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J. Larry Brown, Ph.D
President and Academic Dean

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Serving many years on the faculty of the Harvard School of Public Health, J. Larry Brown riveted national attention on the existence of hunger in America in the 1980s, when he led a team of prominent doctors on field investigations in 25 states. The founding director of the Center on Hunger and Poverty, Brown also founded the Feinstein International Famine Center and the Institute on Assets and Social Policy. Dr. Brown chaired the board of Oxfam America, and also chaired the medical task force of USA for Africa and Hands Across America.

He is the author of numerous articles in both lay and scientific journals, such as Scientific American and Encyclopedia Britannica, and several books, including Living Hungry in America. He has appeared often on national television including CNN, “Good Morning America,” the “TODAY” show, and network news programs, and he testifies frequently before Congress.

A young Peace Corps volunteer in rural India in the late 1960s, Brown later served under President Jimmy Carter as assistant director of the Peace Corps. Even more recently, he completed a stint as Peace Corps country director in Uganda. Brown served as Director of the World Learning Oman Center since 2010, and recently joined the Center for International Learning as President and Academic Dean.

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Said Al-Ismaily, M.B.A
Managing Partner,
Director of Human Resource Development Programs

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Said Al-Ismaily is an accomplished human resources and training professional, experienced in managing people and organizations at the senior management level. He has led diversified teams of professionals to new levels of success in a variety of highly competitive industries. Al-Ismaily served in the Royal Air Force of Oman, in flying roles as well as leading and managing academic and training institutions. He studied an M.B.A. from University of Strathclyde, U.K., and University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, U.K., as well as an M.A. in Military Studies.

As Assistant General Manager at Bank Muscat SAOG, Al-Ismaily was responsible for Human Resources Department, Learning & Development Department and Administration Department. He designed several programs to improve employee satisfaction and morale. Under his leadership, Bank Muscat received various recognitions, among them as “the best place to work” consecutively for four years 2002-2005 by Business Today Magazine.

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Judi Garfinkel, M.P.H.
Associate Dean for Programs
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A long-time education and health program administrator, Judi Garfinkel also has worked in program communications and fundraising strategy in the nonprofit sector. Since 2010, she served as Director of Program Development at the World Learning Oman Center.  Previously, Garfinkel worked with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to prepare technical reports and develop training materials for the USAID-funded STOP Malaria Project in Uganda. She also performed organizational capacity assessments for community organizations affiliated with John Snow International to expand the reach of HIV/AIDS prevention and care programs. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking in wadis and mountains, power-walking on the beach, playing the piano (especially Chopin), and exploring Oman’s natural beauty with her husband.

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Maryam Al Riyami, MSc
Academic Director, Study Abroad Program

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Maryam Al Riyami is a sociology graduate from the University of Southampton (UK). She is an alumnus of Temple University (US). Previously Al Riyami was a Course Coordinator and Lecturer at the Oman Medical College for several years. She has also coordinated conferences and workshops in collaboration with the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at Sultan Qaboos University. Her research interests are varied, but mainly focus on international migration and marginal positioning of social groups. Her research incorporates broad subject areas such as globalization, social development, identity, transnationalism, and intersecting colonial histories, with a focus on Oman.

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Radhwan Al Hasani
Director of Arabic Language Programs

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Radhwan Al Hasani graduated from Nizwa Education College with a graduate degree in Arabic language. He has fourteen years of experience teaching Arabic to non-native speakers, serving as an Arabic teacher at several schools, and subsequently as Arabic Supervisor, Head of Department, Deputy Director and Director of the Department for the Supervision and Evaluation in the Ministry of Education. Al Hasani taught at the Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic to Non-Native Speakers before joining CIL.

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Huzaim Mohamed Al Manei
Associate Director of Arabic Language Programs

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Husaim Al Manei graduated from Sultan Qaboos Univeristy with an advanced degree in Arabic Studies. He has taught Arabic as a Foreign Language at both university and secondary school levels in various regions of Oman. In addition, Al Manei studied English language and teaching methods in Queensland, Australia, and French language in Muscat. He also has participated in Arabic language professional development training in Cairo. He first joined our program in 2010, and is now Associate Director of Arabic Language Programs.

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Isaac Reynolds
Consultant

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Isaac Reynolds has promoted English education and training in Oman since 2009. Previously, Isaac led the English Access Microscholarship Program, a U.S. government-sponsored extracurricular English language and training program for Omani students. In addition to his activities as an educator in secondary and institutional classrooms, Isaac is a frequent guest presenter/trainer at local schools, colleges, companies, and organizations around Oman.

Isaac graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a degree in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs and has certification in English and French languages, in addition to his knowledge of Arabic and German.


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Humood Al Dughaishi, Ph.D
Language Trainer and Summer Instructor

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An expert in Arabic literature and an experienced lecturer in Arabic language, Humood Al Dughaishi has taught at the university level for many years. Receiving his Master's and Ph.D degrees from Mu'tah University in Jordan, he has much experience in teaching Arabic to non-native speakers, and also has taught at the university level in the U.S.

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Rajaa Al Sarmi
Arabic Language Instructor
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Rajaa Al Sarmi is a graduate of Sultan Qaboos University with a degree in Arabic Languages and Arts. She has experience as an Arabic language instructor and enjoys working with students of different nationalities.  

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Amani Al Abdul Salam
Arabic Language Instructor

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Amani Al Abdul Salam has worked in a variety of settings with different types of students. She graduated from the University of Nizwa with an Education degree. She served as a language tutor, and organized various educational events, exhibitions and conferences at the University.

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Stephanie Wong
Program Coordinator

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Stephanie Wong’s interest in the Middle East was first sparked while working in student affairs at King’s Academy, a boarding school founded by King Abdullah II in Jordan.  After graduating from Brown University with a double concentration in Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science, she returned to her hometown of Hong Kong to work as a reporter and anchor for a leading local television station, covering breaking news ranging from politics to poverty – while continuing to pursue Arabic on the side.

She is thrilled about working with students again and exploring everything Oman has to offer.  In her spare time, she enjoys gallivanting around the country and finding ways to combine her passions for journalism, anthropology, China and the Middle East.

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Aisha Al Maamari
Homestay Coordinator and Peer Facilitator
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Aisha Al Maamari graduated from the Al Omani Institute for Vocational Training. She later joined the National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) program in Administration at the National Training Institute (NTI) and graduated with a focus in Administration. Al Maamari has worked with the Omani Women’s Association and as a teaching assistant at Al Salaam Private School. She developed our cohort of homestay families, and is CIL’s link between these host families and our students.

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Mahfoodh Al Umairi
Public Relations Officer

As Public Relations Office (PRO), Mahfoodh Al Umairi is the liaison between CIL and various government ministries.
 

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