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Aya Haidar

Name: Aya Haidar
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City: London
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Date of birth: 18th November 1985
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Educational and other qualifications:
MSc NGOs and Development (LSE)
BA Fine Art (UCL)
Chelsea College of Art (Foundation Course)
CELTA (Cambridge Accred.)
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Languages spoken: Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese (conversational)
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Organisation: Al Madad Foundation
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In the organization since: 2011
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Present position: Director
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Professional/organisational highlight:
Starting an educational center in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon which reaches over 2000 vulnerable refugee children each year and provides psychosocial support, teacher training and a mother and child centre.
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Favourite book: The Prophet- Khalil Gibran Khalil
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Favourite film: West Beyrouth by Ziad Doueiri
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Favourite sport/hobby: Cycling, running, anything outdoorsy!
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Remarks on what I’m hoping to leave this event with:
I want to broaden my insights on how others view democracy (in real terms not just theoretical), engage in active dialogue with a variety of people from various backgrounds on common themes and, especially in these critical global socio political times, look towards the future critically and proactively. 
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