL-ADAWY

MD and Director, Health Protection and Promotion, WHO Office Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, Egypt

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LAZARE ELOUNDOU ASSOMO

Director, Culture and Emergencies, UNESCO, France

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BOAS EREZ

Rector, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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AMOS GITAÏ

Filmmaker and Author, Israel

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ENRICO GRANARA

Minister Plenipotentiary, Coordinator Euro-Mediterranean Multilateral Activities, Directorate General for Political and Security Affairs, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation MAECI, Italy

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SUZY HATOUGH

Director, Middle East Travel and Tourism Development Network, Middle East University, Jordan

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NASSER KAMEL

General Secretary, Union for the Mediterranean UPM, Spain

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KARIN KNEISSL

Ambassador; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs; Analyst, Austria

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GILLES KEPEL

Professor and Scientific Director of the Middle East Mediterranean Freethinking Platform, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland; PLS Paris Sciences et Lettres-École Normale Supérieure, France

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ELENA KORZHENEVICH

Co-Founder and AtWork Program Director, Moleskine Foundation, Italy

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DEREK LUTTERBECK

Deputy Director and Holder of the Swiss Chair, Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies MEDAC, University of Malta, Malta

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SAFWAN M. MASRI

Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development, Columbia University, USA

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EL MOUHOUB MOUHOUD

Professor, University of Paris Dauphine PSL, France

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EDUARDO SANTANDER

Executive Director, European Travel Commission (ETC), Belgium

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BENEDETTO SARACENO

Psychiatrist; Director Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse of WHO, SG Lisbon Institute for Global Mental Health, Italy and Portugal

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HERWIG FRANZ SCHOPPER

Advisor, Experimental Physicist, Former Director General CERN and one of the Founding Fathers of SESAME, Middle East, Jordan

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ROLLA SCOLARI

Journalist, Italy

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YVES UBELMANN

President and Co-founder, Iconem, France

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TARIK M. YOUSEF

Director, Brookings Doha Center, Qatar; Board Member, Central Bank of Libya, Libya

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PIO WENNUBST

Vice Director General, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Switzerland

What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow
Out of this stony rubbish?

T. S Eliot, The Waste Land, 1922

Cultural Dimension 2019

The exhibition Broken cities. A virtual journey from Syria to Iraq proposed an imaginary route to four cities laid waste by conflicts whose violence has over recent years turned them into theatres of war. Pictures of Damascus, Aleppo, Palmyra, and Mosul told their story, a fragmentary story, of this devastation. The landscape of ruins, in Marc Augé’s words, “cannot reproduce the past in its integrity; rather, it alludes intellectually to a multiplicity of ‘pasts’, somehow metonymically, it supplies our eye and our conscience with a dual proof of a lost functionality and an impressive actuality” (Marc Augé, 2003).

Lines from T.S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land (1922) and others from The Suspended Ode by Imru’ al-Qays (6th century), invited the viewer to a moment of silence, stillness, and meditation, outside time. The exhibition layout was structured in three stages:

Stage one

Stage one displayed photographs by Iconem, a French start-up. Interspersed with literary quotations, these photographs revealed unusual views of the cities and invited the viewers to raise questions about the rubble, the ruins and the meaning of time. It is in the eye of the beholder that the fragments will come to life and take on meaning. The pictures showed piles of rubble: wreckage present of ruins past.

Stage two

In stage two, the documentary Mosul year zero by Roberto Antonini and Philippe Blanc beared testimony to what is left of Mosul, three years after the Isis Caliphate and one year’s fighting. The voices of witnesses are heard over the images, narrating their sad tales of loss and destruction. Besides the documentary, a number of freeze-frames represented crumbled landscapes of Mosul, as well as of Damascus, Aleppo, and Palmyra.

Stage three

Stage three consisted essentially in an immersive cam, the work of e-REAL Logosnet, whereby visitors were able to watch videos produced by Iconem and by Unesco. With extremely striking images, this all-absorbing experience engulfed the eye of the visitors, who found themselves suspended between past and present, here and there, destruction and reconstruction.

The Lugano Initiative 2019

‘The Lugano InitiativeProposals developed by young change-makers during the Middle East Mediterranean Summer Summit 2019’ is a document that collects concrete proposals for development and growth in the MEM region, developed and drawn up during the MEM Summer Summit 2019. The main contributors are the 100 young change-makers, who worked together across cultural differences and national identities.

Download the document: The Lugano Initiative – MEM Summer Summit 2019

Partners 2019

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Partners, who supported both the vision and realisation of the MEM Summer Summit 2019.

Patronage

Institutional Partners

Partners

Cultural Partners

Media Partners

Event Partners

Sponsors 2019

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Sponsors. The MEM Summer Summit 2019 could not exist without their generous support.

Donors

Fondation Jérôme Tissières

It is better to debate a question without settling it, than to settle a question without debating it.

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