TEAM

BEN WEBSTER, FOUNDER + DIRECTOR

Ben is the Founder and Director of the Jamiya, covering coordination of the projects, business development, external partnerships and funding. He recently returned from Jordan working with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on the Syria refugee crisis. He is part of the OuiShare UK network and has led workshops on using peer networks in humanitarian aid, as well as leading research peer-to-peer platforms for the UK Government. Prior to IOM, Ben worked at the UK Foreign Office, UK Trade & Investment, and Transparency International. Contact Ben

 

MALAZ SAFARJALANI, RESEARCH

Malaz a Syrian development consultant, is responsible for leading research, student outreach and financial planning. He was one of the authors on the EU Commission’s 2015 report ‘Access to Higher Education for Syrian Refugees and Internal Displaced Persons’. He has an MA in European Economics and Business from the College of Europe in Bruges. Malaz co-founded the Farah Development initiative in Damascus and has worked on financial management in several Syrian enterprises. He has worked on a documentary called ‘The Syrian Spillover’ which focuses on hardships of Syrians in Turkey. Contact Malaz

 

DR OULA ABU AMSHA, ACADEMIC ADVISOR

Oula, a Computer Science and Applied Mathematics scholar, holds a visiting position at the School of Engineering and Business of the Canton of Vaud. She is Jamiya’s expert in online learning and educational technologies, leading the pedagogical design for Jamiya and the development of the Applied IT pilot course. She has significant experience of e-learning technologies, curriculum development, and education in emergencies, having spent 12 years at Higher Institute for Applied Sciences and Technology in Damascus, as well as working for the University of Geneva, World Bank, UN ESCWA, the University of Damascus, and the Syrian Virtual University. Contact Oula

 

MIKI ARISTORENAS, COMMUNICATIONS

Miki holds a Masters degree (Ed.M.) in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Having studied and researched education in armed conflict and with professional experience in media and external relations coordination, she is currently supporting the writing and communications side of the Jamiya Project. Contact Miki