AMIDEAST 2019 Annual Report: "Building Brighter Futures"

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AMIDEAST IN 2019 1,200








exchange and scholarship students


youth and women empowered through special programs



students and professionals trained

100,000 educational advising contacts


Educational Services Institutional Development

Education Abroad


English Language & Workforce Skills Training



computer-, paper-, and Internet-based tests administered

34% Academic Exchanges


Table of Contents Chair/President’s Message ...............................1

Donors, Partners, and Sponsors ....................12

Building Brighter Futures in 2019 ...................2

Board of Directors ..........................................13

Skills for the Future ..........................................4

Advisory Boards .............................................14

Developing Global Citizens .............................6

Senior Staff .....................................................15

Strengthening Communities ............................8

Training Partners ............................................15

Building Capacity ...........................................10

Field Offices ...................................................17

Financials ........................................................11


We are pleased to present our annual report for 2019. Its theme — Building Brighter Futures — captures the power of education and training to enable people to shape their futures and fulfill their dreams. At a time when the outlook for the Middle East and North Africa is clouded by uncertainty, conflict, economic crisis, and now a global pandemic, it is doubly important to be reminded of the transformative impact of our programs on the lives of a generation that is coming of age, some of whom you will meet in this report. We are grateful for the generous support of our donors and program sponsors who make our work possible. These partnerships enabled us to offer our core services and mount more than 100 programs that improved English language proficiencies, built workforce skills, and expanded access to opportunities for educational and cultural exchange. We are especially proud of our work with 16,000 young men and women, many of them disadvantaged and underserved, to empower them with the skills and knowhow to build a brighter future for themselves and their communities. As we prepare to mark AMIDEAST’s 70th anniversary in 2021, we remain committed to creating hope, opportunity, and understanding — three essential building blocks of a brighter future. Over the years, we have been buoyed by the positive difference our work has helped make in so many lives. On behalf of the board and staff of AMIDEAST, we thank you for your support and look forward to continuing our work together. Sincerely,

Dr. Mary W. Gray Chair, Board of Directors


The Honorable Theodore H. Kattouf President and CEO


BUILDING BRIGHTER FUTURES ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL. The individuals we serve have diverse needs and goals. The challenges they face are numerous and varied. By offering a broad range of programs and services, our offices provide many pathways for those seeking the education and training that will help them lay the foundations for a brighter future.


For some individuals, a single language course or workshop makes a difference in their life trajectories. But for thousands of deserving youth across the region, AMIDEAST’s progressive series of programs provides a LADDER OF OPPORTUNITIES that enables them to build the English language proficiency and other foundational skills that unlock further opportunities for high school exchange, higher education, and new career paths.







English Language Training

English Access Microscholarship Program

PCELT Certification for English Teachers

Professional Skills Training

Entrepreneurship Training

Employability Skills Programs

Hope Fund & DKSSF Programs

Youth Exchange & Study

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Fulbright Junior Faculty Development

Other Exchange & Scholarship Programs


EducationUSA Advising Capacity Building Programs Education Abroad in the Arab World



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IN 2019 Critically important for youth seeking guidance along the way, our teachers and other staff become trusted mentors to many of the students, graduates, and young professionals who come to AMIDEAST each year. This type of personalized support is key not only during training programs, but also through the alumni activities that we manage.

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By “paying it forward” to other youth, moreover, participants in AMIDEAST programs discover that they can become mentors themselves. These many pathways enable us to create the OPPORTUNITY, HOPE, AND UNDERSTANDING that help lead to brighter futures for the peoples and communities we serve.


Nour Alshaer’s seven-year journey with AMIDEAST demonstrates the transformative effect of the ladder of opportunities that AMIDEAST offers. The young woman from Gaza has participated in three highly competitive U.S. Department of State-funded programs and the Hope Fund, each one bringing her closer to realizing her medical school dreams. Nour came to AMIDEAST as a ninth grader, with a passion for learning English. The English Access Microscholarship (Access) Program was a perfect starting point and helped her later qualify for the KennedyLugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program. As a rising high school senior, Nour again turned to AMIDEAST, seeking help with the complex process of U.S. university admissions and scholarship applications. With the support of the Abraham Lincoln Incentive Grants program and the Hope Fund, Nour is now a pre-med student at Washington and Lee University, majoring in neuroscience with a minor in poverty studies, and building a brighter future for herself and the Palestinian people.

“ Without AMIDEAST, I would not have been able to come to the United States, study the major that I want, and achieve my full potential.”


SKILLS FOR THE FUTURE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AMIDEAST continued to be a regional leader in English language training, working with 52,300 individuals as they progressed toward their goal of becoming proficient, confident communicators in English. In addition to courses offered to the public and training tailored to meet the needs of companies and organizations in diverse economic sectors, AMIDEAST offices implemented highimpact programs targeting underserved youth regionwide, enabling them to increase their proficiency in a language linked to educational and job opportunities.

Developing Foundational Skills Through the U.S. Department of State-funded English Access Microscholarship (Access) Program, AMIDEAST offices in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, and the West Bank and Gaza worked with more than 6,730 teenage boys and girls from economically disadvantaged communities. In addition, similarly modelled U.S. Embassy-funded programs benefited youth in the UAE’s northernmost village in Ras Al Khaimah and Cairo’s Garbage City neighborhood. Such Access-inspired programs also reached youth living in particularly challenging circumstances, such as IDPs in Mosul, Iraq, Syrian refugees and members of the surrounding community in Irbid, Jordan, and young people living amid conflict in Aden, Yemen.

Improving English Language Teaching No less important was our ongoing effort to expand training opportunities for the region’s English language teachers with the overarching goal of improving the teaching of this critical language. In Morocco, our Professional Certificate in English Language Teaching (PCELT) program formed the core of a national initiative, funded by the U.S. Embassy and supported by Morocco’s Ministry of Education, to improve English language teaching in the country’s schools. Moreover, we were pleased that donor support enabled us to offer PCELT training in partnership with SIT Graduate Institute/World Learning to 116 teachers in Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, and the West Bank and Gaza, bringing to 856 the number of teachers in 11 countries who had earned PCELT certification by year’s end.




Manar Ali Al-Mumin was excited to be able to take AMIDEAST’s PCELT course, thanks to a multi-year partnership with Kuwait’s Ministry of Education that aims to introduce English language teachers to a learnercentered approach to benefit students for years to come. As one of 36 English language teachers selected for the program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, the senior teacher in a Kuwait government school looked forward to the opportunity to refresh her skills and update her knowledge of effective teaching practices. By the end, she felt more capable and assured of her ability to adopt new techniques and empowered to change her approach to training her staff and energize them to develop professionally. Most important were the changes Manar saw in her own classroom, as her students became more confident in their English skills and able to communicate naturally.

“ The PCELT program was amazing! It refined the skills I already had [and] gave me confidence that, yes, I can still do this and be even better.”

WORKFORCE SKILLS AMIDEAST conducted training targeting a regional workforce seeking to acquire skills that improve success in today’s challenging economic environment. Nearly 4,700 men and women benefited from courses, workshops, and seminars in areas such as global communications, technology usage, interpersonal skills, entrepreneurship, and performance-based management practices. Our offices tailored training to meet the specific needs of public and private organizations in diverse economic sectors. With donor support, we also advanced the employability prospects and entrepreneurship potential of young men and women through special programs.

Employability With funding from the Al Khatib Foundation, Asfari Foundation, Boeing Company, Citi Foundation, International Labour Organization, OCP Foundation, Phosboucraa Foundation, and U.S. Department of State, AMIDEAST's Skills for Success® and other skills training programs enhanced the employability of 4,100 individuals in Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and the West Bank. Pay-It-Forward components of many of these programs expanded and deepened their impact as core participants themselves led workshops sharing what they had learned with an additional 10,000 youths. Training rounds in 2019 continued to demonstrate the efficacy of the Skills for Success approach and curriculum, which AMIDEAST developed to address the region’s high youth unemployment rates.

Entrepreneurship The AMIDEAST Entrepreneur Institute in Beirut advanced entrepreneurship in Lebanon through training supplemented by mentoring, individual support, and management consultancy and legal services. In addition, Lebanese, Palestinian, and Syrian youth who want to launch a business as a path to a brighter future were able to choose an entrepreneurship track in the Skills for Success programs offered by our Lebanon office. In other bright spots, AMIDEAST-managed, OCP-funded learning centers offered support for aspiring business owners in Morocco; and, in Egypt, a second round of the two-year Youth Entrepreneurship Program was launched as part of the Citi Foundation-funded Skills for Success: Employability and Entrepreneurship program.



Brother and sister Rawad and Nour  Malaeb believe that a bright future for Lebanon, a country that imports most of its food, depends on sustainable agriculture. They want to help build that future by starting a land reclamation and management business that will add to the acreage cultivated according to organic agricultural practices. They had identified sources of land — individuals too busy to cultivate their own land and Lebanese in diaspora who had abandoned their land — and were acquiring the skills they would need to complement Rawad’s background in mechanical engineering and Nour’s in food inspection. Realizing that training in entrepreneurship was indispensable, they applied for AMIDEAST’s new Skills for Success®: Employability and Entrepreneurship program, offered in partnership with Citi Foundation. The training, guidance, and coaching they received enabled them to start their own business, Rizka:

“ Skills for Success was amazing. It gave us the opportunity to move forward in our lives, start our business, and believe that we are capable of achieving more.” 5

DEVELOPING GLOBAL CITIZEN PROGRAMS FOR MENA STUDENTS & PROFESSIONALS AMIDEAST's support for exchange and scholarship programs gave 2,300 students and young professionals from across the MENA region the transformative experience of living and studying in the United States and elsewhere through high school exchange, undergraduate and graduate study, and professional development.

High School Exchange

Graduate Studies

AMIDEAST’s work through the U.S. Department of State-funded Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program enabled 219 high school students from Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and the West Bank and Gaza to have the life-changing experience of spending the 2019–2020 academic year in the United States, living with a host family and experiencing life in an American community.

Continuing our nearly four-decade partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Foreign Student Program, AMIDEAST administered grants for 300 master’s, doctoral, and research grantees from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, the UAE, and the West Bank and Gaza. In addition, we helped place 202 Fulbright program nominees in study programs for the 2019–2020 academic year.

Undergraduate Studies

Professional Development

Our commitment to expanding opportunity for the region’s youth meant that 285 academically outstanding young men and women were able to pursue their undergraduate studies in the United States or at U.S.-accredited institutions in the region and elsewhere. Of special note were 140 deserving scholars in AMIDEAST’s flagship programs, the Hope Fund and Diana Kamal Scholarship Search Fund, which together since 2000 have expanded access to higher education for more than 270 youths.

AMIDEAST was proud to launch new initiatives on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright program, involving partnerships with U.S. universities to provide professional development for 51 junior faculty from universities in Egypt, Iraq, and Lebanon. AMIDEAST’s support for the J-1 Visa Program and for other U.S. Department of State initiatives including the Teachers of Critical Languages and Professional Fellowship Programs, advanced the goals of other young professionals from the region.




EDUCATION ABROAD IN THE ARAB WORLD In 2019, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs deepened the understanding of the Middle East and North Africa region of 450 American students and educators through college-accredited programs as well as customized programs for high school and college students from 61 institutions. Nearly 100 college students earned credit for coursework in Modern Standard and colloquial Arabic as well as area studies through summer, semester, or academic-year study options offered in Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia. By incorporating features such as community-based learning, homestays, lectures, language partners, cross-cultural discussions, cultural excursions, and visits

to community organizations, participants expanded their understanding of the region and fostered newfound connections with its people. A robust offering of programs customized and implemented by AMIDEAST in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia enabled an additional 350 high school and college students and faculty from 14 U.S. institutions to realize goals as varied as intensive language study and the exploration of special topics, including literature, engineering leadership, community service, and the Middle East dimension of peace and conflict resolution. Participants included 56 high school students in the U.S. Department of State-funded National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Program in Jordan and Morocco, and nine high school students who spent an academic year in Jordan or Morocco through the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program.


“Applying for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program created a huge transformation in my personal and professional life,” says Basima Abdulrahman, the CEO and founder of KESK, the first company in Iraq to specialize in green building. It was during her program at Auburn University that she became inspired by the concepts of green building and sustainable development. Graduating with a master’s degree in structural engineering, she decided to return to Iraq with a “fresh mind” and a determination to make buildings and infrastructures in Iraq “smart, healthy, environmentally responsible, and resource-efficient.” Basima’s decision to start her own company has led to new opportunities to pursue her passion for environmental protection as a World Economic Forum Foundation Board Member and Cultural Leader; TEDx speaker; and one of the Global Climate Action Summit’s Climate Trailblazers. Her credits also include co-chairing the 2019 WEF Annual Meeting in Davos.

“ Applying for the Fulbright Program created a huge transformation in my personal and professional life.” BUILDING BRIGHTER FUTURES


STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIE Our partnerships strengthened communities in Morocco, Tunisia, and Yemen, helping to build brighter futures for the youth living in them.

COMMUNITY-BASED TRAINING Developed and managed with AMIDEAST’s support on behalf of the OCP Foundation and Phosboucraa Foundation since 2012, three skills and learning centers continued to achieve local impact in the Moroccan communities they serve — Benguerir, Laayoune, and Dakhla — by helping their youth to find meaningful employment, promoting entrepreneurship, and strengthening the capacities of local nonprofit organizations. A fourth center, Médiathèque, which opened in Khouribga in 2018, offered workshops, training, a library, and cultural activities designed to enhance the education of youth and strengthen the social fabric of the local community.



High school teachers Sihem Abdellaoui and Nassima Hammami were growing alarmed at the high failure and dropout rates in schools in the Kabaria suburb of Tunis — factors they associated with delinquency and violence and the reason many youth take the risky decision to immigrate illegally to Italy on “death boats.” In 2012, they formed the Association of Culture and Citizenship Education (ACEC) with the mission of using art and civic education to give these marginalized youth a creative outlet through which to address their reality. The afterschool programs that ACEC created were warmly received in the community, but ACEC needed to strengthen its institutional structure in order to improve its activities and enhance its fundraising, objectives that the BLADI project helped it achieve. As ACEC grows as an institution, co-founder Siham is increasingly optimistic about its ability to improve the future of Kabaria youth:

“ Civil society can save these young individuals by giving them a chance to be committed citizens with an optimistic goal in life.”




ADVANCING CIVIL SOCIETY Through BLADI (Building Local Associations for Development and Innovation), a two-year, U.S. Department of State-funded initiative launched in 2018, AMIDEAST worked with Tunisian civil society organizations (CSOs) whose activities help counter violent extremism. Its success in building the capacity of these organizations has already resulted in better project development and implementation, enabling the CSOs to better serve the youth and the communities they live in.

RESTORING HOPE THROUGH VOCATIONAL TRAINING The AMIDEAST-managed Nahdhat Shabab (Yemen Youth Restoring Hope) project, in its second year, continued to work with youth from a broad cross-section of Yemeni society. By year’s end, it had trained more than 420 young women and men in a variety of vocational, professional, and business skills and linked many of them to local mentors who will facilitate their involvement in the process of rebuilding and restoring their communities.


Through the Yemen Youth Restoring Hope Project, also known as the Nahdhat Shabab Project (NSP), AMIDEAST is helping youth in a conflict zone find a path to a brighter future for themselves and their society. Elyas Mohammed was unable to find a job due to his lack of a bachelor’s degree or work experience, but that changed after he took NSP’s practical training in electricity and electronics, as well as its Training of Trainers course. Soon after, he was hired to provide training in the maintenance and operation of water pumping systems that are critical in water-scarce Yemen, and later in the installation of solar energy panels. Today Elyas sees his future in the field of renewable energy, and training as his specialty and career focus. "I will not forget how AMIDEAST helped me to be a qualified person for the job market,” he says, adding this advice:

“ Take this opportunity because AMIDEAST will open the doors for you to a better future.”



BUILDING CAPACITY AMIDEAST contributed to expanding the capacity of local institutions across the region to enable them to better serve their constituents. Among the programs focused in this area were several USAID-funded initiatives in the education and workforce sectors in Egypt, Lebanon, and the West Bank.



As part of the U.S.-Egypt Higher Education Initiative (HEI), the Public University Scholarships Program provided 65 new scholarships to a fifth cohort of students, bringing to 673 the total number of undergraduate scholarships issued to disadvantaged public high school graduates to attend “excellence programs” in Egyptian public universities. In addition, as part of the Workforce Improvement and Skills Enhancement (WISE) Project, AMIDEAST helped bring together the public, private, and educational sectors, creating pathways to employment for youth in Egypt’s technical education system and helping to improve Egypt’s economy.

During the final year of the Quality Instruction Towards Access and Basic Education Improvement (QITABI) project in Lebanon, AMIDEAST provided training on integrating information and communication technology (ICT) in education to mentors from the Ministry of Education, empowering them to support improved student learning by using ICT in K-12 education. In the West Bank, AMIDEAST implemented the Education for the Future Project, working with 32,000 students, 100 schools, and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to build on earlier USAID-funded initiatives in school-based, locally driven education reform.


Despite having to use a wheelchair since his early teens, Abdelaziz Mohamed was able to study computer science in an excellence program at Cairo University, thanks to an HEI Public University Scholarship. HEI’s emphasis on assisting students with disabilities ensured that he had a full college experience, including a semester at San Jose State University in California. By raising his awareness of the contributions that scientists with disabilities have made to the world, it also inspired him to envision writing software programs to create a brighter future for Egyptians with disabilities. Today, after graduating in 2019 and landing a job as a software engineer in Cairo, Abdelaziz is looking ahead with confidence.

“ Six years ago, when I became a wheelchair user, I thought I couldn’t do any of this. I learned a lot of lessons as an HEI scholar. I learned I should always put in the effort, and try and stop worrying. If you do, you will be satisfied, and God will reward you with what you deserve and more.”



FINANCIAL STATEMENTS STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION September 30, 2019 (With Comparative Totals for 2018)

ASSETS 2019 2018 Cash and cash equivalents $ 4,230,012 $ 3,276,084 Receivables, net 8,486,679 8,903,407 Promises to give, net 167,500 – Prepaid expenses and other 1,655,594 1,938,291 Inventory, net 710,806 507,024 Investments 16,601,444 16,108,474 Property and equipment, net 1,572,928 1,505,281 TOTAL ASSETS $ 33,424,963 $ 32,238,561 LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS LIABILITIES Accounts payable $ 4,474,099 $ 4,469,303 Accrued expenses 2,633,022 2,568,526 Severance payable 2,119,449 2,367,034 Deferred revenue 4,582,125 4,230,655 Capital lease obligations 283,026 103,288 Deferred rent 1,529,844 1,653,145 Total liabilities 15,621,565 15,391,951 NET ASSETS Without donor restrictions: Undesignated 3,195,931 945,778 Board reserves 12,799,333 14,083,369 15,995,264 15,029,147 With donor restrictions 1,808,134 1,817,463 Total net assets 17,803,398 16,846,610 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS $ 33,424,963 $ 32,238,561

STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES Year Ended September 30, 2019 (With Comparative Totals for 2018) 2019 2018 Without Donor With Donor Restrictions Restrictions Total Total SUPPORT AND REVENUE Grants and contracts $ 42,627,408 $ – $ 42,627,408 $ 43,890,700 Fees for services 18,300,944 – 18,300,944 18,669,411 Contributions 46,411 1,822,392 1,868,803 2,917,247 Investment income, net 941,261 – 941,261 782,066 Other 30,489 – 30,489 42,208 Net assets released from restrictions 1,831,721 (1,831,721) – – Total support and revenue 63,778,234 (9,329) 63,768,905 66,301,632 EXPENSES Program services: Field offices 34,932,815 – 34,932,815 37,926,518 Exchange programs 14,294,195 – 14,294,195 13,982,175 Other programs 1,351,904 – 1,351,904 1,057,881 Total program services 50,578,914 – 50,578,914 52,966,574 Supporting services: 12,233,203 – 12,233,203 12,571,744 Total expenses 62,812,117 – 62,812,117 65,538,318 CHANGE IN NET ASSETS 966,117 (9,329) 956,788 763,314 NET ASSETS Beginning 15,029,147 1,817,463 16,846,610 16,083,296 Ending $ 15,995,264 $ 1,808,134 $ 17,803,398 $ 16,846,610



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 31, 2019, through June 30, 2020.


$100,000 to $200,000


Anonymous Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development

Anonymous Seema and Yacoub Atalla Benjamin and Margaret Cooper Robert Dillon Hasan El Khatib Hisham Fahmy Paul and Tina Falkenbury The Stephen D. Falkenbury, Jr. Foundation Wyche Fowler Edward Gabriel Wael Habibi Joseph Hajjar Amgad Husein Elias Ioup Deborah Jones Theodore Kattouf D. Patrick Maley Erica Pelletreau Robert Pelletreau William Rugh Alex Shalaby

$50,000 to $99,999 Amjad and Suha Bseisu Foundation* Anonymous Anonymous

$20,000-$49,999 Kutayba Alghanim Anonymous Michel Asseily Amid Baroudi Mounir Douaidy Antoine Frem Ramez Hakim May Makhzoumi Tarek Meguid Robert Tarazi

$10,000-$19,999 Gamal Abouali Fadi and Leila Abuali Al Ghussein Family Jawad Ali and Zahira Dahdul Anonymous Anonymous Nahda Alsalah Balaa Herve Ballantyne Bank of Palestine Paul Boulos Nabil Bustros George Doumet Imad El Khalil C. Pardee Erdman Omar Fahoum Ford Foundation Maha Al Juffali Ghandour Taher Helmy Maroun Helou Ray and Ghada Irani Nabil and Laura Issa Samer Jaghoub Maha Kaddoura Zahi Khouri Youssef Matar Harry Nadjarian Wafa Saab Omar Shawwa Ramez Sousou Abbas and Samar Zuaiter

$5,000-$9,999 Odeh Aburdene Tariq Assaf Mondher Ben Ayed Joseph El Fadl Horwitz Family Fund Raytheon Omar Soudodi Tamari Foundation Adel Weng



Up to $999 George Abed Jean Abi Nader Ahmad Abusharkh Sarah Ameen Frank Ballmann Serena Boustany Camille Carino Sarajane Spotts Ciampa Morry El-Badry Nancy R. Ghantous Mary Gray Jake Hess Kathryn Hopps and Shibley Telhami Lina Kreidie Ian Lanoff Ahmed Mahran Wassim Mazraany Jonathan McKay Sharon Moses Robert Norberg Patricia Piltcher Edward Prados Lawrence Proctor Sohomjit Ray Corey Reis Deena Shakir Nour Sharara Sara Sirota Elizabeth Stevens Heidi Stokes Brenda and Thomas Tirrell Nicholas Veliotes Lisa Vives Neil Yarhouse John Yuill John Ziolkowski and Janet Nuzum *Funds provided directly to cosponsored students

PARTNERS AND SPONSORS ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.) Al Anani Foundation for Human Development Al-Khatib Foundation The Asfari Foundation Binational Fulbright Commission of Egypt The Boeing Company Catholic Relief Services in Egypt Citi Foundation Council of International Schools Dubai Roads and Transport Authority Duke University Edraak/Queen Rania Foundation for Education & Development Educational Testing Service (ETS) Foundation for International Education GulfEDU Tours Institute for International Education (IIE) Jordanian-American Commission for Educational Exchange Kosmos Energy Kryterion Legacy International Linden Tours Longman Publishing Miral Asset Management Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange MTC International OCP Foundation OneWorld Now! Phosboucraa Foundation Prometric Royal Jordanian Air Force Sawiris Foundation for Social Development Scantron SOS Children’s Villages International 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 The University of Chicago University of Delaware The University of Maryland University of North Texas University of Pennsylvania University of Texas/Austin 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


Mr. Richard Abdoo (Emeritus) President, R.A. Abdoo & Co., LLC United States Mr. Hussam Abu Issa Vice Chairman and COO, Salam International Investment Ltd. Qatar *Dr. Odeh Aburdene President, OAI Advisors United States Mr. Kutayba Yusuf Alghanim Chairman, Alghanim Industries Kuwait Dr. Mondher Ben Ayed President and CEO, TMI Tunisia *Dr. Paul F. Boulos CEO, Digital Water Works, Inc. 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

Ms. Erica Pelletreau Strategic Communications, Ford Foundation United States

Mr. Hasan M. El-Khatib President, Dena Corporation United States

The Honorable Robert H. Pelletreau (Emeritus) Former U.S. Ambassador and Assistant Secretary of State United States

Mr. Hisham Fahmy CEO, The American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, Inc., AmCham Egypt Inc. United States

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

Mr. Antoine N. Frem Chairman, INDEVCO Management Resources Lebanon

Mr. Frederick C. Seibold, Jr. (Emeritus) Consultant; former Vice-President and Treasurer, Sears World Trade United States

The Honorable Edward M. Gabriel President, The Gabriel Company; Former U.S. Ambassador United States

Ms. Deena Shakir Partner, Lux Capital United States Mr. Alex Shalaby Former Chairman and CEO, Mobinil, Egypt United States

*Mr. Ramez Hakim Director, RMH Consulting LLC United States

H.E. Leila Abdul Hamid Sharaf Senator and former Minister, Jordan Jordan

Dr. Taher Helmy Senior Partner, Baker McKenzie Egypt

Dr. Mostafa Terrab President and CEO, OCP Groupe Morocco

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. Hillary Wiesner Program Director, Transnational Movements and the Arab Region Carnegie Corporation of New York United States *Executive Committee Member

*Mr. D. Patrick Maley III Retired Petroleum Executive United Kingdom Mr. Jonathan McKay Product Lead, Facebook; Former U.S. Foreign Service Officer United States

SUPPORT AMIDEAST AMIDEAST is a nonprofit organization exempt from income taxes in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. AMIDEAST programs are supported by grants and contracts from the U.S. government, foundations, corporations, and individuals, and from contract fees for services. Contributions help AMIDEAST educate Americans about the Middle East and North Africa, develop new projects, and expand our scholarship search fund programs for disadvantaged students from the region seeking to complete their college education in the United States. Contributions to AMIDEAST qualify for tax deduction under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. Please address contributions in support of AMIDEAST and its mission to: Contributions, 2025 M St., NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036




Mr. Imad El Khalil CEO, T.I.M.E Limited Lebanon


Mrs. Wafa Saab ALAB Chair CEO, Tinol Paints Lebanon

Mr. Riad El Sadik Chairman, RTS Investments Group United Arab Emirates

Mr. Ammar Aker APAB Chair CEO, The Paltel Group West Bank

Mr. Harry Nadjarian ALAB Vice Chair Chairman, Industrial Motor Power Corporation United States Mr. Robert Tarazi ALAB Vice Chair Founder and Managing Director, Beton W.L.L. Qatar Mr. Mounir Douaidy ALAB Secretary Lebanon Mr. Hussam Abu Issa Vice Chairman and COO, Salam International Investment Ltd. Qatar Mr. Walid Assaf Chairman and General Manager, Societe Moderne Libanaise Pour Le Commerce Lebanon

Mr. Antoine N. Frem Chairman, INDEVCO Management Resources Lebanon Mrs. Maha Juffali Ghandour Director and Supervising Trustee, Help Center Saudi Arabia Mr. Maroun Helou Chairman & CEO, PDG ABNIAH sarl, President, Lebanese Contractors Syndicate Lebanon Mrs. Rana Zaim Idriss President and Founder, The Gulf Company for Development and Real Estate Investment Lebanon Mrs. Maha Kaddoura President, Kaddoura Association for Philanthropy Lebanon

Mr. Michel Asseily President, Prime Investments Lebanon

Mr. Marwan Kaddoura Founder, Chairman and CEO CreditCard Services Bank Lebanon

Mr. Amid Baroudi Director, Eastern Consultants Group Ltd. (BVI) Lebanon

Dr. Georges Makhoul CEO, Constellation Holdings United Arab Emirates

Dr. Paul Boulos CEO, Digital Water Works, Inc. United States

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

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

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

Mr. Maroun Chammas Chairman and CEO, Berytech Lebanon Mr. Habib Debs President and CEO, Advanced Technology Systems Co. United States Mr. George Doumet Chairman and President, Federal White Cement Ltd. Lebanon



Mr. Rudy Sayegh CEO, Global Gate Capital Lebanon Mr. Bernard Tannoury Chairman and CEO, Benta Pharma Invest Holding (BPI) Lebanon Mr. Salim Zeenni Chairman, American Lebanese Chamber of Commerce Lebanon

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 Chairman, The Portland Trust 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

SENIOR STAFF OFFICERS The Hon. Theodore H. Kattouf President and CEO Debby M. Blazquez Vice President of Finance Chief Financial Officer Vincent V. DeSomma Vice President Business Development James T. Grabowski Vice President Field Operations Leslie S. Nucho Vice President Programs

Elena Corbett Director, Education Abroad Elisabeth Dahl Director, Business Development Juleann Fallgatter Director, Advising and Testing Services David Suomi Director, Facilities, Assets, and Risk Management Alicia Waller Director, Human Resources Ayad Zein Director, Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Christopher Powers Vice President Exchange Programs


Gregory T. Touma Vice President Administration

Shahinaz Ahmed Country Director

HEADQUARTERS MANAGEMENT Nuha Al-Khatib Director, Information Technology Andrew Bhattacharya Director, Contracts and Grants Serenella Boustany Controller


Quincy Dermody Chief of Party, HEI Public University Scholarships Program



Nour Alrasheed Country Director

Edward Prados Country Director


Gehan Adam Aden Office Director

Samar Khleif Country Director LEBANON Barbara Shahin Batlouni Country Director MOROCCO Chris Shinn Country Director SAUDI ARABIA Donald Schmidt Country Director TUNISIA Jennifer Smith Country Director UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Rula Dajani Country Director WEST BANK/GAZA

Riham Ghazal Alexandria Branch Director

Steven Keller Country Director


Maha Hasan Assistant Country Director

Jesse Atkins Country Director

Sabrina Faber Program Director, Nahdhat al Shabab

REGIONAL MANAGEMENT Suheel Athamneh Regional Manager, Information Technology Ghada El Batouty Regional Director, Finance Nadia Cherrouk Regional Director, Workforce Development & Entrepreneurship David Heuring Director, Education Program Development Amal Nasralla Regional Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, & Learning Helena Simas Regional Director, English Language Programs

Anees Abu Hashem Gaza Field Operations Manager

2019 TRAINING PARTNERS A ACOR: American Center of Oriental Research, JORDAN Aden Chamber of Commerce, YEMEN Aden Community College, YEMEN Ain Shams University, EGYPT Al-Aidaroos Group of Companies Solar Academy, YEMEN Al-Amal Foundation of Mukalla, YEMEN Alexandria University, EGYPT Al-Hashimi Institute for Technology and Innovation, YEMEN Al-Hayat Center for Civil Society Development, JORDAN Al Mouwatana, MOROCCO Al-Taawon Sports Club, UAE American University, DC American University in Cairo, EGYPT American University in the Emirates, UAE American University of Beirut, LEBANON American University of Central Asia, KYRGYZSTAN Amman Center for Human Rights Studies, JORDAN Arab American University (AAUP), WEST BANK

Arab Women’s Legal Network, JORDAN ARDD, JORDAN Arizona State University, AZ Arkansas State University, AR Arkansas Technical University, AR Art'Com Sup, MOROCCO Assiut University, EGYPT Attitudes Conseil, MOROCCO Auburn University, AL

B Babson College, MA Ball State University, IN Bank of Palestine, WEST BANK/ GAZA Beldev, MOROCCO Bethlehem University, WEST BANK Boise State University, ID Boston College, MA Boston University, MA Bradley University, IL Brandeis University, MA Bridgewater College, VA Butler University, IN

C Cairo University, EGYPT California Baptist University, CA California State University/Chico, CA


California State University/ Long Beach, CA California State University/ Los Angeles, CA California State University/ Monterey, CA California State University/ Northridge, CA California State University/ San Bernardino, CA California State University/ San Marcos, CA Carleton College, MN Carnegie Mellon University, PA Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley, CA Case Western Reserve University, OH Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, CA Central Michigan University, MI Central Washington University, WA The City College of New York, NY The City University of New York, NY Clark University, MA Clemson University, SC Coe College, IA College for Creative Studies, MI College of Idaho, ID College of William and Mary, VA Colorado State University, CO Columbia College Chicago, IL Columbia College, SC Columbia University, NY

Connecticut College, CT Cornell University, NY Creative People Solutions, YEMEN

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

E Earlham College, IN East Stroudsburg University, PA East Tennessee State University, TN Eastern Illinois University, IL Eastern Mennonite University, VA Eastern Michigan University, MI Eastern Virginia Medical School, VA Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, FL Emerson College, MA Emie Environnement System, MOROCCO Emory University, GA

F Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ Farah Experiences LLC., UAE Fayetteville State University, NC


2019 TRAINING PARTNERS continued Florida Institute of Technology, FL Florida International University, FL Florida Polytechnic University, FL Florida State University, FL Fondation Orient-Occident, MOROCCO Fordham University, NY

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 Gusoor Foundation for Development Solutions, YEMEN Gustavus Adolphus College, MN

H Hamilton College, NY Harvard University, MA Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE Human Resources Authority, UAE Hunter College, NY Hyundai Automotive Center in Aden, YEMEN

I Idaho State University, ID Illinois Institute of Technology, IL Illinois State University, IL Indiana University/Bloomington, IN Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, IN International Language Institute, EGYPT Iowa State University, IA

Minnesota State University/Mankato, MN Mississippi College, MS Mississippi State University, MS Missouri State University, MO Missouri University of Science & Technology, MO Modern International Institute, YEMEN Monmouth College, IL Montclair State University, NJ Morocco World News, MOROCCO Murray State University, KY

N National Institute for Educational Training, WEST BANK National Institute for Technicians and Instructors, YEMEN Nazareth College, NY New College of Florida, FL New Horizons, YEMEN New Jersey Institute of Technology, NJ New Mexico State University, NM New York Film Academy/ Los Angeles, CA New York University, NY The New School, NY North Carolina State University, NC Northeastern University, MA Northern Arizona University, AZ Northern Illinois University, IL Northwestern University, IL NSD Conseil, MOROCCO NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE


Jamaity, TUNISIA Jawal, WEST BANK/GAZA Jesuit Refugee Service, JORDAN Johns Hopkins University, MD Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, DC

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




Kansas State University, KS Karak Castle Center for Consultations & Training, JORDAN Kent State University, OH Kettering University, MI Khawarizmi International College, UAE


Partners-Jordan, JORDAN Pennsylvania State University, PA Philadelphia University, PA Pomona College, CA Un Ponte Per (UPP), JORDAN Portland State University, OR Pratt Institute, NY Princeton University, NJ Proactech, MOROCCO

La Salle University, PA Lafayette College, PA Lawrence Technological University, MI Lebanese American University, LEBANON Lehigh University, PA Long Island University/Brooklyn, NY Louisiana State University, LA LOYAC, JORDAN Lycoming College, PA Lynn University, FL




Madaris Assalam, MOROCCO Maine College of Art, ME Mansoura University, EGYPT Marine Biological Laboratory, MA Marquette University, WI Maryland Institute College of Art, MD Massar International, WEST BANK Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA MENA College of Management, UAE Michigan State University, MI Michigan Technological Institute, MI Middlebury Institute of International Studies, CA Minerva Schools at KGI, CA


Qasid Arabic Institute, JORDAN

R Reclaim Childhood, JORDAN Rice University, TX Roanoke College, VA Rochester Institute of Technology, NY Rosemont College, PA Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, NJ

Sacred Heart University, CT Saint Michael's College, VT San Diego State University, CA San Jose State University, CA Savannah College of Art & Design, GA SELA for Vocational Training & the Protection of Cultural Heritage, JORDAN Seattle Pacific University, WA Sewanee University of the South, TN Shanti, TUNISIA Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, UAE


Smith College, MA Southern California Institute of Architecture, CA Southern Illinois University/ Carbondale, IL St. Ambrose University, IA St. Cloud State University, MN St. Mary’s University, MD St. Olaf College, MN Stanford University, CA The State University of New York/ Albany, NY The State University of New York/ Binghamton, NY The State University of New York/ Buffalo, NY The State University of New York/ College of Environmental Science and Forestry, NY The State University of New York/ Stony Brook, NY Stetson University, FL Stillman College, AL Syracuse University, NY

T Temple University, PA Texas A&M University, TX Towson University, MD Trine University, IN Troy University, AL Tulane University, LA

U United Nations Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA), WEST BANK/ GAZA The University of Alabama/ Huntsville, AL The University of Arizona, AZ University of Arkansas/Little Rock, AR University of Bridgeport, CT University of California/Berkeley, CA University of California/Davis, CA University of California/ Los Angeles, CA University of California/ San Francisco, CA University of Central Florida, FL University of Central Missouri, MO 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 Dayton, OH University of Delaware, DE University of Denver, CO University of Findlay, OH University of Florida, FL University of Georgia, GA University of Hartford, CT University of Houston, TX University of Houston/Clear Lake, TX University of Illinois/UrbanaChampaign, IL University of Indianapolis, IN 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 University of Michigan/Ann Arbor, MI University of Michigan/Dearborn, MI University of Minnesota/ Twin Cities, MN University of Mississippi, MS University of Missouri/ Kansas City, MO University of Montana/Missoula, MT University of Nebraska/Lincoln, NE University of Nevada/Reno, NV University of New Hampshire, NH

University of New Haven, CT 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 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 Science & Technology/ Mukalla, YEMEN University of South Carolina, SC University of South Florida, FL University of Southern California, CA 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 University of the Incarnate Word, TX University of Tulsa, OK The University of Utah, UT University of Vermont, VT University of Washington, WA University of Wisconsin/ Green Bay, WI University of Wisconsin/Madison, WI University of Wisconsin/ Milwaukee, WI University of Wyoming, WY Update Center, YEMEN Utah State University, UT Utah Valley University, UT

V Vanderbilt University, TN Villanova University, PA Virginia Commonwealth University, VA

W Washington and Jefferson College, PA Washington and Lee University, VA Washington State University, WA Washington University in St. Louis, MO Wayne State University, MI West Virginia University, WV Western Carolina University, NC Western Michigan University, MI Whitman College, WA Whitworth University, WA Wichita State University, KS Williams College, MA Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA Wright State University, OH

Y Yale University, CT Yale-NUS College, SINGAPORE Youngstown State University, OH Youth Skills Fund of Hadhramaut Governorate, YEMEN




38 Mohie El Din Abo El Ezz Street, Dokki, Giza Mail: PO Box 417, Dokki, Giza 12311 Phone (inside Egypt): 19263 Phone (international): +20-2-2322-2701 Fax (inside Egypt and international): +20-2-3332-0413 Email:

35, zanqat Oukaimeden, Agdal, Rabat Phone: +212-537-675-075 Fax: +212-537-675-074 Email:



3 Pharaana Street Azarita, Alexandria Mail: PO Box 21111 Phone (inside Egypt): 19263 Phone (international): +20-2-2322-2701 Fax (inside Egypt and international): +20-3-487-3582 Email:

IRAQ Erbil

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 Space Center Al-Jadriya, Baghdad Phone: +964-780-620-9267 Email:


8 Princess Basma Street, Wadi Abdoun, Amman Mail: PO Box 852374, Amman 11185 Phone: +962-6-592-9994 Fax: +962-6-592-9996 Email:

KUWAIT Kuwait City

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:


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:




Zenith 1, Etage 3 Sidi Maârouf, Casablanca Phone: +212-522-25-9393 Fax: +212-522-25-0121 Email:

PROMETRIC TESTING CENTER: Phone: +971-2-445-6720 Email:


Block 2B, Office G-01 Al Bourooj Street, A1 Sufouh 2 Dubai Knowledge Park Phone: +971-4-565-7477 Email: PROMETRIC TESTING CENTER: Phone: +971-4-367-8176 Email:


Hay Moulay Rachid, Cité OCP, Benguerir Email:


N° 5 Hay Essalam, Avenue Bahnini, Dakhla Phone: +212-528-933-179; +212-528-934-632 Email:


Rue Assa, Khouribga Phone: +212-523-493-151 Email:


Avenue Mouly Rachid, Laayoune Phone: +212-528-990-091 Email:


WEST BANK/GAZA East Jerusalem

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:


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:



Al Kindi Plaza #57 Diplomatic Quarter Mail: PO Box 94473, Riyadh 11693 Phone: +966-011-483-8800 Email:

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:




33, rue Ahmed Ramy Cité Jardins, 1002 Tunis Belvédère Mail: BP 351, Tunis-Belvédère 1002 Phone: +216-71-145-700 Fax: +216-71-145-701 Email:

Lac II

114, Av. Lac Nord. Les Berges du Lac II 1053, Les Berges du Lac Phone: +216-71-145-700


Avenue Yasser Arafat Residence Fatma 4054 Sahloul, Sousse Phone: +216-71-145-770 Email:


Plaza 30, 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:

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:


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:


142 Hadaiq Al-Andalus Street, Khormaksar, Aden Mail: PO Box 6009, Khormaksar, Aden Phone: +967-2-235-069; 235-070; 235-071 Email:


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