Fatema Ali

Fatema Ali is an independent researcher and project manager, her client list includes: British Council, UNICEF (MENA Regional Office), Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy & International Affairs (AUB), Lebanese Association of Women Researchers, and Front Line Defenders.

She has a BSc in Economics and Finance and has taken part in a variety of leadership programmes in the USA. After leaving university Fatema joined Unisono as a Researcher but was soon promoted to Project Manager of VIVA-Bahrain's marketing campaigns - the largest advertising and marketing account in the country.

Fatema is also actively involved in several community projects. She started one of the biggest research projects into youth in Bahrain, the results of which were used by several organisations including UNICEF. She is also a co-founder of AIESEC in Bahrain, and is the former President and current board member of the Bahraini Youth Forum Society. Fatema also leads the organising committee for the Buri Cultural Festival.

Fatema’s Action Plan aims at using art and culture as a method of reconciliation in Bahrain, since her Fellowship Programme in 2012 she has conducted research on the Bahrain Art Scene that was funded by the British Council, Fatema hopes that the results of the research will help art and cultural organizations in Bahrain in planning art programs that promote peace and community development.

She has also started the Wasl (meaning Connect) Initiative, which aims at discovering and motivating art talents from all age groups and connecting the public with Bahraini artists to promote using art and culture as a way of self-expression. 

Fatema started research on reconciliation in Northern Ireland after her visit to Belfast during the Fellowship and has reflected on her journey through a series of articles that were published in Alwasat Newspaper, she plans on writing more articles on reconciliation after violent conflict in other areas of the world including Rwanda, South Africa etc.