Who we are




AlexAlex Nagelander Nagel is a Research Associate affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. since 2009. Originally from Berlin, Germany, he received a PhD from the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He worked at the archaeological fieldwork projects in Germany, Greece and Iran and has curated a number of exhibitions in Washington D.C. His interests include color in the ancient world and engaging the public in understanding aspects of ancient and modern contexts of the diverse cultural heritage of the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Southern Arabia.


“I care for the people, cultures and heritage wonders of Yemen. It is an honor to support Yemeni colleagues, to engage others who care to be involved in a dialogue and to raise awareness for the importance and preservation of cultures worldwide.”




Hadeel Al-Tashi is an MA candidate at George Mason’s School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs. Before starting graduate school, Al-Tashi facilitated the implementation of conflict management and peacebuilding programs in Yemen where she worked closely with tribal leaders, religious sheikhs, civil society organizations, youth and women in various governorates. During her time in Yemen, Hadeel familiarized herself with some of the existing local youth initiatives that are working hard to preserve historical sites and antiquities.

“I look forward to continue learning about Yemen’s rich heritage and sharing it with others.”




Hanan_YazidHanan Yazid is a recent graduate from the University of Virginia with a double major in Foreign Affairs and Women and Gender Studies. She currently works as a Program Assistant at Yemeniaty, a Research Assistant Intern at the Middle East Institute and an Advocacy Intern at Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain. Through her studies, Yazid has developed an interest in policy analysis, journalism, photography and advocacy. She previously worked as a News Writer for the Cavalier Daily, interned at Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center and served as an Editorial Board Member of the Virginia Undergraduate Law Review, among others. Yazid has a passion for international development, languages, human rights and social justice. She aspires to be a lawyer and a change agent in her community.


“Yemen is Arabia’s forgotten jewel. A pivotal crossroad for trade and cultures, the country’s strategic location, awe-inspiring scenery, arable land, and topography have allured people from all over the world to contribute to its rich history. It is not until we preserve and study its past that we can understand its present and envisage its future.”  




Lindsey Palmer is a recent graduate of Haverford College, where she majored in Religion with a focus on literature and representation. She currently works at the Middle East Institute (MEI)  in the Publications Department, monitoring current events and recently published books. She is passionate about protecting cultural heritage and promoting civil society.


“I hope that by sharing Yemen’s rich history and protecting its cultural heritage, we will be able to promote a better understanding of the country’s historical significance.”




Mohammad Al-Shami


Mohammad Al-Shami is a civil society activist and a freelance trainer, currently serving as the Leader of Democracy Fellow with the Wilson Center, writing on the role of civil society in Yemen during times of conflict. Al-Shami previously worked with large development organizations such as Saferworld and USAID. Since 2010, his work  focused on empowering youth in reforming local policies. He also participated in the founding of youth organizations and movements such as Resonate Yemen, Life Makers Foundation, Yalla Shabab and Youth Media. He participated in advocacy campaigns, as well as organized and led workshops, debates, and policy forums in Berlin, Washington D.C., Brussels and Yemen. Over the last four years, he has trained more than 200 young activists from different governorates and organized more than ten advocacy campaigns.

“Through the understanding of our culture, we understand the hard work of the older generation that left us with a magnificent picture about life in hopes of encouraging us to do the same for the upcoming ones.”



Ziad Al-Eryani


Ziad Al-Eryani is a freelance consultant and a development researcher for NGOs in Yemen. He worked and volunteered with various organizations in Canada, the United States, Austria and Yemen. Al-Eryani’s latest publications aimed to promote investments in renewable energy in rural parts of Yemen through comprehensive project design that focuses on enhancing the food and water nexus. He is an ambassador with the One Young World organization. Al-Eryani received his bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Management from Webster University in Vienna, Austria.

“Yemen’s history serves as a sobering reminder of the glorious past it once had, within it, lies important lessons for future generations.”