Julia Legner
Executive Director

Julia Legner is a political scientist and human rights professional with over nine years of work experience providing legal assistance and advocating on behalf of victims of human and labour rights violations in the MENA region. She held different policy and legal advocacy positions in Beirut, Geneva and Berlin. She holds a BA in Arabic and International Relations from Westminster University and an MA in Middle Eastern Politics from the School of African and Oriental Studies at the University of London

Joshua Cooper
Deputy Executive Director

Before joining ALQST in late 2018, Josh Cooper worked as Membership and Information Officer at the Council for Arab-British Understanding (Caabu), and as a volunteer for Amnesty International’s Gulf team. He has an undergraduate degree in Arabic and Middle East Studies from Exeter University and a masters degree in the Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice from SOAS University, with his dissertation focusing on human rights in the Gulf.

Abdullah Aljuraywi
Monitoring and Campaigns Officer

A human rights activist, writer and author of the novel "Until Now". Director of Diwan London Media, an events platform for freedom and justice awareness. Born and raised in Riyadh and lived there until he moved to the United Kingdom in 2019. He has completed more than 6,000 hours of social activism and supervised several conferences and exhibitions.

Omaima Al Najjar
Head of Campaigns

Omaima Al Najjar is a Saudi Arabian human rights activist, blogger, nurse and physician. She was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. In 2006, she joined the Saudi National Guard Health Affair’s College of Nursing in Riyadh where she obtained her BSc degree in Nursing Science . In 2011, Al Najjar moved to China where she obtained refugee status and studied Medicine and Surgery in Jilin University. She is currently studying to obtain a postgraduate diploma in Surgery from The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Lina Alhathloul
Head of Monitoring and Advocacy

A Saudi activist, Lina holds a master's degree in law from Université Libre de Bruxelles. She has worked as a legal advisor to several companies including Ernst & Young and Start Up, and as a Policy Analyst with Access Now. She is a co-author of the book Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers.