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Keynote Speaker

We’re ecstatic to introduce our keynote speaker for VMUN 2018, Mohamed Fahmy. Mohamed Fahmy spent 438 days in an Egyptian prison—unjustly jailed for conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood, and for fabricating news for Al Jazeera during his tenure as bureau chief for the Qatari network in Egypt. While in prison, he conducted interviews behind bars with members of ISIS, Al Qaeda, and others, gaining rare insights into modern terrorism. Learn more about his story below:

Mohamed Fahmy is a multi-award winning Egyptian-Canadian author and journalist whose perspective is truly one-of-a-kind. VMUN 2018 is proud to present Mr. Fahmy as its upcoming keynote speaker, one of VMUN’s most unique speakers to date as someone who was wrongly imprisoned in Egypt in 2013. There, he spent a month in solitary confinement with a broken shoulder and over 438 days living with members of the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, and ISIS.

Mr. Fahmy brings a wealth of experiences with his storied career, having received awards such as the Canadian Commission World Press Freedom Award, the Tom Renner Investigative Reporting Award, and a Peabody Award for his work as a journalist. Among the political events that he has covered are the Arab Spring, the fall of Hosni Mubarak, and the Libyan Revolution.

He currently writes a regular column for the Toronto Star on the Middle East, and is the author of The Marriott Cell: An Epic Journey from Cairo’s Scorpion Prison to Freedom, based on his Kafkaesque trial. In addition, his Vancouver-based non-profit, the Fahmy Foundation, dedicates itself to supporting journalists and prisoners of conscience imprisoned worldwide.

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