Our Regional Guest | Dalia Ziada | داليا زيادة 

Founder and Director, Liberal Democracy Institute

Dalia Ziada is an award-winning Egyptian human rights activist and author/writer. She is the author of “The Curious Case of the Three-Legged Wolf – Egypt: Military, Islamism, and Liberal Democracy” and other internationally acclaimed non-fiction books on Middle East politics. Dalia contributes analysis to prominent regional and international publications on issues related to Middle East security and geopolitics. Dalia studied international relations, with a focus on international security studies, at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in the United States. She is currently based in Cairo and is the Director of the Liberal Democracy Institute, a think tank advising policymakers in Egypt and the Middle East on democratization, human rights, and combating political Islamism.

Avi Melamed is an Expert on Current Affairs in the Arab and Muslim World and the founder of Inside The Middle East: Intelligence Perspectives. He is a former Israeli Senior Official on Arab Affairs. Fluent in Arabic, English, and Hebrew, Avi has held advisory and policy and high-risk counter-terrorist and intelligence positions throughout the region on behalf of the Israeli government. He has co-authored Separate and Unequal: Israel’s Rule in East Jerusalem. He has authored and co-authored several books, including Inside the Middle East: Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Region on Earth. His next book, Inside The Middle East | Entering A New Era, published in February 2022.

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Avi Melamed
Avi Melamed
Avi Melamed is an expert on current affairs in the Arab & Muslim World and their impact on Israel & the Middle East. A former Israeli Intelligence Official & Senior Official on Arab Affairs, Fluent in Arabic, English, and Hebrew, he has held high-risk Government, Senior Advisory, Intelligence & Counter-Terrorist intelligence positions in Arab cities & communities - often in very sensitive times - on behalf of Israeli Government agencies. He is the Founder & CEO of Inside the Middle East | Intelligence Perspectives - an apolitical non-partisan curriculum using intelligence methodology to examine the Middle East. As an Author, Educator, Expert, and Strategic Intelligence Analyst, Avi provides Intelligence Analysis, Briefings, and Geopolitical Tours to diplomats, Israeli and foreign policymakers, global media outlets, and a wide variety of international businesses, organizations, and private clients on a range of Israel and Middle East Affairs.