Sama'a Al-Hamdani


Al-Hamdani is a Media Commentator and Yemen Analyst featured on international networks such as CNN, BBC, France 24, Aljazeera, amongst others.  She is a Subject Matter Expert on Yemen who lectured at think tanks, universities, and governmental institutions. Born in Yemen, Al-Hamdani is concerned with reclaiming the unique heritage and multifarious arts of what was described as Arabia Felix. She a graduate of the George Washington University with a dual degree in Religion and Peace Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies. 


Dr. Nabeel Khoury

Vice President 

Dr. Khoury is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. He retired from the U.S. Department of State in 2013 with the rank of Minister Counselor. During his last overseas posting he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassy in Yemen from 2004 to 2007. He previously taught at the National Defense University, Northwestern University, College of Saint Rose and University of Jordan. During the Iraq war, Khoury served as the State Department's spokesperson at the US Central Command in Doha and in Baghdad. He earned his PhD in political science from the State University of New York in Albany.

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Dr. Alexander Nagel


Dr. Nagel is a cultural heritage scholar who received his PhD from the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Originally from Berlin, Germany, he worked at The Archaeological Fieldwork Projects in Germany, Greece and Iran. He is currently a Research Associate affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution since 2009 and has extensive experience in curating exhibitions.