People Project II

Marie-Christine Heinze (project coordinator Germany)

Marie-Christine Heinze is a researcher at the Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies (IOA) at the University of Bonn and President of CARPO – Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient. She holds a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Bielefeld, a master in Peace and Security Studies from the University of Hamburg, and a master in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science, and International and European Law from the University of Bonn and. Next to this academic exchange project with the University of Sanaa, she implements several Yemen-related projects at CARPO. Since 2008, she has also regularly worked as a consultant on development, peacebuilding and political change in Yemen. She is also editor of the Jemen-Report, the magazine of the German-Yemeni Society.


Bilkis Zabara (project coordinator Yemen)

Bilkis Zabara holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Sana’a University (2004) and has been affiliated with Sana’a University (SU) since 1990, when she began teaching at the Faculty of Science. In May 2019, Dr. Zabara was appointed as Director of the Center of Business Administration (CBA) at SU. Prior to that she was Director of the Gender Development Research and Studies Center (GDRSC), at Sana’a University for seven years and as such both manager and teaching staff of the Center’s master program. In her lectures and research, Bilkis links gender issues with natural resources, conflict and peacebuilding, development and post-conflict reconstruction. She has also worked in several consultancy projects related to water, gender and peacebuilding for the World Bank, GIZ, IUCN, UNWOMEN, UNHABITAT, WHO, OXFAM and others.


Khalid al-Akwa

Khalid Al-Akwa is a consultant with extensive experience in the fields of politics, economy and development. He holds a PhD in Business Administration from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom; a master in International Development Management from Westminster University; an MBA from the Arab Academy for Banking and Financial Sciences; and a BSc. in Computer Information Systems from the Applied Science University in Jordan. Dr. al-Akwa is an affiliated researcher at the Gender Development Research and Studies Center (GDRSC) at Sana’a University and teaches master students in international development on a variety of topics, such as political regimes, governance and democratization, gender and foreign aid, aid effectiveness, humanitarian aid, and qualitative data analysis. From 2010 to 2014, Dr. al-Akwa was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Yemen to the Republic of Italy and the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Yemen to UN-based organizations in Italy, i.e. FAO, IFAD and WFP. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sana’a, Yemen.


Julia Gurol

Julia holds a master degree in Political Science from the University of Bonn, where she graduated with a thesis on irregular armed actors and conditions of militia-to-party transformation. She is currently a PhD candidate and lecturer at Freiburg University, where she works on EU-China security relations in the Middle East. Moreover, Julia works as a researcher at CARPO – Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient, researching China’s role in the Middle East. Previously, she worked as a research assistant in a project on arms export control at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) and as a freelance journalist. During this time, she conducted a number of journalistic and research projects on conflict dynamics and post-conflict development in Palestine, Lebanon and Colombia.


Stefan Lang

Stefan Lang holds a M.A. degree in Political Science. Before working in Brussels, Almaty and Freiburg, he acquired a M.A. degree in Bochum and Freiburg. He has a background in peace and conflict studies, research on the dynamics of international negotiations and quantitative methodology. His published work focuses on regional integration and the behavior of regional organizations in international negotiations. His doctoral thesis focuses on post-conflict government stability.


Hamoud al-Najjar

Hamoud Al-Najar holds a PhD in Economics from Colorado University (1993) and has been affiliated with Sana’a University (SU) since 1993 when he began teaching as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Commerce and Economics and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012. In January 2006, Dr. Al-Najar was appointed as Chief of Communication and Coordination with WTO at the Ministry of Industry and Trade. He was the focal point for the accession of Yemen to the WTO until the successful realization of this task in June 2014. Prior to that, he was the Commercial Attaché at the Yemeni Mission to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, from January 2001 to December 2005. Dr. Al-Najar has served as member of several councils and committees in Yemen and abroad.


Abdulsalam al-Rubaidi

Abdulsalam al-Rubaidi holds a PhD in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Bonn, Germany, and a master in Arabic Language and Literature from Sana’a University, Yemen. He has worked as a teacher of the humanities (religion, history and Arabic language) in a number of private schools and universities in Sana‘a. Since 2006, Abdulsalam has been a lecturer at the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Faculty of Education at al-Baydha’ University, Yemen. He is also an Associate Fellow at CARPO – Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient in Bonn and is currently editor of the Arabic section at al-Madaniya Magazine, a cultural electronic magazine run by Yemen Polling Center. Abdulsalam has published extensively on cultural and social issues in Yemen in both Arabic and English language.


People Project I