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Dr. Hamad Ebrahim AlAbdulla

Dr. Hamad Ebrahim Al-Abdulla was appointed Executive Director of the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Derasat) as of October 2020. Previously he was an Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the Social Sciences Department, College of Arts, University of Bahrain since 2017. Prior to this he worked as a Media Specialist at the General Secretariat for the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Over the years, he has published a number of works, including “Ettore Muti: The Legend of Fascist Italy,” (2010), a documentation of the life and times of the Italian commander who led an air raid on Bahrain’s oil refinery in the Second World War; “Samuel Zwemer: The Encounter of Christianity with Islam,” (2011), which covers the life and works of the American missionary Samuel Marinus Zwemer, focusing primarily on his work in Bahrain; “Charles Belgrave under the shades of Siwa Oasis,” (2012), which highlights the journey of Sir Charles Belgrave to Siwa Oasis in Egypt in 1920, and his first administrative post prior to his appointment as advisor to the government of Bahrain in 1926; “Bahrain’s English Newspapers: an Illustrated History,” (2014), this publication in English chronicles the birth and development of English newspapers in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Moreover, the author participated on 30 June 2018 in a conference titled, “Al-Khalifa Rule in the Qatar Peninsula: History and Sovereignty,” organized by the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Derasat), with a paper titled, “The Qatari Military Aggression against Al-Zubarah in 1937”. Furthermore, he published an academic research paper titled, “Bahrain’s Sovereignty in the Qatar Peninsula and Britain’s Stance (1935-1949),” in the Annal of the Centre for Bahrain Studies at the University of Bahrain. Additionally, he participated in a conference titled, “History of Pandemics in the Arabian Gulf”, organized by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism in the United Arab Emirates in 2020, with a paper titled, “The Role of Foreign Medical Missions in Combating Epidemics in the First Quarter of the Twentieth Century in Bahrain”. Dr. Abdulla has participated in the University of Bahrain Social Sciences Department’s first conference titled, “Prospects of Formal Education in the Kingdom of Bahrain”, with a paper titled, “Challenges of Formal Education in Bahrain during the Second World War (1939-1945)”. He has also participated in several lectures in Bahrain. Dr. Abdulla received his B.Sc. and MA in Mass Communication and Ph.D. in History from the University of East Anglia in the UK in 2016.

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Ms. Fatima Jassim AlThawadi

Fatima Jassim Al Thawadi holds more than 25 years of practical experience and diverse professional knowledge in the field of finance, administrative leadership, human resources, and information technology with a demonstrated excellence,

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Dr. Muhammed Ahmed Abdullah

Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Historical Studies Directorate at the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies “Derasat”. He was previously the Director of the Centre for Bahrain Studies at the University of Bahrain. He served as Assistant Secretary-General for Cabinet Affairs and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Political Development, Acting Secretary-General of the Award for Service to Humanity and a consultant to the United Nations Human Settlements Program. He is a member of a number of regional and international scientific societies and member of the editorial staff of academic geographical and historical journals. He has arbitrated a number of books, and research papers. In addition he published a number of scientific publications of books and research papers submitted to conferences, seminars and workshops on the political geography and modern history of Bahrain and the Arabian Gulf. He is a University Professor, D.Phil. in Political Geography from the University of Oxford, UK, 1988. He received the First Order of Excellence in December 2012.

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Sh. Nayla Ali AlKhalifa

Sh. Nayla Al Khalifa is the Director of Communications and Knowledge Management. She is an experienced communications strategist, with extensive professional management experience in the public and private sectors. She has been engaged in

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Dr. Omar Ahmad AlUbaydli

Omar Al-Ubaydli is Director of Studies and Research, and Director of Economics and Energy Studies. He previously worked as an Assistant Professor of Economics at George Mason University, USA, as well as being a member of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s Joint Advisory Board of Economists.

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Mrs. Fatema Mohamad AlDoseri

Mrs. Al-Doseri has an extensive background in the government sector, specifically in the field of administrative development, to which she dedicated 13 years of her career.

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