The Association’s Bylaws specify for the Association to be governed by a Board of Directors to be elected to two two-year terms.

Board Responsibilities

Currently, YAAA’s Board is made up of the following members:


Kyle McEneaney. President. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Kyle McEneaney is based in Dubai and serves as an advisor to the Khudairi Group, a prominent Iraqi family conglomerate. Prior to joining Khudairi Group he was a vice president of Northern Gulf Partners, an Iraq-focused merchant bank that sponsored and advised transactions in real estate, financial services, heavy equipment, and oil services. Mr. McEneaney was formerly the head of the Middle East practice for Ergo, a global intelligence and advisory firm providing political risk and market analysis as well as strategic planning to top tier corporate and investor clients. A fluent Arabic speaker, Mr. McEneaney is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University and a BA in History from Yale University.


Badr Albanna (PC ‘04), Vice-President. New York, New York
Badr is a Palestinian, Iraqi-American from Washington, DC. He received his doctorate in theoretical physics from U.C. Berkeley. His research examines the information contained in neural activity using tools from statistical mecahnics. Currently, Badr is a post-doctoral teaching fellow at Fordham University’s Natural Sciences Department. In addition to his research work, Badr spends a great deal of his time thinking about how to improve education to make it more engaging, relevant and equitable. He co-founded the Berkeley Compass Project ( and has served as an instructor for a U.C. Berkeley program that prepares undergraduates to become middle and high school teachers ( Besides his love of all things science and teaching related, Badr harbors an unhealthy obsession with the politics of pirates and piracy and hopes to one day retire to an undisclosed island in the Caribbean.

Emily Hendrick, Secretary. Washington, DC
Emily Hendrick is an international development practitioner and founding partner of Key Development Services, a sustainable development advisory firm that provides research and analysis to improve the delivery of development assistance and support private sector investment in developing markets. Ms. Hendrick specializes in performance management for economic growth initiatives, with a focus on SME and agribusiness development. She holds an MSc in Agricultural Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, Centre for Development, Environment and Policy and a BA in History from Yale University.


Stephanie Biedermann (J.D. ’07), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Stephanie is a lawyer specializing in international law, immigration, forced migration, and discrimination issues. She graduated in 2007 from Yale Law School, where she assisted individuals seeking asylum in the United States. From 2009 to 2012, Stephanie was the Legal Director of the Resettlement Legal Aid Project in Cairo, Egypt, where she represented refugees from Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Eritrea in proceedings with the UNHCR, the IOM, and national embassies. Stephanie is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area.


Catherine Halaby (PC ‘04), Boston, MA
Catherine is currently pursuing an MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She has 8 years of experience in international development and entrepreneurship with a focus on the Levantine market. A 2004 Yale BA, just prior to business school, Catherine spent three years in Amman, Jordan as the Entrepreneur Services Manager for Endeavor Jordan, where her responsibilities included project and relationship management for a portfolio of local high-impact entrepreneurial ventures. Her passions include innovative pro-social development, sustainable design, and progressive movements. She is also happy to share her opinions on quality American television.


Peter May
Peter F. May is an international executive and general counsel with significant experience in the global higher education, non-government organization (NGO), training and healthcare sectors. Peter began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable Raymond J. Pettine, Sr. U.S. District Judge for the District of Rhode Island and then practiced corporate law with Ropes & Gray in Boston. He left private practice to join World Learning, a leading U.S. international education and development assistance NGO, as its first in-house General Counsel, and subsequently expanded his duties to include the roles of Corporate Secretary and Vice President for Administration and Legal Affairs. Peter most recently served as Vice President for Legal Affairs for the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. A frequent conference presenter on legal and operational issues in the globalization of higher education and research, Peter has served as a Board Member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and of LastMileNet, LLC, a wireless internet service provider. Peter’s public service includes elected positions in local government, having served as Town Moderator of Putney, VT, and as Chair of the Putney Town School Board. Peter holds a B.A. in French Literature from Yale University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

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Tammer Qaddumi (JE ‘06), Treasurer, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tammer Qaddumi is a Palestinian American and a graduate of Yale College. Tammer works with the Principal Investments team at Waha Capital, an Abu Dhabi based diversified investment company. Prior to joining Waha Capital, he worked with UBS, based in New York City, and HSBC, based in Dubai. Tammer previously served as a Fulbright Scholar in Damascus, Syria and worked with the Office of Presidential Personnel in the White House. He is originally from Houston, Texas.

Tom Sylvester (J.D. ‘06)
Tom is the Director of Policy & Strategy for Tamkeen, a subsidiary of the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi. Tamkeen plans, develops, and delivers projects on behalf of the Government of Abu Dhabi. Prior to joining Tamkeen, Tom was an associate in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, a leading international law firm. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2006 and a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University in 2000. Tom also serves on the board of directors of the Institute for American Values, a New York-based think tank that focuses on the renewal of civil society.

Past board members include:

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George Abdelnour (SM, ’91, Ph.D. ’97), President 2012 – 2015. Beirut, Lebanon
George Abdelnour is Chair of the Department of English and Translation and former Director of the Center for Applied Research in Education at Notre Dame University—Louaize, Lebanon. In addition to directing the department’s programs in language and literature, he is currently a member of the University’s steering committee for accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. He is the recipient of a U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities summer grant for the study of indigenous cultures in Oaxaca, Mexico (2006) and was a U.S. Fulbright scholar (2008-2010) before settling in Lebanon. He was born in Venezuela, grew up in Connecticut, and for the past 15 years has split his time between Lebanon and the United States.

Ethan Chorin