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Acknowledging Israel's Apartheid

Conference Speakers

Husam Zomlot

Ambassador Dr Husam S. Zomlot is the Head of the Palestinian Mission to the United Kingdom. Prior to his appointment to the UK, Dr Zomlot served as Ambassador to the United States (Head of the PLO General Delegation to the United States), and Strategic Affairs Advisor to the Palestinian President.  Dr Zomlot’s previous official roles include serving as Ambassador –at-large for the Palestinian Presidency and Director of Fatah Foreign Relations Commission.

Dr Zomlot holds a PhD in economics from the University of London, was a professor of strategy and Public Policy at Birzeit University, where he co-founded and chaired Birzeit school of Government, and held a number of teaching and research positions at Harvard University and University of London. His professional experiences include working as an economist at the United Nations and Economic Researcher with London School of Economics and the Palestine Policy Research Institute.


Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi

Omar Barghouti

Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi is media officer of Jewish Voice for Labour, elected to the Labour Party NEC in September 2022 and expelled from the party in December. Naomi has been actively involved in PSC and the BDS movement for nearly 20 years, in particular with cultural and academic boycott as a founding member of Artists for Palestine UK and a member of the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine. 

Omar Barghouti is a Palestinian human rights defender and co-founder of the Palestinian-led BDS movement for Palestinian rights. He is a co-recipient of the 2017 Gandhi Peace Award. He holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, NY, and is pursuing a PhD in Philosophy (ethics) at the University of Amsterdam.


He is the author of BDS: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights (Haymarket: 2011). His commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, and on MSNBC and CNN among others.

Ben Jamal

Ben Jamal has been  Director of PSC , the largest organisation in the UK campaigning for the rights of the Palestinian people , since 2016. He is a British Palestinian and a member of the British Palestinian Committee

Linda Tabar

Linda Tabar is a Palestinian academic who has taught in the UK, Palestine and North America. She is currently at Sussex University where she lectures on Global Insecurities in the Department of International Relations. She is currently completing a book on Palestine Memory and Imaginaries of Liberation.

Peter Frankental

Thea Ioannou

Peter is the Economic Affairs Programme Director of Amnesty International UK. He previously worked in the private sector, the NHS and the not-for-profit-sector. He has undertaken postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics, the Institute of Latin American Studies, and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.

Peter has been an adviser to the International Commission of Jurists panel on corporate complicity in international crimes and was on the Steering Group of a three-year research project to develop a methodology for human rights impact assessments and apply it to five case studies of affected communities.  He has served on the Boards of several NGOs including the Corporate Responsibility Coalition (CORE), the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and London Mining Network.

Thea Ioannou (she/her) is the Community Organiser - Local Activism at Amnesty International UK, where she works with local activists across the UK to campaign and take action locally on human rights. Thea has been actively involved in organising a range of grassroots campaigns, ranging from racial justice, and climate justice to women and LGBTQ+ rights.


She has a postgraduate degree in Campaigning and Social Change, focusing on the power of social justice movements and grassroots activism.

Summaya Ahmed

Sumayya Ahmed, a British Palestinian, active in campaigning for justice and peace for the people of Palestine. She is also involved in the mobilisation of British Muslims for a positive and active presence in UK politics at the national and local level.


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