Founder & President
Dr. Rouba Al-Fattal Eeckelaert holds a B.A. from McGill University and an M.A. in European politics from Montreal University in Canada, and a PhD in Transatlantic Electoral Assistance from Leuven University in Belgium. She is a founding member of the Euro-Arab Forum
and the founder/president of the Canada-Arab Forum
, which are Brussels and Ottawa based NGOs promoting dialogue and cooperation. Rouba gained significant field experience at the Canadian Mission to the EU, PASSIA in Jerusalem, the Security and Defence Agenda, and the NATO-Parliamentary Assembly as a Research Assistant. She is also an Associate Editor at the Central European Journal for International and Security Studies (CEJISS). She published, lectured and worked as a Project Manager at various institutions including HIVA, CIMIC and McGill University. Currently she works as a Senior Policy Analyst where she was an Information and Communication Expert for the European Commission (ENPI-Info Centre) with a focus on south Mediterranean countries, and a Consultant on Syria for the Strategic Research & Communication Centre (SRCC). Rouba won 4th place in the Anna Lindh Foundation Euro-Med Dialogue Award Competition of 2011. She speaks Arabic, English, French, intermediate Dutch, and basic Hebrew.
Technical Director & Treasurer
Dr. Tom Eeckelaert
Dr. ir. Tom Eeckelaert holds a B.A. and a M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. degree in Applied Sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. His research interests are in the design of analog and mixed-signal CAD tools for electronic design automation, more specifically in optimization-based circuit design. Currently he's working as Senior System-on-Chip System Architect at Essensium N.V. in Belgium, a fabless chip company specialized in ASIC solutions for Wireless Sensor Networks. Next to the development of hardware, Tom continuously searches for innovative methodologies to empower the mixed-signal circuit designer. Tom is strong believer that science and technology are the best tools to build bridges between different cultures. He speaks Dutch, English and French.
Vice Preseident - Montreal
Daniel Romano (BCL, LLB)
|Daniel holds two law degrees from McGill University, a Masters in Political Science and Economics from the University of Hawaii and the East West Center’s Institute of Culture and Communication, a Bachelor’s from the University of Florida in Philosophy, with Honours, and an Associate of Arts from the University of Florida in Liberal Arts, with High Honours, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa undergraduate academic honour society. Daniel Romano is a Montreal-based attorney and business consultant with experience in retail, wholesale, manufacturing and service industries. Daniel has served as director of non-profit organizations for a number of years, is very familiar with the North American business environments, and has done consulting work for many local, national and international companies in Canada, Japan, Israel, the Philippines, the U.S. and Germany. Daniel has been a long-time member and financial supporter of non-profit charities in Canada and the U.S. such as the Cousteau Society, Greenpeace, Greenpeace Canada, Defenders of Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, and others. Over the years, Daniel has organized teambuilding and motivation programs for companies such as the Royal Bank of Canada, Aldo Group, Sun Microsystems, Microcell Solutions, Quintiles Pharmaceuticals, Brystol Meyers, Hyperchip, Biochem Pharma, Eicon Technologies, I.C. Axon, UniSignal, G.E. Investments, Bell Mobility, Quebec Association of Accountants, and some of Montreal’s largest law firms. One of his greatest pleasures in is seeing the synergies of diverse elements all contributing to a greater whole. He speaks English, French, Japanese.