In 1974, Tom Harkin was elected to Congress from Iowa's Fifth Congressional District. His energetic, person-to-person campaign carried the day against an incumbent in a longstanding Republican district. In 1984, after serving 10 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, he challenged an incumbent senator and won. Iowans returned him to the Senate in 1990, 1996 and again in 2002. In November 2008, Senator Harkin made history by becoming the first Iowa Democrat to win a fifth term in the U.S. Senate. He retired from the United States Senate in January 2015.
His Royal Highness Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein earned his BA degree from Tufts University in 1987, and then his MA degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1995, with a specialisation in International Relations/Strategic Studies. He continued his education at Cambridge University, England, where he received an M.Phil degree in Historical Studies in 1998. In addition, HRH Prince Mired attended the British Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1990 and served for several years in the Jordanian Armed Forces.
Rasha Kashan is BBC Arabic’s Editor for Diversity and Special Projects. She has 20 years’ experience working for international media outlets, including 14 years with the BBC in London. She has led dozens of senior journalists, presenters, producers and reporters in multiple locations across the world producing live and recorded content in over 10 languages for radio, TV, online and social media aimed at younger and less represented audiences. She managed production teams in the field across the Arab World in major events, rporting and presenting from various locations.
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq War Veteran, Purple Heart recipient and former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. She was among the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Duckworth served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years before retiring from military service in 2014 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016 after representing Illinois’s Eighth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms.
Celeste Warren is Vice President, Human Resources & Global Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence. In this dual role, she has responsibility for the strategic and operational Human Resources support of Merck's Global Legal, Compliance, Communications, Population Health, Patient Health and Global Public Policy Organizations.