2017 AMIDEAST Annual Report

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TABLE OF CONTENTS MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR AND PRESIDENT ................................................ 1 BUILDING SKILLS FOR SUCCESS ....................................................................................... 2 REALIZING YOUTH POTENTIAL ...........................................................................................6 EMPOWERING PEOPLE BY BUILDING STRONG INSTITUTIONS ..............................................................................10 FOSTERING GLOBAL EXPERTISE ...................................................................................... 14 FINANCIALS.................................................................................................................................................... 18 DONORS, PARTNERS, AND SPONSORS ..................................................................20 BOARD OF DIRECTORS..................................................................................................................22 ADVISORY BOARDS .............................................................................................................................23 SENIOR STAFF .............................................................................................................................................24 TRAINING PARTNERS .......................................................................................................................25 FIELD AND PROJECT OFFICES .............................................................................................27

OUR MISSION AMIDEAST is dedicated to expanding opportunity through education and training, while strengthening mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa.

ABOUT AMIDEAST Founded in 1951, AMIDEAST is a private, U.S. nonprofit organization with a long and distinguished record of engagement in international education, training, and development assistance in the Middle East and North Africa. Working with local, regional, and international partners, it provides programs and services to improve educational opportunity and quality, expand access to U.S. study, strengthen local institutions, and develop language and professional skills for success in the global economy.

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CHAIR/PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, We are pleased to present our annual report for 2017. Its theme — Making Dreams Possible — brings into focus the possibilities of youth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region when given opportunities for training and education. In it you will meet young men and women who are realizing their aspirations with the support of the educational, training, and exchange opportunities we offer. We take pride in their accomplishments. They represent a new generation in the making. As future entrepreneurs, teachers, researchers, and leaders in their respective fields, they are keen not only for personal success but also to contribute to their societies. It’s a combination that deserves our support. The MENA region continues to be in transition. Conflict, uncertainty, and slow economic growth accompanied by high unemployment rates are just some of the challenges confronting the region’s young people as they come of age. The “Arab Spring” was a wake-up call for us to do more to empower them. Since then, AMIDEAST has worked with more than 100,000 young men and women, many from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, to provide them with the knowledge, skills, and outlook that enable them to succeed. You are most likely aware of the challenges facing youth and women in the MENA region, but sanguine enough to know that these challenges can be overcome. Our success depends on the support of our many partners and donors who believe in our goals of expanding opportunities for education and training in the MENA region. We thank you for your support, which makes our work possible. We look forward to our continuing partnership to realize these shared goals. Sincerely,

Dr. Mary W. Gray Chair, Board of Directors

The Honorable Theodore H. Kattouf President and CEO

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Young Jordanians at the American Language Center in Amman, Jordan, housed at AMIDEAST after we assumed its management in July 2017.

BUILDING SKILLS FOR SUCCESS In today’s globalized world, English language proficiency and professional skills can pave the way to success in education and the workplace. By providing high-quality skills training, AMIDEAST helped 57,500 individuals acquire capabilities that will allow them to attain their goals.

PROVIDING QUALITY ENGLISH LANGUAGE TRAINING Nearly 55,000 individuals turned to AMIDEAST during 2017

Also of note, the U.S. Embassy’s American Language Center

to advance their English language proficiency. Students

(ALC) in Amman moved to AMIDEAST’s training center in July.

came to our training centers across the region to improve

Under AMIDEAST’s management, the ALC’s language courses

their conversational English, hone academic English skills,

and cultural activities, such as language exchange and film

and learn test-taking strategies for exams such as the TOEFL

and book clubs, significantly expanded our ability to meet the

or SAT.

training needs of residents of the Jordanian capital.

AMIDEAST offered instruction for all ages and from beginning to advanced levels, as well as in English for the workplace and for specialized fields including medicine, finance, law, and diplomacy. A notable increase in enrollments of children and teens reflected a growing appreciation regionwide that an early start facilitates language acquisition, particularly with critically needed English skills.

Our efforts to support English language learning through diverse activities also included the American Corners that AMIDEAST operates in Tunisia on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. Located at AMIDEAST’s facilities in Tunis and Sousse, they hosted nearly 35,000 visitors in 2017, offering them a friendly, informal environment in which to practice English language skills through educational and cultural activities,

Among other highlights of our English language programs

books, American films, and other resources.

for 2017, AMIDEAST’s 20-year-old Offsite Service Providers Initiative supported language training centers in a dozen cities across Egypt, enabling 3,200 language learners at these affiliates to benefit from AMIDEAST’s quality standards.


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Libyan teachers were able to take PCELT training at AMIDEAST/Tunisia for the second consecutive year.

In 2017, with your support:


• Gained Global Communication Skills • Became Better Teachers • Improved Their Employability


Improving the Teaching of English

• Advanced Their Dreams of Entrepreneurship

“PCELT made the impossible possible.”

The impact on English language teachers through AMIDEAST’s flagship professional development initiative — the Professional Certificate in English Language Teaching (PCELT) — continued to grow. Ninety-five teachers completed PCELT training at AMIDEAST centers in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestine, and Tunisia. Among them were teachers working in challenging circumstances whose training was made possible with funding from U.S. embassies and other sources, including 24 Libyan teachers who received PCELT training at AMIDEAST/Tunisia. By year’s end, PCELT had been introduced in nine countries, with more than 650 teachers trained and certified in the region since it was introduced in partnership with World Learning/ SIT Graduate Institute in 2012. The improved learner-centered practices of these teachers promise to expand educational and economic opportunities for tens of thousands of students

Adel Elsaddiq Tantoun had long dreamed of becoming a teacher and was therefore pleased to become a teaching assistant in the English Department of Misrata University after he graduated from college. Although he had developed a solid foundation, it was the PCELT course he took in 2017 that truly opened his eyes to different perspectives on teaching and learning. Adel was one of 24 Libyans selected to participate in a special PCELT course offered by AMIDEAST in Tunis with funding from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli. He credits the experience with the ability he now has to plan needs-based lessons, use interactive language activities, and reduce his “teacher talking time.” He has since discovered that he can apply these skills to different classroom settings in Libya. PCELT was a transformative experience, Adel concludes. “It touched the core of my being and made the impossible possible.”

throughout the region in the years to come.


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The OCP center in Khouribga organized activities to help local youth gain insights into entrepreneurship and Morocco’s business ecosystem.

ADVANCING WORK AND CAREER GOALS AMIDEAST provided training in project management and other

gains in productivity and competitiveness in both regional and

key professional skills through classes offered to the public, as

global contexts. Many benefited from AMIDEAST’s relationship

well as courses tailored to meet the needs of public and private

with the Project Management Institute and testing organizations

sector organizations. More than 2,500 individuals in Egypt,

to gain Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification,

Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, and Palestine were able to

as well as to access a range of assessment tools that measure

improve their managerial competencies and leadership skills,

language and other workforce competencies.

thereby increasing their ability to help their organizations realize

More than 2,500 individuals in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, and Palestine were able to improve their managerial competencies and leadership skills, thereby increasing their ability to help their organizations realize gains in productivity and competitiveness.

Closing the Skills Gap

tion, nearly 1,400 young men and women in Morocco received

Many youth in the region complete their formal schooling only

lum at Skills Training Centers operated by AMIDEAST on behalf

to encounter obstacles blocking their path to a job and career.

of the OCP Groupe through the OCP Foundation in Benguerir

AMIDEAST’s Skills for Success® program helps facilitate the

and Khouribga, and through the PhosBoucraa Foundation in

transition to the labor market for recent graduates by devel-

Dakhla and Laayoune.

employability training based on the Skills for Success curricu-

oping their business English and other workplace skills that employers value and by honing their understanding of the job

Supporting these efforts to advance youth employability in

market and preparation for career options.

Morocco, the online platform YouthSpark, developed in partnership with Microsoft and Silatech, helped 2,500 youth trained


In 2017, 170 unemployed recent high school and university

by AMIDEAST and registered on the Ta3mal platform to connect

graduates in Bahrain, Egypt, and Tunisia completed Skills for

with small and medium-sized enterprises in the cities where the

Success programs, leading to employment for many. In addi-

OCP centers are located.

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The AMIDEAST Entrepreneur Institute’s new legal clinic, the first of its kind in Lebanon, provides valuable legal advice to entrepreneurs and startups.

Developing Entrepreneurs The MENA region doesn’t lack aspiring entrepreneurs, but success takes more than aspiration. Raising entrepreneurship awareness and providing access to training, support, and other resources are critically important to the region’s ability to nurture its entrepreneurial potential. In 2017, AMIDEAST

“YEP is helping me realize my dream of sharing on a large scale.”

supported regionwide efforts to promote entrepreneurship: • In Egypt, AMIDEAST partnered with Citi Foundation to launch the Youth Entrepreneurship Project (YEP) in support of the country’s goal of developing a new generation of entrepreneurs. The two-year program will assist 43 young men and women, with 18 businesses among them, through training, incubation resources, coaching, and real-life application. Moreover, "pay it forward" workshops conducted by the participants will raise entrepreneurship awareness among 600 additional youth. • Also in Egypt, AMIDEAST encouraged entrepreneurship and innovation within the technical schools system through the USAID-funded Workforce Improvement and Skills Enhancement (WISE) project, notably by developing a pilot entrepreneurship curriculum for use in 60 schools.

Tech-savvy youth like Mohammed Gad hope to transform Egypt’s considerable potential for an Internet economy into an engine of growth. The recent computer science graduate sees opportunity in taking the world’s oldest form of commerce — bartering — to the Internet. His startup, Enbarter, leverages factors such as the country’s large population, high Internet penetration, and millions of mobile phone users. Moreover, Egypt’s strategic location offers possibilities for expanding into the Middle East and Africa. But starting a business in Egypt has its challenges, ranging from bureaucracy to funding. As one of the 43 promising young entrepreneurs in the Youth Entrepreneurship Project (YEP), Mohammed is improving the prospects of his Alexandria-based startup and expanding its scope to serve anyone who has a skill or product to offer. As someone who has always embraced the idea of sharing, Mohammed especially values that “YEP is helping me realize my dream of sharing on a large scale.”

• In Lebanon, the AMIDEAST Entrepreneur Institute provided


mentoring and workshops in important business skills and launched a free legal clinic — the first in the country — to help aspiring entrepreneurs address legal obstacles to

• In Kuwait, Lebanon, and the UAE, AMIDEAST partnered with Starbucks to deliver workshops at Starbucks coffee shops,

starting a new business.

introducing 150 young people to entrepreneurship as an • In Morocco, the special entrepreneurship track offered by

alternative pathway to economic opportunity.

the OCP Skills Training Centers in Benguerir and Khouribga enrolled more than 300 youth and provided coaching for 124 startups.

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REALIZING YOUTH POTENTIAL Youth possess energy and enthusiasm. They dream of a better future, for themselves and their societies. While we can’t guarantee their dreams will come true, our programs in 2017 gave 16,500 young men and women, many from underserved backgrounds, a better chance of transforming their hopes into reality.

CREATING A LADDER OF OPPORTUNITY Youth from all backgrounds find a welcoming and supportive

Pre-college programs lay a foundation for future success. High

partner in AMIDEAST. With the assistance of donors and regional

school exchange opportunities, college preparatory programs,

and international partners, we are able to offer a ladder of

and scholarship initiatives administered by AMIDEAST take

opportunity that addresses the educational and training needs of

academically qualified youth to the next level of accessing

the region’s youth, including thousands from socioeconomically

opportunities for study in the United States or at American-style

disadvantaged backgrounds and underserved communities.

institutions of higher learning in the region.

"AMIDEAST has been a big part of my life… It has really changed my life." — Mohammed Astal, alumnus of the Access, YES, Lincoln, & Hope Fund Programs


• Through the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program, 177 teenagers from Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait,

• With AMIDEAST’s support, the U.S. Department of Statefunded English Access Microscholarship (Access) Program enabled 6,510 girls and boys in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Tunisia, West Bank/Gaza, and Yemen to develop English language, computer, critical thinking, and leadership skills. Similarly, Camp Discovery, for the ninth

Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and the West Bank/Gaza spent an exchange year in the United States, living with a host family, attending a local high school, and experiencing everyday life in an American community. Nearly 3,000 youth have participated in the YES program with AMIDEAST’s support since its launch in 2003.

consecutive year, provided a fun-filled, enriching summer experience for 720 at-risk Palestinian youth and, for the first time, benefited 100 youth from underserved neighborhoods in and around Bizerte, Tunisia. 6

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In 2017, with your support:


• Developed Foundational Skills • Earned Scholarships for Higher Education • Engaged in Their Communities • Found Employment

Girls in Gaza celebrate their graduation from the two-year English Access Microscholarship Program.


• Through our scholarship search initiatives and support for scholarship programs, AMIDEAST helped make the college

• AMIDEAST advanced the college dreams of over 350 young men and women through supplemental English language instruction, test preparation, mentoring, and guidance on the college application process. They included 80 students in the Competitive College Club, Opportunity Grants, and Abraham Lincoln Incentive Grants programs offered at EducationUSA advising centers operated by AMIDEAST; and 200 Palestinian

dreams of deserving youth come true. Among them were nearly 175 talented young men and women from Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, the West Bank/Gaza, and Yemen, who were able to pursue undergraduate degrees in the United States and the MENA region, thanks to scholarships awarded through the Diana Kamal Scholarship Search Fund (DKSSF), Hope Fund, and Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship programs.

youths in the Taawon Bridge Palestine Program seeking to improve their chances to study at top international universities.

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Climbing the Ladder As they climb the ladder, youth not only develop skills and access educational opportunities.

“This scholarship is the first step in my journey to make a difference in Tunisia and the world.”

They also find inspiration and support — elements that are crucial to realizing aspirations.

Walid Hedidar dreamed of becoming a teacher at an early age — a dream that solidified during an opportunity to teach in an AMIDEAST classroom while still in high school. Inspired by his experience with community service during a year in the United States on the YES program, he launched the Workshop for Adult Leaders in Teaching English (WALTE) upon his return to Tunisia. In 2016, after joining the DKSSF, he received a full scholarship from the University of

Denver, where he is continuing to use his love for teaching to help others learn while advancing his knowledge base through his major, cultural anthropology and sociology. “Being granted this scholarship is the first step in my journey of building on my skills and passions in order to make a difference in Tunisia and the world,” says Walid. TUNISIA

“Back home, I was in a bubble... Now I am open to the world.” Dalia Aita’s path to a scholarship at the New College in Sarasota, Florida, began in ninth grade, when she was accepted to the highly competitive Access Program in Rafah, in the Gaza Strip, and later qualified for the YES program, spending a year in Oregon. With the support of the Abraham Lincoln Grant and Hope Fund programs, she was able to realize her dream of returning to the United

States for college. Along the way, she notes that these programs gave her the freedom to find herself, unlike many of her peers in Gaza who, she says, have a lot of talent and passion, but are unable to find an outlet for their energies. “Back home, I didn’t have the chance to express who I truly was. I was in a bubble,” she recalls. “Now I have a lot of opportunities. I am open to the world.”


Accessing Higher Education Through its support for scholarship initiatives, AMIDEAST is enabling bright young minds to realize their potential by studying at top colleges and universities in the United States or at American-style universities in the region. We were pleased this

“The DKSSF allowed me to reach my full potential.”

year that successful scholarship searches conducted through the Diana Kamal Scholarship Search Fund (DKSSF) and Hope Fund enabled 32 new scholars from Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen to receive admissions and generous funding. Meanwhile, we continued to assist 90 DKSSF and Hope Fund scholars already in undergraduate programs on scholarships secured in previous years. AMIDEAST also supported the Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship program, launched in 2007 by the U.S. Department of State Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) to create a cadre of university-aged youth who are civic-minded and professionally skilled, capable of becoming future community, business, and

“Going to college was going to be a burden for my family and I needed to get a scholarship to go to a college that would allow me to pursue my dreams,” recalls Marwa Mikati of Lebanon. Through the DKSSF, she received a scholarship from Mount Holyoke College, where she was elected president of the student body. In May 2017, Marwa graduated magna cum laude in neuroscience and mathematics and is looking forward to continuing her studies in medicine. “The DKSSF allowed me to reach my full potential. I was able to make an impact at my college, and I am now embarking on a journey of scientific enquiry and knowledge. I am where I want to be, and I have DKSSF to thank.”

national leaders. In 2017, scholarships were awarded to 50 highly motivated, talented men and women covering their undergraduate studies at the American University of Beirut and Lebanese American University, joining nearly 325 other young men and women who have benefited from this initiative.


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Kuwaiti YES alumni during their annual visit to NBK's Children's Hospital.

ENGAGING YOUTH IN THEIR COMMUNITIES By helping others, new doors may open. Thus, the KennedyLugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, emphasizes cultivating a spirit of

“We build a better society by working together.”

volunteerism among its participants. This, in turn, is expanding the avenues through which YES alumni can address the needs of their communities and societies. In addition to the ongoing support that AMIDEAST field offices provided to local YES alumni organizations during 2017, AMIDEAST/Jordan hosted the first-ever MENA region workshop for YES alumni, bringing together 35 alumni from 14 countries for training focused on social advocacy, entrepreneurship, project management, and innovation as related to five main themes drawn from the UN Sustainable Development Goals: women’s empowerment; youth, employment, and millennial living; peacebuilding;

A high point on the events calendar of YES alumni in Kuwait has been an annual visit to NBK’s Children’s Hospital. The chance to bring smiles to the faces of its young patients was an “honor,” says alumnus Ali Sultan. “The year I spent in the USA has taught me a lot, especially through the community service hours that I had to complete. I got to know how important it is to care for others, to give a hand to those in need, to be part of one’s own community. That is how we build a better society and make it stronger – by working together.” KUWAIT

refugee crises; and building civil communities and societies. In Tunisia, AMIDEAST approached youth empowerment through its support of the Empowering Youth and Educators (EYE) initiative. Developed in the wake of the Tunisian Revolution by Dr. Saloua Saidane, a Fulbright alumna and faculty member at Mesa Community College in San Diego, California, the innovative program consists of separate courses for students and teachers that focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. Nearly 700 students and 200 educators completed EYE courses in 2017, gaining skills that will assist them to become both independent citizens, capable of taking control of their lives and destiny, and interdependent citizens,

“The year I spent in the USA has taught me a lot, especially through the community service hours that I had to complete. I got to know how important it is to care for others, to give a hand to those in need, to be part of one’s own community. That is how we build a better society and make it stronger— by working together.”

capable of building themselves, their communities, and their country in a democratic and inclusive way.

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AMIDEAST trained 61 mentors from the Department of Orientation and Guidance of Lebanon’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE) on the use of ICT in education, enabling them to mentor and coach 1,200 teachers at 300 public schools as they integrate ICT into the educational process.

EMPOWERING PEOPLE BY BUILDING STRONGER INSTITUTIONS Working with regional and international partners, AMIDEAST enhanced capacity and productivity in the education and workforce sectors of Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE — helping to ensure that children learn, youth access higher education, and workers gain valued technical skills.

In 2017, with your support:

125,000 K–12 STUDENTS

Benefited from: • More Equitable Access to Education • Improved School Performance and Climate • Enhanced Use of ICT in Teaching and Learning • In-House Training Capacity for Teachers and Staff


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IMPROVING SCHOOLS AND LEARNING AMIDEAST’s support for USAID-funded projects advanced basic education reform in Lebanon and Palestine, impacting the lives of thousands of students, teachers, and communities.

In Lebanon

In Palestine

AMIDEAST continued to support the efforts of the Ministry of

In the sixth year of the Leadership and Teacher Development

Education and Higher Education (MEHE) to expand equitable

(LTD) Program, AMIDEAST worked with the Ministry of Education

access and improve learning outcomes for vulnerable students

and Higher Education (MoEHE) to strengthen leadership and

in public schools through the Quality Instruction Towards

teaching in public schools in the West Bank. It facilitated the pro-

Access and Basic Education Improvement (QITABI) project.

fessional and leadership development of the principals and 730

Its contributions, undertaken in coordination with World

teachers at a fourth cohort of 151 schools, along with 1,584 teach-

Learning, Management Systems International (MSI),

ers from previous school cohorts. It also supported the ministry

and Ana Aqra’, included training mentors from the ministry’s

in realizing its goal of increasing the role of ICT in teaching and

Department of Orientation and Guidance to oversee the effec-

learning, not least by piloting a computer programming course in

tive integration of information and communication technology

32 schools in the Hebron and Ramallah areas. The popularity of

(ICT) into the educational process at 300 public schools. In

the "Coding in Classrooms” initiative led the MoEHE to request

addition, it worked with MEHE to develop a life-skills curricu-

that LTD expand this initiative to 426 additional schools across

lum, along with a training unit at MEHE to implement it.

the West Bank. LTD also provided technical assistance to the

Through a second project, Developing Rehabilitation Assistance to Schools and Teachers Improvement

ministry in support of its strategic reform efforts in the areas of decentralization, assessment, and supervision.

(D-RASATI) 2, AMIDEAST completed an extensive program

The School Support Program (SSP), also in its final year, intro-

designed to strengthen the role of extracurricular activities in

duced a pilot initiative designed to institutionalize 21st-century

student learning at 1,031 intermediate and secondary public

best practices in school self-assessment and school-improve-

schools. This was the last year of D-RASATI-2, a collaboration

ment planning in 33 of its 50 target public schools in marginal

with World Learning that had been underway since 2012.

areas of the West Bank. It also partnered with Save the Children International to improve the career readiness of more than 11,500 students, part of SSP’s ongoing effort to develop student learning and social competencies. Other measures improved

“I have learned how to analyze a question or a problem before starting to solve it.”

extracurricular activities, professional development opportunities for teachers and school administrators, and the ability of parent councils to connect schools with the communities they serve. Physical infrastructure upgrades, including renovating

Giving children lessons in programming languages is a means of building their skills and cognitive capacity — and ultimately their self-confidence. After taking part in LTD’s “Coding in Classrooms” pilot program, Islam, a student at Ahmad Seder School reports, “[Coding programs] help me in doing my homework in a better way than before. I have learned how to analyze a question or a problem before starting to solve it. In math, I now start out by analyzing the problems because it would be difficult if you tried to solve them as they are.” WEST BANK

and equipping science and computer labs and libraries, were also completed. Shortly before the fiscal year’s end, USAID awarded AMIDEAST Education for the Future (E4F), a comprehensive education reform program built on the success of LTD and SSP, as well as the Model Schools Networks (MSN) Program, which AMIDEAST implemented between 2007 and 2012. The five-year E4F project aims to improve teaching and learning practices in 400 schools, increase student engagement in non-formal, supplementary educational activities, and strengthen the capacity of leadership and management at the MoEHE to ensure the gains will be sustainable.

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The U.S.-Egypt Higher Education Initiative (HEI) Public University Scholarships Program awarded 251 new scholarships to disadvantaged public high school graduates, enabling them to attend premier programs in Egyptian public universities in fields such as engineering, science, computer science, agriculture, nursing, economics, commerce, and law.

A robust internship program allows Egyptian students in the Public University Scholarships Program to apply their new skills and knowledge and gain real-world experience before they graduate.

In 2017, with your support:


• Gained Skills as Knowledge Workers and Entrepreneurs • Developed Needed Technical Skills • Demonstrated Workforce Competencies



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ADVANCING WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT In Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, AMIDEAST supported large-scale initiatives that helped to better align the skills of job-seekers with workforce needs.

Through Higher Education In its third year, the U.S.-Egypt Higher Education Initiative (HEI) Public University Scholarships Program awarded 251 new scholarships to disadvantaged public high school

“The HEI scholarship has given me hope.”

graduates, enabling them to attend premier programs in Egyptian public universities in fields such as engineering, science, computer science, agriculture, nursing, economics, commerce, and law. Among them were 24 students with disabilities; while most were admitted to law faculties, six blind students — in a first for Egypt — were allowed to join faculties of commerce to undertake a course of study until then considered too “practical” for individuals with visual impairments. By year’s end, the USAID-funded project, which seeks to overcome the shortfall of knowledge workers in key sectors of Egypt’s economy, had issued nearly 500 scholarships, which also include opportunities for English language training, career counseling, internships, and other ways to

Growing up blind in a large family with limited means, Amira had modest hopes for her future. This changed when she joined the Public University Scholarships Program to study law at Mansoura University. Today, she is looking forward to a legal career while excited to improve her English language skills and to explore her potential through character-building activities. She also had her first-ever medical checkup, which revealed that she may be able to improve her sight with glasses. “The HEI scholarship has given me hope [and] the opportunity to defend poor people’s rights, which is something that I’ve always wanted to do.”

gain practical experience in business and entrepreneurship. EGYPT

… Technical Training

… And Testing

In Egypt, AMIDEAST partnered with Management Training

Since 2016, AMIDEAST’s testing operations have supported

Corporation (MTC) to support the USAID-funded Workforce

Dubai’s preparations for EXPO 2020 by providing psychometric

Improvement and Skills Enhancement (WISE) project. Under-

(WorkFORCE™ for Job Fit) and language (TOEIC Bridge™) tests

way since 2015, WISE aims to improve the ability of technical

to measure the English proficiency and behavioral skills of

secondary education to match the needs of the job market,

prospective taxi drivers. In 2017, approximately 8,000 taxi

thereby benefiting vocational school students and teachers

driver candidates were tested both in Dubai and in other

and improving private sector performance. In 2017, AMIDEAST

countries from which drivers were being recruited, bringing

worked to improve the capacity of technical schools to provide

the number of individuals tested internationally to more than

students with the technical, practical, entrepreneurial, innova-

15,000 in the program’s first two years.

tion, and soft skills that will enhance their career readiness. In Saudi Arabia, hundreds of young Saudis have improved their communication and technical skills in preparation to move into positions with the Saudi Electric Company (SEC), thanks to an English Language and Technical Bridging Program launched by AMIDEAST in 2013 in partnership with Saudi Electric Services Polytechnic to strengthen the English language, math, and science skills of SEC recruits. Through 2017, when AMIDEAST’s management role concluded, nearly 700 recruits had successfully moved into positions at SEC sites throughout the kingdom, with another 150 still in training.

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During 2017, Fulbright alumni from across the MENA region had opportunities to participate in several regional conferences convened by the Fulbright program to address issues of importance to the region.

FOSTERING GLOBAL EXPERTISE Young minds are curious and want to discover the world. Many young men and women hope to study abroad to gain knowledge and experience of worlds beyond their own. In 2017, AMIDEAST was pleased to help 1,600 students and professionals realize their dreams of international study.

In 2017, with your support:




• Advanced Their Professional Knowledge and Goals • Gained Newfound Global Perspectives • Developed Cross-Cultural Communication Skills • Strengthened Mutual Understanding

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EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR MENA STUDENTS AND PROFESSIONALS AMIDEAST made it possible for 1,250 MENA men and women to pursue educational and professional development opportunities in the United States as well as at American-style institutions in the region and elsewhere during 2017. As the U.S. Department of State’s flagship exchange initiative, the Fulbright Program is dedicated to developing the talents of young men and women who stand out for their academic achievements, leadership potential, and desire to make a difference in their societies. For nearly 50 years, AMIDEAST has been proud to administer the Fulbright Foreign Student Program for the Middle East and North Africa. During the 2016–17 academic year, it cooperated with U.S. embassies and binational Fulbright commissions in Egypt, Jordan, and Morocco in administering grants for 325 men and women from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia, UAE, West Bank/Gaza, and Yemen. In addition, it helped place 214 Fulbright program nominees from these countries in study programs for the 2017–18 academic year. For an increasing number of Fulbright students, their experience does not end once they return home. In 2017, AMIDEAST continued to work with Fulbright alumni across the region, fostering alumni networking and engagement through local alumni associations and by supporting initiatives such as a series of alumni regional conferences and Fulbright Alumni Community

“Kids and Codes would not be possible without Fulbright.” Atheer Al Attar is passionate about coding, computer programming, and working with youth. A geoscientist by profession, he is the energy behind an initiative, called Kids and Codes, which is teaching Iraqi children about robots and the concepts of coding. Atheer was inspired to create the program while studying petroleum engineering on a Fulbright grant at Louisiana State University. A chance to start the project came in 2015, when he was awarded a Fulbright Alumni Community Action Grant. Encouraged by the positive response he has received thus far, Atheer plans to extend its scope to include subjects such as physics and biology. His wish is that more children, especially girls, become interested in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. “Kids and Codes would not be possible without Fulbright,” says Atheer. “Apart from the financial support my team received, the very idea of Kids and Codes crystalized in my mind when I was in the States and had the opportunity to visit several organizations that run similar projects.”

Action Grants, which encouraged alumni to use their creativity


and leadership skills to make an impact in their communities. Also of note, AMIDEAST launched a new study abroad option

Advising and Testing Services

for students in the U.S.-Egypt Higher Education Initiative (HEI) Public University Scholarships Program. The first 18 students

AMIDEAST’s extensive advising and testing operations supported

arrived on campuses across the United States for the fall 2017

the international study goals of thousands of MENA students.

semester, and eventually 300 students are expected to take

EducationUSA Centers hosted by AMIDEAST in Egypt (Cairo and

advantage of the opportunity, which AMIDEAST introduced to

Alexandria), Gaza, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, the West Bank,

broaden the students’ educational experience.

and Yemen assisted 93,000 individuals seeking information and guidance about study opportunities in the United States.

Last but not least, AMIDEAST advanced the professional goals

The centers belong to the U.S. Department of State’s network of

of youth through its support of training opportunities in the

more than 400 EducationUSA centers worldwide. Moreover, in

United States. This included facilitating training opportunities

its capacity as an international leader in the field of standardized

at a wide range of companies throughout the United States

testing, AMIDEAST operates high-quality testing centers in 16

for 21 interns and three trainees from Canada, Egypt, France,

countries across the MENA region. These centers administered

Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, the UAE, the UK, and the West Bank

190,000 tests for university admissions in the United States and

by providing J-1 visa sponsorship.

elsewhere, as well as other assessment tools.

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The study abroad experience would not be complete without excursions to cultural and historical sites, such as Jerash in Jordan.

Other invaluable rewards include ‌.

Sharing in the lives of host families by celebrating the Eid in Morocco.


Taking a cooking class in Jordan.

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Honing Arabic language skills through cultural dialogue.

DEEPENING AMERICANS’ UNDERSTANDING OF THE ARAB WORLD In 2017, close to 400 American students participated in programs offered by AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World. They included nearly 200 participants who enrolled in summer, semester, or academic-year study options in Jordan and Morocco, earning credit for coursework in Modern

“Jordan was a gateway to the Middle East.”

Standard and colloquial Arabic, as well as area studies. The rest participated in short-term programs in Jordan, Morocco, and the UAE that AMIDEAST customized and implemented for high school and college students at 14 U.S. institutions. AMIDEAST programs featured community-based learning, homestays, lectures, language partners, cross-cultural discussions, cultural excursions, and visits to community organizations, which expanded participants’ understanding of the region and fostered newfound connections with its people. By tailoring short-term programs to sponsors’ objectives, AMIDEAST addressed a variety of needs and interests, from intensive language study to the exploration of special topics, including the arts, engineering leadership, human rights and community service, and the Middle East dimension of peace and conflict resolution.

Providing opportunities for learning outside the formal classroom is an important feature of AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs.

As an undergraduate majoring in international studies and Arabic at the University of Richmond, Noraya Razzaque sought a study abroad experience that would deepen her understanding of the region and solidify her language skills. She was pleased to discover that her AMIDEAST program in Amman combined solid academics with internships and a homestay. Today, she lives in Delray, Florida, helping to resettle newly arrived refugees. While most come from Cuba and Haiti, she takes special pride in her ability to assist the Syrian refugees among them, thanks to Arabic language and cross-cultural communication skills gained in Jordan. The many “everyday experiences” that she had reveled in during her year of study abroad now “help me understand their backgrounds, their cultural confusions, their strengths and weaknesses during their integration process.” Noraya hopes to do more to help displaced children, especially in the Middle East, and is planning to pursue a master’s degree in international education management, with Arabic as her language of study. “Jordan was not just a moment in study abroad, but a gateway to the Middle East and its people,” she says. USA

Participating in a spelling bee with Jordanian language partners.

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FINANCIALS STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION September 30, 2017 (With Comparative Totals for 2016) ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents Receivables, net Promises to give, net Prepaid expenses and other Inventory, net Investments Property and equipment, net TOTAL ASSETS

2017 2,514,665 10,891,732 62,590 1,556,441 559,522 14,481,426 1,910,322 $ 31,976,698

2016 3,511,138 10,698,507 243,669 1,821,182 695,211 13,107,240 2,156,849 $ 32,233,796




LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS LIABILITIES Accounts payable Accrued expenses Severance payable Deferred revenue Capital lease obligations Deferred rent Total liabilities NET ASSETS Unrestricted: Undesignated Board-designated endowment Temporarily restricted Total net assets TOTAL LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS

5,360,315 2,661,537 2,127,162 3,845,421 144,093 1,754,874 15,893,402


5,535,133 2,564,475 1,995,968 5,305,000 207,679 1,835,558 17,443,813

825,382 12,544,806 13,370,188 2,713,108 16,083,296

487,806 11,364,119 11,851,925 2,938,058 14,789,983

$ 31,976,698

$ 32,233,796

STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES Year Ended September 30, 2017 (With Comparative Totals for 2016) 2017 Unrestricted SUPPORT AND REVENUE Grants and contracts Fees for services Contributions Investment income Other Net assets released from restrictions Total support and revenue

$43,572,461 20,587,876 1,414,430 1,464,891 14,899 439,533 67,494,090

2016 Temporarily Restricted



214,583 (439,533) (224,950)

$43,572,461 20,587,876 1,629,013 1,464,891 14,899 67,269,140

$42,052,396 22,989,758 1,307,452 650,431 120,004 67,120,041


EXPENSES Program services: Field offices Exchange programs Other programs Total program services

37,475,040 15,271,528 1,429,953 54,176,521


37,475,040 15,271,528 1,429,953 54,176,521

39,152,043 13,952,043 1,767,599 54,871,685

Supporting services Total expenses

11,799,306 65,975,827


11,799,306 65,975,827

13,239,421 68,111,106





11,851,925 $13,370,188

2,938,058 $ 2,713,108

14,789,983 $16,083,296

15,781,048 $14,789,983



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Educational Services


English Language & Workforce Skills Training

Institutional Development



Education Abroad


Academic Exchanges


With the assistance of donors and regional and international partners, we are able to oer a ladder of opportunity that addresses the educational and training needs of youth in the Middle East and North Africa.

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DONORS, PARTNERS, AND SPONSORS We are grateful to our donors and program partners and sponsors for their generous support, without which our work would not be possible. The donations reported below were received from May 25, 2017, through June 6, 2018.

DONORS $200,000+ Ahmad Al-Khatib and Family (Agiline) UAE Government

$50,000-$100,000 The Amjad & Suha Bseisu Foundation The Asfari Foundation Riad El Sadik Harry Nadjarian and Family (Industrial Motor Corporation) Suliman S. Olayan Foundation

$20,000-$49,999 Anonymous Hussam Abu Issa Kutayba Alghanim Georgio Armani Bank of Jordan Paul Boulos Nabil and Carole Bustros Cristana Home Antoine Frem Armond Habiby Family Trust Fund George Ignatius Foundation Housing and Development Bank, Egypt Andy Khawaja (Allied Wallet) Georges Makhoul May and Fouad Makhzoumi Masar United Youssef Matar Tarek Meguid Anis Nassar Paltel Bruce Rose Tania Semaan and Family Omar Shawwa Phillipe Ziade

$10,000-$19,999 Leila and Fadi Abuali Ammar Aker Rabea Ataya Huda Nahda Balaa Bank of Beirut Amid Baroudi Moustafa Bissat Consolidated Contractors Company Elda and Ibrahim Dabdoub


Habib Debs Mounir and Roula Douaidy George Doumet C. Pardee Erdman Taher Helmy Rana Idriss Jarrar Family (Minds Unlimited Foundation) Maha Kaddoura Nasser Kamal Fuad Khuri Frank Melkonian Midis Group Talal Nassereddine Edvin Ovasapyan Pepsico Prestige Autobrokers Ray R. Irani Foundation Greg Simonian Stephen Philibosian Foundation Robert Tarazi Asmahan Zein

$5,000-$9,999 Richard Abdoo (Center for Arab American Philanthropy) Isan Abuzeni Ahmad Al Khayyat Sharhabeel Al-Zaeem Walid Assaf Mondher Ben Ayed Tom Byington (Golden State Bank) Blaine Caya (Standard Drywall) Yervant Demirdjian The Dorian J. Khouri Foundation Paul and Tina Falkenbury Foundation Building Materials Charles Ghailian Ramez Hakim Karim Kano (The Beverly Hilton) Lara Kayayan James Koury Mercedes Benz of Beverly Hills Wafa Saab Mike Sater (Sater Stanton, LLC) Sheera Sweets Kamal H. Shouhayib (The Choice Group) Sinan Sinanian Solidere David Suder (KHS&S Contractors, Inc.) Haig Tacorian Waldorf Astoria Hotel Abbas and Samar Zuaiter

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$1,000-$4,999 Mohammed Abdeljawad Elias Aburdene Odeh Aburdene Araxie Achadjian Hassan Al Khatib Hatem Al-Shihabi Robert Andrews Michele Ashkar Elias Assaf Seema and Yacoub Atalla George Ayoub (McDowell Dentistry of Goodyear, PC) Vahan Bagamian Mounir Bahlawan Mahmoud and Barbara Batlouni Kamal Bilal Jason Boutros Berj and Hera Boyajian Judith Brand J. Gregory Brown Ahed Bseiso Serge Buchakjian Carnegie Corporation of New York TJ Chalhoub Hazem Chehabi Lena Dekermenjian Fouad El Abd Hasan El Khatib Hassan Essayli Antoine Fahd Michael Farah Bonnie and Ronald Fein Naji Garabet Dorsey Gardner Sam and Margo Ghanem Mary W. Gray Nadine Haddad Kanan Hamzeh Horwitz Family Fund Elias Ioup Fahd Jajeh Raymond Jallow Karim Jaude Tom Jordan (Argos Material Distribution) James Kaddo Elie Kai Joseph Karaki Pattyl Aposhian Kasparian Adib Kassis (Middle East Airlines) Theodore Kattouf Samar Khansa

Sevak Khatchadourian Alexandra Khoury John Koudsi Rodrigue Kurkjian Nahed Majzoub D. Patrick Maley Omar Maloof Stephanie Marshall Joe Mehanna Lori Muncherian Raffi Najarian Robert Pelletreau Arsine and Gary Phillips Irlanda Rached Shadi and Jennifer Sanbar Mike Sarian Elias Sayah Alex Shalaby Hanna Shammas Basem Shihabi Stephen Silverman Simon Simonian Billy Skeffington (Ben’s Asphalt, Inc.) Dave Slider (Tomarco Contractor Specialties, Inc.) Joyce Sommer Stephen D. Falkenbury, Jr. Foundation Garo Tertzakian Paul Wakim Ferris Wehbe Vahe Yacoubian

Up to $999 Jean Abi Nader Rabi Aboulhosn Suhaib Abu Radwan Hourie Aghamanoukian Frank and Olfet Agrama Karapet Akhverdyan Alex Albarian Rami Aliahmad Emad Ammar Hrair Aredjian Rabih Aridi Asterisk*, Inc. Elie Attar Manuella Ayoub Beirut Recreation Association (BRASS) Ron Cassell Jack Chammas Lena Cherkezian Sarajane Spotts Ciampa Katharine Cushing Robert Dillon Tommy Elias Sami Elkadi Stuart Falk Myrna Farah Ara Fermanian

Mary Gedeon William Germani Mona Gupta George Habchi Ghassan Hadaya Nazih Haddad Charlotte and Robert Hall Mary Abifadel Hasroun Kathryn Hopps and Shibley Telhami Rajia Husami Miro Hussenjian Farida Hynum Eddie Irions Michael Jacobs Z. Greg Kahwajian Vatche Kamakian Ziad Kassir Marcelle Khalil Layla Khuri Jake Kojikian Herair Koulouzian Matthew Laycock John and Ann Hume Loikow Jackie and Robert Manselian Avo Markarian Charles Maroun Amira Matar Florence Mattar Wassim Mazraany Marie-Louise Meneshian Randa Mikati Vram Minassian More Graces, Inc. Elias Moukarzel Jalal Moussa Elias Najjar Greg Patatian Edward Prados Julia Reddig Corey Reis Lenna Samander Nayla Sannouf SecurityNet Solutions Hagop Sepetjian Fadi and Julia Shabshab Sohail Siddiqi Sara Sirota Antoine Souma Heidi Stokes Brenda and Thomas Tirrell Meriem Trabelsi Julie Warwar Valentine Nicholas Veliotes Jennifer Wells Hillary Wiesner Neil Yarhouse Marie Zamer Suhail Zavaro Lama Zaza Majed Zouhairy

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PARTNERS AND SPONSORS Al Anani Association for Human Development Al Quds University in Palestine Alghanim Foundation American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS Binational Fulbright Commission of Egypt The Boeing Company Castle Worldwide Catholic Relief Services in Egypt Choate Rosemary Hall Citi Foundation Council of International Schools Dubai Roads and Transport Authority Educational Testing Service (ETS) Fordham University Foundation for International Education General Electric Foundation Georgetown University GulfEDU Tours Institute of International Education Jordanian-American Commission for Educational Exchange Kosmos Energy Kryterion Lauder Institute of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania Lebanese International University Linden Tours Miami University of Ohio Microsoft Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange Ocean County College OCP Foundation Orascom Construction Phosboucraa Foundation Prometric RTI International Saudi Electric Services Polytechnic Save the Children Starbucks Taawon U.S. Agency for International Development U.S. Department of State U.S. Department of State Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) U.S. Education Group University of Chicago University of North Carolina/Wilmington University of Richmond University of Virginia World Learning


BOARD OF DIRECTORS Officers *Dr. Mary W. Gray Chair Professor of Mathematics, American University United States *The Honorable Theodore H. Kattouf President and CEO Former U.S. Ambassador United States *The Honorable Nicholas A. Veliotes Vice Chair Former President, Association of American Publishers; former U.S. Ambassador and Assistant Secretary of State United States *The Honorable Robert H. Pelletreau Treasurer Former U.S. Ambassador and Assistant Secretary of State United States

Members Mr. Richard Abdoo (Emeritus) President, R.A. Abdoo & Co., LLC United States Mr. Hussam Abu Issa Vice Chairman & COO, Salam International Investment Ltd. Qatar *Dr. Odeh Aburdene President, OAI Advisors United States Mr. Kutayba Yusuf Alghanim Chairman, Alghanim Industries Kuwait


Ms. Judith Barnett President, The Barnett Group, LLC United States Dr. Mondher Ben Ayed President and CEO, TMI Tunisia *Dr. Paul F. Boulos Former President, MWH Global: Former Chairman and CEO, Innovyze United States Ms. Katharine Cushing Managing Principal, 7Sisters LLC; Founder, Newport Global Summit United States The Honorable Robert S. Dillon (Emeritus) Former AMIDEAST President and CEO; former Deputy Commissioner General of UNRWA and U.S. Ambassador United States Mr. Hasan M. El-Khatib President, Dena Corporation United States Mr. Hisham Fahmy CEO, The American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, Inc., AmCham Egypt Inc. United States Mr. Antoine N. Frem Chairman, INDEVCO Management Resources Lebanon The Honorable Edward M. Gabriel President, The Gabriel Company; Former U.S. Ambassador United States

Mr. Mohammed Grimeh Deputy Global Head of Fixed Income, Millennium Management United States

Mr. Jonathan Mckay Product Lead, Facebook; former U.S. Foreign Service Officer United States

Dr. Taher Helmy Senior Partner, Baker McKenzie Egypt

*The Honorable William A. Rugh Former AMIDEAST President and CEO; former U.S. Ambassador United States

Dr. Alan W. Horton (Emeritus) Former Director, Center for Mediterranean Studies United States Mrs. Ghada Irani United States Dr. Paul Jabber President, Globicom Inc. United States The Honorable Deborah K. Jones Former U.S. Ambassador; Chair, Hollings Center for International Dialogue United States Dr. Samir Khalaf (Emeritus) Professor of Sociology and Director, Center for Behavioral Research, American University of Beirut Lebanon Dr. Mary E. King (Emerita) Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, University for Peace, Costa Rica; Visiting Fellow, Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford, England United States *Mr. D. Patrick Maley III Retired Petroleum Executive United Kingdom

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Mr. Frederick C. Seibold, Jr. Consultant; former Vice-President and Treasurer, Sears World Trade United States Mr. Alex Shalaby Former Chairman and CEO, Mobinil, Egypt United States H.E. Leila Abdul Hamid Sharaf Senator and former Minister Jordan Dr. Mostafa Terrab President and CEO, OCP Groupe Morocco Mr. J.T. (Jack) Tymann (Emeritus) President, Smart Partnerships International; former President of CBS/Westinghouse International Services Co. United States Dr. Hillary Wiesner Program Director, Transnational Movements and the Arab Region, Carnegie Corporation of New York United States *Executive Committee Member

ADVISORY BOARDS AMIDEAST/ Lebanon Advisory Board (ALAB) Mr. Anis Nassar ALAB Chair Chairman, Anis Nassar Group of Companies United Arab Emirates Ms. Wafa Saab ALAB Secretary CEO and Board Member, Tinol Paints International Co. Lebanon Mr. Hussam Abu Issa Vice Chairman and COO, Salam International Investment Qatar Dr. Salwa AlSiniora Baassiri Director General, Rafik Hariri Foundation Lebanon Mr. Walid Assaf Chairman and General Manager, Societe Moderne Libanaise Pour Le Commerce (SMLC) Lebanon Mr. Michel Asseily President, Prime Investments Lebanon Mr. Amid Baroudi Director, Eastern Consultants Group Limited (BVI) Lebanon Dr. Paul Boulos Former President, MWH Global; Former Chairman and CEO, Innovyze United States

Mr. Nabil Bustros Co-founder, Chairman and CEO, MIDIS Group Lebanon

Ms. May Makhzoumi President Makhzoumi Foundation Lebanon

Mr. Habib Debs President and CEO, Advanced Technology Systems Co. United States

Mr. Youssef Matar Vice Chairman, Dar Al-Handasah Lebanon

Mr. Mounir Douaidy General Manager and CFO, Solidere Lebanon

Mr. Mustafa Miqdadi Co-Director, Agrimatco Ltd. Jordan

Mr. George Doumet Chairman and President, Federal White Cement Ltd. Lebanon

Dr. Nada Mourtada Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs, American University of Sharjah United Arab Emirates

Mr. Riad El Sadik Chairman, Habtoor Leighton Group United Arab Emirates Mr. Antoine N. Frem Chairman, INDEVCO Management Resources Lebanon Ms. Rana Zaim Idriss President and Founder, The Gulf Company for Development and Real Estate Investment Lebanon Ms. Maha Kaddoura President, Kaddoura Association for Philanthropy Lebanon

Mr. Harry Nadjarian Chairman, Industrial Motor Power Corporation United States Ms. Tania Semaan Founder and Director, Semaan Foundation United Arab Emirates Mr. Robert Tarazi Founder and Managing Director, Beton Qatar Mr. Salim Zeenni Chairman, American Lebanese Chamber of Commerce Lebanon

Dr. Georges Makhoul CEO, Constellation Holdings United Arab Emirates

AMIDEAST/ Palestine Advisory Board (APAB) Mr. Ammar Aker APAB Chair, CEO, The Paltel Group West Bank Ms. Maha Abu Shusheh Chairwoman, Palestinian Shippers Council Manager, Abu Shusheh Contracting West Bank Ms. Lamis Alami Former Minister of Education and Higher Education, Palestinian National Authority West Bank Mr. Said Baransi Chairman, Palestinian-American Chamber of Commerce West Bank Mr. Ahed Bseiso President, Home Engineering Company Gaza Mr. Samir Hulileh CEO, PADICO Holding Company West Bank Mr. Nasser Kamal Chairman, Palestinian Construction Product Company, Ltd. West Bank Mr. Hassan Kassem CEO, Dimensions Consulting West Bank Mr. Talal Nassereddine CEO, Birzeit Pharmaceutical Company West Bank Mr. Sharhabeel Al-Zaeem Founder and Senior Partner, Alzaeem & Associates Gaza

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SENIOR STAFF OFFICERS The Hon. Theodore H. Kattouf President and CEO

Juleann Fallgatter Director, Advising and Testing Services

JORDAN Dana Shuqom Country Director

Nuha Al-Khatib Director, Information Technology

KUWAIT Samar Khleif Country Director

Kate Archambault Vice President Exchange Programs

TBD Director, Facility, Asset, and Risk Management

Vincent V. DeSomma Vice President Business Development

Alicia Waller Director, Human Resources

James T. Grabowski Vice President Field Operations Leslie S. Nucho Vice President Programs Gregory Touma Vice President Administration

HEADQUARTERS MANAGEMENT Serenella Boustany Controller Elena Corbett Director, Education Abroad Elisabeth Westlund Dahl Director, Business Development Kate DeBoer Director, Fulbright Foreign Student Program


TBD Director, Contracts and Grants

COUNTRY MANAGEMENT EGYPT Shahinaz Ahmed Country Director Quincy Dermody Chief of Party, HEI Public University Scholarships Program Riham Ghazal Alexandria Branch Director IRAQ Christopher Ludlow Country Director

Said Assaf Chief of Party, Education for the Future Program Johny Zeidan Acting Chief of Party, School Support Program

LEBANON Barbara Shahin Batlouni Country Director

Anees Abu Hashem Gaza Field Operations Manager

MOROCCO Chris Shinn Country Director

YEMEN Edward Prados Country Director

Siham El Hanafi Casablanca Office Director

Gehan Adam Aden Office Director

SAUDI ARABIA Donald Schmidt Country Director

Yusri Al-Baidhani Sana’a Office Director

TUNISIA Jennifer Smith Country Director

Sabrina Faber Program Director, Nahdat al Shabab

Hajer Habbassi Sousse and Monastir Office Manager


UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Rula Dajani Country Director

Ghada El Batouty Regional Director, Finance

Christine Mdawar Dubai Office Executive

David Heuring Director, Education Program Development

WEST BANK/GAZA Steven Keller Country Director

Morad Qahwash Regional Manager, Information Technology

Maha Hasan Assistant Country Director

Helena Simas Regional Director, English Language Programs

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2017 TRAINING PARTNERS A Académie de Théâtre Helen O'Grady, MOROCCO ACOR: American Center for Oriental Research, JORDAN ADALA, MOROCCO Al Akhawayn University, MOROCCO Al Mouwatana, MOROCCO Alf Ba Civilization and Coexistence Foundation, YEMEN Al-Hayat Center, JORDAN American Center of Oriental Research, JORDAN American University, DC American University in Cairo, EGYPT American University of Central Asia, KYRGYZSTAN Amman Center for Human Rights Studies, JORDAN Arab American University of Jenin, WEST BANK Arab Group for the Protection of Nature, JORDAN ARDD Legal Aid, JORDAN Arizona State University, AZ Arkansas State University, AR Arkansas Technical University, AR Art'Com Sup, MOROCCO Attitudes Conseil, MOROCCO Auburn University, AL Augustana College, IL

B Babson College, MA Ball State University, IN Bard College, NY Barnard College, NY Bates College, ME Beldev, MOROCCO Bethlehem University, WEST BANK Boston College, MA Boston University, MA Brandeis University, MA Bridgewater College, VA Brigham Young University, UT Bryn Mawr College, PA Business Optimizing Consulting Group, MOROCCO

C California Baptist University, CA California State University/Northridge, CA California State University/San Bernardino, CA Carleton College, MN Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley, CA Carnegie Mellon University, PA

Case Western Reserve University, OH CEF International Maroc, MOROCCO Central Washington University, WA Children's Villages International, JORDAN The City College of New York, NY The City University of New York School of Professional Studies, NY Clemson University, SC College of William and Mary, VA Colorado State University, CO Columbia College, SC Columbia College, IL Columbia University, NY Columbus College of Art & Design, OH Cornell University, NY

D Dartmouth College, NH DePaul University, IL Dickinson College, PA Dorval, MOROCCO Drexel University, PA Duke University, NC Duquesne University, PA

E Earlham College, IN East Stroudsburg University, PA Eastern Mennonite University, VA Eastern Michigan University, MI EDAMA, JORDAN Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, FL Emie Environnement System, MOROCCO Emory University, GA

Grand View University, IA Grinnell College, IA

H Hamilton College, NY Harvard University, MA Hawaii Pacific University, HI Hunter College, NY

I Idaho State University, ID Illinois College, IL Illinois Institute of Technology, IL Indiana University/Bloomington, IN Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, IN International Youth Foundation, MOROCCO INTERSOS, JORDAN Iowa State University of Science and Technology, IA

J Jesuit Refugee Service, JORDAN Johns Hopkins University, MD The Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development, JORDAN

K Kent State University, OH Kenyon College, OH Kettering University, MI Khormaksar Youth Union, YEMEN



Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ Florida Institute of Technology, FL Florida International University, FL Florida State University, FL Fondation Orient Occident, MOROCCO Fordham University, NY Fulbright Alumni Association of Lebanon, LEBANON

La Salle University, PA Lafayette College, PA Lebanese Center for Civic Education, LEBANON Lehigh University, PA Loma Linda University, CA Long Island University/Brooklyn, NY Louisiana State University, LA LOYAC, JORDAN Lycoming University, PA Lynn University, FL

G George Mason University, VA The George Washington University, DC Georgetown University, DC Georgetown University, QATAR Georgia Institute of Technology, GA Georgia State University, GA Gettysburg College, PA Golden Gate University, CA

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M Madaris Assalam, MOROCCO Maine College of Art, ME Manhattan College, NY Marine Biological Laboratory, MA Marquette University, WI


2017 TRAINING PARTNERS continued Maryland Institute College of Art, MD Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA Michigan Technological Institute, MI Middle Tennessee State University, TN Minerva Schools at KGI, CA Minnesota State University/Mankato, MN Mississippi College, MS Mississippi State University, MS Missouri University of Science and Technology, MO Monmouth College, IL Morocco World News, MOROCCO Mount Holyoke College, MA

N National Institute for Educational Training, WEST BANK New College of Florida, FL New Horizons, YEMEN New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, NM New Mexico State University, NM The New School, NY New York Film Academy/Los Angeles, CA New York University, NY NLD, MOROCCO North Carolina State University, NC Northeastern University, MA Northwestern University, IL NSD Conseil, MOROCCO

O Oakland University, MI The Ohio State University, OH Ohio University, OH Oklahoma State University, OK Oregon Institute of Science and Technology, OR Oregon State University, OR Organisation Marocaine des Droits Humains, MOROCCO Organisation Panafricaine de Lutte contre le SIDA, MOROCCO

P Partners-Jordan, JORDAN Pennsylvania State University, PA Pennsylvania State University/Great Valley, PA Philadelphia University, PA PM House Consulting, UAE Portland State University, OR Pratt Institute, NY Princeton University, NJ Proactech, MOROCCO Purdue University, IN

Q Qasid Arabic Institute, JORDAN

R Ramallah Friends School, WEST BANK Reclaim Childhood, JORDAN Roanoke College, VA Rochester Institute of Technology, NY Room Corporation for Reconstruction and Development, YEMEN Rosemont College, PA Rutgers University, NJ

S Sacred Heart University, CT Saint Michael's College, VT San Diego State University, CA Sarah Lawrence College, NY Saudi Electric Services Polytechnic, SAUDI ARABIA Savannah College of Art & Design, GA Save the Children, WEST BANK Smith College, MA Southern Illinois University/Carbondale, IL Southern Methodist University, TX St. Ambrose University, IA St. Cloud State University, MN St. Olaf College, MN The State University of New York/ Binghamton, NY The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, NY The State University of New York/Fredonia, NY The State University of New York/ Plattsburgh, NY Stetson University, FL Swarthmore College, PA Syracuse University, NY

T Tamkeen, JORDAN Tanmia, MOROCCO Temple University, PA Texas A&M University, TX Texas State University/San Marcos, TX Texas Tech University, TX Towson University, MD Transparency Maroc, MOROCCO Trine University, IN Troy University, AL

U Union College, NY United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), WEST BANK/GAZA


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The University of Akron, OH The University of Alabama/Huntsville, AL The University of Alabama/Tuscaloosa, AL The University of Arizona, AZ University of Arkansas/Fayetteville, AR University of Bridgeport, CT University of California/Berkeley, CA University of California/Los Angeles, CA University of California/Merced, CA University of California/Riverside, CA University of California/San Francisco, CA University of Central Florida, FL The University of Chicago, IL University of Cincinnati, OH University of Colorado/Boulder, CO University of Colorado/Denver, CO University of Connecticut, CT University of Delaware, DE University of Denver, CO University of Findlay, OH University of Florida, FL University of Georgia, GA University of Houston, TX University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign, IL The University of Iowa, IA The University of Kansas, KS The University of Maryland/Baltimore, MD The University of Maryland/College Park, MD University of Massachusetts/Amherst, MA University of Massachusetts/Boston, MA University of Massachusetts/Lowell, MA The University of Memphis, TN The University of Michigan/Ann Arbor, MI University of Minnesota/Twin Cities, MN University of Mississippi, MS University of Missouri/Columbia, MO University of Missouri/Kansas City, MO University of Montana/Missoula, MT University of Nebraska/Lincoln, NE University of Nevada/Reno, NV University of New Haven, CT The University of New Mexico, NM The University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill, NC The University of North Carolina/Charlotte, NC The University of North Carolina/ Greensboro, NC University of North Dakota, ND University of North Georgia, GA University of North Texas, TX University of Northern Iowa, IA University of Notre Dame, IN The University of Oklahoma, OK University of Oregon, OR University of Pennsylvania, PA University of Pittsburgh, PA University of Rhode Island, RI University of Richmond, VA University of Rochester, NY University of San Francisco, CA University of South Carolina, SC

2017 TRAINING PARTNERS continued University of Southern California, CA The University of Southern Mississippi, MS The University of Tampa, FL The University of Texas/Arlington, TX The University of Texas/Austin, TX The University of Texas/Dallas, TX The University of Texas Health Science Center/Houston, TX The University of Texas Medical Branch/ Galveston, TX The University of Toledo, OH The University of Utah, UT The University of Virginia, VA University of Washington, WA University of Wisconsin/Madison, WI University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee, WI University of Wyoming, WY Update Center, YEMEN Utah State University, UT

V Vanderbilt University, TN Vassar College, NY Villanova University, PA Virginia Commonwealth University, VA Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, VA La Voix de la Femme Amazighe, MOROCCO Volunteer for Lebanon, LEBANON


Wesleyan University, CT West Virginia University, WV Western Michigan University, MI Wichita State University, KS Woodbury University, CA Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA World Learning/SIT Graduate Institute, VT Wright State University, OH

Y Yale University, CT Yale-NUS College, SINGAPORE

Washington and Jefferson College, PA Washington State University, WA Washington University in St. Louis, MO Wayne State University, MI WellSpring, EGYPT







38 Mohie El Din Abo El Ezz Street, Dokki, Giza Mail: PO Box 417, Dokki, Giza 12611 Phone (inside Egypt): 19263 Phone (international): +20-2-19263 Fax (inside Egypt and international): +20-2-3332-0413 Email: egypt@amideast.org

House #11, Ashtar TV Street Near Mar Youhanna Al-Mahamdan Church Ainkawa, Erbil Mail: PO Box 8/981, Ainkawa, Erbil Phone: +964-750-737-3200 Email: iraq@amideast.org

Commercial Bank Building, 2nd Floor Opposite Al-Awadhi Mosque Ahmed Al-Jaber Street, Sharq Mail: PO Box 44818, Hawalli 32063 Phone: +965-2247-0091 Fax: +965-2247-0092 Email: kuwait@amideast.org

BAGHDAD ALEXANDRIA 3 Pharaana Street Azarita, Alexandria Mail: PO Box 21111 Phone (inside Egypt): 19263 Phone (international): +20-3-19263 Fax (inside Egypt) and international: +20-3-487-3582 Email: alexandria@amideast.org

Universal Education Center Al-Jadriya, Baghdad, Al-Harthiya, Baghdad, Phone: + 964-780-620-9267 Email: iraq@amideast.org

JORDAN AMMAN 8 Princess Basma Street, Wadi Abdoun, Amman Mail: PO Box 852374, Amman 11185 Phone: +962-6-592-9994 Fax: +962-6-592-9996 Email: jordan@amideast.org

M a k i ng Drea m s Possi b l e

LEBANON BEIRUT Bazerkan Building (Nijmeh Square, next to Parliament) Beirut Central District Mail: PO Box 11-2190, Riad El Solh Beirut 1107 2100 Phone: +961-1-989901 Fax: +961-1-989901, ext. 100 U.S. Fax: +1-202-776-7101 Email: lebanon@amideast.org






35, zanqat Oukaimeden, Agdal, Rabat Phone: +212-537-675-075 Fax: +212-537-675-074 Email: morocco@amideast.org

Al Nahyan Commercial Complex Ground Floor, Units 100 and 102 Off Delma Street (Corner of Al Ladeem and Al Meel Streets) Abu Dhabi Mail: PO Box 26446 Phone: +971-2-445-6720 Email: uae.info@amideast.org

CASABLANCA Zenith 1, Etage 3 Sidi Maârouf, Casablanca Phone: +212-522-25-9393 Fax: +212-522-25-0121 Email: morocco@amideast.org

SAUDI ARABIA RIYADH Al Kindi Plaza #57 Diplomatic Quarter Mail: PO Box 94473, Riyadh 11693 Phone: +966-011-483-8800 Email: saudiarabia@amideast.org

TUNISIA TUNIS 33, rue Ahmed Ramy Cité Jardins, 1002 Tunis Belvédère Mail: BP 351, Tunis-Belvédère 1002 Phone: +216-71-145-700 Fax: +216-71-145-760 Email: tunisia@amideast.org LAC II Lac II 114, Av. Lac Nord. Les Berges du Lac II 1053, Les Berges du Lac Phone: + 216-71-145-700 Email: lbouteraa@amideast.org MONASTIR Av. du Combattant Suprême. Ghomrassi Building, 8th Floor, 5000 Monastir Phone: +216-73-460-770/95-995-071/ 53-040-932 Email: monastir@amideast.org

City Center Building, 5th Floor Ibn Rushd Circle, Hebron, West Bank Mail: PO Box 19665, Jerusalem 91196 Phone: +970 (or 972)-2-221-3301 Fax: +970 (or 972)-2-221-3305 Email: westbank-gaza@amideast.org NABLUS

PROMETRIC TESTING CENTER: Phone: +971-2-445-6720 Email: 8241-abudhabi@amideast.org

Trust Insurance Building, 3rd Floor Amman Street, Nablus, West Bank Mail: PO Box 19665, Jerusalem 91196 Phone: +970 (or 972)-9-238-4533 Fax: +970 (or 972)-9-237-6974 Email: westbank-gaza@amideast.org



Block 2B, Office G-01 Dubai Knowledge Park Phone: +971-4-565-7477 Email: uae_itp@amideast.org PROMETRIC TESTING CENTER: Phone: +971-4-367-8176 Email: uae-cbt@amideast.org

Shaheed Raja St. No. 8/704 Bseiso Building, 8th Floor (Opposite the Arab Bank of Rimal) Al Jondi Al Majhool, Rimal Mail: PO Box 1247, Gaza City Phone: +970 (or 972)-8-282-4635 Fax: +970 (or 972)-08-283-8126 Email: westbank-gaza@amideast.org





8 Al-Ya’aqubi Street East Jerusalem Mail: PO Box 19665, Jerusalem 91196 Phone: +970 (or 972)-2-582-9297 Fax: +970 (or 972)-2-582-9289 Email: westbank-gaza@amideast.org

Building No. 12, Street No. 24 (Off Algiers St., next to UNHCR) Mail: PO Box 15508, Sana’a Phone: +967-400-279; 400-280; 400-281 Email: sanaa@amideast.org ADEN

RAMALLAH Al-Watanieh Towers, 1st Floor 34 Municipality Street El-Bireh, Ramallah, West Bank Mail: PO Box 19665, Jerusalem 91196 Phone: +970 (or 972)-2-240-8023 Fax: +970 (or 972)-2-240-8017 Email: westbank-gaza@amideast.org

SOUSSE Avenue Yasser Arafat (next to Planet Food) 4054 Sahloul, Sousse Phone: +216-71-145-770 Email: sousse@amideast.org



AMIDEAST 2017 Annual Report

142 Hadaiq Al-Andalus Street, Khormaksar, Aden Mail: PO Box 6009, Khormaksar, Aden Phone: +967-2-235-069; 235-070; 235-071 Fax: +967-2-275-456 Email: aden@amideast.org

AMIDEAST IN 2017 Annual portfolio:


People benefited:

$66 million




• 1,600 exchange and scholarship students • 16,500 youth and women empowered through special programs • 57,500 students and professionals trained • 93,000 educational advising contacts • 190,000 computer-, paper-, and Internet-based tests administered

WHERE Algeria










Saudi Arabia* West Bank/ Gaza* Tunisia* Yemen* UAE*

*Countries with AMIDEAST offices as of June 2018


AMERICA-MIDEAST EDUCATIONAL AND TRAINING SERVICES, INC. 2025 M Street, NW Suite 600 Washington, DC 20036-3363 Phone: 202-776-9600 Fax: 202-776-7000 Email: inquiries@amideast.org Website: www.amideast.org

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