Doha Debates, a Qatar Foundation (QF) production, has announced a diverse and exciting lineup of speakers for its first live event on the 26 February.

The debut of the Doha Debates series will examine how best to solve the global refugee crisis, which has led to more than 25 million people being forcibly displaced across borders.

The programme, to be hosted at Northwestern University in Qatar, will be live-streamed on Twitter and distributed through other digital outlets after the show. The majority of the debate’s in-person attendees will be students from universities at QF’s Education City, with the audience, including those participating digitally, playing an active role in shaping the debate and solutions.

Amjad Atallah, Managing Director of Doha Debates, emphasised the urgent need to address the global refugee crisis, saying:

With more refugees than ever worldwide, we need answers on how best to deal with this crisis. This edition of Doha Debates brings together an extraordinary combination of perspectives – refugee, nationalist, internationalist – with a shared goal: agreeing on ways to end this refugee emergency.’

Participating in the debate will be Muzoon Almellehan, a Syrian refugee, education activist and the youngest-ever UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador; Marc Lamont Hill, a US professor of Media, Cities and Solutions at Temple University, and an activist and award-winning journalist; Douglas Murray, a British author, award-winning journalist and political commentator; and Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, who is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University in the US, and the founder and executive director of International Civil Society Action Network – which works to prevent violent extremism by promoting peace, rights and pluralism worldwide.

International journalist Ghida Fakhry will moderate the first season’s debates and Nelufar Hedayatan Afghan refugee, international journalist and documentary-maker, will be the digital host for the debate’s live streams.

Doha Debates’ strategic partners include TED, Fortify Rights, Storytegic and Shared_Studios, with its creative contributors including 2017 Oscar nominee Daphne Matziaraki and 2003 Sundance Best Documentary Director and Audience Award winner Jonathan Karsh, whose company is developing a TV programme around the core principles of Doha Debates.

To register to attend the debate, or for more information, please visit The exclusive live stream can be watched on Twitter @DohaDebates at 6 pm GMT on the 26 February, and you can join the conversation by using the hashtag #DearWorld.