First International Conference by HRC in London on Saturday, 7th March 2015

Hadhramaut Research Centre (HRC)

On the occasion of holding the first International Conference by HRC in London on Saturday 7th March, 2015.
We have the honour and privilege to announce that the HRC has formally appointed a Board of Trustees and Associate Members as follows:

Professor Abdalla Bujra Al Nahdi (Kenya)
Dr Saddiq Maknoon (Mukalla, Yemen)
Prof: Sulaiman Bin Azoon (Aden, Yemen)
Mr Muhammad Bin-Dohry (United Kingdom)

Prof: Ulrike Freitag (Germany)
Dr. Noel Brehony (U.K)
Dr Iain Walker (Oxford, U.K)
Dr Elisabeth Kendall ( Oxford, U.K)
Dr Adel Aulaqi (U.K)
Ms. Leila Ingrams (U.K)
Ms. Safa Mubgar (MENARC, UK)
Mr James Spencer (U.K)
Mr Thanos Petouris (Greece/U.K)

The HRC is pleased to announce  its first International Conference, "Rediscover Hadhramaut" to be held in London (UK) on Saturday 7th March 2015 (from 8:30 am- 5 pm). Distinguished academics from many parts of the world will participate in panels to cover topics on Hadhramaut in particular and Yemen in general.

We are grateful for the support and sponsorship of MENARC (Middle East North Africa Regional Consulting), as well as support from the British Yemeni Society (BYS), London. We are inviting sponsors and support from all our friends in the Arabian Peninsula, the Diaspora  to make this conference a success. We also seek the support of donors to make the HRC an institution of excellence in Yemen, the region and wider world.
We look forward to your participation in the conference.

With our best wishes.
The Board of Trustees.

A brief on the HRC

The importance of HRC is attributed to the position and significance of Hadhramaut being influential along the human history. Hadhramaut has early been inhibited and has witnessed the rise of early civilizations. The impact of Hadhrami migrations to Africa, India, South East Asia and the Arabian Peninsula have attracted the attention of researchers in different parts of the world. Hence, various conferences, workshops and seminars have been held to study this impact on both Hadhramaut and the new nations. Moreover, the Indian Ocean has gained more attention in the international political, cultural and economical relations. Currently, the Indian Ocean is receiving additional consideration and this indeed has made Hadhramaut even more significant.

The HRC is legally and financially independent of the Government. It was launched in December 2013 in cooperation with Al Ahgaaf University,          (based in Fuwah, Mukalla). They have provided an administrative office, an Administration Director , support staff and the use of its facilities for two years until the Centre formally sets up on its own.
HRC is an independent Civil Society Centre belonging to Civil Society with its own authority and governance structure. The mission of the Centre will be research and publication as well as sensitization/training workshops for policy makers.
The purpose of this mission is to provide the Policy Makers, the Scientific Community and the Public at large with information and analyses on the major issues as stated.
The Centre’s Structure will be to facilitate (i) good governance, (ii) financial modesty and sensitivity to cost, (iii) efficiency in the management of all its activities (iv) it will be flexible because of changing conditions which will emerge as the Centre develops.

The aims of the HRCThe main objective of HRC is to encourage research concerning Hadhramaut in the past, present and future. This includes various activities of the Hadhramis in Hadhramaut and outside in different scientific, cultural, theoretical and economical aspects. This can be achieved by organising programs for postgraduate studies, publishing books and providing references for researchers in relevant topics as well as holding conferences, seminars and workshops.

The HRC gives special attention to training. In this regard, the Centre will undertake two major tasks:
The first is to establish an incubator for social initiatives so as to encourage establishing effective civil society organizations, particularly in human rights and environmental issues. This will allow further participation of the civil community in various matters relating to Hadhramaut. The second task is to support tertiary vocational institutions in Hadhramaut, and other provinces.
In fact, the HRC training program has started since May 2014. Two short courses for the university teaching staff were conducted on Quality & Academic Accreditation and the Second on Language Teaching. Currently, the Centre is conducting courses for the youth in English Language and Computer Applications.

For more information on the HRC, kindly browse the following links:

HRC official website:
Our Facebook page:
Hadhrami Diaspora website:

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