After qualifying with an MBA from the London School of Business & Finance in 2010, Abdul was employed by the Shihab Insurance and Trading Agencies Ltd, Deloitte, UNITE Group plc (UK). He then moved to the Yemen MicroFinance Network where he worked as a Financial Controller. He is now a Finance Manager for ‘Yemen Education For Employment’. Abdul's long-term objective is to become a highly-skilled financial analyst and start his own financial consulting firm.


Barakat has extensive experience in media, governance, development and capacity building, and has worked with a wide range of policy-makers, corporate clients, and international agencies in Iraq and the UK, including British Department for International Development.


Areej holds an MBA in Public Governance. She has led and conducted several campaigns for the Syrian and Iraqi refugees in cooperation with Caritas and has also founded and co-managed a number of educational institutes under a company called Thaqafaty. In addition, Areej has led the marketing team at Teamwork, developing several key marketing plans and strategies.


Fahmia graduated from the University of Westminster in 2009 with an MA in International Relations. She is currently working for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as a Communication Analyst, promoting and raising awareness about reproductive health, reproductive rights, gender, and population issues in order to help reduce maternal mortality in Yemen.


Mohammed graduated with an MSc in Energy and Environmental Technology and Economics. With a long history of volunteer work, he has undertaken numerous PR and journalist roles across the Middle East. Mohammed currently works as an Educational Consultant at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London.


Samah graduated from Goldsmiths in 2004 with an MA in Management of Learning and Teaching. She’s an internationally recognized educational expert with more than 12 years of experience and is currently working as a senior consultant on advanced Learning Difficulties Assessments and IQ Tests at Tamayuz Centre – Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Antar Abdellah is an MA linguistics graduate from SOAS university. He has published 13 books and has a specialist understanding of the relationship between the West and the Arab world. Antar is currently an Associate Professor of Foreign Language Pedagogy at the College of Education, Taibeh University, in Saudi Arabia.


Ibrahim Natil is the founder of Society Voice Foundation in Palestine. Dr. Natil is an international development consultant and has worked for many international organisations such as UNDP, GTZ, a World Bank project and other Palestinian NGOs. He has also launched and managed more than 45 human rights organisations that deal with, women empowerment, peace building and good governance in Palestine.


Lobna is an Assistant Professor of Literature at the University of Manouba, Tunisia. She completed her postgraduate degree in Comparative Literature in 2001 and has since studied for a PhD. Lobna is married, has a daughter and is just embarking on a new research project concerning trauma studies and postcolonial women’s literature.


After completing his MSc in Development Studies 2001 at SOAS, Ahmed moved to Berlin in 2001 where, until 2005, he worked as a Research Associate at the Middle East unit of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.  He is currently the Co-executive Director of Transform: Centre for Conflict Engagement and Political Development, a Berlin-based organisation which he co-founded in 2007.