Annemarie van Geel

Annemarie van Geel is an Arabist, anthropologist, and religious scholar. Her expertise lies in the areas of women’s rights, art & culture, and religion. As an independent consultant, trainer, and speaker, she enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion from an expert and sharp, yet empathetic, engaged, and curious perspective.

Professional Background

Annemarie earned her doctorate in religious studies from Radboud University Nijmegen with her dissertation “‘For Women Only’: Gender Segregation, Islam, and Modernity in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.” She holds an MPhil degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor’s in Social Science from University College Utrecht. She has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, Syria, Palestine, and Egypt. She is fluent in Arabic. In 2020, her book “Hakken in het zand: Saoedische vrouwen over hun levens” was published, featuring stories of Saudi women covering all aspects of their lives, dreams, and challenges. Simultaneously, the reader gains accessible insights into the country, its society, culture, religion, and politics (Prometheus Publishers). Annemarie is a Member of the Supervisory Board of the National Museum of Antiquities and an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow in cross-cultural and inter-religious leadership & dialogue.

Personal Motto

Let curiosity be your compass.