Özlem Sara Cekic

Özlem Sara Cekic has been a Danish MP for the Socialist People’s Party since 2007. She is the first female Muslim MP. A former psychiatric nurse, she is currently her party’s spokesperson for health-related issues, psychiatry, and gender equality. Cekic was the chairman of her party’s Ethnic Equality committee and founded a Diversity Network for health care professors from ethnic minorities. In 2009 she published the autobiographical book ‘Fra Føtex til Folketinget’ (“From Supermarket to Parliament”), in which she recounted her experiences as a politically progressive Muslim woman from a working-class background. She has also published a series of children’s books about Ayse, a girl from an immigrant background who faces daily challenges growing up in Denmark.

Özlem Sara Cekic, Socialistisk Folkeparti.
Member of Parliament for the Socialist People’s Party in Copenhagen

Areas of expertise: European Politics, Health, Gender Equality, European Migration

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Contact Information:
E-mail: ozlem@ozlem.dk
+45 3337 4419 (Parliament) | +45 6162 4614 (c)

Hisham Aidi

Hisham Aidi is a lecturer at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is also currently a resident scholar at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

His research focuses on the politics of globalization, North-South relations and social movements. He previously worked as a consultant on UNDP’s Human Development Report and as a Global Fellow at the Open Society Foundation.

As a journalist, Aidi’s work has appeared in The Atlantic, Foreigh Affairs, The Nation and The New Yorker. He is the recipient of the Carnegie Scholar Award and the American Book Award of 201.

Aidi has written extensively about African and Afro-diasporan affairs for magazines including Africana, The New African, ColorLines.com and Al Jazeera. He has been a guest on WNYC’s Soundcheck and NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday.

Hisham Aidi

Areas of Expertise: Politics of Globalization, North-South Relations, Social Movements, Immigration, Youth Movements in Europe, African and Afro-Diasporan Affairs

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:

Email: ha26@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-2584
Twitter: @UptownBerber

Heard on WNYC: Click here for a full list.

Soundcheck: ‘Rebel Music’: How Hip-Hop Became Part Of Muslim Culture