Yemen: Challenges for the Future
An International Conference sponsored by the MBI Al Jaber Foundation
and hosted by the London Middle East Institute (LMEI) at SOAS
11 – 12 January 2013
The MBI Al Jaber Foundation was honoured to sponsor the first major academic conference on Yemen to be held in the UK in almost 20 years. It was the largest conference organised by the LMEI, and with an attendance of 300 delegates, highlighted the huge academic interest surrounding Yemen.
Convened by Noel Brehony, Chairman of the British-Yemeni Society and Hassan Hakimian, MBI Al Jaber Director of the LMEI; The two day international conference brought together academic and professional specialists to discuss recent research on Yemen and the extensive challenges ahead.
The conference was opened by HE Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber, UNESCO Special Envoy; Alan Duncan MP, the UK Minister of State for International Development; Noel Brehony, Chairman of the British-Yemeni Society and Hassan Hakimian, MBI Al Jaber Director of the LMEI; whilst keynote speeches were delivered by Dr Abubakr al-Qirbi, Yemeni Foreign Minister and Dr Muhammad al-Saadi, Yemeni Minister of Planning & International Cooperation.
For the event, nine panels considered and debated 33 academic papers dealing with a variety of topics including: local and global concerns, the role of business, cultural expressions, migration, social policy, perspectives on the Sa’dah Region, rural development and Yemen in transition. The full details of all papers and speakers can be found here.
During the Yemen: Challenges for the Future conference, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber, announced that the MBI Al Jaber Foundation would be working closely with UNESCO to develop a new education strategy for Yemen, which would supply the building blocks for a groundbreaking national education system and curriculum.