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Major Positions

Director of Middle East and Africa Department at Frontiers Consultants.
Academic researcher.
Co-Founder of the Syrian National Council.
Op-ed writer at Alhayat Newspaper.
Advisor at Vital Voices organization.
Activist.
Author.

Major Accomplishments

Marah Bukai is a Syrian-American academic researcher, international consultant about the MENA region, and a writer who has dedicated her professional life to bridge understanding and cultural dialogue between the United States and the Arab and Muslim worlds. Educated in France with an MA in Arabic and Islamic Studies from University of Strasbourg and living in the United States since 1992, Bukai has strived to build bridges between the East and West through her work as Arabic Linguistic professor at University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and the "Contemporary Islam" class at the Georgetown University (CCPE), which she established in 2008. She is also an op-ed writer at the Alhayat international newspaper and a distinguished advisor at the Vital Voices organization that identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, enabling them to create a better world for all. Bukai is currently the Director of Middle East and Africa department at Frontiers Consultants firm based in Washington D.C.

As a long-lasting advocate for democratic peaceful change in Syria, Bukai joined the early Civic Society Movement in 2001 and the Damascus Declaration in 2005, and also co-founded the Syrian National Council in 2011. In 2015, Bukai received a certificate of appreciation from the Department of State for her contribution to support the needs of Syrian students in higher education in the USA. Bukai also taught at the Foreign Service Institute and was awarded the US Department of State's Certification of Honor for her publication about Public Diplomacy in 2014. She was identified as one of the ten most influential Arab Intellectual Women for the year of 2011 through an online election conducted by the Al-Ahram Newspaper in 2012, and in 2009 was recognized as an Intellectual Entrepreneur from the Middle East by the Atlas Think Tank Prime.

Bukai has seven publications of Arabic poetry, and one English poetry book, O (2005). Her political publication on the Syrian revolution, The Third Fear, was published in 2017.

Last modified: 01/09/2019

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