al-hakawati officers and
Leila K. Barclay created al-hakawati in 2002. She has a
Bachelorís degree in Mathematics and a Masterís degree in German
literature from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. She was a journalist
in Beirut from 1982-1984 and also developed a first issue entertainment
guide for Lebanon which did not make it to publication due to impending
war circumstances. Leila was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon and has
a deep interest in the culture of the Middle East and the Arab world.
Maurice Khouryís expertise is in management, with a 45 year
career in Management Consulting, Marketing Research, Media, Public
Opinion, Public Relations, Mining and Hotel Management in the Middle
East, East Africa and Iran. During the last 4-years he has devoted his
time and energy to help in the creation of al-hakawati as senior editor
of the Arabic content in the Beirut office.
He has a Masterís degree in Economics from the American University of
Grace Saaty holds a Masterís degree in Sociology from the
American University of Beirut. She volunteered in the Palestinian
refugee camps in Jordan in the 1950s, and volunteered in the embroidery
workshops in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon in the 1960s.
Her contributions to al-hakawati as Senior Research Coordinator are to
supplement sources of information for the cultural topics covered in the
Faten Suleiman has diplomas in Computer Information and Web
Design from the Siblin Training Center in Lebanon. She is currently a
student at the Lebanese University. She worked as a librarian until she
joined al-hakawati Beirut team and is presently al-hakawatiís IT
David M. Barclay, III
Sandra M. Williams
Robert Thomas Rinaldi, A.B., M.A., M. Ed., Ph.D. is an education,
health and public policy consultant specializing in grant development,
program funding and organizational development. He is a former teacher,
science education supervisor, school principal and public school
assistant superintendent and completed the doctorate at Ohio State
University in education and economics. He has published several articles
in refereed and occasional journals and has written over 100
discretionary and renewal proposals, over 75% of which have been funded.
Adel K. Afifi, M.D; M.S. is Professor Emeritus in the Carver
College of Medicine, University of Iowa. An Arab American who received
his undergraduate and medical training at the American University of
Beirut, Lebanon, and post graduate training in neuroscience at the
Iowa, New York Neurological Institute of Columbia University, and Johns
Hopkins Hospital. He has published over hundred scientific articles and
thirteen books. Dr. Afifi has kept a keen interest in Arab history and
culture including Arab and Islamic contributions to medicine.
Linda M. Hanna is a Syrian American born in the United States.
She holds a doctorate degree in Biomedical Engineering from the
University of Pennsylvania, and has taught Environmental Sciences at the
Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She currently has her
own environmental consulting firm and has been on several trips to share
and learn environmental concerns with both governments and NGOs in the
Janan Al-Awar Smither was born in Lebanon. She received her B.Sc.
from the American University of Beirut and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the
Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Janan is on the faculty of the
Department of Psychology at the University of Central Florida where she
also serves as co-Advisor to the Board of the Middle Eastern Studies