Bilkis Zabara

Assistant Professor

Nationality                          Yemeni

Contact                                 Bir Al-Shayef, Sana’a, Yemen



Combined knowledge and professional experience in the field of teaching, consultancy studies and training. More than 30 years of university teaching, 15 years in project management and organization development and training. PhD in Chemistry/Biology from Sana’a University, Sana’a, Yemen. Attended several conferences and professional development trainings in the field of water/environment, development and gender. Multicultural background. Expertise includes in addition but is not restricted to:

  • Report writing
  • Networking
  • Project design and management
  • Workshop management
  • Fund raising


  • 2004       PhD in Physical Chemistry, Sana’a University, Sana’a, Yemen
  • 1995       MSc in Physical Chemistry, Sana’a University, Sana’a, Yemen
  • 1986       BSc Science – major Chemistry/minor Biology, Sana’a University, Sana’a, Yemen

Employment Record:

  • 06.2019-03.2021                Director, Center of Business Administration (CBA), Sana’a University (SU)
  • 07.2018-present                 Projects Manager, Gender Development Research and Studies Centre (GDRSC), Sana’a University
  • 10.2011-06.2018                 Director, Gender Development Research and Studies Centre (GDRSC), Sana’a University
  • 10.2011-06.2018                 Program manager, diploma/master in International Development and Gender, GDRSC, Sana’a University
  • 2011-present                        Faculty member, researcher and trainer,               Gender Development Research and Studies Centre (GDRSC), Sana’a University
  • 2006-2011                            Deputy Head of Graduate Studies, Scientific Research and Training Department and program manager, diploma/master in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Water and Environment Center (WEC), Sana’a University
  • 2006-present                      Faculty member, consultant and trainer, Water and Environment Center (WEC), Sana’a University
  • 1990- present                      Faculty member, Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Sana’a University



  • Oxfam gender expert
  1. GDRSC-Naseej: connecting voices and action to end violence against women and girls in the MENA region-Project manager
  • WHO Water quality consultant
  1. Training on water quality monitoring and surveillance in emergencies-project team leader (26.03-14.04.2022)
  2. Evaluating NWRA’s monitoring program for drinking water supply-project team leader (07.-10.2019)

05.2021-03.2022                Meta Meta Water research consultant

  1. Urban water resilience: Providing services in time of severe crisis in Yemen-project – team leader (phases 2&3) and training coach

08.2021-12.2021                FAO Gender specialist

Resilient and sustainable livelihoods for rural Yemen program.

  1. Gender analysis, Lahj governorate, Tuban district
  2. Gender analysis at nature reserves Socotra archipelago, Hawf and Utmah

14 June 2021                      External (online) examination committee member of Mr. WSM Al-Qubatee entitled A combined approach to assess groundwater resources depletion in data-scarce areas; a case study in Wadi Zabid, Yemen, at the auditorium of the University of Wageningen, The Kingdom of the Netherlands.

03.2016-12.2021                GDRSC/University of Bonn/CARPO-Local project manager, teacher and trainer.

  1. Teaching and advising on post-conflict reconstruction-project (2019-2021) 
  2. Academic approaches to peacebuilding and state building in Yemen-project (2016-2018) 
  • GIZ consultant
  1. GDRSC gender consultant -Participation of Women on the Local Level to Contribute to Coexistence Yemen-Project (03.-12.2021)
  2. External Referee for the Water and Environmental Sanitation gender mainstreaming (December 2020 – January 2021)
  3. GDRSC gender consultant-Gender Analysis on ‘Improving Access to Basic Services for IDPs and local Population, Yemen’-Report review (03.2017)
  4. SFD/WEC water consultant, project team leader. The Health and Socioeconomic Impact of Silver Impregnated Ceramic Filters in Four Villages in Amran Governorate-Project (01.-07.2007)

09.2018-02.2019                UN Women Gender consultant, project supervisor and trainer

  1. GDRSC Women Peace and Security and Gender Mainstreaming in Humanitarian Action (WPS-GMHA)-project

12.2009-11.2016                GDRSC/Roskilde University + The Danish Center for Information on Gender, Equality and Diversity (KVINFO)-Local project manager, teacher, trainer

  1. Development of a master’s program in international development and gender (MIDG), SU
  2. Capacity building of library and documentation center (CBLDC), SU

02.2006 – 11.2011            Assistant Head of Training Department, Water and Environment Centre (WEC), SU – Sana’a/Yemen and coordination of a master’s program in Integrated Water Resources Management

01 – 04.2009                       WEC/International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – Public awareness and pilot project coordinator (Inception Phase)

Participatory Water Management Project (PWMP) in Dhamar Watershed


Conferences and Workshops:


  • 2022                       Sharaf adin K., Saleh S., Zabara B., “The Quality of Stormwater in Sana’a City from the perspective of Integrated Water Resources Management”. The International Conference on Environmental Science and Green Technology (IC-EGT 2022) 14 – 15 March 2022 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • 2016                       Zabara B. “Gender Visibility, Coping Strategies with Conflicts, and Humanitarian Response in Yemen”, Moscow State Institute for International Affairs, MGIMO-University as conference proceedings on “The current system of international humanitarian assistance: best practices and challenges”, Moscow, October 26th, 2016.
  • 2015                       Al-Kadri, H and Zabara, B, “The success and challenges in institutionalization of women/gender studies at Sana’a University-Yemen”, International Conference on Knowledge and Politics in Gender and Women’s Studies, METU GWS, 2015, Turkey.
  • 2012                       Zabara B, Abu-Lohom N, Al-Subbary A & Al-Aulaqi A “The Impact of Thermal Springs on the Population of Hammam Ali, Dhamar Governorate, Yemen” 10th Gulf Water Conference – Water in the GCC States, The Water-Energy-Food Nexus, 22-24 April 2012, Doha, Qatar
  • 2011                       Zabara B “The environmental impact of Al-Azraqain landfill on the quality of the surrounding groundwater, Sana’a City, Yemen” 4th International Conference – Water Resources and Sustainable Development (CIREDD’4), 22 – 23 February 2011 /Algiers, Algiers.


  • 2011-2016            Several workshops with Roskilde University, Denmark and the American University in Cairo on Curriculum Development in International Development and Gender and on related academic skills.
  • 2009-2013            Public awareness training in water management (7 regional training workshops) through the capacity building of InWent, supported by the GIZ (facilitator, and trainer of one session in the workshop held in Yemen).
  • 10.2013                 Leadership, good governance and financial management in the public sector, Esami, supported by DANIDA, Arusha, Tanzania.
  • 02.2013                 Policy-relevant and solutions-oriented research training program of CoCoon project and Netherland’s initiative for Capacity Development in Higher Education (NICHE) project, Water and Environment Center, Sana’a University, Sana’a, Yemen.
  • 06.2009                 International Partner Forum Water governance in the MENA region: Policies and institutions (contributor), Dead Sea, Jordan.
  • 04.2008                 Water demand management and water savings, supported by the World Bank Institute, organized by the Water and Environment Center, Sana’a University, Sana’a, Yemen.
  • 11.2006                 FAO-GTY-LEAD International training workshop in project design and management, Sana’a, Yemen.
  • 07.2006                 M&E training workshop organized by the Ministry of Planning and International Development, supported by UNICEF, Sana’a, Yemen.
  • 01.2009                 Participatory planning for integrated water resources management, Water and Environment Center, Sana’a University with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Sana’a, Yemen (participant).
  • 12.2007                 Mainstreaming gender in integrated water resources management, ToT, supported by IDRC, CapNet, GWA, GEWAMED, Tunis, Tunisia.
  • 2006-2010            Several workshops with Wageningen University and TU Delft, The Netherlands on Curriculum Development in Integrated Water resources Management and on related academic skills.

Research and scientific papers:

  1. 2022                       Zabara, B., & Zumbrägel, T. (2022). The Role of the Environment in Peacebuilding in Yemen. CARPO Report 09 2022 (
  2. 2022                       Zabara B. and Al-Thawr S., The Role of Women in Post-Conflict Yemen Chapter 5, p.97 in Alsoswa, A. A. A., & Brehony, N. (Eds.). (2021). Building a New Yemen: Recovery, Transition and the International Community. Bloomsbury Publishing.
  3. 2020                       Zabara B. (co-author), The Development of the State of Yemeni Cities Report, UNHABITAT, on Women and Youth, internal report.
  4. 2020                       Al-Gawfi, Iman; Zabara Bilkis, Yadav Stacey; The Role of Women in Peacebuilding in Yemen, CARPO.
  5. 2020                       Zabara B., Ahmad A., “Biomass Waste in Yemen, Management and Challenges”, Springer Water: Waste Management in MENA Regions, Springer International Publishing.
  6. 2019                       Zabara B., Sanitation service chain analysis in Yemen Global Development Solutions (GDS) for  the World Bank.
  7. 2019                       Marie-Christine Heinze and Bilkis Zabara (Eds.). Knowledge in peacebuilding: Elements, production, dissemination. Working paper
  8. 2019                       Mohammed F, Guillaume D, Abdulwali N, Zabara B, (2019) “Tin content is a possible marker to discriminate argan oil against olive, sesame, mustard, corn, peanut, and sunflower oils” European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, 121(7) 2019.
  9. 2018                       Zabara B. “Enhancing Women’s Role in Water Management in Yemen” CARPO Brief 09, March 2018.
  10. 2018                      Water supply in a war zone: A preliminary analysis of two urban water tanker supply systems in the Republic of Yemen-study.
  11. 2016                       Ahmad, A. & Zabara, B., 2016. Preparation and characterization of activated carbon derived from sewage sludge. Biosource Technology. 
  12. 2013                       Assessment on how to include gender aspects across all investments of PPCR Phase II, PPCR/13/11- study (2013-2014). Climate change project
  13. 2013                       Zabara, B, “Public Awareness and Nature Conservation: A Focus on Water Resources Protection and Water Pollution Control, A case study from Yemen”. Reader – Good Practices, Public Awareness Experiences in the MENA Region, first edition, giz, ACWUA 2013.
  14. 2011                       O.A. Bamaga, A. Yokochi a, B. Zabara b, A.S. Babaqi b “Hybrid FO/RO desalination system: Preliminary assessment of osmotic energy recovery and designs of new FO membrane module configurations”, Desalination, 268 (2011) 163-169.
  15. 2010                       Analysis of private water providers in Sana’a and peri-urban areas-study, Part A: A Field Survey of Service Providers (2009/2010)
  16. 2008                       The Health and Socioeconomic Impacts of Silver Impregnated Ceramic Filters in Four Villages in Amran Governorate” in coordination and support of gtz and the Social Fund for Development (SFD), January – July 2008.

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