Our team

abulwahab alhajjri


Abdulwahab Alhajjri is the driving force behind numerous concepts offering non-traditional alternative solutions to complicated issues. Alhajjri is a retired career diplomat who, in his last major role, served as Yemen’s Ambassador to the United States and Mexico for fifteen years.


During his Ambassadorship in Washington D.C., he had many significant accomplishments, including restoring U.S.-Yemeni relations and aid programs, enhancing security cooperation, and supporting the economic development and investment climate in Yemen. At his capacity as the Ambassador, Alhajjri co-planned, approved, launched, and facilitated the implementation of development programs from various donors.


After leaving the diplomatic corps Alhajjri worked in different capacities, including as a Consultant with the Palladium International global consulting group; Member of the Spectrum Group consulting firm in Washington DC, Senior Distinguished Fellow for International Affairs at the National Council on US-Arab Relations; Member of the Board of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies; and Founding Member of the Council on Arab Dialogue with Latin America in the Dominican Republic.


Ibrahim Alhajjri


Ibrahim Alhajjri is a conflict resolution thinker and peacebuilding practitioner who joined the field of conflict resolution over a decade ago after serving in the Yemeni military.


He has worked on different conflict resolution research and programs throughout the Middle East, Asia, and the United States, in academic and non-governmental sectors. As a conflict resolution professional, Alhajjri has extensive experience in peacebuilding programming, developing projects, monitoring and evaluation, and training.


He earned his first master’s degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, California. Alhajjri earned his second master's degree from the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University.


Fatima abo alasrar

Vice President, Strategy & Research

Fatima Abo Alasrar is a published author, speaker, and recognized expert on Yemen.


Previously, she was a Senior Analyst at the Arabia Foundation in Washington DC, MENA Director for Cure Violence, Research Associate at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, a Mason Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, and an International Policy Fellow at the Open Society Foundation.


From 2006-12, Alasrar worked as an advisor for the Embassy of Yemen in Washington, DC. Earlier in her career, she served as a program officer for the Department for International Development (DFID) in Yemen. She is a non-resident fellow at the Middle East Institute.


Mohammad alshuwaiter

Director, Global Programs

Mohammed Alshuwaiter is a legal expert who specializes in international law, human rights, and Yemeni law.


He is a Fulbright-Humphrey alumnus in law and human rights and has an LLM in international legal studies from American University Washington College of Law. Mohammed was a consultant to numerous international organizations, including the World Bank.

He completed his law degree in Yemen, where he worked as a constitutional consultant with the Rapporteur of the Constitutional Drafting Committee and a legal researcher with the Ministry of Justice.

Paula hashem

Director, Administration


fernando r. carvajal

Editorial Consultant

Fernando R. Carvajal is a recognized writer and contributor who previously served as Armed Groups and Regional Expert on the UN Security Council Panel of Experts on Yemen between April 2017 and March 2019.


He has worked and lived in and out of Yemen for 20 years. His research includes state building, democratic systems, tribal systems, U.S. foreign policy and security in the Middle East.

samer AL-chemaly

IT & Digital Consultant

Samer AL-Chemaly is a Digital and Information Technology professional who started as a brilliant developer on several platforms, creating various websites & mobile applications in Lebanon & GCC taking care of all server required managements & related Web Security.


He was one of the first Lebanese people to develop a Windows 8 mobile application back in 2012 in collaboration with Microsoft MENA. He earned his Masters Degrees - MBA - from ESCP Europ and ESA Business School and entered the digital world in 2015 building, planning & managing multiple digitized operation in GCC & Africa region.

YIC Advisors


Ambassador Adam Ereli

Ambassador Adam Ereli is the founder and CEO of IberoAmerican Consultants, a strategic advisory firm that counsels governments, the private sector and non-profits on policy formulation, communications and business development in the United States, Middle East and South Asia. 


Ambassador Ereli retired from the U.S. State Department in 2013, after 24 years as a Foreign Service Officer. During this time, he served as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain (2007-2011), Deputy State Department Spokesman (2003-2006) and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (2011-2013), in addition to postings in Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Qatar and Iraq.


From 2013-2016, he was Vice Chairman of Mercury Public Affairs, where he led the firm’s international practice and represented large corporate and sovereign accounts, including the governments of Nigeria, Uganda, Japan and Qatar.


Ambassador Ereli appears regularly as a foreign affairs commentator on Fox News, Bloomberg TV, BBC, CNN, Al Arabiya and Sky News Arabia.  His opinion pieces have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Politico, Foreign Policy, U.S. Today, and Forbes.


Adam has a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He speaks French and Arabic.


DR. daniel martin varisco

Dr. Daniel Martin Varisco is an anthropologist, historian, and development consultant with experience in Yemen, Egypt, and Qatar. As an anthropologist he values learning from the people he meets and the cultures he works in. Such dialogue is the cornerstone of successful research, especially for the problems facing Yemen. During 1978-1979 he conducted ethnographic and ecological research in the highland Yemeni valley of al-Ahjur on traditional water use and agriculture. After his Ph.D. in Anthropology (University of Pennsylvania, 1982), he spent the decade of the 1980s as a consultant in development projects in Yemen for USAID, the World Bank, GTZ and the WWF on issues of agriculture, biodiversity, environmental impact, irrigation and water and sanitation.


As a historian he has conducted research and translated Arabic texts on the history of Yemeni agriculture and the accomplishments of Yemeni culture during the Rasulid era (13th-15th centuries CE). He taught at Hofstra University and Qatar University and has received research fellowships from the Institute for Social Anthropology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, the Mamluk Studies program of the Annemarie Kolleg in Bonn, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Qatar Foundation, the American Research Center in Egypt and Harris Manchester College of Oxford. He edited Contemporary Islam for ten years and is currently the editor of CyberOrient. Since 2014 he has served as President of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies.

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