After graduating from AUB in 2004, Talar worked on a doctoral research programme in Health Policy and Administration at the School of Public Health, University of Illinois, Chicago.


Noura is currently Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researching sustainable desalination and in particular optimizing a design for sustainable desalination for Saudi Arabia.


Sara graduated from City University in 2004 with a postgraduate degree in International Business Economics. She believes that her degree was very useful in her achieving the type of career that she wanted to pursue – and was interviewed and recruited by the National Commercial Bank (NCB) before completing her studies at City.


Yasmine graduated from the University of Westminster with an MA in Interactive Multimedia in 2004. Her aims when applying for her scholarship were to transfer knowledge gained from her studies to others by delivering workshops, and to set up her own consultancy.


Ahmed graduated in 2004 with an MSc in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics, (LSE) and is currently Head of Investment Banking and a Managing Director at EFG Hermes Investment Banking in Egypt.


Following her time at LEAD, Rana worked as a Planning Advisor for the Minister of Higher Education and as Chief Executive Officer at Jordan’s Forum for Business and Professional Women until forming her own consultancy in 2007.


Heba is a Deputy Manager in the Marketing and Business Development Department at CORPLEASE (Corporate Leasing Company Egypt S.A.E), a major leasing company in Egypt.


Before studying for a postgraduate degree in Middle East studies at AUC, Riman worked as a Liaison Officer for Municipal Alliance for Peace in the Middle East and contributed to the Palestine-Israel Journal.


Saifedean Ammous is Assistant Professor of Economics at the Lebanese American University, and Foreign Member of the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University.


Sophie graduated from SOAS in 2003 with an MSc in Development Studies. She believes that she and her fellow MBI Al Jaber Foundation Alumni were selected as ambassadors for their countries. After working for some time in higher education in Saudi Arabia, Sophie joined the British Council in Dubai and from 2007 - 2008 worked as a Project Manager for Schools and Social Partnerships.