Majeda Hourani, President and Curriculum Developer
Majed is principle founder of Ruman LLC. She has over twenty years of education experience in the United States and the Arab world. She has taught at elite schools and universities including: Awty International School, Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy, Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), California State University and Chaffey College. Her experience as a K-12 and university educator of Arabic language and culture give her a broad mastery of the field. Her breadth of experienced by the depth of her expertise. Her expertise includes early childhood development, program assessment and curriculum development. She Co-developed curriculum to teach Arabic language to pre-school in Palestinian. Her engagement in the field of education also involves consultation and teacher training. Majeda has an intimate knowledge of the existing Arabic language curricula, their strengths and weaknesses. She has spent almost five years, assembling a team of experts, as well as developing the world’s most comprehensive, scalable, cutting edge Arabic language curriculum for Elementary and Middle school.
Dr. Emran El-Badawi is program director and associate professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Houston. He founded the Arab Studies program at UH and he has designed, implemented and assessed undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Humanities and Sciences. These include degrees in Arabic, Middle East Studies, Religious Studies and interdisciplinary studies in Energy, Development and Sustainability, with a focus on US-Middle East relations. El-Badawi has consulted for various industries, including government, law and business. He is also active in program development and fund raising. He has published in English as well as Arabic and has made dozens of national as well as international media contributions or appearances, including for The New York Times, Al-Jazeera, Forbes, Christian Science Monitor and Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne (ARTE).