Arab – Middle East Region

After years of civil war, natural and man made disaster, along with the total collapse of health services resulting in otherwise preventable diseases, persons with disabilities are numerous in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: Mr. Abdul Jalil Khaliq Zazai
Jordan: Ms. Mona Abdeljawad
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Ms. Faten Al-Yafi
Libya: Ms. Rajaa Ben Hameda
Syria: Ms. Nada Ksebati


Afghanistan: Mr. Abdul Jalil Khaliq Zazai

Abdul Khaliq Zazai

Zazai has experience in accessibility of the built environment, health and inclusion, inclusive education, accessible transportation and universal design for all. He has also been working towards inclusive media, ensuring persons with disabilities have access to media including television broadcasts and news publications.

Zazai has experience providing awareness training regarding accessibility and population of persons with disabilities and their inclusion, as well as sharing information on the UN-CRPD convention of the rights of persons with disability and the law.


Jordan: Ms. Mona Abdeljawad

Mona Abdeljawad is the GAATES country representative for Jordan

Mona holds a Masters degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford and a certified Trainer on Disability Equality from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency. Mona is an international humanitarian and human rights advocate and for the past 16 years has served with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, a global network in over 100 countries. She also served as a Mideast civil society leader during negotiating the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; she is capable of initiating several advocacy projects in difficult cross-cultural environments. She also has served as the Assistant Secretary General at the Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities.


Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Ms. Faten Al-Yafi

Faten Al-Yafi is the GAATES country representative for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Faten Al Yafi is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Public Relations expert with more than 35 years of experience in both the private and public sectors. In 2011 she was also selected as one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior in Europe and the Middle East”. She was selected for the Minister of Labor’s Supervisory Council responsible for developing systems and plans to create job opportunities and integrate persons with disabilities in the Saudi workforce. She was also a founding member and advisor to the Ministry of Labor’s network of employers of persons with disabilities.


Libya: Ms. Rajaa Ben Hameda

Rajaa Ben Hameda

Rajaa has a Master of Science in Architecture, (Academy of Graduate Studies -Tripoli, Libya), a Diploma in building Technology (Elfateh University – Faculty of Engineering, Tripoli, Libya) and a B.Sc. Architecture and Urban Planning, having completed a thesis on “Planning and Building Codes for People with Disabilities: An Evaluative Study” and “The Architectural Design of an Underground Metro Station”. Her interests include accessibility to the built environment, Universal Design, design for all, and inclusive design.


Syria: Ms. Nada Ksebati

Nada Ksebati is the GAATES country representative for Syria

Ms. Ksebati has a Doctor of Philosophy ( PhD ) in Architect from the Central Scientific Research and Designing Institute of the Model and Experimental Design of Dwelling, Moscow, USSR and has a B.S. in Architectural Engineering from Damascus University , Syria. Nada Authored a book titled: “Design Spaces for the Disabled” published by Damascus University and is a Professor in the University of Damascus, Faculty of Architectural Engineering.