Guest Speakers – April

Guest speakers for the upcoming screenings of “Bhutto”:

Sarah Sayeed is director and co-founder of seeks to foster discourse among global citizens through social media diplomacy, and forge new relationships between people and institutions in outreach efforts aimed to foster peaceful conflict resolution. Sarah Sayeed is a freelance journalist who covers State Department and other news in the Washington, DC area. She meets regularly with community leaders, scholars and business entities to foster and develop intercultural and religious awareness. Sarah served as a member of the Women’s Empowerment Action Team on Education at the State Department led by Ambassador Shireen Tahir-Kheli, where she was involved in suggesting and discussing ways media can be used to make education more accessible to women and girls around the world. Sarah completed her A’ Levels in History and Economics in Kuwait and graduated with a triple major in Economics, Political Science and International Studies from Southern Methodist University. Sarah currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Women’s Centre a non-profit counseling and resource facility that addresses the personal, professional, legal and financial concerns of women and their families. (Sunday, April 3)

Caroline Slobodzian is the President of the US National Committee for UN Women, National Capital Chapter (community partner). The National Capital Chapter is one of ten chapters in the United States working to support the US National Committee’s mission of “working toward a world where women live free from violence, poverty and inequality”. (Saturday, April 9)

Mark Siegel (producer). Pakistan expert Mark Siegel, a partner at Locke Lord Strategies, has a vast political resume that includes serving as deputy assistant to President Jimmy Carter, assistant to former Senator and Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and executive director of the Democratic National Committee. Siegel assisted Benazir Bhutto in updating her autobiography, Daughter of Destiny, in 2007 and, shortly before her death, co-authored with Bhutto the international bestseller Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West. He frequently appears on television as a political analyst and was interviewed by Jon Stewart about his book and friendship with Ms. Bhutto as a guest on The Daily Show. During three Democratic National Conventions, Siegel served as political consultant to the late long-time CBS News anchor and newsman Walter Cronkite. A prominent speechwriter, he has written for presidents, vice presidents, U.S. congressmen, corporate executives, and international dignitaries. (Saturday, April 9)