We are pleased to introduce the program of CILE’s second annual international conference on “Ethics in a Changing World: Contemporary Perspectives”.The conference will be held on 15th and 16th March at the Auditorium of Georgetown University in Qatar. It will address the issues of media, environment, psychology and gender from Islamic perspectives.

Keynote speakers include: Tawakul Karman, Nobel Prize Laureate, Reem Maghribi, Former Arab World Program Leader at Greenpeace, Malik Badri, UNESCO expert in psychology, and Wadah Khanfar, Former Director-General of the Al Jazeera Network, together with internationally renowned speakers. Dr. Tariq Ramadan, Executive Director of CILE, will deliver the closing speech.


March 15-March16,2014 09:00 am – 05:30 pm

Auditorium- Georgetown in Qatar –Education City-Doha

Ethics in a Changing World: Contemporary Perspectives


15 March 2014

Program Details:

  • 9:00-9:30: Registration
  • 9:30-9:35: Conference Introduction: Mohamed El-Moctar El-Shinqiti, Professor at CILE
  • 9:35-9:40: Qur’an recitation
  • 9:40-9:50: Opening Speech, Chauki Lazhar - CILE Deputy Director
  • 9:50-10:00: Welcome Note, Gerd Nonneman, Dean of the School of Foreign Services in Qatar, Georgetown University

Environment Session

  • Ethics, Religion and the Environmental Crises: Proposing Solutions and Changing Behaviour
  • 10:00-10:30: Keynote Speaker: Reem Maghribi, Former Arab World Programme Leader, Greenpeace
  • 10:30-10:45: Discussion
  • 10:45-11:00: Coffee Break
  • 11:00-12:15: Panel

Moderator: Patrick Laude, Georgetown University in Qatar


  • Saif Al Hajari, Founder and Chairman of the Friends of Environment Center (FEC), Qatar
  • David Dent, University of Surrey Business School
  • Djamel Mefaredj, Constantine 2 University, Algeria
  • Osman Bakr, Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam

12:15-1:00: Discussion

1:00-2:30: Lunch Break & Prayer

Gender Session

  • The Contribution of Religious Values in Establishing More Equitable and Humane Gender Relations
  • 2:30-3:00: Keynote Speaker: Tawakul Karman, Nobel Prize Laureate and Political and Human Rights Activist
  • 3:00-3:15: Discussion
  • 3:15-3:30: Coffee Break
  • 3:30-4:45: Panel

Moderator: Noor Al Malki, Director, Doha Institute For Family Studies


  • Salim Al Cheikhi, International Union of Muslim Scholars
  • Amira Sonbol, Georgetown University in Qatar
  • Faozia Habashi, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia.
  • Adis Duderija, University Malaya

4:45-5:30 Discussion


16 March 2014

8:30-9:00: Registration

Psychology Session

Religion, Spirituality and Psychological Health

  • 9:00-9:30: Keynote Speaker: Malik Badri, International Islamic University Malaysia
  • 9:30-9:45: Discussion
  • 9:45 -10:00: Coffee Break
  • 10:00-11:15: Panel

Moderator: Lo’ai Safi, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies


  • Abdulhakeem Al-Khelaifi, Dean, Faculty of Sharia, Qatar University
  • Mohammed Yassir Fazaga, Religious Director of the Orange County Islamic Foundation in Southern California, USA
  • Mamoun Mobayed, Consultant Psychiatrist, Director of the Program Department for the Protection and Social Rehabilitation, Qatar
  • Taibi Ghomari, Mascara University, Algeria

11:15-12:00: Discussion

12:00-1:30: Lunch Break & Prayer

Media Session

Religion, Media Ethics and the Dilemma of Clashing Values

  • 1:30-2:00: Keynote Speaker: Wadah Khanfar, Former Director General of Aljazeera Network and Director of Al-Sharq Forum
  • 2:00-2:15: Discussion
  • 2:15-2:30: Coffee Break
  • 2:30-3:45: Panel

Moderator: Mohamed Zayani, Georgetown University in Qatar


  • Moataz Al-Khatib, Professor at CILE
  • Sadia Malik, College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University
  • Ahmad B. Rashed B. Said, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
  • Mahmoud Yousef Alsamasiri, Yarmouk University, Jordan

3:45-4:30: Discussion

4:30-5:00: Concluding Speech: Tariq Ramadan, CILE Executive Director

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