DeepRoot is a leading social enterprise working on advancing inclusive, sustainable solutions to a range of political, economic, and developmental issues in Yemen. DeepRoot has extensive experience in providing platforms for dialogue on peacebuilding, producing in-depth reports and expanding stakeholder understanding of the local dynamics in different areas of the country. DeepRoot has implemented multiple track II initiatives in direct and indirect support of the Office of the UN Special Envoy to Yemen’s efforts to negotiate a political settlement to the conflict. For more information please check out

Abeer Al-Mutawakel
Project Officer

Abeer Al-Mutawakel is a researcher and consultant for DeepRoot, and the project officer of the Hikma Fellowship. She previously worked as a researcher at the Center for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) at Oxford Brookes University. Her research and consulting work focus primarily on development and humanitarian interventions in conflict settings, addressing issues such as forced migration, peacebuilding, and empowering marginalized groups. While mainly focused on Yemen, Abeer has also worked closely on the Syrian refugee crisis, studying the impact of Syrian refugees and displaced persons on host communities in Lebanon.


Abeer previously served as general manager of one of the largest hospitals in Yemen. She earned her master’s in development and emergency practice from Oxford Brookes, and her bachelor’s in information management systems.

Sadam Al-Adwar
Project Officer

Sadam Al-Adwar is the project officer for the local stream of A New Generation of Public Leaders in Yemen. He is a human rights defender and trainer with a strong background in community engagement and youth empowerment. Over the past decade, Sadam has worked with several leading local and international organizations in Yemen on conflict resolution, peacebuilding, good governance, and youth advocacy issues.


Sadam is the co-founder of Musaala Organization for Human Rights in Yemen. In 2007, he established the first youth association in Marib governorate under the name “Ajyal Marib Association for Development,” which is aimed at empowering youth through their active participation in decision-making and policy-making processes. Sadam holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan.

Brett Scott
project manager

Brett Scott is the project manager of A New Generation of Public Leaders in Yemen. Working for DeepRoot since 2016, he has managed multiple research projects and track II initiatives aimed at advancing inclusive peacemaking efforts in Yemen and improving coordination and understanding between local and international stakeholders. He has authored numerous in-depth reports on local peace processes and on the intersection of political, tribal, and economic developments in Yemen. His most recent paper, The Road to Peace Runs Through Taiz, is published on DeepRoot’s website.


Brett lived in Sana’a from 2014 to 2015, where he worked as managing editor of the Yemen Times, the country’s most widely read English-language newspaper. He received his bachelor’s from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and he is based in Cairo

Sultan Barakat

Dr. Sultan is the senior project advisor of the Hikma Fellowship. Dr. Barakat is an internationally renowned expert in the field of peacebuilding and transition from conflict. He has over 25 years of professional experience working on issues of conflict management, humanitarian response, and post-conflict recovery and transition, and he regularly provides guidance as a senior adviser and consultant to the UN, World Bank, EU, DFID, ILO, and a variety of governments and international non-governmental organizations. 


He is a professor of politics and post-war recovery studies at the University of York, where he founded and led the Post-War Reconstruction and Development Unit between 1993 and 2014. Dr. Sultan co-facilitated the Forum of Emerging Leaders from Yemen and the Gulf held in July 2019, and has served as a senior advisor to DeepRoot on numerous projects since its founding.