About Us

The Abraham Accords between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain opened the door to a new era of cooperation and friendship. Sharaka, which means ‘partnership’, was founded by young leaders from Israel and the Gulf in order to turn the vision of people-to-people peace into a reality.

Our Story

We believe that realizing the tremendous potential of the Abraham Accords requires deepening mutual understanding, building personal ties, and encouraging diverse forms of cooperation.

Sharaka leads inter-faith delegations of young Israelis to the Gulf, which include Israeli Muslims, Druze, Christians, and Jews, and brings delegations of Emirati and Bahraini influencers to Israel to learn about Israeli culture and history. Through our offices in Israel and the UAE, we organize joint initiatives, projects, and dialogues in order to build bridges between our societies.

As normalization between Israel and its Arab neighbors spreads, we are expanding our activities throughout the Middle East.

Our Mission

Our mission is to build bonds between young Israeli and Gulf leaders, in order to strengthen peace, trust, and cooperation between our societies. We believe that this will lead to a brighter future for our nations and for all the peoples of the region.

Our Activities

Sharaka brings diverse delegations of leaders, influencers and activists from the Gulf to Israel and Israel to the Gulf. These delegations both learn about each other’s history, society and geopolitical realities, and share their own culture and perspectives. Through meet-ups, high-profile events and media appearances, these delegations have a deep impact not only on the participants themselves, but on the broader societies.

Sharaka organizes inter-cultural dialogues, in person and online, for social activists to exchange experiences, ask questions and build interpersonal connections.

Sharaka’s members lead grassroots initiatives and activities in order to translate the vision of the Abraham Accords into concrete cooperation on the ground.

Through media and social media activity with a reach of millions, Sharaka spreads messages of tolerance, counters incitement and inspires its broad audience to embrace the new reality in the Middle East

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Board Members

Sharaka UAE

Sharaka Bahrain

Mashael Alshemeri

Asma Alatwi

Fatema Alharbi

Sharaka USA

Yoni Greenwald

Sharaka Israel

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Majid Al Sarrah

Majid Al Sarrah has an experience of 20 years working in various public and private sectors. he holds a bachelor degree in law and economics, he continued his academic endeavor by attaining his master degree in international business and a master degree in public policy, in addition to a master degree in international law, as well as a doctorate degree in economics and policy and he is doing his second doctorate in business administration at the moment.

Majid is an expert in public policy who was certified from London school of economics and he worked on various policy advising projects both in public and private sectors in the UAE that enhances the public policies towards sustainability and prosperity. 

He conducted various research projects in social and economic sustainability, as well as international legal matters, he is an expert in aviation law and air transport and contributed to a lot of related legislation regarding regulating aviation matters. 

Majid is a co-founder and board member of Sharaka which is an organization promoting peace and building ties between people.

Najat Al Saied

Najat Al Saied is a former Researcher at Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She is a columnist in Al Ittihad (an Arabic language newspaper published daily in the United Arab Emirates) and also columnist in Al Hurra (an American satellite television news channel in Arabic). Starting from January 2021, she joined Israel Hayom as contributor and columnist to the newspaper. She is specialized in political and societal development communication geared to modern and tolerant Middle East.
She worked at Zayed University in Dubai, UAE from 2014-2018 as an Assistant Professor in the College of Communication and Media Sciences. But all her experience throughout the past 20 years was in media institutes, development organization and diplomatic sectors.
She worked at the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in the Human Capital Development Department in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; the US Consulate in the Public Diplomacy Department in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Saudi Research & Publishing Company and was the editor-in-chief of women e-magazines in Dubai; the World Health Organization-Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington DC; and the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington DC.
She is the author of Screens of influence: Arab satellite television and social development. She also wrote chapters in books, Media in the UAE: creating a national voice-Chapter in Routledge Handbook on Arab Media, Fashion and women’s sport in the Arab Gulf States-Chapter in Uniformly discussed: Sportswomen’s apparel, Arab Media Moguls and Handbook on Arab Media. Her book Gulf Tweets: Twitter Diplomacy and Media Polarization will be published soon. She published several articles in the Gatestone Institute, Gulf News, Al Arabiya English website and others.
She earned her Ph.D. in Media Studies at the University of Westminster in London-UK. She holds two Master Degrees in Health Promotion Disease Prevention and Computer Information System from American University in Washington DC.

Omar Al Busaidy

Omar Al Busaidy is a Fulbright Scholar, Author and Economic Affairs Liaison at the Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates in New York. He is also the Co-Founder of Creative Space Events Management based in Saudi Arabia.

With a master’s degree in International Affairs & Intelligence at Florida State University, Omar is also a Non-Resident fellow at Trends Research & Advisory a geo-political think tank based in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  

His multiple roles have allowed him to achieve several accomplishments, from publishing his self-help book ‘Just Read It’ and his upcoming book on futurism titled “Why Jobs are Robots and Life is for People’, to investing in start ups in the tech sector.

A former Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum and an alumni of the State Department’s IVLP, Omar has been invited to mentor students on entrepreneurship, communication and leadership at several universities and conferences across the UAE and around the world.

Amit Deri

After 10 years of service in the IDF, Amit was discharged with the rank of major and since 2011, has been engaged in entrepreneurship, management and social-educational activities with an emphasis on youth and teens. Amit studied civil engineering at the Technion and has a BA in political science from Haifa University.

Nimrod Palmach

Former CEO of Ein Prat Academy for leadership. Nimrod worked for over a decade in multiple entrepreneurial and leadership programs throughout Israel. He has an MA in Diplomacy and security from Tel Aviv University. Nimrod served as a combat soldier and commander in the special forces. Nimrod runs special leadership projects for different companies and individuals around the world.

David Brog

David Brog

David Brog is the executive director of the Maccabee Task Force, an organization launched in 2015 to combat the delegitimization of Israel on college campuses and beyond.    

Before joining the Maccabees, Brog served as the executive director of Christians United for Israel from its founding in 2006 until 2015.  Prior to CUFI, Brog worked in the United States Senate where he was chief of staff to Senator Arlen Specter and staff director of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  

In 2007, the Forward newspaper listed Brog in its “Forward 50” most influential Jews in America. In 2017, the Algemeiner newspaper listed Brog as one of the “Algemeiner Jewish 100.”  He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

Brog is the author of Reclaiming Israel’s History: Roots, Rights and the Struggle for Peace (2017), In Defense of Faith: the Judeo-Christian Idea and the Struggle for Humanity (2010) and Standing with Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State (2006). 

Dan Feferman

Dan Feferman is an Israeli-American author, speaker, researcher, and thought leader who focuses on Israel, the Jewish world, and the Middle East. He publishes and speaks regularly in Israel and around the world, and is co-host of the Jewanced Podcast. He also consults on international intelligence and public relations campaigns. 

Dan is a fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute, a leading think-tank that focuses on issues of importance to Israel and the Jewish people. In this capacity, he is the author of the groundbreaking “Rising Streams: Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel”, and a forthcoming book on changing dynamics in the American Jewish community. 

Dan is Director of Communications and Global Affairs at Sharaka, where he helps forge people-to-people peace between Israel and the Arab world. He is also a founding member of the UAE-Israel Business Council.

Dan is a Major (res.) in the Israel Defense Forces, where he served in various national security and foreign policy roles. He holds a BA in International Politics and Middle East Studies from the American University in Washington DC and an MA in Security Studies from Tel Aviv University.

Ben Dror Yemini

Ben-Dror Yemini is a researcher, journalist and a lecturer. Born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, he studied Humanities and History, and later law, at Tel Aviv University. After a short term in the public service (as the advisor of the Minister of Immigration and the spokesman of the Ministry), Yemini began his career as a journalist and essayist.

In 1986 Yemini published the book “Political Punch” which deals in a critical way with politics and society in Israel. In 2003 he became the opinion-editor of the daily newspaper Maariv and also published many articles and essays in other journals. Before the 2013 election Yemini was asked by Tzipi Livni to join her new party, “The Movement” and to become a Knesset member. Yemini declined, and decided to keep his occupation as a researcher and a journalist. In 2014 Yemini moved from Maariv to Yedioth Aharonot.

Arsen Ostrovsky

Arsen Ostrovsky is a leading Israel-based international human rights lawyer, with a deep passion and commitment to advancing Israel’s relations with her Arab neighbours, especially in the Gulf, following the historic Abraham Accords.
Arsen has spoken before the UN Human Rights Council, in parliaments across Europe, to audiences in North America, as well as regularly addressing the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) and other high-level forums. 
He is considered an expert on international law, Antisemitism, Israeli – Palestinian conflict, human rights, Middle East foreign policy and Digital Diplomacy, where he has a regular monthly reach of over 7 million users on Twitter.
Arsen has also written widely on human rights in China, Iran and across the Middle East, and led numerous delegations to Auschwitz, Yad Vashem and the United States Holocaust Museum. He is a regular columnist for Newsweek (where he has written on Israel – Gulf relations), while frequently writing for and being quoted by other leading publications, including NY Times, AFP, POLITICO, Deutsche Welle, Telegraph UK and Khaleej Times, the leading English-language publication in UAE. Arsen is also often sought out as an expert commentator on TV and speaker to groups around the word. 
In 2018, Arsen was awarded the Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize in ‘Israel Advocacy’, while JNS has recognized him as one of the ‘Top 40 Global Advocates for Israel On-Line’ and the Jewish Journal said “it’s his fierceness in defending the Jewish people and the Jewish state, that makes him stand out online and in real life.” Arsen is also a member of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists. He was formerly a Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute in New York, and for many years practiced as a litigation attorney in Australia. Amongst other current roles, he is also Executive Director of The Israeli-Jewish Congress, Israel Affairs Director of Zionist Council of New South Wales (Australia) and a board member and digital media consultant to a number of non-profit organisations.
Arsen is based in Tel Aviv, Israel.