Read in-depth features about the MBI Alumni Association members, independent journalism on their many achievements... and a variety of papers, articles and media published by the Alumni themselves.


Sisters Yasmine and Yousra El-Mehairy launch their new venture in home accessories with their designer cushions. Yasmine is passionate about designs and started with home-made greetings cards many years ago.


As part of International Women’s Day, Yasmine El-Mehairy shares her thoughts on female empowerment and entrepreneurship. Read her interview with Fustany.com where she talks about how women can fight gender discrimination within the Arab society.  


The MBI Al Jaber Foundation recently made a ‘Small Grant’ award of £1,500 to one of its Alumni members, Lobna Ben Salem, who has recently been invited to the Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures at the University of Virginia as a Visiting Researcher.


Dr Noura Youssef Mansouri began studying for her first degree at the age of just 15. Since then, the young Saudi Arabian academic has received a BSc (Hons) from Dar Al-Hekma University, Jeddah, along with an MBA as well as a PhD on various aspects of Clean Energy from Queen Mary, University of London. Shortly after completing her studies, Dr Noura’s PhD thesis was published as the book, Greening The Black Gold: Saudi Arabia's Quest for Clean Energy.


Since 1997, MBI Al Jaber Foundation alumnus, Ibrahim Natil, has launched and managed more than 56 human rights, women’s empowerment, and peacebuilding programmes… successfully raising funds for some of these initiatives from well-known donors, such as the European Commission, OFID, WFD, MBI and MEPI amongst others. In addition, Ibrahim is the leader of an international campaign to defend the rights of displaced communities in the Gaza Strip.


Samah Al-Safadi is an internationally recognized educational expert with more than many years experience of working with bilingual children and developing teaching programmes related to special education, learning difficulties, family counselling and child psychology, in both London and the Middle East. As a Special Education Consultant at the King Fahd Academy, and Founder and Head of the Princess FADWA Centre for Special Needs and Learning Difficulties in London, Samah has served, advised and counselled hundreds of families and children. Currently, she is working as a Senior Consultant at the Tamayuz Center in Riyadh.


Fahmia was born in a remote Yemeni village where girls did not receive secondary education. She began her schooling in a one-room hut at the top of a mountain;  there were no tables or chairs, just a cold bare floor to sit on. Today she holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Westminster... and has held a number of hugely influential and socially important jobs all over the world. Here she tells us about this epic journey in her own words.


After graduating from her BSc in Agriculture at the University of Khartoum in 1999, Nada continued her studies by taking a course in Computer Sciences at Omdurman Ahlia University... before studying for her MSc in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology at Westminster University in 2002. She is currently researching the use of bio-fertilisers as a way of preventing ecological hazards.


Alaa Rady has enjoyed hugely successful positions at some of the biggest countries in the world, he has studied at some of the best schools... and made a name for himself as a savvy entrepreneur and angel investor. Here he tells us about this extraordinary story in his own words.


After completing an MA in Diplomatic Studies, Ibrahim founded Society Voice Foundation (SVF) in Palestine: a non-profit, non-governmental and non-partisan organization launched to empower Palestinian civil society. Read on to learn all about his work in peace building, good governance, women empowerment and democracy throughout the region.