Fadi Salem will be attending #rp12 and offering their substantial academic expertise on the civil movements in the Arab world. The Director of the Governance and Innovation Program at the Dubai School of Government focuses on the tensions between technology and social interactions. For years, Fadi Salem’s area of expertise has been in new models of government and civil engagement. He investigates their effects on social developments, including political reforms and social media in the Middle East, and has been involved in numerous consultation projects with international organisations. Salem will be able to shed new light on the much discussed question of how far social media has energised the protest movement in the Middle East and North Africa.