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


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.

Said Al-Ismaily, M.B.A
Associate Dean for Human Resources and External Relations


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.

Judi Garfinkel, M.P.H.
Associate Dean for Programs

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.

Radhwan Al Hasani
Academic Director, Arabic Language Programs


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.


Huzaim Mohamed Al Manei
Associate Director of Arabic Language Programs


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.


Arabic Language Instructors

Amani Al Abdul Salam
Ayah Al Balushi
Miyssa Al Balushi
Samira Al Ghanami
Duaa Al Harrasi
Hind Al Kitani
Amna Al Matrooshi
Iman Al Naamani
Samira Al Sabahi
Rajaa Al Sarmi

Natasha Phillips
Program Coordinator


Natasha Phillips is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a degree in Government and Economics. She became interested in the Middle East after taking an introductory Arabic course in college, and has since spent time in the region studying Arabic -- including a previous summer studying at CIL. Drawn back to Oman by the opportunity to live in the Middle East and work with students in a cross-cultural setting, she facilitates interesting cultural and educational experiences for CIL students. She enjoys the region’s culture, history, and politics, and enjoys exploring Oman through hiking, camping, and scuba diving.

Aisha Al Maamari
Homestay Coordinator and Peer Facilitator

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.

Mahfoodh Al Umairi
Public Relations Officer

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

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