Ms. Marie-Hélène Bacqué (France)
Sociologist, Urban Planning and Professor at the University of Paris West Nanterre La Défense, Ms. Marie-Hélène Bacqué is an expert on living together, identity issues and inclusion. She has authored several works on these topics, as well as urban living, including Le quartier : enjeux scientifiques, actions politiques et pratiques sociales (2007), with Jean-Yves Authier and France Guérin-Pace and La démocratie participative: Histoires et genealogies (2011), with Yves Sintomer.
Ms. Julie-Anne Boudreau (Canada)
Researcher and Professor at the Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS), Ms. Julie-Anne Boudreau is an expert in urban security and Canada Research Chair in Urbanity, Insecurity and Political Action. She focuses on the relationships between political mobilization, urbanization and rebuilding the state. She studied these links during different projects in Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto, Paris, Brussels, Mexico and Hanoi by exploring people’s sense of insecurity and experience of mobility. Working with migrants, domestic workers and young people from these cities, she has sought a better understanding of how the city influences the make-up of political subjectivities and civic practices.
Ms. Hediedh Mirahmadi (USA)
Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi is the President and Founder of the World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE), an educational organization whose mission is to reduce social and political conflict by enhancing communication and understanding between communities. As Co-Chair of Montgomery County Executive’s Faith Community Working Group, she runs America’s first community led, public-private partnership in promoting social cohesion and public safety, with a particular focus on intervention and prevention of violent extremism. As a world-renowned expert in countering violent extremism (CVE), she also is an adviser to several US federal agencies.