President and the founder of IMESC; holds a Ph.D. and MA in Sociology, MA in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from University of Notre Dame, USA, and BSW (Major in Social Work, Minor in Psychology) from Bethlehem University. Presently he is teaching in the Sociology Department at King's University College at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. His special expertise as a sociologist in the analysis of peace process, democratization and conflict resolution, particularly in the Middle East, has contributed much to the conduct of political surveys in Egypt. He has various publications and has taught at universities in the Middle East, USA and Canada for a number of years. He has been often sought as a commentator on the situation in the Palestinian-Arab Israeli Conflict for different media broadcasting.
Dr. Hamed is a registered/licensed Social Worker (RSW), member of the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW), member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and a board member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers-Western branch (OASW). Dr. Hamed has been practicing psychotherapy for more than twenty years. His expertise lies in psychosocial counselling in PTSD, deportation trauma, pre and post migration trauma, anxiety, depression, family violence, relationship issues, self-esteem, abuse, anger, mental health issues, loss, childhood issues and addictions.
Abdalhadi Alijla is a Palestinian academic, writer and essayist. Abdalhadi is the Executive Director for The Institute for the Middle East Studies Canada (IMESC). He has a PhD in Political Studies (comparative politics and public policy) from State University of Milan, Italy and holds an M.A. degree in Public Policy and Governance from Zeppelin University- Friedrichshafen, Germany. He was a visiting scholar at Gothenburg university, Sweden in 2014-2015. He is the Regional Manager for Gulf Countries at the Varieties of Democracy Institute in Sweden, as well as the advisor and program manager on religion and public affairs at Adyan Institute in Beirut. Abdalhadi was involved in political research on volunteerism at United Nations Volunteers in Bonn, Germany. In 2010, he was a visiting researcher at ICCOM in Rome, Italy. He also worked as a sessional lecturer at Alazhar University- Gaza. Abdalhadi is a fellow of the Soliya network for dialogue and was selected as a junior scientist at the 3oth Alternative Noble Prize by Right Livelihood College. He is a DAAD fellow of Public Policy and Good Governance and a fellow of Royal Soceity of Art and Science, UK. Furthermore, Abdalhadi is the author of “Social Movement, Political Party or Armed Militia: Hamas as an informal institution". His writings have appeared in many local and international platforms about culture, politics and society. His main research interests are divided societies, democracy, social capital, Middle East studies, comparative politics and philosophy of religions.
Alexis Trignani is a fourth-year university student at King’s University College at Western University. Alexis will be receiving an undergraduate degree with Honors Specialization in Criminology. Her interest in the study of criminology, sociology, legal studies, politics and international law has been continuous throughout her academia. Furthermore, her passion lies mainly in the field of social justice, human rights, democracy and social inequality. In particular, Alexis has been focusing her field research on radicalism, islamophobia, conflict in the Middle East, altruism, martyrdom, suicide bombing, state terrorism, geopolitics of war in Afghanistan, axiological rationality and nonviolent strategies to defeat terrorist groups. Alexis’ career goal is to become a lawyer and she will be furthering her studies in law school following her undergraduate studies.
Anna Mentsl serves as Editor for the IMESC. She holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary in Canada and a diploma in Business Administration from Cyprus. Her professional background includes adult language teaching, post-graduate administration, as well as vendor management for a multinational corporation. She has also previously consulted as an editor on business proposals, academic research and some fiction. Anna is a native English speaker with various proficiency levels in Arabic, Hungarian, Greek and French, largely as a result of having lived in a diverse number of places. She also has a keen interest in current issues relating to social justice and human rights, particularly as they pertain to the Middle East, and it is through this passion that she has found herself naturally aligned with the research goals of the IMESC.
Henry Off is a fourth-year undergraduate student and State of Kuwait Scholarship recipient at McGill University in Montréal, Canada. He is pursuing a joint honours degree in Political Science with World Islamic and Middle East Studies, and is an alumnus of the Winter Student Program at the International Institute of Islamic Thought. He is currently a senior editor for the McGill International Review and the Vice President of Academics for the World Islamic and Middle East Studies Student Association. Additionally, he is the founder and director of the Arabic Peer Tutoring Program at McGill and an editor for the McGill Essay Centre. He has previously volunteered in various educational programs around Canada and Morocco. He has been published in the McGill Journal for Middle East Studies, and his particular focuses of academic research are democracy, comparative politics, conflict dynamics, civil society, and international law. He plans to continue his research of Middle East politics and society at the graduate level.
Abdullah Sharoukh is the Information Technology Officer at IMESC. He is a computer engineer from Syria, Damascus University.