Arab Media Forum: A Step Towards Change

Arab Media Forum: A Step Towards Change

An Oppenheim Lecture featuring Randa Fouad, President of the Arab Media Forum for Environment and Development.


About the Lecture

In this lecture Ms. Fouad explained how the Arab Media Forum helps journalists throughout the Middle East learn and write about environment and sustainable development issues. She focused on the Egyptian revolution as it has evolved over the last year, highlighting the environmental as well as political and economic issues that precipitated it. She also talked about how the future of the environment and sustainable development in Egypt and the Middle East depends on environmental media and social media and made recommendations about how to empower the media regarding sustainable development and a clean environment

About the Speaker

Ms. Randa Fouad, President of Arab Media Forum for Environment and Development, a writer and a journalist, has over 25 years of national, regional, and global experience in the field of sustainable development, awareness raising, and communication through developing and managing the implementation of information dissemination strategies, organizing media consultations, and mobilizing the mass media around development issues. Randa is a member of the Egyptian Press Syndicate. She has managed the Regional Information Component of the UNDP-funded Urban Management Programme (UMP), one of the largest global technical assistance programs in the urban sector. Also, as the Development Communication Advisor to Egypt’s Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, she helped in establishing a Development Communication Unit and assisted in designing the Ministry’s National Environmental Information Program in support of Egypt’s National Environmental Action Plan. She prepared Regional Strategy and Action Plan for raising public awareness on Water as Human Right (Mass Media perspective) as an International Consultant of UNDP Water Governance Programme for Arab States (WGP-AS), the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

She directed a nationwide media initiative in Egypt called “Dialogue for Development: Media and the Culture of Democracy” in cooperation with USAID, Al Ahram Regional Press Institute, Faculty of Mass Communication and Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University.

Randa participates on the international stage as well. She is a member of the Arab International Women Forum (AIWF) based in the UK, and of Egypt’s International Economic Forum (EIEF) based in Cairo. She is also a member of the Board of Editors of the Urban Age Magazine, a World Bank Publication based in Washington, and of the International Federation of Environmental Journalists (IFEJ) based in France.

Ms. Fouad was the force behind the establishment of media NGOs in the Arab world; spearheaded the establishment of a regional media forum linking these NGOs, the Arab Media Forum for Environment and Development (AMFED); and played a lead role in linking the forum to global media networks. ), that “seeks to empower, enable, and encourage the Arab media to address development issues through dialogue among media practitioners and other sectors of society, using a participatory approach, in order to build the capacity of the media to provide citizens with fair and balanced information on development issues in order to make responsible and informed choices.”

Co-sponsored by the UCLA International Institute and UCLA Center for Middle East Development

Co-hosted by Levantine Cultural Center, the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, the UCLA Department of Film, Television and Digital Media, and the UCLA Extension Program in Journalism and Fundraising.

The Oppenheim Lecture Series has been established at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability through a generous gift by Patricia Oppenheim and her family in memory of Rudi Oppenheim.This evening lecture series presents world class speakers to educate, inform and build community discourse about the diverse environmental problems of our time.