Jeddi High Council

Master of the Order

Yasser Bahjatt

(Yoda)

Yasser has been actively building the SciFi culture in Arabia since 2012 when he announced the Initiative Yatakhayaloon that he co-founded with his parter Ibraheem Abbas to jump start the contrary SciFi culture in Arabia (TED Talk). Since then he has been attending the WorldCon to talk about Arabian SciFi and to promote it globally.

Yasser is the Author of “Yaqteenya: The Old World” the first Arabian alternative history novel and has Co-Authored with his partner Ibraheem Abbas the English edition’s of Ibraheem’s best selling Arabian novels (HWJN, Somewhere & Binyameen).

Born in Spartan Village, MI, USA, on the same year Star Wars was released, and lived in Jeddah since he was 5. As a Spartan Jeddi he was destined to one day become the Master of the Order on the Jeddi High Council.

Grandmaster

Khalid Alsameti

(Kenobi)

Lore Keeper

Rami Hamzah

(R2-D2)

Ahmad Sabbagh

(Ackbar)

Dr. Ashraf Fagih

(Anakin)

Ashraf Fagih is a Saudi writer and novelist. He his PhD in Computing from Queen’s University in Canada and served as an assistant Professor at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals. He began writing fiction early and published his first of three science fiction anthologies aged twenty. He then switched to historical fiction with his novel “The Impaler” that explores the Eastern origins of the legend of Count Vlad Dracula. Additionally, he is a veteran pop-science buff. He was the Chief Science Editor of Al-Qafilah magazine between 2014 and 2017. In 2013, he became the first Arab ever to deliver a MOOC course via the Rwaq electronic platform. His course (How Machines Think? An Intro to Computing) was attended by more than 15,000 online students.

Mohammed Albakri

(Mace)

Born in the same decade that gave us a Star Wars, Mohammed became enchanted in the magic upon watching a New Hope at 4 years old. This led to a childhood Marveling at comic book heroes, far off lands with dragons and the occasional orphaned wizard. He studied medical technology and is currently working in Laboratory Information Sciences and is still waiting for the lab accident that will grant him superpowers…

Raneen Bukhari

(Rey)

Tamim Kashgari

(Tarkin)

Tamim Kashgari is a Saudi Arabian with a Bachelor’s degree from the American University in Cairo and a Master’s degree from the University of New South Wales. He came back to Saudi Arabia in 2012 to start his career as a management consultant and has since then work with multiple private and public entities in various industries.

In parallel Tamim has also led an active role as part of the Saudi Arabian geek community being part of the organizing team for Geekfest Jeddah and a Co-Host of the Low Priority Queue Podcast within the Mstdfr Podcast Network.

Thamer Alturaif

(Vader)