Safadi Foundation USA Announces Safadi Scholar of the Year

SAFADI FOUNDATION USA
ANNOUNCES SAFADI SCHOLAR OF THE YEAR


Washington, DC, September 12, 2011 –
The Safadi Foundation USA (SFUSA), the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at Stanford University and the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) announce the winners of the first annual Safadi-Stanford Initiative for Policy Innovation (SSIPI).  The title of Safadi Scholar of the Year has been awarded to Katarina Uherova Hasbani, an energy policy expert at the American University of Science and Technology in Beirut, Lebanon.  The title of first runner up has been awarded to Miriam Allam, an Economist for the Middle East North Africa Governance Program at the Regulatory Policy Division, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

SSIPI was established to promote new scholarship and analysis on Lebanon.  “SSIPI represents the link between the academic and policy worlds that Stanford’s Program on Arab Reform and Democracy aims to nurture,” said Dr. Lina Khatib, Program Manager at Stanford.  “The research by Hasbani and Allam addresses some of the core challenges impacting governance in Lebanon and the rest of the region.  Hasbani’s paper on the reform of the electricity sector and Allam’s discussion on public consultation are both strategic areas vital to linking citizens and institution building,” said Lara Alameh, Executive Director of Safadi Foundation USA.

Both scholars will have the chance to present their policy recommendations at a conference in Washington, DC on December 6, 2011.  “It is an incredible opportunity to receive the support of SSIPI for my research on consensus-based electricity sector reform as a vital element for Lebanon’s future economic and social development,” said Hasbani.  Stay tuned for information regarding the upcoming conference.

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Safadi Foundation USA Launches Policy-Based Visiting Scholars Program

SAFADI FOUNDATION USA LAUNCHES POLICY-BASED
VISITING SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Washington, DC – The Safadi Foundation USA (SFUSA) and The Program on Good Governance and Political Reform in the Arab World at the Center on Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding that officially launches the Safadi-Stanford Initiative for Policy Innovation (SSIPI).
SSIPI aims to establish a proactive policy program that cultivates new scholarship on Lebanon while outlining policy recommendations that aim to boost the capacity of Lebanon’s institutions, which are the cornerstone of the country’s independence and sovereignty. “SSIPI will strategically advance the interests of Lebanese civil society by creating an objective and independent forum that addresses serious governance issues,” said Lara Alameh, Executive Director of SFUSA.
In January 2011, SSIPI, in partnership with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), will announce an open call for applications focusing on Lebanon’s economic development and institution-building. Scholars will be chosen on a competitive basis and may be academics or practitioners from anywhere in the world who are doing work on the topic indicated in the call for applications. A nonpartisan and independent review committee made up of policy-makers and scholars in the field will select a Safadi Scholar of the Year and up to two runner-ups from the submissions received.
SSIPI will offer the Safadi scholar of the year the opportunity to develop a piece of research at CDDRL, led by Larry Diamond, as well as meet with strategic policy makers in Washington, DC. The scholars will have the chance to present their research at a policy conference in Washington, DC to be held in the autumn of 2011. Lina Khatib, Program Manager at CDDRL, said, “SSIPI encapsulates the aims of the Program on Good Governance and Political Reform in the Arab World at Stanford University, which are to produce grounded, policy-relevant work and to engage with both scholars and practitioners involved in reform in the region.”
For more information, visit http://arabreform.stanford.edu
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