Maysa Jalbout

Maysa Jalbout

Senior Research Associate

Maysa Jalbout is a senior adviser to leaders, governments and philanthropic organizations on social policy and programming with a particular emphasis on education in international development.

She has created, led and contributed to innovative policies, multi-country programs, foundations and NGOs in North America, Middle East, Southern Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe. She has built new initiatives, campaigns and organizations that challenge the status quo and set higher standards for achievement. Maysa has been actively involved in channeling more aid to education goals, setting gender equity policies in education, developing programs for hard to reach communities including conflict zones, and promoting alternative approaches to increasing access to quality education in developing countries.

Prior to this role, Maysa spent five years in Jordan where she was the Founding CEO of the Queen Rania Foundation and the Vice-Chair of the Jordan River Foundation. In Ottawa, Canada, Maysa spent over ten years working for the Government of Canada. She was Assistant Director for the Social Policy Directorate and Senior Adviser for the Education Group at the Canadian International Development Agency. Prior to that, she was Senior Policy Adviser in the Social Policy Group and Youth Employment Directorate at Human Resources Development Canada. Maysa started her career with AIESEC - an international youth leadership organization that promotes cultural understanding through exchanges.

Maysa’s current areas of research include philanthropy in education, the future of jobs in the MENA region, technology in education and the impact of conflict on children.

Maysa is a member of the Board of Governors of the International Baccalaureate.

Maysa Jalbout is a senior adviser to leaders, governments and philanthropic organizations on social policy and programming with a particular emphasis on education in international development.

She has created, led and contributed to innovative policies, multi-country programs, foundations and NGOs in North America, Middle East, Southern Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe. She has built new initiatives, campaigns and organizations that challenge the status quo and set higher standards for achievement. Maysa has been actively involved in channeling more aid to education goals, setting gender equity policies in education, developing programs for hard to reach communities including conflict zones, and promoting alternative approaches to increasing access to quality education in developing countries.

Prior to this role, Maysa spent five years in Jordan where she was the Founding CEO of the Queen Rania Foundation and the Vice-Chair of the Jordan River Foundation. In Ottawa, Canada, Maysa spent over ten years working for the Government of Canada. She was Assistant Director for the Social Policy Directorate and Senior Adviser for the Education Group at the Canadian International Development Agency. Prior to that, she was Senior Policy Adviser in the Social Policy Group and Youth Employment Directorate at Human Resources Development Canada. Maysa started her career with AIESEC - an international youth leadership organization that promotes cultural understanding through exchanges.

Maysa’s current areas of research include philanthropy in education, the future of jobs in the MENA region, technology in education and the impact of conflict on children.

Maysa is a member of the Board of Governors of the International Baccalaureate.

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