Hilal A. Lashuel
Hilal A. Lashuel, who was born in Taiz, Yemen, is a professor of neuroscience at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, in Lausanne. He served as the executive director of Qatar National Biomedical Research Institute, part of the Qatar Foundation, from 2016 to 2018 and was a recipient of the 2018 Kuwait Prize for biological sciences. One of his dreams is to establish a national institute for natural products and drug discovery on the Yemeni island of Socotra and position Yemen as a regional leader in these fields.
The wealthy Gulf countries have the education and research facilities to attract Arab talent, but need to take steps to improve the experience of the expat scientists and educators who come.
The wealthy Gulf countries could act as a reservoir for Arab talent in the region, benefiting their own economies and those of the countries that produce the talent they need.
Building a knowledge-based society will be crucial to Yemen’s recovery after the war, a Yemeni professor says. He calls on wealthier countries to support that effort.