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AMIDEAST to Celebrate “Education Hero” Maroun Semaan

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Washington, DC, and Beirut, Lebanon, August 15, 2017 — Lebanese philanthropist and entrepreneur Maroun Semaan will be posthumously honored for his significant contributions to the advancement of education at the AMIDEAST Award Gala in Beverly Hills on October 14, 2017.  Mr. Semaan is the first recipient of the AMIDEAST Education Hero Award, an honor established by AMIDEAST to recognize individuals for their exemplary dedication to improving education in Lebanon.

Star-Studded AMIDEAST Gala in Beverly Hills To Benefit Youth in Lebanon

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Washington, DC, and Beirut, Lebanon, August 1, 2017 — AMIDEAST has announced that it is joining with the AMIDEAST/Lebanon Advisory Board to host the first AMIDEAST Education Hero Award Gala on October 14, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California. Headlining the evening of elegance and excellence for more than 700 guests will be Lebanese celebrities in media and music who share AMIDEAST’s education mission.

Syrian Civil War Panel to Discuss Future of Conflict, U.S. Foreign Policy

As the Syrian civil war continues to drag on with no end in sight, AMIDEAST is pleased to host a panel of distinguished experts in Washington, D.C., on February 9 to discuss what this conflict means for the Syrian people, American foreign policy in the Trump administration, and the international community at large.

AMIDEAST/Egypt and Citi Foundation Launch Youth Entrepreneurship Program in Egypt

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Nadir Shaikh, Citi country officer for Egypt (left), and Shahinaz Ahmed, AMIDEAST’s country director for Egypt

Washington, DC, and Cairo, Egypt, December 7, 2016―AMIDEAST/Egypt and Citi Foundation have announced the launch of the Youth Entrepreneurship Program, a two-year partnership aimed at providing economic opportunities that will directly impact 40 aspiring young Egyptian entrepreneurs and further benefit as many as 600 other youth.

The program will focus on building a new generation of entrepreneurs by helping them to get their business ideas off the ground. AMIDEAST is now accepting application online through its webpage,, until January 31, 2017

AMIDEAST and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation Embark on a New Partnership

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AMIDEAST President and CEO Theodore Kattouf (left) and MBRF Managing Director Jamal bin Huwaireb sign the MOU that will strengthen cooperation between AMIDEAST and the MBRF.

Washington, DC, October 21, 2016 – AMIDEAST is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF). The agreement, which was signed during GITEX Technology Week 2016 in Dubai, aims to strengthen cooperation between the two parties and coordinate their joint efforts to serve the community. 

From left, AMIDEAST Country Director for the UAE Rula Dajani, AMIDEAST President Kattouf, MBRF Managing Director Jamal bin Huwaireb, Dr. Khalid Wazani, MBRF Knowledge Advisor, and Shamsa Al Blooshi, MBRF Director of Partnershi

“MBRF and AMIDEAST will explore initiatives and sustainable programs to enhance R & D to establish a new generation of scientists, thinkers and researchers in line with the UAE National Agenda 2021,” MBRF said in a statement issued following the signing.

AMIDEAST Fundraising Gala Dinner: “Supporting Lebanon’s Top Students and Talents”

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Ambassador Theodore Kattouf, president and CEO of AMIDEAST, addressed the gathering, saying, "I am so honored to head AMIDEAST, an organization that is doing so much to assist young people in this region to expand their opportunities."

Beirut, Lebanon, April 8, 2016—The AMIDEAST/LEBANON Advisory Board hosted its first fundraising gala dinner on April 8, 2016, at the Phoenicia Hotel in Beirut. The event, which was attended by 500 prominent political and social figures, was held to spread awareness of AMIDEAST’s wide range of educational and training services and their impact in Lebanon, as well as to raise funds that will strengthen the organization’s already robust efforts to empower students in their lives and careers through scholarships for study in the United States.

The AMIDEAST/Lebanon Advisory Board

AMIDEAST is a leading American nonprofit organization that has been engaged in education and training activities in the Middle East and North Africa since 1951. Its office in Lebanon is one of 12 country offices across the region through which AMIDEAST delivers programs and services that touch the lives of half a million individuals a year.  “I am so honored to head AMIDEAST, an organization that is doing so much to assist young people in this region to expand their opportunities,” noted Ambassador Theodore Kattouf, president and CEO of AMIDEAST.

AMIDEAST Celebrates International Women's Day 2016

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Recent graduates of the Women@Work program in Egypt

March 8, 2016 — AMIDEAST is proud to join in today’s celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD).  AMIDEAST is committed to making a difference in the lives of women across the Middle East and North Africa by expanding access to opportunities for training and education.  Here are some of the ways in which we are working towards this goal:​


AMIDEAST Tunisia Celebrates 42 Years and Opening of New Tunis Office

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AMIDEAST's new office in the heart of Tunis

Tunis, Tunisia, December 15, 2015 – AMIDEAST celebrated 42 years of service in Tunisia with the opening of a large, modern facility in downtown Tunis.  The inauguration of the new 2,400-square-meter facility corresponds with an increasing demand for AMIDEAST’s training services and long history of providing scholarships, testing, and cultural exchange opportunities for generations of Tunisians.  The celebration was attended by more than 200 friends, clients, partners, teachers, alumni, and Tunisian ministry colleagues.  

AMIDEAST President Kattouf (left) cuts the cake, with Country Director Chris Shinn (center) and Tunisian Minister of Employment and Training, Zied Laathari, looking on, at the December 11 celebration.

AMIDEAST and GDET Sign Long-Term Memorandum of Understanding

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GDET President and Managing Director Dr. Abdullah I. Almojel (left) and AMIDEAST President and CEO Theodore H. Kattouf (right) sign the memorandum.

MOU will strengthen cooperation in provision of education and training services.

Washington, DC, September 30, 2015—AMIDEAST, a leading provider of educational and training services in the Middle East, and Global Dimension for Education and Training (GDET), a member of the Almojel Group of  Companies, have concluded a long-term Memorandum of Understanding to jointly provide comprehensive services in the fields of scholarship management and administration, academic preparation, training, testing, and professional and workforce development capacity building services to public and private sector clients throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The memorandum will strengthen cooperation between the two countries and mutual investments in the private sector. It was signed on September 4 during the U.S. Investment Forum, which was held in Washington, DC, in conjunction with the visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, to the United States. The forum was hosted by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, the Council of Saudi Chambers, and the U.S.-Saudi Business Council.

AMIDEAST, ILO Launch Employability Skills Initiative for Women in Egypt

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ILO Director Peter Van Rooij(seated, center) and Shahinaz Ahmed, AMIDEAST country director for Egypt (right), listen to graduates during the graduation ceremony of the pilot ILO-funded Women@Work program in June 2015.

  Women@Work program aims to help 200 women secure decent work.

Washington, DC, September 21, 2015—AMIDEAST is pleased to have been selected by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to implement an employability skills training program for recent female graduates of public universities in Egypt. The ILO-funded program, which will be called Women@Work, will provide 200 unemployed women ages 21 to 26 with transferable skills that will enhance their job prospects and ability to find decent work.

"The program made me believe more in myself and my abilities," said Rehab Adel, a participant in the pilot Women@Work program.

The program’s focus on women is important. Both young women and men in Egypt face great challenges to finding decent employment, a clearly defined universal and indivisible objective, based on fundamental values and principles. However, the unemployment rate for Egyptian women is almost three times that of men, according to recent government data.  


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