People Project I

Marie-Christine Heinze (Head of Project)

Marie holds a master in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science, and International and European Law from the University of Bonn and a master in Peace and Security Studies from the University of Hamburg. Her PhD on material culture and socio-political change in Yemen in the field of social anthropology at the University of Bielefeld was successfully completed in 2015. From 2012 to 2014, she was head of a Volkswagen Foundation-funded research project on the ‘revolution’ in Yemen at the University of Bonn, which was co-implemented with the Yemen Polling Center in Sanaa. She is also co-founder and President of the Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO) and editor of the Jemen-Report, the magazine of the German-Yemeni Society. Since 2008, she has regularly worked as a consultant on development and political change in Yemen.


Bilkis Zabara (Director of GDRSC)

Bilkis has been Director of the Gender-Development Research and Studies Center (GDRSC) at Sana’a University since 2011. She coordinates a master program in International Development and Gender (MIDG) to graduate creative development professionals. In her lectures and the research she supervises, she tries to link gender issues with natural resources and development. She has been coordinating a master program in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) since 2005 at the Water and Environment Center (WEC), Sana’a University, and holds lectures in ‘Water chemistry’ and ‘Gender and Water’. She also worked in consultancy projects related to water and gender issues in Yemen for the World Bank, GIZ, IUCN and others. Bilkis holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Sana’a University (2004).


Andrea Warnecke

Andrea recently completed her PhD at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. Her thesis research studied the emergence of post-war peacebuilding as a new and depoliticized field of international practice, with a particular focus on the role of international organisations in post-conflict governance and the tensions between impartiality and political agency. Prior to undertaking her PhD research, Andrea earned a Master’s degree from the University of Bochum, Germany, in 2006. She subsequently worked as a (Senior) Researcher at Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC). During this time, she conducted a number of projects in the fields of involuntary migration, diaspora politics, and the intersection of peacebuilding and development.


Fawziah al-Ammar

Fawziah received her PhD in Educational Psychology from the Institute of Education, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in June 2012. Her specific academic area is related to Educational and Psychological assessment. Her M.A. from Sana’a University was completed in Educational Measurement. Since 2012, she has been working as assistant professor at ‘Amran University, and currently heads the Department of Psychology. At the same time, she works as a part-time lecturer at the Gender-Development Research & Studies Center (GDRSC), Sana’a University. She is involved with her colleagues at the GDRSC in projects related to gender in conflict and development during Yemen’s transition (since 2011). Her current research is entitled ‘Women in Post-Conflict Societies: Training Women for the NDC in Yemen’.


Hamida Sarah Behr

Hamida is a research assistant at the faculty of education at the University of Hamburg. Her research and teaching focuses on Peace Education, Islamic Religious Education and Interreligious Education. She is also the project leader of the German-Arabic peace-building project ‘Spirals of Storytelling’ with activities in Amman and Hamburg. She holds an M.A. in Education and Islamic Studies from the University of Hamburg and did one year of Arabic language studies in Khartoum, Sudan. She is also the founding member of the educational initative Liqa and facilitator of various political education workshops with German and Egyptian students in Egypt 2011-2013. Last but not least, she is contributing author of the magazine ‘zenith’ and publisher of the magazine ‘Islam verstehen’ („Understanding Islam“).


Husnia al-Kadri

Husnia received both her PhD in ‘Endocrinology of Reproduction and Toxicology’ in (1996) and master degree in ‘Sexual Dysfunction and Male Hormones’ in (1993) from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Sana’a University, research for which was carried out entirely in the Faculty of Science University of Caen France. Since 1996, she has been a faculty member of Faculty of Medicine and Health Science. From 2003-2010, she was Executive Director of the GDRSC. She is a faculty member in Water and Environment Centre and has been lecturing on gender since 2005. She has published several research-based articles on gender, among them on GBV in Yemen, 2012; the Role of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Empowering Gender Equality in Yemen, 2008; Early Marriage in Yemen, 2007 and the Status of Faculty Women in Sana’a University.


Mareike Transfeld

Mareike is currently a PhD Fellow at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies at the Freie Universität Berlin, where she is working on imaginations of national identity, geography and state in Yemeni Facebook discourses. Previously, she was a Research Associate at the German Institute for Security and International Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik), where she researched the implementation of the GCC-Initiative and shifting elite alliances in Yemen’s transition since the 2011 uprising, as well as Twitter discourses in the context of the Saudi military intervention in Yemen. From 2012 to 2014, Mareike served as the Head of Research at the Yemen Polling Center in Sana’a, where she oversaw the implementation of projects in the field of media and parliament, youth empowerment and security. She continues to consult YPC in its youth empowerment projects.


Wasim al-Jerafi

Wasim is a part-time lecturer at the GDRSC. He is also an Assistant Professor and Head of Faculty of Humanities and Law at the British University in Sanaa as well as a Deputy Attorney General-Prosecutor and Assistant Professor at the High Judicial Institute of the Ministry of Justice. He received is PhD and LLm in International Commercial Arbitration from the University of Leicester and his LLb in Law and Shari‘ah from Sanaa University. He moreover attained a B.A. in Security Sciences from King Fahd Security College in Saudi Arabia.


Thomas Pietzsch (student assistant)

Thomas Pietzsch is the student assistant to this project at the IOA at the University of Bonn. He is an M.A. student at the Department of Islamic Studies and Near East Languages at the IOA and has so far focused his studies primarily on Iranian modern history, politics, nationalism and gender. After his apprenticeship as a bookseller in Aachen, he attained his bachelor degree in Asian Studies at the University of Bonn. Previously, he worked as a student assistant for a project on Middle Eastern travelogues to Europe at the IOA and as a teacher of German language for refugee children.


People Project II