The Most Engaging Speakers in the World
Ellie Cohanim is former Deputy Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism at the U.S. Department of State, and Visiting Fellow at the International Women's Forum. Ellie is a leading proponent on confronting antisemitism, anti-Zionism, and the Iranian threat, while also spreading the positive message of peaceful co-existence achieved through the Abraham Accords. Ellie is seen often on Fox News, Newsmax, BBC Persian and is a contributor to National Review, Newsweek, The Hill and Washington Examiner.
She was the State Department’s first Iranian-born Jewish Envoy, and led diplomatic initiatives resulting in historic breakthroughs in the Muslim world including forging groundbreaking partnerships with the King Hamad Global Centre for Peaceful Co-Existence of Bahrain, and with Association Mimouna of Morocco, to combat anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and Islamophobia; persuading the Global Imams Council (GIC) to adopt the IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism; and removal of anti-Semitic content from textbooks in the MENA region, all as part of the Abraham Accords efforts.
Ellie Cohanim also conducted a successful public diplomacy campaign with appearances on Fox and Newsmax, along with countless interviews and speaking engagements, to bring to world attention the Iranian Regime as the world’s largest state-sponsor of anti-Semitism, and highlighting the Iranian Regime’s overall human rights abuses.
As Deputy Envoy, Ellie Cohanim was the lead official on creating and implementing policy on countering anti-Semitism in both the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and Western Hemisphere regions.
Ellie Cohanim arrived as a child refugee to the US, after she and her family fled the escalating anti-Semitism in Iran during the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Prior to her appointment to the US State Department, Ellie Cohanim was Senior Vice President and Special Correspondent for the Jewish Broadcasting Service (JBS), where she handled on-air reporting and anchored the broadcast of major international gatherings. Previously, she was an executive at Yeshiva University; The Jewish Theological Seminary; and UJA-Federation of New York.
Ellie Cohanim received her B.A. in Political Science, Cum Laude, from Barnard College, Columbia University; and conducted graduate study in International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is fluent in Hebrew and Farsi, familiar with German and Arabic.
Dr. Richard L. Cravatts, PhD, author of Dispatches From the Campus War Against Israel and Jews and Genocidal Liberalism: The University’s Jihad Against Israel and Jews, is President Emeritus of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME).
Dr. Cravatts delivers an explosive speech entitled, "The Campus War Against Israel and the Jews". He has spoken about fighting back against Anti-semitism. Dr. Cravatts has published over 450 articles and book chapters on campus anti-Semitism, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, campus free speech, terrorism, Constitutional law, Middle East politics, and social policy in publications around the world.
In addition to serving as a member of the board of directors of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, Dr. Cravatts is also a board member of The Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, The AMCHA Initiative, The Israel Group, The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, the Florida chapter of the ZOA, and Alliance for Israel, an advisory board member of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, and a member of SPME’s Council of Scholars.
Professor Alan M. Dershowitz is Brooklyn native who has been called “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer” and one of its “most distinguished defenders of individual rights,” “the best-known criminal lawyer in the world,” “the top lawyer of last resort,” “America’s most public Jewish defender” and “Israel’s single most visible defender – the Jewish state’s lead attorney in the court of public opinion.”
He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Dershowitz is the author of more than 40 non-fiction works and three novels with a worldwide audience, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Chutzpah and six other national bestsellers. His autobiography, Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law, was published in 2013. Defending Israel: The Story of My Relationship with my Most Challenging Client was published in 2019.
His most recent book, Guilt by Accusation: The Challenge of Proving Innocence in the Age of #MeToo, 2019 and The Case for Liberty, published in 2020 and Defending the Constitution published in 2020.
He is currently working on a book entitled Cancel Culture.. Dershowitz has been called “one of the sharpest legal minds of all time,” “a masterful advocate,” the “winningest” criminal appellate lawyer in modern history and has argued hundreds of appeals in courts throughout the nation and around the world.
Father Patrick Desbois is a distinguished author, university professor, historian, forensic detective and world- renowned human-rights activist.
He has dedicated his life to fighting the bigotry that fuels the disease of genocide and bridging the divide between faiths. His ongoing work brings closure to the victims and survivors of genocide and calls for legal justice for the perpetrators.
He is the founder of Yahad-In Unum (“Together In One”), a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering genocidal practices wherever they are found around the world. He has uncovered the location of more than 2,300 killing sites and documented more than 5,700 witness testimonies to the war crimes of the Einsatzgruppen (Nazi Death Squads).
His work through Yahad has been recognized through numerous awards and public commentary in France and throughout the world. Father Desbois is also the author of “The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest’s Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews“, Winner of the National Jewish Book Award, and the recently released “The Fabric of Terrorists: Into the Secrets of Daesh”, based on his investigation of the Yazidi genocide in Iraq.
He has vigorously expanded its scope to the Yazidi massacres in Northern Iraq at the hands of ISIS. He has received numerous honors including the Humanitarian Award from the US Holocaust Museum and the 2017 Lantos Human Rights Francis as well as French President, Emmanuel Macron, who awarded him the Légion d’honneur, France’s highest honor.