Alumni Feature: Tomna Obaid

Name: Tomna Obaid

Year of Graduation: 2011

Q: Where do you work?

A: I work as the Director of Human Resources Development at the Ministry of Public Health and Population in Aden, Yemen.

Q: Tell us about your job.

A: I hold joint positions as the Director of Human Resources Development (HRD) and as a Team Leader of an EU-funded project, Support for Human Resources for Health (HRH), at the Governorate level. As the director of HRD, I am in charge of the activities that are related to the planning and development of HR in the public health sector in Lahj Governorate. As a team leader for the HRH project, I am in charge of producing a health workforce plan (2014-2019) and training the staff on different HR planning methodologies that are promoted through the HRH project.

Q: What is your favorite memory at the Brandt School?

A: It is really hard to choose my favorite memory from my time at Willy Brandt School, as I have MANY good memories. If I have to choose I will mention two. First, the block seminars at the Dom, even if some of my colleagues disagree, I believe that we had a good, yet exhausting time in an amazing place that we used to called Hogwarts. Secondly – thesis time. I will never forget the timeout that we had at the library café during thesis writing. It was an opportunity not only to exchange ideas, but also the café was like our sanctuary that we ran for to find some peace and comfort during that hard time (that I miss now).

Q: Anything else you want to share with us?

A: My time in Germany in general and in Erfurt in particular has given me the opportunity to build my professional path and widen my personal prospective. The knowledge and the skills that I have acquired during my Master study has given me the key to open a wide door of professional opportunities that enabled me to move on in the chain of management and to become the youngest female director at the Public Health Office in the Lahj Governate.

On a personal level, the opportunity to meet people from all over the world was priceless. It was interesting that we all were trying to find the similarities among us rather than the differences.

Fun, traveling, my first time seeing snow, and most importantly the Erfurt Christmas Market – it is a rare chance to be involved in a multi-cultural setting plus a German atmosphere. I believe that only few of us would ever have the same chance again. Besides, thanks to the program Strangers Become Friends, I had the chance to gain a deep perspective about the German life through my host family, who have helped me during my life in Erfurt, and they stay in touch with me after returning home and during my following visits to Germany.

Finally, I would like to thank the DAAD regional office in Aden, DAAD section 444, ESPP and WBS staff for assisting me during and after my scholarship period. I truly had the best time of my life… Liebe Grüße aus Aden! 🙂