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IMAD KARAM

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Baku Forum 2017

Dr Imad Karam is the Executive Director of Initiatives of Change International, a global network of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, whose mission is building trust across the world’s divides. Dr Karam is also an award-winning documentary film maker. His films focus on forgiveness, peace-building and reconciliation. His latest work is the documen- tary film Beyond Forgiving, which depicts the journey of two South Africans to bring healing and reconciliation to their country post-Apartheid. Dr Karam has also produced ZAHRA-change begins at home, An African Answer and the award winning film The Imam and the Pastor, which tells the story of reconciliation between Imam Mohammed Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye from Nigeria. Born in Gaza city, Palestine, in 1976, Dr Karam studied at Al-Azhar Universi- ty-Gaza and worked as a journalist in Palestine before moving to the UK in 2002. He has an MA in Media and Communications from Goldsmith College, University of London and a PhD from City University London in Media Sociology. His Doc- torate is the impact of the media on Arab youth identity and he has published several academic papers on this subject.

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