Annemarie van Geel

Annemarie van Geel
Annemarie van Geel

For Pax Ludens, Annemarie van Geel is a Trainer and Subject Matter Expert on the Greater Middle East. She trains senior military officers on diplomatic conduct and the Greater Middle East conflict. About the latter she also teaches an undergraduate course at University College Utrecht.

Annemarie van Geel is the founder and owner of Faraasha Middle East Training & Advisory, a partner organisation of Pax Ludens.

Besides the Arab-Israeli conflict, Annemarie specialises in gender issues in the Middle East; the Arab Spring; and the Arabian Peninsula. Annemarie gives workshops and training sessions within the profit as well as the non-profit sector, and advises (non)governmental organisations and businesses (SMEs and multinationals). She often participates in debates and panel discussions, and regularly appears in the media.

Annemarie graduated cum laude from University College Utrecht (BA Hons) and Cambridge University, UK (MPhil). She has a strong background in both Anthropology and International Relations, while focusing on the Middle East and Arabic. She has extensive on-ground experience in the region (especially Egypt, the West Bank, Syria, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia) and speaks Arabic fluently. Annemarie has previously worked for Clingendael, Amnesty International Netherlands, and ISIM (International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World).

Alongside her work for Faraasha Middle East Training & Advisory, Annemarie is working towards her PhD (Radboud University Nijmegen, NL) on gender segregation in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, focusing on the perspectives of Saudi and Kuwaiti women themselves, while paying due attention to the religious and political context.

Annemarie regularly travels to the Middle East and the UK.

Media experience: radio, television, newspapers


  • Dutch (native), English (bilingual), Arabic (full professional proficiency), French (professional working proficiency)

Recent publications (selection):

  • Annemarie van Geel, “Gaza en een Zuil van Verdediging,” Faraasha Middle East Training & Advisory, November 21, 2012.
  • Annemarie van Geel, “Whither the Saudi Woman? Gender Mixing, Empowerment and Modernity,” In: “Saudi Arabia between Conservatism, Accommodation, and Reform,” Clingendael, the Netherlands Institute for International Relations, June 1, 2012.
  • Annemarie van Geel, “Saoedi-Arabie«: Emancipatie via Segregatie?,” WO=MEN (Dutch Gender Platform), October 25, 2011
  • Annemarie van Geel, “Women without Mahram,” Ex Ponto Magazine, July 10, 2010
  • Annemarie van Geel, “De Moeder van de Wereld,” Ex Ponto Magazine, November 24, 2010

Media appearances (selection):

  • SBS Radio Australia, “Decree Egyptian President Morsi,” December 4, 2012
  • Volkskrant, “Saoedi-Arabie«: Vrouw ook elektronisch geketend,” November 27, 2012
  • SchoolTV Weekjournaal “Raketten Gaza en Operatie Zuil van Verdediging Israel,” November 23, 2012
  • BNR Nieuwsradio, “Egypte; Syria«; Deelname Saoedische Vrouwen aan OS,” August 8, 2012
  • Volkskrant, “Saoedi-Arabie«: Geen medailles, wel winst in de Vrouwenstrijd,” August 4, 2012
  • NOS op 3, “Deelname Saoedische en Qatari vrouwen aan de Olympische Spelen,” March 16, 2012