Marwa Fatafta

Al-Shabaka Marwa Fatafta

Marwa is a Palestinian writer, researcher and policy analyst based in Berlin. She leads Access Now’s work on digital rights in the Middle East and North Africa region as the MENA Policy Manager. She is also an advisory board member of the Palestinian digital rights organization 7amleh. Previously, she worked as the MENA Regional Advisor for Transparency International Secretariat. Marwa was a Fulbright scholar to the US, and holds an MA in International Relations from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. She holds a second MA in Development and Governance from University of Duisburg-Essen.

Zaid Shuaibi

Al-Shabaka Zaid Shuaibi

Al-Shabaka Policy Member Zaid Shuaibi is the Arab World and Palestine Coordinator for the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). He holds an MA in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where his research focused on China and East Asia relations with Israel and its effect on the region, as well as a BA in Public Administration from Birzeit University. Zaid previously served as the BDS National Committee Outreach Officer in Palestine and the Arab World. 



Will Youmans

Al-Shabaka Will Youmans

Will Youmans is a writer and activist. He is a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan and holds a degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. He has written on Arab-American issues and US policy in the Middle East.

Tariq Dana

Al-Shabaka Tariq Dana

Tariq Dana is Assistant Professor of Conflict and Humanitarian Studies at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, and an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University in Qatar. He served as the director of the Center for Development Studies at Birzeit University and as a senior research fellow at the Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and the School of Oriental and African Studies. 

Sami al-Banna

Al-Shabaka Sami al-Banna

Sami al-Banna is Director and Chief Technology Officer, NPS Office of Innovation, North American Public Sector at CSC. He was previously director of knowledge systems at McKinsey and Company.

Safa Joudeh

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Al-Shabaka Policy Member Safa Joudeh is an Egypt-based political and security analyst working for an international strategic advisory consulting firm. She advises government and private sector clients on security, political and geopolitical developments affecting investments and operations in Egypt and the MENA region. She is also a multimedia journalist with experience covering Egypt and Palestine focusing on conflict, security and governance. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from Stony Brook University in New York.

Refqa Nabil Shaqour

Al-Shabaka Refqa Nabil Shaqour

Al-Shabaka Member Refqa Nabil Shaqour is a Belgium-based political scientist and writer. Born in Nablus, she holds a BA in political science, a master’s degree in planning and political development from An-Najah National University in Palestine, and a master’s degree in media and public relations from Cairo University. In addition to publishing political and cultural research papers in Arabic periodicals, her book “The Influence of Hezbollah in the Evolution of Resistance Ideology and Methods in the Arab Region” was published in 2010. She is a regular contributor to Al-Arab newspaper and Al-Jadid cultural magazine, and is a member of PEN International, the Flemish Branch in Belgium, as well as a researcher at the Egyptian Institute for Political and Strategic Studies in Turkey. Shaqour is currently pursuing her doctorate degree.

Razi Nabulse

Al-Shabaka Razi Nabulse

Al-Shabaka Policy Member Razi Nabulse is a political and social activist on Palestinian issues. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Haifa, and has worked in the field of journalism and media. Nabulse was editor of Israeli and international affairs, and has published a number of articles and policy papers on the Zionist project and the Palestinian national project in several journals and for different research institutions. He is currently a researcher and coordinator of the “Zionist Project” study program at the Palestinian Center for Policy Research and Strategic Studies (Masarat). He is an expert commentator on Israeli politics as well as the developments and transformations in the settler-colonial project.

Rana Barakat

Al-Shabaka Rana Barakat

Rana Barakat is an assistant professor of history and contemporary Arab studies at Birzeit University in Palestine. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago writing about popular politics and resistance in early twentieth century Palestine. Her research interests include the social history of Jerusalem, colonialism, and revolutionary social movements.