Mohammed Berrada (Morocco) is a novelist writing in Arabic and teacher at the University of Rabat. He is considered to be the figurehead of the modern Moroccan novel. He was a member of the literary movement Attajrib and, from 1976 to 1983, President of the Union of Moroccan Writers. He is a member of the advisory board of the North African literary magazine Prologue.
Isabella Camera d’Afflitto (Italy), translator and Arabist, is Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the University of Rome La Sapienza. She is on the editorial board of the academic journal Oriente Moderno and member of the European Meeting of Teachers of Arabic Literature and the European Union of Arabists and Islamicists. She has been awarded various prestigious Italian prizes, in particular for her translations from Arabic.
Assia Djebar (Algeria, absent) is a French-language Algerian writer. She has written several novels, essays and dramas that are translated into more than twenty languages. Her fight for causes such as women’s emancipation, etc., makes her one of the most important and influential authors in the Maghreb. She entered the “Académie française” in 2005. She lives between France, Algeria and the United States where she teaches French literature in the University of New York.
R. Stephen Humphreys (USA) is Professor of History and Islamic Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has taught internationally (e.g., American University in Cairo, École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, and Oxford University) and has published numerous works on the history of Islam. Prof. Humphreys is the author of the acclaimed geopolitical analysis entitled Between Memory and Desire: The Middle East in a Troubled Age (1999, revised 2005), which explores major challenges facing Middle Easterners at the end of the 20th century.
Youssou N’Dour (Senegal) is a composer, performer and musician of world renown. He has worked with internationally famous performers. A politically committed singer, he has organized concerts for Amnesty International, the humanitarian organization. His album Egypt, reflecting his in-depth knowledge of Arab music, won him a Grammy Award (USA) in the best contemporary world music album category.