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Rana El-Sayed

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Rana El-Sayed

Tripoli, Lebanon

70 199 846 mobile

[email protected]

Citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese

Fluent in English, French and spoken Arabic (Basic reading and writing skills in Arabic)



2008-2011           Graduate Student, American University of Beirut,                                                                Centre for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES)                                                                                                                                     Thesis Topic: Youth Unemployment in Lebanon and its impact on the Economy                                                                             Areas of Focus: Migration, Career Trajectory, Education and Training, and the Job Market.

2005                    Oxford Seminars TESL/TEFL (Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language) Certificate, Toronto, ON

2001-2005           Bachelor of Arts University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

                            Honours Degree in International Relations and Near and Middle Eastern Studies.


Work Experience

2012-present        Standards Consultants, Beirut, Lebanon                                                                         Reference: Dr. Hady Safa, 961 1 791841                                                                                   Trainer

·         Responsible  for training course preparations(Soft Business Skills)

o   Business Writing Skills

o   Effective Communication

o   Presentation Skills

o   Managing Complex Situations

o   Leadership and Teamwork

·         Responsible to teach soft skills courses as part of the Lebanese American University (LAU) Continuing Education Program

2010-present        Business Incubation Association of Tripoli (BIAT), Tripoli, Lebanon                                          Reference: Ms. Sarah Marhaba, 961 6 425 600 Ext: 250                                                     External Relations Officer

·         Responsible for all donor relations (Donor Relations Management)

·         Responsible for all visibility, marketing and communications

·         Project Management – SHAAMS Strategic Hubs from the Analysis and Acceleration of the Mediterranean Solar Sector

·         Responsible  for grant/proposal writing

·         Grant Contract Management (We are funded by the European Union)

·         Event Management

2009- 2010                  American University of Beirut: Center for Arab and Middle East Studies (CAMES) Graduate Assistant                                                                                                                         Reference: Dr. Aliya Saidi  961 01 344 733 or [email protected]

·         Responsible for administrative duties

·         Academic research assistants for Professors in the department

·         Data collection and categorization.


2006-2010           American Academy of Beirut                                                                                                 Teacher, English and History                                                                                                  Reference: Reem Hout 961 03 465-080 or [email protected]

·         Responsible for helping the students achieve the level of English necessary to transition smoothly into University.

·         Teach World History to high school students, preparing them for university level classes.

2005-2007           Wall Street Institute School of English. Beirut, Lebanon                                                                                       English Teacher and Language Program Designer                                                       Reference: Monique Kahi 961 03 734 982  or  [email protected]

·         Worked in a highly professional environment teaching English to adults.

·         Assessed student levels, planned and prepared lessons relevant to the students needs

·         Prepared specific programs for groups using Wall Street Methods

·         Ensured that each student reached his/her target English goal

·         Prepared training and trained staff for Sahnaoui Bros., Aishti, MTC Touch Lebanon

·         Created specialized English language program for Law

Summer 2006      University of Toronto. Toronto, Canada                                                                                                                  Joint Program Coordinator for the Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies and Canadian Studies Academic Programs.                                                                                                                        Reference: Jim Linley 00 1 416 978 8084 or  [email protected]

·         Responsible for all administrative tasks related to the academic programs.  

·         Maintained the website, program databases, and course syllabuses

·         Responsible to maintain the research files up to date

·         Advised students on academic concerns

·         Oversaw the work study students, and ensured that all Teaching Assistants were well informed of their required duties.  



Dec 2010             “Children and Youth in the MENA Region: Towards Unleashing their Potentials”, run in collaboration by the World Bank and the MENA Child and Youth Initiative.  

Feb 2011             “Writing to Win” Proposal Writing Workshop; conducted by Mr. Bourhane Kreitem, expert EU Project Cycle Management (PCM) methodology. 

Nov 2011            “Seminar on Trademarks and Geographical Indicators”, organized by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)

Feb 2012             EU Capacity Building:  Value Chain and Sub Sector, Trainer Mr. Michel Manader, EU Expert

Mar 2012             Access to Finance in Lebanon, Loan Mall for Available Financing options in Lebanon

Oct 2012              EU Capacity Building: Sales Tools, Sales Strategies, Planning and Development, Trainer Ms. Mary-Jo Char, EU Expert




First Aid Certified

Project management, leadership and team work experience

Computer skills; Microsoft office and basic HTML, familiarity with PC and Mac products