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Carolyn Perry, Director

Carolyn has been with the MBI Al Jaber Foundation since its registration as a UK Charity in 2002. Previously Carolyn lectured in Ancient History and Mythology in the Department of Mediterranean Studies at Queen Mary College, University of London and later moved to the Education Department of The British Museum, where she set up and ran the Arab World Education Programme. She also spent some time as Manager of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology at UCL.

Director of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation since 2006, Carolyn continues to work in museums and education, lecturing on various aspects of the ancient Mediterranean and Islamic world and is currently Chair of the British Foundation for the Study of Arabia. She is also a member of the Advisory Boards of the Nahrein Network (New Ancient History Research for Education in Iraq and its Neighbours) and the Ancient History Encyclopedia. Carolyn is a Board member of Caabu (The Council for Arab-British Understanding) and on the Committee of the Petrie Museum Friends.

Marylyn Whaymand, Head of Programmes

Marylyn has been with the MBI Al Jaber Foundation since 2012 and also worked as the Foundation’s Scholarships Officer during 2007-8. Previously she was employed as Programme Manager at the Open & Distance Learning Unit (ODLU), Queen Mary, University of London, where she helped set up and monitor distance learning degree programmes for students and working people both in the UK and abroad.

In her role as Head of Programmes, Marylyn continues her connection with universities, working with those who are partner institutions of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation. She manages the Foundation’s ongoing lecture series, focussing on the MENA region and held throughout the academic year, as well as working closely with the British-Yemeni Society (B-YS) and regularly attending All Party Parliamentary Group meetings on Yemen. She holds an MA in Archaeology from UCL.

Daniele Martiri, Foundation Assistant

Daniele Martiri holds a BA in Foreign Languages from Roma Tre University, where they studied Arabic and the geopolitics of the MENA region and wrote a dissertation on Islamic Ethics. They then completed a diploma in Management of Cultural Heritage and gained insight into how cultural and charitable institutions work, as well as how to organize public events. They are currently completing an MA in History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East.

Daniele has been with the MBI Al Jaber Foundation since September 2017; they started as an intern and were then employed as Foundation Assistant from January 2018. They currently support the planning of the annual MBI Al Jaber Foundation Lecture Series at SOAS, handle the Foundation’s social media and Alumni archive and website. Daniele is a member of the IASA (International Association for the Study of Arabia) Bulletin Sub-Committee since October 2017.



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