Nov 22, 2020
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Our Program
Event begins
Board Chair Welcome
Syrian Scholar Impacts
Executive Director Remarks
Presentation of the Jusoor
Bridges Award
Refugee Education Impacts
Fireside Chat with Olivia Munn and Yusra Mardini
Surprise Musical Performance
About Jusoor
Jusoor is an NGO founded by Syrian expatriates with a mission to support Syrian youth to realize their potential through programs in the fields of education, entrepreneurship, and global community engagement. Since its launch in 2011, Jusoor has enabled over 625 university students to complete their degrees around the world. We have enrolled over 7,000 children in our primary schools, giving them the gift of a basic education. And our entrepreneurship program has trained and inspired over 500 young entrepreneurs. By investing in these children and youth, Jusoor is preparing a generation of change agents to be able to return to Syria and play a role in rebuilding every sector of society, from healthcare to education to business to governmental institutions.
Olivia Munn is an actor, author and activist most recently seen starring in Netflix romantic comedy Love, Wedding, Repeat. In 2019, she starred in STARZ series The Rook, a supernatural spy thriller set in London and in 20th Century Fox’s The Predator opposite Keegan-Michael Key and Sterling K. Brown. Up next she will star in social drama The Gateway and opposite Justin Theroux in Violet, an indie drama written and directed by Justine Bateman. She is also set to lead the action movie Replay and feature drama Aleppo. Olivia has also been a prominent advocate for change regarding sexual harassment in Hollywood and was honored by the United Nation’s Girl Hero Awards for her activism in 2018.
Yusra Mardini and her elder Sara sister fled the Syrian war and set off on a perilous journey to find safety in Europe. In summer 2015, they traveled through Lebanon to Turkey before departing for Greece in an overcrowded dinghy. Fifteen minutes into the sea crossing, the boat’s engine failed. As a professional swimmer, Yusra was determined not to let any of her fellow passengers drown. Yusra, her sister, and two others jumped into the waves and swam for three and a half hours in open water to stop their dinghy from capsizing, saving the lives of 20 people. A year later, Yusra’s courage, determination, and strong swimming skills were recognized by the International Olympic Committee, and became a member of the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team. Yusra competed at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, helping to represent 65 million displaced people worldwide.
Photo Credit: HERRING & HERRING
Photo Credit: UNHCR / Paul Wu
Olivia Munn
Yusra Mardini
About Our
Speakers and Guests
Ricardo Karam
Master of Ceremony Ricardo Karam, is a Lebanese television presenter, producer, talk-show host, author and public speaker. He has created several shows, series and documentaries, and founded RK productions which has taken charge of producing all his projects. He is also the founder of TAKREEM, an organization aimed at rewarding outstanding Arabs in their respective fields. TAKREEM evolved year on year; its latest creation is TAKminds, a forum designed to allow change-makers and emerging talents to connect and interact.
Emanne Beasha
Emanne Beasha is an American singer born in 2008 who has been singing since she was two years old and has always loved performing on stage. She won Arabs Got Talent in 2017 at only eight years old.  Shortly after that, she was awarded the Golden Superiority Medal from His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan following her performance at the 2017 celebration of Jordan Independence Day.  She also received the title “Champion for Children” from UNICEF in support of their efforts in various campaigns.
In June 2019, Emanne made her debut on America’s Got Talent with “Nessun Dorma.” Emanne was a top 10 finalist in America’s Got Talent season 14. During the Finale Results show, she was honoured to perform “Con Te Partiro” with world-renowned pianist Lang Lang.

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