Why Think Tanks Matter in Times of Crisis
In the framework of the annual Why Think Tanks Matter Forum, organized by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP), the Policy Center for the New South is hosting a "Why Think Tanks Matter in Times of Crisis" event on February 4, 2020.
The Why Think Tanks Matter events serve not only to demonstrate the value and importance of think tanks around the world but also to highlight their instrumental role for determining in an early stage the new challenges that countries may face in various political and economic contexts.
In this edition, speakers will discuss the critical work think tanks perform in times of crisis, while providing tangible examples of the important role they played in countries around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Salma Daoudi, Research Assistant in International Relations, Policy Center for the New South
Salma Daoudi works as a research assistant at the Policy Center for the New South. Her research focuses predominantly on human and health security, health weaponization, and asymmetric warfare. She has previously taught international relations at Oxbridge Academic Programs, conducted human rights digital verification with Amnesty International, and worked on health policy for refugees with Polygeia. Before that, she has spent an internship at the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs working on international cooperation for development and security. Salma Daoudi has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (2018) and a Master of Philosophy in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge (2019) as a Gates scholar.
Jessica De Alba-Ulloa, Research Associate, Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI)
Research-Professor of the School of Global Studies, Universidad Anahuac Mexico, member of the National System of Researchers (SIN-I), O’Gorman Fellow of ILAS-Columbia University (NY), Fulbright alumna, SUSI program on National Security & Policymaking 2017, and member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI).
Member of the Anahuac Center for Research in International Relations (CAIRI) and the CAMOS, Faculté Jean Monnet, Paris Sud-Saclay, France. Jessica de Alba is coordinator of the Foreign Policy Committee of the Mexican International Studies Association (AMEI); member of the International Studies Association (ISA). Since 2015 she is part of the Council of the National Assessment Center for Higher Education (CENEVAL) in charge of the General Exam for Graduation for BA on International Relations in Mexico. She has been coordinator of the Association for Accreditation and Certification in Social Sciences (ACCECISO). Was an advisor to the Undersecretary of Mexican Foreign Affairs Ministry (SRE), to the Commissioner of the National Immigration Institute and Delegate of the Mexican mission to UNESCO. She Holds a BA in international relations from UDLA; a Master in Diplomacy and Negotiation; and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Paris XI, in France, (French government and Conacyt grants).
Mohammed Loulichki, Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South
Roba Sharamo, Regional Director & Representative to the AU, Horn and East Africa, Institute for Security Studies (Addis Ababa)
Dr. Roba D. Sharamo joined the ISS in August 2018 as Addis Ababa Office Director and Regional Representative for the AU, and Horn and East Africa. He has over 20 years’ experience in international peace and security, peacebuilding, conflict analysis and research. Before joining ISS, Roba was Commissioner of Kenya’s National Cohesion and Integration Commission, and team leader of UNDP-Kenya’s Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Unit. He also served as acting office director and programme head in ISS Addis Ababa and ISS Nairobi respectively. He has a Doctorate from George Mason University, US and a Masters in sustainable international development from Brandeis University, US.