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al-hakawati officers and management

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 Beirut.

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 website.

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 specialist.

David M. Barclay, III

Sara Barclay

Nadia Barclay

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 University of
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 Middle East.

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 program.

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