Walid El Kubaisi (Iraq/Norway):


An author, journalist, translator, film director, and scholar, Al-Kubaisi was born in Baghdad, Iraq but emigrated to Norway as a political refugee in 1981, after receiving a degree in engineering from the University of Baghdad.
In addition to writing non-fiction books, he has translated Arabic poetry by Faisal Hashmi and Eftikhar Ismaeil to Norwegian, and was nominated for the Brage Prize. He wrote the script for the 2010 film Freedom, Equality, and the Muslim Brotherhood which he co-directed with Per Christian Magnus.