Ms. Jenifer Fenton

Moderator for the keynote address by Dr. Fayyad

Ms. Jenifer Fenton is the Poynter (Journalism) Fellow-in-Residence at Yale. She studies truth, media and refugee narratives.  Prior to Yale, she worked for UNHCR as a senior press adviser covering information, reporting, advocacy and inter-agency UN coordination. She also worked for OCHA in the occupied Palestinian territory. For 15 years, Ms. Fenton worked in the television news industry in the US, the UK and the Middle East. She has held a variety of senior positions for CNN and Al Jazeera, most recently as an executive producer. Her writings and work have appeared in the Financial Times, the New York Times, The Arabist and elsewhere. She has won several awards including a Gracie, the National Association of Black Journalist Excellence Award and two Peabody Awards.

Professor Eda Pepi

Moderator for Panel 1: Women's Rights – Beyond the Stereotyped Arab Woman

Eda Pepi is Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and core faculty in Modern Middle East Studies at Yale University, where she works at the intersections of feminist studies, political anthropology, and the anthropology of kinship. She also holds a secondary appointment in Anthropology. Her research and publications focus broadly on the cultural and historical processes through which gender, ethnicity, citizenship, sovereignty, and the state have been forged in the Middle East and North Africa.  Professor Pepi is at work on her first book, Marital States: Ethnicity and Gendered Citizenship in Jordan, which explores how states manage political and economic problems, like refugees and statelessness, through families.  This project examines ethnographically how Jordan polices its borders by regulating the marital and reproductive lives of Jordanian women, showing that our understandings of national and geopolitical formations cannot stand separate from analyses of gender and kinship.

Professor Emma Sky

Moderator for Panel 2: America’s Role in the Middle East

Professor Emma Sky is Director of Yale World Fellows and a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute, where she teaches Middle East politics and Global Affairs. She is the author of the highly acclaimed The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq. Professor Sky served as advisor to the Commanding General of US Forces in Iraq from 2007-2010; as advisor to the Commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in 2006; as advisor to the US Security Co-ordinator for the Middle East Peace Process in 2005; and as Governorate Co-ordinator of Kirkuk for the Coalition Provisional Authority, 2003-2004. Prior to that, Professor Sky worked in the Palestinian territories for a decade, managing projects to develop Palestinian institutions; and to promote co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians.

Professor Catherine Panter-Brick

Moderator for Panel 3: Refugees – Paths for Engagement

Professor Catherine Panter-Brick, MA, MSc, D.Phil, is a medical anthropologist, trained in human biology and the social sciences. She directs the Program on Conflict, Resilience, and Health at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, and the Anthropology Program on Stress and Family Resilience. She is also the Senior Editor of the journal Social Science & Medicine. Her current research focuses on youth in global adversity, addressing issues in contexts of poverty, disease, famine, armed conflict, and social marginalization. She has directed over 40 research and evaluation projects in countries around the world. For her work in humanitarian and conflict areas such as Niger and Afghanistan, Professor Panter-Brick was awarded the Lucy Mair Medal by the Council of the Royal Anthropology Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. She has also been appointed a Senior Research Fellow in the Crisis Prevention & Post-Conflict Unit of Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and a Research Associate of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). She has published extensively on hope, trauma, and mental health in Afghanistan, decision-making and survival in Niger, public health interventions in Nepal, the UK and the Gambia, and markers of stress in contexts of violence and homelessness. She leads the Early Childhood Peacebuilding Consortium with other faculty at Yale and the United Nations.