Sep 272013

The fourth Sharaka Fellowship for researchers in the field of humanities and social sciences has been awarded to Cinzia Bianco who will spend three months at the Global Connections Center (TAWASUL) in Muscat, Oman. During her fellowship, Cinzia will carry out a research focused on the impact of economic relations on the strategic partnership between the European Union and the Gulf countries, with a special attention to the case of Oman.

Cinzia holds a Master’s degree in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King’s College, London, and a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages and Cultures from La Sapienza University of Rome. Her MA dissertation focused on EU-GCC cooperation in socio-economic development, investigating primarily the fields of education, energy sustainability and job creation.

Involved in youth diplomacy and passionate about policy-making, she represented Italy at the 2011 G8 Youth Summit in the Foreign Affairs Panel, which discussed the G8 countries’ role in supporting the political transitions in Tunisia and Egypt, and at the 2012 G20 Youth Summit  (Youth 20) in the International Trade Commission. She is the co-founder and the former Deputy Director of the NGO “Young Ambassadors Society”, which aims to involve the youth in the international dialogue about global issues.

Sep 262013

The Sharaka project organises a lecture series on the issue of women’s participation in economic affairs in the Gulf from 29 September to 3 October. The lecture will be delivered by Dr Eva Fisher, CEO at the Educational House of the German Chamber of Commerce in Swabia, Germany, and is organised in cooperation with Qatar University, the Royal University for Women in Bahrain and the Gulf University for Science & Technology in Kuwait.

Dr Eva Fischer has a vast experience in the field of adult education and held several honorary positions in Germany and abroad. Her dissertation dealt with the topic of “Managing Diversity at Siemens AG” and highlighted the aspect of “Women and Career”. Furthermore, she published several articles and presented numerous papers on topics such as “decision-making”, “intercultural personal management” and “leadership”.

Sep 222013

Mr Mohammed Al-Hinai is the Sharaka fellow at CEPS where he will work on EU-GCC trade cooperation, the FTA negotiations as well as other bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations between the two regions, among other things.

Mr. Mohammed Al Hinai is an Expert of Organizations and Commercial Affairs in the Directorate-General of Organizations and Commercial Relations of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the Sultanate of Oman in Muscat. He was formerly in the Royal Office (Ministry of the Royal Office) (1996-2000) and the Supreme Council of Planning (Ministry of Development) (1990 – 1996), where he represented the Sultanate of Oman in many international forums. He earned a degree in International Studies from Jacksonville University (United States) and holds postgraduate certificates (Master’s degrees) in Development Economics from Williams College (United States) and in Community Economic Development from the University of New Hampshire (United States).