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The Management of the Hub was delighted to receive positive feedback following the first launch. We are highlighting a few below.

Ghida Anani

Lebanon, January 15, 2019

Founder and Director of ABBAD. Assistant Professor, Faculty of Public Health, Lebanese University.
Board Member of many boards.

Dear May,

Thank you so much for sharing this lovely news! It is a great honor! Congratulations for the launch of this much needed useful HUB. I personally enjoyed and learned much from skimming through it, even if yet not very closely. It is a great platform and opportunity to learn and connect with inspiring women, around the globe, doing important work for enhancing women situation to live with dignity and freedom! Mabrouk!

Haifa Hajjar Najjar

Jordan, January 16, 2019

Senator, Jordanian Senate.
Elected member of the European Council of International Schools.
Superintendent of the Ahliyyah School for Girls and the Bishop’s School for Boys.
Board Member of many boards.

Dearest May,
Thank you for your kind words and thank you for your kindness. Much appreciated.
I am truly honored to be featured in the Pioneers and Leaders HUB. I do believe that our communities and our shared humanity deserve our quality and creative services. I will do my best to be up to this recognition through channeling all my efforts and energies to bring humanity to the forefront of our consciousness as citizens of the world.
Be well and salamat,

Merieme Chadid

Morocco, January 16, 2019

The first Moroccan woman to set foot on Antarctica
The planter of the first Arab flag in Antarctica.
The world's first astronomer to be committed to installing the large astronomical observatory in Antarctica.

Dear May,

Thank you so much for your message. I really enjoyed reading it and I'm very proud to be Arab woman. Congratulations for this very amazing project, I have already shared the link with colleagues and organizations.


Laura E. Ours

USA, January 16, 2019

University of Maryland.

Wonderful! Exceeds every expectation! More very soon. Congratulations!


Fatma Oussedik

Algeria, January 16, 2019

Professor of Sociology, University of Algiers II.

Thank you, May, for this e-mail. I am very happy and proud to be included in the same list of those so brilliant and courageous women. Some of them were among my best friends and we did a long way together. 

Fatma Oussedik

Haifa Jamal Al-Lail

Saudi Arabia, January 16, 2019

The first Dean of the Girls' Campus in King Abdulaziz University.
The President of Effat University.
One of the noted women as part of the "1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize" Initiative in 2005.

Dear May,

Thank you for your great effort in making this hub to acknowledge the work and achievement of Arab women and make it available to the world. Thank you also for having me as part of those pioneers. I look forward to reading their stories and sharing it within my network nationally and internationally. 

Nayla Al Khaja

United Arab Emirates, January 17, 2019

The first first woman film Director/Producer in UAE. The founder of the first film club in Dubai.


Dear May,

Thank you for the beautifully written email and for all the details within it. I am on set and stealing some time to answer so forgive my short reply back.

I do feel honored and humbled to be among such bright minds who are shaping the world here in the Middle East. The work that you do and its intention are exemplary. I will share the links with my contacts.

Nayla Al Khaja 

Farah Al Atassi

Syria, January 17, 2019

President of the Arab Information and Resource Center in Washington, D.C.
Founding member of the Syrian High Negotiations Committee.
Political Activist.

Dearest May,

What wonderful news. The credit should go to you, your team, and chair for working on such a unique program and nobel cause of recognizing women achievements in societies. I will call you mid next week to discuss hosting an event about the Initiative.
I know all the commitment you put in any project you create and direct.

Farah Al Atassi

Nouzha Skalli

Morocco, January 17, 2019

Minister of Social Development, Family and Solidarity. Member of the House of Representatives. Pharmacist. Member of several Boards of Directors. Human Rights Advocate.


Dear May

Thank you very much for your email informing me of the launch of the "Pioneers and Leaders HUB".
I also like to congratulate you warmly and wholeheartedly for your pioneering action, whose contribution to the present and future of Arab women and in the world is very important!
The creation of this Hub contributes greatly to making the action of Arab women leaders and pioneers more visible and valuable, thus doing them justice, while recounting their contributions alongside men, those contributions that helped  the emergence of societies that respect human rights, freedoms and equality. Indeed, unfortunately, in our Arab societies, the value and contribution of women, even those recognized by their contemporaries, are often overshadowed when history is written and transmitted to future generations of men and women.
I will not fail to spread the link you gave me.

Nouzha Skalli

Aseel AlYaqoub

Kuwait, January 19, 2019

Cultural and Social Activist.

Dear May,

Thank you so much for including me in such a wonderful and inspiring list of ambitious women. I am very humbled by your inclusion and look forward to cross-referencing your hub on all my future projects.

Aseel AlYaqoub

Fadwah Khawaja

West Bank/Gaza, January 19, 2019

(Jerusalem Center for Women).

Dear May

Hope all is well with you, I would like to thank you a lot for nominating our center as one of the pioneer organisations in the Arab countries. We are working and fighting continuously in order to protect the women. I hope all of us can think collectively on how to build one chain from all of us to do more progress work with our women, focusing on our future.


Ameen A. Rihani

Lebanon, January 21, 2019

Professor Emeritus
Vice President, Notre Dame University

Dear May,

What a great job. This is a very comprehensive, well focused, and very attractive reference on Women Leadership in the Arab world. It must have taken you and your team a hell of a time to build this enormous project.
Congratulations for this wonderful achievement.


Mayyada Abu Jaber

Jordan, February 4, 2019

Managing Director of World of Letters.
Co-founder of JoWomenomics.
National Coordinator of the Women as Partners in Progress project.

Dear May,

I have to inform you that the visibility of the HUB has been incredible. I have been receiving congratulations messages all last week.
Thank you for such a great initiative of recognizing Arab Women Leaders and Pioneers.
I am excited to have World of Letters recognized as part of the HUB as well.

Best regards,

Nick Rahall

USA, March 6, 2019

American former politician and member of the Democratic Party who served as a U.S. Representative from West Virginia. 
Longest-serving member ever of the United States House of Representatives from the state of West Virginia.

GREAT WORK, MAY. You have indeed pioneered historic and uniquely valuable information from which generstions to come will benefit.  Thank you.

Nick Rahall

Jerome C. Glenn

USA, March 6, 2019

Co-founder and CEO of The Millennium Project.
Previously, Executive director of the American Council for the United Nations University.

May, I have added it in the Global Futures Intelligence System .

Dr. Talal Al-Balushi

USA, March 6, 2019

Cultural Attaché, Embassy of Sultanate of Oman, Washington DC.

Dear May,

Greetings and thank you for the information. I will share this information with my colleagues in Oman and if there is any feedback I will get back to you.

Much appreciated
Talal Al-Balushi

Julie Hanson Swanson

USA, March 6, 2019

Deputy Chief, Education Division, Office of Sustainable Development Bureau for Africa, USAID.

Dear May, congratulations on such a major achievement. This is wonderful what you have done. I will definitely share it.


Nancy Pielemeier

USA, March 6, 2019

International Health Consultant.
Former Senior Vice President at Abt Associates.

Dear May,

This is a very impressive collection that will surely inspire the next generations. Congratulations on this, and on your leadership of the program.

Best wishes, Nancy

Paul K. Huth

USA, March 6, 2019

Director of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland.

Dear May: This looks like an outstanding resource for many different audiences. Congratulations on all the hard work put into developing it and making it so accessible.


Lida Bteddini

USA, March 6, 2019

Research Analyst, MENA Public Sector Governance team, The World Bank.

Dear May,

This is a great initiative, many thanks for sharing. I will circulate among my colleagues within the World Bank.

Best regards,

Stephen Moseley

USA, March 6, 2019

President of the United Nations Association.


Thanks for sharing this. Congratulations. I am sharing this with some colleagues at UNA-NCA, and will suggest it be circulated through our UN Express weekly electronic newsletter. Delighted to hear from you.

Best, Steve

Mary Maguire

USA, March 6, 2019

Global Communications Officer, Abt Associates.

Dear May,

This is outstanding and exciting!
I’ve read about the women from Lebanon—you should be among them! I can’t wait to read about the others as well.

This is a true first— A resource on Arab women who are completely the opposite of the stereotypes we are used to seeing. Yet it is just another first for you, who have had many, and who has had such an impact on so many people, both male and female.

Happy International Women’s Day to the woman who introduced me to it!

Big hugs,

Sandy Tamer

USA, March 7, 2019

Philanthropist, Activist, Supporter of numerous causes.
Board of directors of Action Against Hunger.
Director’s council of the Museum of Modern Art, NY.

Dearest May, 

What a wonderful initiative! 
Congratulations on the launch of the Pioneers and Leaders HUB!  
We need women leaders to get inspired and to look up to, and to remind ourselves that we too can achieve our dreams and make a difference. 
Thank you for sharing, I will be happy to spread the news! 
Wishing you the best of luck! 

Warm regards 

Michael Dravis

USA, March 7, 2019

University of Maryland.

Congratulations, May, on the official launch of the Pioneers and Leaders HUB.  The HUB is a great achievement for the Gibran Chair and, more importantly, will be an extraordinary resource for—and accelerator of—the empowerment of Arab women.  


Elaine Murphy

USA, March 7, 2019

Visiting Scholar at the Population Reference Bureau.
Advisory Committee WPP.
Previously, Professor of Global Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health, Director of PATH’s Women’s Reproductive
Health Initiative, and Director of International Programs at the Population Reference Bureau.

Dear May,

Congratulations on launching the Pioneers and Leaders HUB! 

This is indeed a groundbreaking initiative, one which will inspire thousands of other women and men in the Arab world--and beyond. In addition to inspiration, the Hub will provide models, research, and resources for action, with the result of facilitating the advancement of women. 

Again, congratulations to you, your team, and the women pioneers and leaders on this excellent endeavor. 


Melanne Verveer

USA, March 10, 2019

Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University.
Former first United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues in 2009, nominated by President Barack Obama, Chair and Co-CEO with Hillary Clinton of Vital Voices Global Partnership, Assistant to President Bill Clinton and Chief of Staff to the First Lady Hillary Clinton.

Dear May, Thank you for letting me know.
It sounds like an exceptionally useful new tool. Congratulations!
This is such an important part of the world, with so many exceptional women on the front lines of change.


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