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FDPM Fellows

Ahmed AlAwadhi

Ahmed AlAwadhi - Ministry of Finance

Ahmed works for the International Economic Relations Directorate at the Ministry of Finance, where he is tasked with evaluating resolutions and recommendations issued by regional and global organizations, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). He has participated in several taskforces under the GCC Ministerial Committee for Planning and Development, including the taskforce responsible for revising the GCC Long-term Development Strategy. Ahmed has a BSc in Economics from the University of Leeds.

Ahmed AlTeraifi

Ahmed AlTeraifi - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ahmed serves as a Second Secretary in the Afro-Asian Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). He joined MoFA as a Third Secretary in the Arab Affairs Division, and later took up the role of Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain in Japan from 2008-2016. Ahmed has been through various professional training courses conducted by the United Nations University in the fields of diplomacy, cultural exchange and negotiations, and was selected by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to learn Japanese for eight months in Osaka, Japan. As a representative for the Bahrain Economic Development Board office in Tokyo, Ahmed contributed to numerous joint ventures and events, including organizing economic seminars, workshops and conferences in Japan and the Republic of Korea. In addition, Ahmed’s role with MoFA included arranging high-level official visits for ministers and senior officials in Japan. Ahmed holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Jordan. He is a member of the International Society of Political Psychology.

Ali Fardan

Ali Fardan - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ali is a Third Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). At MoFA, he worked on developing the vision and strategy of his directorate and was a member of the committee tasked with delivering the government action plan. Ali earned a Bachelor’s degree in English–American Studies from the University of Bahrain and a DipGrad in International Relations from the University of London. In 2013, he delivered a speech about “Culture and Development in Bahrain” to the Second Committee of the General Assembly at the United Nations during its 68th session. Ali enjoys photography, reading and writing poems.

Dalal Katerina AlQarainees

Dalal Katerina AlQarainees - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Katerina currently works as a Diplomatic attaché in the Afro-Asian Directorate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she aids her team in advancing bilateral relations between Bahrain, Asia and Africa. She completed her undergraduate education at Franklin University in Lugano, Switzerland, double majoring in International Relations and Visual Communication Arts, with minors in Economics and French. She also holds a MA in International Conflict and Security from the Brussels School of International Studies. Previously, Katerina interned at mediatEUr, a NGO that promotes the use of mediation and dialogue as a constructive method for resolving conflicts. Katerina is fluent in four languages that include English, Arabic, Greek and French and is learning Hebrew and Italian

Fahad AlBinAli

Fahad AlBinAli - Ministry of Interior

Captain Fahad works at the General Directorate of the Ministry of Interior Court, where he is appointed to head the administration branch, and assists the Director General through summarizing reports, conducting research, and organizing the department’s daily correspondence. Fahad started his career as a training officer at the Special Security Force Command (SSFC), before transferring to the Royal Police Academy. At the academy, he served as a platoon leader, organizing and supervising the cadet’s daily activities. Fahad graduated from Citadel Military College in South Carolina in 2009, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and was honored by His Majesty the King to serve as lieutenant in the Ministry of Interior. He pursued his higher education at Florida International University and graduated in 2013 with two Master’s degrees majoring in Criminal Justice and Public administration.

Fatema AlZayed

Fatema AlZayed - Ministry of Interior

Fatema works as a legal researcher at the Directorate of Legal Affairs in the Ministry of Interior. She works with the legislative authority on laws pertaining to ministry projects, as well as providing legal advice, research and compliance for all the different directorates within the ministry. She is a double Masters graduate in International Commercial Law and International Banking Law from City University of London, United Kingdom. She holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Bahrain and a professional certificate in International Arbitration from Hamlin University, US, in cooperation with Queen Mary University in the UK. Fatema represented the University of Bahrain in two international mock courts competitions in Washington-DC, USA, and in Vienna, Austria. She also participated in the Ship for World Youth in Japan in 2014 and enjoys reading, swimming and horseback riding in her free time.

Mahdi AlBasri

Mahdi AlBasri - Ministry of Health

Mahdi is a doctor at the Salmaniya Hospital, where he is completing his medical internship. His work involves diagnosing patients, conducting procedures, delivering case presentations, health promotion and education, and developing management plans for patients with the senior doctor teams. He received his M.D. with first class honors in 2015 from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) – Bahrain. He was active as President of the Medics Society, a volunteer Peer-Assisted-Learning tutor and Medical-School Academic Director at the Student Council, earning the RCSI Leadership Award on graduation. He is the founder of Leading Medics, a non-profit society that conducts sessions and conferences aimed at shaping leaders in medicine. Mahdi is also founder and Chief Editor of the Murmur Magazine, which aims to promote innovation and the spread of the latest medical knowledge to young medics. During medical school, Mahdi was selected to join the RCSI Dublin Student Exchange Program in 2011 and completed rotations at Harvard Medical School, Cornell Medical School and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He was a research scholar at the renowned Guyton Research Center in Mississippi in 2012. Mahdi enjoys abstract art painting, culture and traveling.

Mahmood AbdulGhafar

Mahmood AbdulGhafar - Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Derasat)

Mahmood joined the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Derasat) in September 2011. His work includes monitoring socioeconomic and political developments in Bahrain, transatlantic relations, and regional and geo-political affairs. He previously worked as an intern with the United Nations Development Program and Ernst & Young. He has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Sharjah, UAE, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the American University in Washington DC.

Mariam Makki

Mariam Makki - Bahrain Authority for Culture & Antiquities

Mariam works as an Artifacts Registrar in Bahrain’s National Museum, and as an assistant to the French expedition mission. Maryam organizes archaeological exhibitions and educational programs, and guides official delegations in the museum. Previously, Mariam worked as an news editor at Bahrain Radio. She has been through several training programs, including the Museums Management course organized by the University College of London (UCL) and British Council, London in 2014, and the Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management course organized by ICROM, Sharjah and Doha in 2012. Mariam graduated from Bahrain University with a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication and Tourism in 2006.

Marwa AlObaidli

Marwa AlObaidli - Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (DERASAT)

Marwa is a Research Analyst at the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (DERASAT), where she works under the Strategic Studies Cyberspace Program, specializing in cybersecurity studies. Her responsibilities include monitoring the latest developments in cybersecurity and publishing articles, reports and academic research papers concerning recent matters in cybersecurity. Marwa holds an MSc in Cybersecurity and Management from the University of Warwick, UK, where her research focused on the question of Bahrain’s need for a dedicated national cybersecurity strategy or one based on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Her project provides a framework that acts as a guideline for establishing a national cybersecurity strategy for Bahrain. She received her BSc in Management with a minor in Computer Information Systems (CIS) from Bentley University, USA; and has completed the Business Accounting and Islamic Finance professional qualification from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). She joined the Promising Cadres Program for the political empowerment of women, established by the Bahrain Institute for Political Development (BIPD) and the Supreme Council for Women. She has presented her research papers at the Annual Gulf Research Meeting held at the University of Cambridge on two occasions. Marwa represented Bahrain as part of the Kingdom’s delegation at the United Nations Session on the sideline of the Human Rights Council meetings in Geneva. Marwa enjoys reading, swimming, and traveling and she is passionate about enhancing her research and leadership capabilities

Osama AlAlawi

Osama AlAlawi - Central Bank of Bahrain

Osama works at the Capital Markets Supervision Directorate (CMSD) of the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB). He has contributed towards a number of strategic projects in relation to improving the CBB’s regulatory and supervisory framework, which included updating the sixth volume of the CBB rulebook on capital markets, giving him profound knowledge in the financial sector in general and capital markets in particular. As an analyst with the CMSD, Osama is tasked with reviewing applications on the offering of securities, such as public offerings, rights offerings, and private placements, in addition to reviewing offers for take-overs, mergers and acquisitions to ensure their compliance with the CBB requirements. Osama holds a B.Sc. in Banking and Finance from Ahlia University. In addition to his academic degree, Osama holds a number of professional qualifications including the International Diploma in Compliance, the Investment Representative designation (Series 7) and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). Having been employed in a range of sectors both locally and internationally, Osama gained considerable experience and understanding of multiple industries thereby supporting his commitment as a current fellow of the First Deputy Prime-Minister’s Office. Osama enjoys sports, he is also an avid musician, and plays the guitar.

Shaheen Saqer

Shaheen Saqer Shaheen - Central Bank of Bahrain

Shaheen works at the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) where he is responsible for Portfolio Management in the Reserve Management Directorate. His responsibilites include developing and implementing the CBB’s investment guidelines by ensuring liquidity, preserving capital and maximizing returns relative to risk. Prior to the CBB, Shaheen worked in Ernst & Young (EY) as an Associate, providing financial services to investment banking clients. He is a Series 7 (Securities Registered Representative) and a Series 79 (Investment Banking Representative) holder. Shaheen has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Florida International University (FIU) focusing on Macroeconomics, Global Private Banking, and Investment Management. He was also a member of the National Honor and Leadership Society, awarded for academic excellence and managed the Student Investment Fund (SIF). He leads the finance team of the Global Shapers Community (Manama Hub), an initiative run by the World Economic Forum (WEF) to contribute to social and economic development globally and in Bahrain. In addition to his Global Shapers activities, he mentors and assists entrepreneurs in launching their business. Shaheen enjoys the mountains and various activities including snowboarding, hiking, football and all sorts of outdoor adventures. He also has a personal interest in commodity markets, more specifically energy-related, and alternative energy solutions

Sharifa AlHejari

Sharifa AlHejari - Bahrain Polytechnic

Sharifa is the Executive Secretary of the Academic Board at Bahrain Polytechnic, she worked at Polytechnic for more than 7 years, managing the meetings of the Academic Board and Board of Trustees of the Polytechnic and all its sub-committees. Sharifa is involved in establishing and maintaining relationships with key local industry partners, and international academic institutions. She also manages complex projects including the organisation international conferences, and completing the agendas and final reports for overseas collaboration projects. She has a Bachelor of Management Information Systems from the Arab Open University, and a First Diploma in Information Technology from Bahrain Training Institute. Sharifa has always been interested in change management and strategic planning, as she aspires to introduce and sustain pragmatic, effective and efficient organisational processes and system.

Wafa AlBaharna

Wafa AlBaharna - Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism

Wafa is a Senior Companies Control Specialist at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism beside her position she working as Quality Management Internal Auditor for the Ministry since 2008. She holds a Master's degree in Islamic Finance from DePaul University and a BSc in Banking and Finance and Commercial Studies Diploma from the University of Bahrain. In 2007, she was elected as the Financial Secretary of the Bahraini Youth Association, tasked with preparing budgets and financial reports to present to the General Assembly of the association. Additionally, Wafa is interested in art, interior design, reading, and photography.