The Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP, UK Government Special Envoy to Yemen & Oman, will present the 2nd British Yemeni Society Annual Lecture at SOAS, University of London, on 4th February, 2015 (6pm). The title of the lecture is ‘Yemen: The Fight for Stability and Hope’.
Sir Alan Duncan played a key role in Britain’s relations with Yemen in his period as Minister of State in the Department of International Aid from 2010 to 2014. During that time he visited Yemen several times and was closely involved in the UK’s co-chairmanship of the Friends of Yemen process and in shaping the UK’s assistance programme to Yemen. In 2014, he was appointed the British government’s Special Envoy to Yemen in which role he works to help deliver the government’s Yemen Strategy, including security, stability and development objectives. Sir Alan is thus in a unique position to discuss Britain’s role in supporting Yemen through its current transition process.
The event is organised in association with the London Middle East Institute (LMEI) and with the generous support of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation. After the lecture, there will be a reception at the Brunei Suite for invited guests.
Sponsorship of the lecture is part of a wide ranging support for Yemen on the part of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation and its Patron and Founder, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber, including $1million donation to UNESCO in the area of educational strategy, scholarships and the opening of the MBI Al Jaber Media Institute in Sana’a.