Meet the Team

Rasha Jarhum

Director, based in Ottawa, Canada.

Rasha Jarhum (@RashaJarhum) is a South Yemeni. Jarhum is co-founder and Director of the Peace Track Initiative, hosted at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, at Ottawa University. Through the Peace Track Initiative work, Jarhum has been supporting inclusion of women in the peace process, including by sending women’s independent delegations to UN led and KSA led peace processes, leading Track II diplomacy consultations with women groups, as well as, working to protect women human rights defenders in Yemen. She has led efforts to draft the Yemeni National Agenda for Women, Peace, and Security and led civil society consultations for supporting the development of the National Action Plan for Implementing UNSC 1325 resolution in Yemen. She is a Gender, Peace, and Security Expert. She has more than 15 years’ experience working to advocate women’s, children’s and refugees’ rights with many organisations including Oxfam, UNICEF, ESCWA, UNDP, and JICA, in Yemen and the Middle East and North Africa region. Jarhum was invited among seven women by the UN Special Envoy to Yemen to support the peace talks held in Kuwait in 2016 and has briefed the UN Security Council on Yemen and Women’s Rights to push for peace. She is an alumni of the Executive in Residence Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). She is also a 2016 New Voices Aspen fellow at Aspen Institute, USA. Jarhum holds a master’s degree from the University of Nottingham, in International Business Management. Jarhum is an award winner of the Women Have Wings Award (2016) and Women Rebels Against War: Anita Augspurg Prize (2019).

Yasameen Al-Nadheri

Executive Director, based in Amman, Jordan

Yasameen Al-Nadheri (@YNadheri) is the Executive Director of the Peace Track Initiative and a founding member of the Women Solidarity Network. She is also the Program Representative of PartnersGlobal in Jordan liaising with the UN Special Envoy to Yemen to support the peace process. Yasameen is leading Track II consultations on security and military arrangements, as well as, national reconciliation.

Al-Nadheri is an expert in gender, peace, and security policies. Through the Peace Track Initiative, Yasameen is working on creating a space for women’s participation in the peacebuilding process. Yasameen led the Peace Track Initiative women civil society delegation who participated on the sidelines of Geneva Peace Consultations for Yemen in September 2018.

She has worked for more than 11 years with international organizations and in the private sector in the development field, including with GIZ, MDM France, and Occidental Petroleum of Yemen, in Yemen, Jordan, and Germany. She is also a public speaker and have engaged in public speaking with the Nobel Peace Center with Oslo Women Initiative and with UN Women in the Geneva Peace Week. Yasameen has recently joined YouMatch as a Facilitator for a Community of Practice working on Labour Market Information System with a network of 90 experts from ETF,UFM,AUC and others.

Wajd Barahim

Feminist Peace Project Coordinator, based in UK.

Wajd Barahim (@wajdbarahim) is a social activist woman who has proven track record in social work and volunteering with the objective to make Yemen a better place to live in especially for youth people with special attention to youth women. She is currently the Post War Recovery Specialist at Peace Track Initiative.

She received a Chevening Scholarship to study a master degree in Peace, conflict and development from the university of Bradford (UK). She has over 11 years of work experience in Humanitarian and development field, she worked as a projects manager in Prodigy Systems one of the local companies in Yemen and during her work she lead Monitoring and Evaluation projects with several partners such as WFP, World Bank, UNICEF and USAID. During her work, she managed more than 120 temporary contracted employees to do the research and field study all over Yemen. Wajd is a co-founding and board of trustee member in the Hemmat Shabab Foundation one of the most successful civil society in Yemen that has media attention across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Rasha Obaid

Economic, Cultural and Environmental Specialist, based in New York, US.

Rasha Obaid (@Rasha7Rasha) is a sculptor and a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics Centre for Women, Peace, and Security. She has worked with the Peace Track Initiative since 2017. Rasha received a Chevening Scholarship to read for a master’s degree in post-war recovery at the University of York, UK, and an Illy Foundation fellowship to read for a second master’s in Economics and Coffee Sciences from the Università di Udine in Italy. She has worked with the Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights, the Yemeni Women’s National Committee, Amnesty international, and as a coffee trader for a leading trading house and social enterprise in the UK. Her research and advocacy is focused on combating gender based violence and empowering women in rural and agricultural communities through education and market access.

Nesmah Mansoor

Media and Advocacy Officer, based in Paris, France.

Nesmah Mansoor (@NesmahMansoor) is a women human rights defender. She has been working in the humanitarian field and advocating for Human Rights including women and youth rights since 2013. She is currently working as the Communication and advocacy officer of Peace Track Initiative. In addition to development and humanitarian work. She is a project coordinator at RNW Media, working across the organization's two thematic programmes SRHR and Citizens' voice known in Yemen "Manasati30". Nesmah is also a regular blogger writing about women's rights during the war. Nesmah’s story of war and displacement was featured in the German book Die Flüchtlingsrevolution “The Refugee Revolution”. Nesmah is a member of the Women's Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL) and Women Solidarity Network. She holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Aden University.

Nadia Gamal

Women, Peace, & Security Senior Officer, based in Aden, Yemen.

Nadia Gamal (@EbrahimNadia), feminist, Human Right Defender and advocate for the rights of women and girls. Nadia is the Women, Peace and Security Senior Officer at the "Peace Track Initiative". She has over 14 years of experience in both the private and humanitarian sectors. Nadia worked as economic recovery and development officer with the "International Rescue Committee - IRC" and a translator/ interpreter in an emergency program with "Doctors Without Borders - MSF". She is one of the first women to work for the "Yemen LNG company" on site.

She received a Fulbright FLTA program fellowship from the USA. Nadia is a former volunteer in Fred Wells Education Center at the Center for Intercultural Learning and Community Participation at the University of St. Thomas in the USA. She worked as an activist and volunteer with many other NGOs, CSOs, and institutions on many different projects and activities, leading her to realize that working in the humanitarian and development sector is where she should be and where she can help and see the smiles of the people she helps, especially women and girls who are one of the segments of society that need the most help and are most vulnerable to violations.


Kais Aliriani

Chief of Operations, based in Ottawa, Canada

Kais Al-Iriani is an international development professional with 15 years of experience. He is a co-founder of the Social Fund for Development, Yemen’s largest development agency. After 10 years in the management of economic and social development programs in which he worked with governments, legislators, and communities, he shifted his focus to community conflict. When his home country, Yemen, slipped into conflict, he moved to the US where he completed a master‘s degree in conflict resolution for a thesis entitled “Preventative Diplomacy and Peace building: The Case of UN Role in Yemen Conflict 2011-2016”. He continues his research of Yemen conflict, with a focus on conflict dynamics, the role of diplomacy, and community peace. In Ottawa, Kais co-founded Friends of Yemen Organization, a Canadian initiative to help Yemeni people in need in Canada, and around the world.

Meet our members


Our members are committed experts to the Peace Track Initiative mission and values.

Dr Nadia Al-Sakkaf

Former Minister of Media in Yemen

Dr Nadia A. Al Sakkaf (@nadiasakkaf) is one of the renowned independent Yemeni female leaders in the media and development sectors as well as in the democratic and political transition processes of Yemen in the last ten years. Post availing a PhD in Political Sciences from Reading University in the UK, Al-Sakkaf works now as a political and developmental researcher, specialising in gender policies in Yemen.

In 2015 she established and chaired the High Relief Committee as the Yemeni government’s main body responsible for supervising and coordinating humanitarian aid to Yemen. She was the first Yemeni female Minister of Information in the Government of competencies in 2014 and before that she participated in a number of high-level political committees on Yemeni transition period under the Gulf initiative.

She was the Chief Editor of the Yemen Times Media Establishment for about 10 years since 2005, and in 2009 co-founded Yemen 21 Century Forum, a developmental non-governmental organisation specialised in women’s and youth empowerment as well as media freedoms and professionalism. During her career, Dr. Al-Sakkaf won many international and local awards, such as the Business for Peace Award from the Business for Peace Foundation in Oslo, Norway, the Free Media Pioneers Award from the International Press Institute in Vienna- Austria, and she was the first recipient of Gebran Tueni Award for courageous and independent editors and publishers presented from the WAN-IFRA and Annahar Foundation. She was also recognised by the BBC as one of 100 Women who changed the world. She was also chosen by the World Economic Forum as one of 2015 distinguished Young Global Leaders.

Al-Sakkaf published extensively in the fields of politics, media, and development. She has many policy, research papers, and book chapters, and has authored two books on Yemeni women’s empowerment. She also published a book collection on the experiences of Yemeni women as electoral candidates available in Arabic and English. Some of her work can be found in her research page and LinkedIn profile. Her TED Talk Yemen through my eyes, is one of the most known videos on Yemen as it was translated to 34 languages and had over half a million views. She is a member of several local and international platforms such as the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate, Women Without Borders, and Women’s Islamic initiative in Spirituality and Equality.

Muna Luqman

Chairwoman of Food for Humanity

Muna Luqman (@Muna Luqman) is the founder and chairperson of the Food for Humanity Foundation. She has over twenty years of experience in designing, implementing and managing development and service programs with international donor organizations in many governorates. when the war erupted in Yemen, Muna devoted all her efforts and expertise in the humanitarian response to alleviate the suffering of the Yemenis through many projects and community interventions such as the Water for Peace Project which serves ten thousand beneficiaries.

Muna is active in the field of women, peace and security, she is a founding member of the Women Solidarity Network, the largest women’s network in Yemen. also she is a member of the Global Women’s Alliance for Security leadership (Wasl) and a member of the Human Right Defenders Network established by former US President Jimmy Carter. She has diverse experiences in development, strategic and legal work. She has many high-profile international participations as spokesperson at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, New York and United Nations Environment Program, and with Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), UN Women and Peace Track Initiative (PTI). She also participated in high-level meetings in the European Union in Brussels and with the British government and (ICAN) in London and Norway. She recently briefed the Security Council on Yemen as well as with members of the US Congress to call for an end to the war in Yemen and women's participation in the peace process. Muna is also the Award recipient of The Eighth International Young Womens Peace Award.

Fatima Al-Asrar

Senior Political Analyst

Fatima Al-Asrar (@YemeniFatima) is a Non-Resident Scholar at the Middle East Institute. Before joining the Institute, Al-Asrar 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, she worked as an advisor for the Embassy of Yemen in Washington, DC. Earlier in her career, Al-Asrar served as a program officer for the Department for International Development (DFID) in Yemen.

Fatima holds an MA in Public Administration from Harvard University, an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, and a BS in Architectural Engineering from Sanaa University in Yemen.


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