Bahrain: The St Christopher’s Cathedral, Manama has lined up key speakers for its Living Room Dialogues until the end of summer.
On March 13, Tim Woodward will speak on Transforming Bahrain’s Public Transport System.
He is the network manager for Bahrain Public Transport Company, which operates bus services across the kingdom in partnership with the Transportation Ministry.
Before coming to Bahrain, Mr Woodward worked for National Express in the UK in a variety of roles, responsible for network and route planning and scheduling.
He has also handled major projects and event management, including Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Birmingham in 2010.
On May 8, Andrew Kelly will speak on the escalating tensions in East Jerusalem and the West Bank with special focus on the political context, the drivers of the recent violence and the implications for the peace process.
Mr Kelly is a research analyst for the Middle East Programme of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, which organises the Manama Dialogue.
His most recent focus for research has been Palestine-Israel.
On June 12, Angie Thadani, based with the International Organisation for Migration in Cairo, will reflect on the challenges faced by governments and refugees in the context of human rights-based approach to managing migration flows.
Ms Thadani works in a regional knowledge hub that generates research on irregular migration – to, through and from North Africa – with a view to inform policy, programming and advocacy and ensure the protection of migrants.
She also acts as the secretariat of the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force.
The Living Room Dialogue is a bring-and-share food event held in the deanery at 7.30pm, following the 6.15pm Sunday service.