Yara Younis, Research Assistant 

Though born and raised in Dubai (UAE), Yara nonetheless feels detached from her ‘home’ in the Gaza Strip. Now, having spent years contemplating traditional Arab society, she considers the meaning of modern Arab identity, as well as how and whether policy decisions can have an impact on such questions. Yara graduated from the Canadian University Dubai with a BA (hons) in media and communication studies, with a focus on advertising. Yara joined the Delma Institute in Abu Dhabi as a MENA research analyst, and worked as the deputy advisor and project coordinator for the UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development. She is currently a MA Candidate at the SFU School for International Studies, where she is a Research Assistant for the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies.