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IYG people


Members of Britain’s Yemeni diaspora came together at around the time of the revolution and formed Independent Yemen Group.  IYG consists of mostly (but not exclusively) Yemeni professionals who want to support and promote those who work to improve the lives of people in Yemen.

Lubna Ali Maktari, MA (Oxon), MSc Intelligent Management Systems.  Co-founder and Director of IYG. Formerly a senior systems analyst with Logica and National Westminster Bank, she has spent over 10 years working within the voluntary sector and most recently focusing on Yemen related issues.
Galal Maktari  Social scientist; MSc Political sociology (Thesis on Yemen);PG Diploma Development Studies; co-founder and director of IYG; retired University and College lecturer; former researcher at the London School of Economics; Voluntary sector and Human Rights activist for over 30 years. Currently involved in editing, publishing and translations.
 Nouria Nagi OBE.  Founder and CEO of Yemen Education and Relief Organisation (YERO).  Nouria has recently joined our team to provide key support to us in San’aa through her school which helps children from poor families stay in education and has up to 500 children enrolled at any one time.  Details can be found on their website YERO’s Website

Dr. Nagi Barakat MBBCh, MRCPCH, MSc Epilepsy, CCST, FRCPCH, CASLAT Consultant Paediatrician. For further details about Nagi, go to his website:


Heba Faheem, our representative and project manager in Aden.  A graduate in Business Administration from Sadat University, Cairo she was recently on the organising committee of Tedx Aden, and is involved in women and youth mobilisation programs in Aden.

Our help can be by fund raising, or working on project proposals, consultancy or simply by shouting about their cause and needs to new and different circles.  We are a volunteer-led and self-funded organisation and must work within the financial restrictions that it brings.

In Yemen there are many groups and organisations which work tirelessly for their particular cause and we want to showcase them and highlight the work they do.  Scant resources, high rents and difficult fund raising application forms make national and international grants inaccessible to the majority of them.  Yet they are no less deserving of support than the larger organisations which can attract better trained staff dedicated to this purpose.