• Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Home Donate

Press Contact Information

E-mail Print PDF

Center for Democracy & Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
1050 17th Street, NW
Suite 1000
Washington DC, 20036
United States
Phone: (202) 558–5552
Fax: (202) 536–5210
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



The following experts are available and highly recommended to speak at national and international conferences on a wide variety of topics related to Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. For booking information and more detailed information on CDHR or its speakers, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Ali Alyami

Mr. Alyami is native of Saudi Arabia, who has resided in the U.S. for 37 years, and has long been an advocate for peaceful political reform in Saudi Arabia. He holds a Ph.D. in Government and Diplomacy from Claremont Graduate University in California, and has been writing about reform in Saudi Arabia since the 1970s, when he authored his master and doctoral theses: “Will Saudi Oil be Used to Bring Peace in the Middle East?” and “The Impact of Modernization on the Stability of the Saudi Monarchy” respectively. He has worked for and with a myriad of institutes and organizations, including the Arab Organization for Human Rights based in Cairo, Egypt, the Saudi Institute in Washington, D.C., and the American Friends Service Committee in San Francisco. Mr. Alyami provided expert testimony regarding human rights in Saudi Arabia before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus in 2002. He has also spoken at conferences in the U.S., London, Egypt, Sudan, and Israel. One of his more recent conferences at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. was covered live by C-Span (July 2004). A committed supporter of human rights in all regions of the world, Mr. Alyami also worked with Latino groups against death squads and dictatorships in Latin American and with anti-apartheid coalitions throughout the 1980s and 1990s.


  • Human Rights
  • Women’s Rights
  • Religious Freedom
  • Political Structure

Wayne Quist

Colonel Quist is a popular and entertaining speaker on Saudi Arabian Wahhabi-Salafism and the ideology of al Qaeda, which is the subject of his two most recent books, Winning the War on Terror and The Triumph of Democracy Over Militant Islamism. Colonel Quist has nearly 40 years experience in the Middle East, both as a full colonel in the United States Air Force specializing in the Middle East and as a senior executive in the private sector working in the Middle East. He has spent the majority of his professional career as a student of the Middle East living many years outside the United States, both in the U.S. government and in private business. Colonel Quist is currently a partner with Northstar Industries, Inc. in Minneapolis and specializes in the sale and recapitalization of privately held companies in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. He is the author of several publications and articles in the field of radical militant Islam, national security policy and American history. Colonel Quist has a B.A. degree in history from St. Olaf College and hold advanced degrees from the University of Southern California and The National War College in Washington, D.C., specializing in the Middle East.


  • Saudi Arabian Wahhabi-Salafism
  • The ideology of al Qaeda

Mark Palmer

Active on the front lines of the struggle to help oppressed people achieve democracy in the Eastern Europe, Middle East, China, North Korea, and beyond, Ambassador Palmer brings an unusual set of skills, experience, and passions to the task. Through the years of the Cold War up to the present, he has been a respected foreign policy innovator both inside and outside the U.S. government. He served in policy positions in the State Department under the Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and first Bush Administrations, helping found the National Endowment for Democracy. From outside the government, he helped persuade the Clinton and present Bush Administrations to initiate new democracy policies, including the Community of Democracies and abolishing the so-called Arab exception to promote, for the first time, democracy in the Arab world. He is also the author of “Breaking the Real Axis of Evil: How to Oust the World’s Last Dictators by 2025″. He has lived in the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, and served as US Ambassador to Hungary in the Cold War era.


  • Methods of Political Change
  • Democracy (Washington, DC area only)

Donate to CDHR

Subscribe to Newsletter