Alumni interview

Eshraq Abdullah Hammad

Your name, nationality, country of work (post), institution, position, course taken at Training for International Diplomats:

- My name is Eshraq Abdullah Hammad.

- I am from Yemen.

- Working at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Yemen to the Arab League in Cairo from 2010 - 2014.

- Course attended: Executive Seminar for Diplomats from the Middle East and North Africa 2007 (ISL 6)


Can you tell us a bit about your career path and your motivation to follow this profession?

- I joined the MOFA in 2004 after successfully passing the selection procedure to become a diplomat.

- At the beginning I worked at the Department of Media for two years, after which I was moved to the minister cabinet.

- After that I have been posted to the Permanent Yemeni Mission to the Arab League in Cairo from 2010-2014.


How much did you plan your current tasks to be as they are today and how much did you leave to chance?

- In answer to this I must say that I was enthusiastic to be a diplomat. However, I faced big challenges as a Yemeni lady, coming not only from a conservative familybut from a conservative society as well.

- I started my duties as a diplomat and tried to get some experience. In order to achieve the goals I have, I plan to continue this path and get a master degree and become an ambassador in the future.


When it comes to influencing the international agenda or shaping public policies in your country, what main challenges do you face in your daily life as a professional?

- Here I think the biggest challenge I face during daily life is when I have to deal with those who do not believe in a woman as a qualified person.


Tell us about a pleasant work memory you have.

- Well, I do remember something special. When I was told that I had been chosen from seven candidates who were higher ranking than me, to participate in a seminar in Germany, it came as a big surprise to me.


If you hadn’t followed this career, what other profession could you see yourself in and why?

- I really do like my job and will never give up inspite of the big challenges in my society.


How do you think our alumni network could serve your purposes better?

- I like your ideas and support building the alumni network. I hope it will be successful in actively connectingdiplomats around the world to share experience and culture, exchange information and so on.I believe it will be great to have an exchange of dialogue of different societies. From my point of view this is very important.


How would you be willing to participate in our network?

It's my pleasure to participate in your network, I don’t have a special suggestion, so just let me know how I can contribute. Basically I'll focus on Yemen.


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