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February 1st, 2011

Area of Expertise: Civil Society, Media, Youth Issues
Geographical Expertise - Region: North Africa and Middle East, North America
Languages: Arabic, English
Field of Work: Non-Governmental, United Nations
City: New York
Country: USA
Continent: North America

Email: christopher.dekki@theglobalexperts.org

dekk Christopher DekkiChristopher Dekki is a native New Yorker, a scholar, an advocate for youth, and an educator. Primarily, he is the United Nations representative for the International Movement of Catholic Students – Pax Romana, one of the oldest and most respected youth NGOs at the UN. As the main representative, he leads a team of young people that lobbies UN member states on behalf of the poor and marginalized.

He also assists in editing General Assembly resolutions dealing with youth issues, religious dialogue, poverty, human rights, and education. He works especially close with UN youth delegates and helps prepare them for their annual work in the Third Committee of the General Assembly. Beyond his efforts at UN Headquarters in New York, Christopher assists IMCS – Pax Romana’s Paris-based International Team with its administration of the many national and regional movements that comprise the NGO.

Christopher has been working with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations since 2008 and has been active in several of its media and youth projects. Some of these projects include Global Experts and the Youth Solidarity Fund. Christopher has assisted the Alliance Secretariat with the Alliance of Civilizations Forum in Istanbul in 2009 and in Rio de Janeiro in 2010. He was on the ground in both those cities supporting the Alliance and providing assistance to its directors. He was blessed with the opportunity to also represent his NGO, IMCS – Pax Romana, at the Rio Youth Forum. He provided assistance to the other youth delegates and helped spread awareness of the work of his NGO to other youth leaders from around the world.

Christopher is also a chairperson of the Melkite Association of Young Adults (MAYA), a national Eastern Catholic youth organization in the United States. He helps to organize retreats, service projects, national conventions, and educational workshops for the members of this organization. Thanks to Christopher’s efforts, the lives of poor and homeless people all over the United States have been enriched by the work of MAYA and its dedicated members. Moreover, Chris was instrumental in bringing his beloved MAYA organization into the International Movement of Catholic Students, the NGO he so enthusiastically represents at the UN. Currently, he is working on a project to promote interfaith dialogue between Arab Christians and Arab Muslims in the United States. He is also actively involved in lobbying bishops and other Catholic leaders on behalf of young Catholics both in the Middle East and in Middle Eastern Diaspora communities in North America.

Christopher has been teaching and mentoring young people since he was a college student. He has worked in numerous community development programs that provide tutoring and counseling to New York City high school students. He has even taught in high schools all over New York. He has been especially active in impoverished schools whose students are not given the instruction they deserve. His most recent educational endeavor has placed him in a low-performing New York school where he is teaching law and civics to a class of under-performing students.

One of Christopher’s newest undertakings includes participating on the Board of Directors of a budding grassroots project. Bridge the Gap TV, a web-based television program founded by fellow New York City native, Chris Bashinelli, seeks to promote intercultural dialogue and understanding through entertainment. The show follows the adventures of the young Chris Bashinelli as he experiences cultures and traditions from all over the world. Christopher Dekki’s work as a member of the Board of Directors has allowed the show to grow and develop in many ways. Christopher is doing public relations for the show and helping to secure funding for new episodes in different international locales.

Finally, Christopher is a law student at St. John’s University in New York. He is studying international and human rights law and is working at Catholic Charities Department of Refugee and Immigrant Services. He assists victims of torture and refugees in their struggle to gain asylum in the United States. Moreover, Christopher works in a domestic violence court in Brooklyn where he aids the judge in assuring that defendants are fairly treated and victims are provided the assistance they so desperately need.

Christopher has an MA in international relations and has been published in the prestigious Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization and his NGO’s annual magazine.

Christopher DekkiChristopher Dekki is a native New Yorker, a scholar, an advocate for youth, and an
educator. Primarily, he is the United Nations representative for the International
Movement of Catholic Students – Pax Romana, one of the oldest and most respected
youth NGOs at the UN. As the main representative, he leads a team of young people
that lobbies UN member states on behalf of the poor and marginalized. He also assists
in editing General Assembly resolutions dealing with youth issues, religious dialogue,
poverty, human rights, and education. He works especially close with UN youth
delegates and helps prepare them for their annual work in the Third Committee of the
General Assembly. Beyond his efforts at UN Headquarters in New York, Christopher
assists IMCS – Pax Romana’s Paris-based International Team with its administration of
the many national and regional movements that comprise the NGO.Christopher has been working with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations since
2008 and has been active in several of its media and youth projects. Some of these
projects include Global Expert Finder and the Youth Solidarity Fund. Christopher has
assisted the Alliance Secretariat with the Alliance of Civilizations Forum in Istanbul
in 2009 and in Rio de Janeiro in 2010. He was on the ground in both those cities
supporting the Alliance and providing assistance to its directors. He was blessed with the
opportunity to also represent his NGO, IMCS – Pax Romana, at the Rio Youth Forum.
He provided assistance to the other youth delegates and helped spread awareness of the
work of his NGO to other youth leaders from around the world.Christopher is also a chairperson of the Melkite Association of Young Adults (MAYA),
a national Eastern Catholic youth organization in the United States. He helps to organize
retreats, service projects, national conventions, and educational workshops for the
members of this organization. Thanks to Christopher’s efforts, the lives of poor and
homeless people all over the United States have been enriched by the work of MAYA
and its dedicated members. Moreover, Chris was instrumental in bringing his beloved
MAYA organization into the International Movement of Catholic Students, the NGO he
so enthusiastically represents at the UN. Currently, he is working on a project to promote
interfaith dialogue between Arab Christians and Arab Muslims in the United States. He
is also actively involved in lobbying bishops and other Catholic leaders on behalf of
young Catholics both in the Middle East and in Middle Eastern Diaspora communities in
North America.Christopher has been teaching and mentoring young people since he was a college
student. He has worked in numerous community development programs that provide
tutoring and counseling to New York City high school students. He has even taught in
high schools all over New York. He has been especially active in impoverished schools
whose students are not given the instruction they deserve. His most recent educational
endeavor has placed him in a low-performing New York school where he is teaching law
and civics to a class of under-performing students.

One of Christopher’s newest undertakings includes participating on the Board of

Directors of a budding grassroots project. Bridge the Gap TV, a web-based television
program founded by fellow New York City native, Chris Bashinelli, seeks to promote
intercultural dialogue and understanding through entertainment. The show follows the
adventures of the young Chris Bashinelli as he experiences cultures and traditions from
all over the world. Christopher Dekki’s work as a member of the Board of Directors
has allowed the show to grow and develop in many ways. Christopher is doing public
relations for the show and helping to secure funding for new episodes in different
international locales.

Finally, Christopher is a law student at St. John’s University in New York. He is
studying international and human rights law and is working at Catholic Charities
Department of Refugee and Immigrant Services. He assists victims of torture and
refugees in their struggle to gain asylum in the United States. Moreover, Christopher
works in a domestic violence court in Brooklyn where he aids the judge in assuring that
defendants are fairly treated and victims are provided the assistance they so desperately
need.

Christopher has an MA in international relations and has been published in the
prestigious Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization and his NGO’s annual magazine.

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