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Speaker(s): Dr Haytham Manna
Chair: Professor Fawaz Gerges
Recorded on 22 October 2012 at New Theatre, East Building
Dr Haytham Manna is head of the Syrian National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in exile. An academic and human rights activist, Manna co-founded the Arab Commission for Human Rights in 1998. He acted as the commission's spokesperson until September 2011.
Born in 1951 to a family known for its political activism, Manna attended Damascus University as a medical student. He left Syria following ongoing harassment by the security agencies and continued his education at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris. He also earned a PhD in anthropology from the International Institute of Sociology, Paris. He founded the Su’al and Muqarabat intellectual magazines in 1980 and 1998, respectively.