About Our Organization

Jusoor is a US 501c3 NGO of Syrian expatriates supporting the country’s development and helping Syrian youth realize their potential through programs in the fields of education, career development, and global community engagement. As a community of Syrians living around the world working together to launch programs that benefit the Syrian community inside and outside Syria. We are committed to supporting the country’s development and drawing on the vast talents and experience of our global members to overcome the challenges the country faces.

Jusoor believes that youth in Syria should have access to profoundly better opportunities.
In particular, we hope for a nation that embraces democracy, respects human rights and rule of law and encourages free speech and the exchange of ideas. We hope for a country that offers its people high standards of living underpinned by a strong education system. And we hope for a country that promotes opportunity, in which every young woman and man grows up with hope and dreams for the future and finds opportunities within the country’s borders.

Jusoor is a non-political organization with strictly no ties to any political entity. Jusoor’s programs do not differentiate according to political views, ethnicity, religion or gender.

To read Jusoor’s Annual Reports, click here: 2014 report, 2015 Report, 2016 Report.

annual report 2014
annual report 2015

Boards of Directors

Aziza Osman

Aziza is a social entrepreneur and startup advisor. She started a social enterprise in health and well-being across Dubai and holds idea cultivation workshops for startups in the region. Prior to pursuing entrepreneurship, she worked in marketing intelligence and strategy for Philips Electronics Middle East. At Jusoor, she runs the Career Development Program and works closely with the Entrepreneurship Program, mentoring social startups on scaling, and measuring impact in Syria.

Dania Ismail

Dania is the co-founder of Third Eye Agency, a performing arts-focused company based in Dubai. Prior to starting her own company, she held the position of Strategy and Business Development Manager at MBC Group for ten years. Dania is passionate about working with Syrian communities on projects that accelerate the growth and realize the potential of the country. She directs Jusoor’s Entrepreneurship Program.

Fadi Salem

Fadi is a Ph.D. Candidate in Public Policy at Oxford University. Prior to that he was the Director of the Governance and Innovation Program at the Dubai School of Government, Fellow with the I+I Policy Research Centre at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, and Associate with the Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School for Public Policy. His areas of expertise include new models of governance and citizen engagement and their impact on social development.

Iyad Duwaji

Iyad is a business entrepreneur and managing partner of different investments vehicles. Prior to that, he was the CEO of SHUAA Capital, a publicly listed company in Dubai that won many distinctions. Iyad holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington and has served as a director of different public and private companies in Europe and the UAE. He is a passionate supporter of community activities, education, and self-help initiatives.

JP Chilazi

JP is a Vice President at Bain Capital Private Equity in Boston. Prior to that, he was at McKinsey & Company in the New Jersey and Dubai offices. JP holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. At Jusoor, he oversees the organization’s financial operations.

Leen Alzaibak

Leen is a Senior Policy Advisor for Policy Planning and Coordination at the Office of International Relations and Protocol for the province of Ontario. Previously, she served as a Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services. Leen holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, Trinity College and a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Manchester. She is a leader in supporting Syrian refugees resettled in Canada to succeed, and directs Jusoor’s partnerships and programs in Canada.

Rami Zayat

Rami serves as Senior Legal Consultant to DLA Piper and is based in Abu Dhabi. He specializes in private equity and mergers and acquisitions’ transactions, government contracting along with IT outsourcing, and other IT related transactions. Rami also advises clients on general IT, intellectual property, and general corporate matters. Rami is passionate about preserving Syrian cultural traditions while developing an educational system and economic forum that provides the structural basis for the development of youth.

Rania Succar

Rania recently joined Intuit to lead QuickBooks Financing.  Prior to that, she held several roles at Google over the course of five years, most recently serving as the Director of Brand Solutions for North America at Google.  Before joining Google, Rania worked with McKinsey & Company in the US and Dubai. Now based in San Francisco, Rania co-founded the Harvard Arab Alumni Association in 2001 and served as President until 2008. She received an MBA from the Harvard Business School, an MPA in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and an BA in economics from Harvard College.


Leadership Team

Maya Alkateb-Chami

Director. Maya co-founded and led the United World Colleges (UWC) scholarship program for Syria for six years, and directed admissions at the UWC U.S. campus. Prior to that she ran Al Makan Art Association, a cultural NGO in Syria, and served as a consultant and trainer for Maastricht School of Management and UNRWA in the areas of NGO capacity building and youth engagement. Maya has a BA in Political Science from Damascus University and an MSc in Education from Indiana University Bloomington. Her Fulbright-supported research focused on youth empowerment through the arts.


Suha Tutunji

Academic Director of Refugee Education Program. Suha has over 25 years of experience in education, including as a teacher, trainer of teachers, and school administrator in each of Lebanon, the UAE, and the UK. She has an MA in School Management and Supervision and is particularly interested in widening access to Syrian refugee education and supporting students with learning disabilities. Suha has participated in several research projects and represents Jusoor on the INEE Minimum Standards Working Group for Emergency Education.

Awards Received by Jusoor

Jusoor Bridges Award

This is an award that is given to an individual who is working to transform and build a better world around them. They are a source of inspiration and compassion– an agent of change who demonstrates the utmost courage and respect towards all humanity. We honor them with the Jusoor Bridges Award. The award recipient has made a tangible impact on the lives of the Syrian people in Syria or in the diaspora; and, in their work, has contributed to such values. More…

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