Alumni Spotlight


Shady M. Qubaty 

Shady Qubaty majored in Economics and Near Eastern Language & Civilizations. He was awarded the Clarendon Scholarship at Oxford University and the Henry Fellowship, Cambridge Trust Award and King’s College Scholarship at King’s College, Cambridge. He chose Cambridge, where he pursued an M.A. on post-war economic recovery in Yemen and methods of restructuring the League of Arab States and Gulf Cooperation Council.

Qubaty was the first-ever Yemeni undergraduate to be admitted to Yale. He is the co-founder of Yemen’s leading international NGO Adalah, which was been appointed as the official secretariat to the U.K. Parliament, and serves as the vice president of the Economic Forum for Sustainable Development. He participated in United Nations Human Rights Council meetings in Geneva, spoke before and moderated panels at the U.K. Parliament. At Yale, he was a competitive table tennis player, and president of the Arab Students Association, of the Morse College Council, and of the MENA Students Association. A teaching fellow and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Qubaty is a leader of the Yale Alumni Fund’s Senior Class Gift, an assistant to the MacMillan Center’s Council on Middle East Studies, and in 2018 directed Yale’s first Arab conference “Amalna — Paving the Road Ahead.” 

Paige Lawrence 

I double majored in NELC and History, with a simultaneous MA in History. I’m currently working in consulting at Bain & Company, with aspirations of going to business school and continuing on in the business world. NELC taught me a great deal beyond the fascinating subject matter — skills including research, perseverance, teamwork, and critical thinking. I utilize my research skills daily, and with the niche topics I studied in NELC, I became very successful at finding information that can be difficult to hunt down. In studying Egyptology, there are often no existing / high quality translations one can look up online as a shortcut; there’s no way around doing the hard work and pushing through it, which left a lasting impression. The only way to succeed in some of these translations was to work with my classmates, prompting me to become more of a team player in ways I use regularly in consulting. Writing my thesis nudged me out of my comfort zone and required a great deal of critical thinking, hard work, and comfort with scrapping a section and starting it over, instilling in me a willingness to strike lower quality work and redo it better. In the NELC department, I also benefited from very passionate faculty members who were willing to meet regularly outside of class. In the context of thesis writing, such dedicated professors provided lots of individual attention and support, helping me grow a great deal as both a scholar and a person.