Nadim Rouhana

Al-Shabaka Nadim Rouhana

Nadim N. Rouhana is Professor of International Negotiation and Conflict Studies at The Fletcher School, Graduate School of International Affairs, Tufts University. His current research includes work on the dynamics of protracted social conflict, collective identity and democratic citizenship in multiethnic states, the questions of reconciliation and multicultural citizenship, transitional justice, and international negotiations. His research and writing focused on the Arab-Israeli conflict and on Israeli and Palestinian societies. He is also the Founding Director of “Mada al-Carmel — The Arab Center for Applied Social Research” in Haifa. The center focuses on issues of identity, citizenship and democracy, and the future relationship between Palestinians and Israelis.

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.

Zaki Boulos

Al-Shabaka Zaki Boulos

Al-Shabaka Policy Member Zaki Boulos, born to Palestinian parents, has embarked on several careers, from sound engineering (10 years), to maintaining websites and editing content. He is also active on most issues concerning Palestine, providing technical/editorial assistance. He has helped set up communications at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (Beirut), and most recently he has been involved with Al-Shabaka on editing assignments.

Zarefa Ali

Al-Shabaka Zarefa Ali

Al-Shabaka Policy Member Zarefa Ali received her MA degree from Birzeit University in International Studies with a concentration in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies.

Zena Agha

Al-Shabaka Zena Agha

Zena Agha served as Al-Shabaka’s US Policy Fellow from 2017 – 2019. Her areas of expertise include Israeli settlement-building in the occupied Palestinian territory with a special focus on Jerusalem, modern Middle Eastern history, and spatial practices. She has previously worked at the Economist, the Iraqi Embassy in Paris, and the Palestinian delegation at UNESCO. In addition to opinion pieces in The Independent, and The Nation, Zena’s media credits include the BBC World Service, BBC Arabic and El Pais. Zena was awarded the Kennedy Scholarship to study at Harvard University, completing her Master’s in Middle Eastern Studies.

Yasmeen El Khoudary

Al-Shabaka Yasmeen El Khoudary

Al-Shabaka Member Yasmeen El Khoudary is an independent London-based researcher and writer specialised in Palestinian archaeology and cultural heritage, with a focus on Gaza. She holds an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies from University College London. Prior to moving to London, she co-founded Diwan Ghazza, an independent, voluntary cultural initiative based in Gaza. She has published extensively on several topics in the Guardian, CNN, and Al-Jazeera English, among others. Twitter handle: @yelkhoudary | Blog:

Yasser Salah

Al-Shabaka Yasser Salah

Al-Shabaka Member Yasser Salah is a lawyer and researcher with a master’s degree in democracy and human rights from Birzeit University. He has been a lawyer since 2004 as well as a legal consultant to Palestinian human rights organizations. Salah has worked with the Independent Commission for Human Rights since 2009. He served at the Palestinian Central Elections Commission, and took part with the Carter Center in monitoring Tunisian elections in 2011 and the Egyptian presidential elections in 2012. Salah is a trainer in the field of human rights, public freedoms and legislation.

Yassmine Hamayel

Al-Shabaka Yassmine Hamayel

Al-Shabaka Policy Member Yassmine Saleh Hamayel is working on gender and security in Ramallah, and is active in the Palestinian youth movement. Her areas of interest include democratization, development, youth, and refugees.

Zachariah Sammour

Al-Shabaka Zachariah Sammour

Al-Shabaka Policy Member Zachariah Sammour completed his undergraduate studies in law at the London School of Economics in 2012 and received his master’s degree from Oxford University in 2013. He is particularly interested in international law, constitutional law, and constitutional theory.