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Title: World Links Arab Region

World Links Arab Region
ICT Skills in Education
Created by Mr. James Wolfensohn, the ex-President
of the World Bank, in 1997 Independent NGO based
in Washington D.C., in 1999 World Links Arab
Region, was initiated and independent in 2003,
one of World Links success stories.
  • Instil ICT and 21st Century Skills in education
    and among youth
  • Countries launch in 22 Arab Countries. Support
    WL Global operations (75 countries)
  • Youth Reach 20 million youth, scalable to 100
    million youth and women.
  • New Initiatives ICT in 1-12 Education, Higher
    Education, Vocational Training and
    Community-based Projects.
  • Sustainability in Countries Build capacity and
    sustainability for national roll-outs
  • Content Continuously update content, delivery
    tools and maintain quality.
  • Outreach Build awareness and organize
    educational forums
  • Networking Academic and knowledge-based
    networking among countries.
  • E-Portal FOR networking, training and MIS

Program Outcomes
In the Long Term. Networking Strong Arab and
global networked knowledge economies.  
National Impact Active knowledge communities and
economies -- Better preparation for future labor
markets and work challenges -- Increased
employment opportunities -- Bridging of global
digital divide -- Improved educational systems
and global understanding
What WLAR does
  • Output
  • Instills new ICT technologies and tools
  • Upper order skills critical thinking, problem
    solving, scientific research, collaborative work
    in groups and communications skills.
  • Operates on the classroom level, over 2
    scholastic years
  • Changes classroom mechanism and behavior of
  • Teacher from instructor to facilitator, student
    is active learner
  • Respects countries cultures and traditions
  • Respects ministries curricula
  • Works will all subjects math, arts, languages,

  • ICT enhances and increases the likelihood of
  • In Traditional Learning, students act as mirrors,
    reflecting content and skills back to the
    teachers. In the New Learning Environment,
    students amplify, process, mix and share

(David Warlick)
  • Outcome
  • Ultimately creates self and lifelong learners
  • Increases online content and networking
  • Fights unemployment and poverty
  • Supports knowledge economies

The Benefits Are Vast, Yet It Costs So Little
  • Economic impact of investment in education is
    very substantive.
  • World Links aims at a cost of 1 per student
  • With an expected 3,000 annual return in a
    country such as Jordan, for those who gain
    sustain life-long learning higher-level skills.
  • A 500,000 contribution would enable us to reach
    nearly half a million youth across a region.

Tiburcio, Paraguay Thanks to what I learned, I
was offered a job, which is not easy with the
economic situation of the country. All of this is
thanks to the opportunities learning how to use a
computer and work in a team.
World Links has trained teachers in 34
World Links Countries
Country Year Teachers Students (Accumulative Count)
Lebanon 2007-2009 500 100,000
Lebanon UNRWA 2007-2009 200 40,000
Syria 2005-2007 1,450 321,200
Jordan 2003-2008 2,342 493,400
Palestine- moehe 2007-2009 1,000 200,000
Gaza - UNRWA 2006-2008 1,000 200,000
Yemen 2004-2008 769 160,000
Total 7,261 1,514,600
Best Scenario accumulative for ONLY 5 countries Best Scenario accumulative for ONLY 5 countries Best Scenario accumulative for ONLY 5 countries Best Scenario accumulative for ONLY 5 countries Best Scenario accumulative for ONLY 5 countries Best Scenario accumulative for ONLY 5 countries Best Scenario accumulative for ONLY 5 countries Best Scenario accumulative for ONLY 5 countries Best Scenario accumulative for ONLY 5 countries
Years Yrs Program Country 1 Country 2 Country 3 Country 4 Country 5
2009- 2010 2 Pilot 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 5000 Teachers
2009- 2010 2 Pilot 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 1 million students
2011-2012 2 National Roll Out 10,000 accumulative 11,000 11,000 11,000 11,000 11,000 55,000 Teachers
2011-2012 2 National Roll Out 10,000 accumulative 2,200,000 2,200,000 2,200,000 2,200,000 2,200,000 11 million students
2013-2014 2 National Roll Out 100,000 accumulative 111,000 111,000 111,000 111,000 111,000 555,000 Teachers
22,200,000 22,200,000 22,200,000 22,200,000 22,200,000 111 million
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The 100 Million Scenario If 5 counties reach the 100,000 teachers training readiness stage by 2015, it is then possible to reach the 100 Million mark, accumulatively.
Countries like Morocco and Saudi Arabia have
300,000 and 500,000 teachers respectively. Egypt
over a million...
How.. (3 slides)
  • Capacity building and sustainability schemes,
    such as
  • Country adopts the program within its system
    (reduced cost)
  • In-house core trainers
  • Clear and detailed work plan, shared
  • Involving in all project steps
  • End of projects assessments
  • Staying ahead
  • Maintaining quality.
  • Shared best practices..

TDP Program
Expandable Cascade Training Model (1000 teachers
/ 100,000 Students) Using this model, it is
possible to reach one million students in one
year 2 Regional Trainers, 15 Core Trainers,
250-500 MT 10,000 Trained Teachers
TDP Components
A needs assessment assesses e-status and gathers
information about the educational system. Content
and Delivery involves the curricula and tools,
accompanied by in-class mentoring. The Program
ends with an evaluation mechanism, teachers /
students competitions, and certification award
World Links Federation

Reem Bsaiso CEO World Links Arab Region (WLAR)
Ruwan Salgado ED World Links (WL)
  • A successful track record and experience in
    technology and education.
  • Served as the initiator of the National ICT
    Training Strategy at the Ministry of Education in
    2003, under a UNDP-UNESCO Contract with the
    Government of Jordan. This included the launch of
    ICT literacy programs such as ICDL, e-learning
    programs such as World Links and
    Intel-Teach-to-the-Future, as well as Microsoft,
    Cisco and other technical support programs.
  • Contributed to many national initiatives,
    institutional capacity building programs and
    reform policies, and has worked in the public,
    private and civic sectors, with local and
    international agencies.
  • She was part of the Jordanian National Agenda
    Team of Employment, Vocational Training and
  • Specialized in Advanced Computer Aided Design
    (CAD) and virtual reality 3D productions at
    Virginia Polytechnic University (VT), Virginia
    USA, in 1995, having graduated from the
    University of Jordan with a B.Sc. In Mathematics
    and Pure Sciences.
  • Nearly 20 years management, business development,
    operations, strategic planning and finance
    experience with both not-for-profit and
    for-profit organizations.
  • Significant international development experience
    having spent many years working as a management
    consultant in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Central
    Europe and the Former Soviet Union. 
  • 7 years in management and financial roles
    previously in education field helping to manage a
    private equity funded company providing teacher
    professional development for U.S. primary and
    secondary schools and a non-profit organization
    focusing on U.S. primary and secondary
    educational reform.
  • Experience in privatizations, public-private
    partnerships consultant to a venture capital
  • As a management consultant in and outside of the
    United States, worked with senior corporate
    executives and government officials in a wide
    range of industries including oil, mining,
    healthcare, capital markets, and agribusiness.
  • Member of the International Society for
    Technology in Education (ISTE).
  • MBA, University of Chicago M.Phil. in Economics,
    Oxford University B.A. in Economics and B.S. in
    Engineering, Swarthmore College, USA.

World Links Global Board of Directors

Samer Salty Chair WLAR
Robert Eckelmann Chair WL
Mustafa Nasereddin Vice-Chair WLAR / Mem. WL
Mohamed Muhsin Vice-Chair WL
  • Founder and CEO Zouk Venture
  • Co-founder and CEO of zouk ventures Ltd in the UK
    (1999), one of the leading private equity firms
    focused on investing in renewable energy and
    clean technologies.
  • One of the co-founders of World-Links Arab
  • Serves on the Intl Council of Harvard Kennedy
    School of Government
  • Serves on the Deans Council of the University of
    Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Samer
    has 19 years of experience in venture capital,
    investment banking and technology in Europe and
  • Focuses on services, wireless / communication
  • Managed structured technology and wireless
    private equity transactions within the TMT group
    at J.P. Morga Europe.
  • Holds a B.Sc. in Electronic Eng. from Cal Poly
    a M.Sc. in Finance from MIT.
  • Intel Former VP, General Manager Europe, ME
  • Current Board member of several technology
    companies in Europe, U.S ME
  • Formerly VP of Intel 1998 - 2002, serving as head
    of Intel Europe, Middle East, and Africa, then
    responsible for worldwide brand management and
  • Active in bringing technology-based education to
    developing regions since his tenure as VP of
  • Started up Intel in much of Asia-Pacific,
    including China, India, and Southeast Asia after
    handling international strategy in the office of
    then-President Andy Grove.
  • For US government, managed international trade
    policy development in technology sector.
  • Lived in Singapore, Germany, France, Japan,
    Australia, and US.
  • BA, Williams College and Masters degrees,
    Princeton University University of Chicago
  • Executive Director, Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Co.
  • Over 28 years experience in various fields of
    management, marketing and ICT technologies.
  • Secretary General, the United Nations ICT Arab
    Regional Network
  • Member, Advisory Council at the Internet
    Society, USA
  • Vice-Chairman of the Information Technology
    Association Jordan
  • Board member of the Jordan Micro-Credit Company
  • Participated in the start up of local presences
    for IT firms such as WANG, Hitachi, Siemens, and
    Compaq in Kuwait, Oman, and Saudi Arabia.
  • Masters Degree, Computer Engineering
  • Former VP and CIO, World Bank
  • Currently, Management Consultant with the
    Centennial Group with focus on Middle East
  • World Bank Vice President and Chief Information
    Officer until his retirement in 2005
  • Member of several international corporate boards
  • Previously, Advisor to the President of Zambia on
    State Enterprise Reform and Financial Director of
    Zambias Industrial and Mining Corporation.


Dr. Salwa Khoury
Mr. Sam Carlson WL Co-Founder
Mr. Maxime Chaya
Robert M. Chefitz
HE Hala Bsaiso
Gassan Al-Kibsi
  • Assistant Professor, UAE
  • Dr. Salwa Khoury is a leading educator, and
    currently an Associate Professor at the American
    University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Her family's company, Consolidated Contractors
    International (CCC) has made a contribution of
    half a million dollars to become the third
    founding partner of WLAR.
  • World Bank
  • Over 20 years experience on improving educational
    systems in developing
  • First Executive Director of World Links within
    the World Bank who led its spin-off as an
    independent non-profit organization based in
    Washington, DC. 
  • Field experinece in Africa, Latin America, the
    Arab Region and Asia.
  • Secondary school teacher of history French in
    Connecticut USA prior to entering the
    international development field.
  • BA International Relations Education, Dartmouth
    College Masters in Public Administration,
    Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School.
  • Corporate Ambassador
  • Bank Audi sal
  • Brings a wealth of experience to WLAR from his
    professional background in business and
  • Avid and accomplished top-level sportsman,
    perhaps most notably having climbed the highest
    peak on all 7 continents.
  • Maxim has lived and studied in a number of
    different countries and he earned his BSc. in
    Monetary Economics from the London School of
    Economics and Political Science in the UK..
  • Private Equity Partner
  • Founding partner of Egis Capital Partners, a
    leading private equity fund focused on the
    security and homeland defense industry.
  • Over 25 years of private equity investing
    experience including Golder, Thoma Cressey Co.
    and APAX Partners.
  • Focus on financing service companies in a broad
    spectrum of industries, with an emphasis on
    backing management teams consolidating
    fragmented industries such as IT, employee
    benefits, and security.
  • Past Chairman of World Links.
  • BA History, Northwestern University MBA,
    Columbia University.
  • Minister of Social Development, Jordan
  • Mrs. Lattouf has over 15 years of senior-level
    intl experience in private sector corporations,
    World Bank and UNDP.
  • Served as Secretary General for Ministry of
    Planning Intl Cooperation
  • Served as Secretary General for Ministry of
    Public Sector Reform
  • Was advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and
    Director of Her Majesty Queen Ranias Office,
    prior to assuming the position of Minister of
    Social Development
  • Partner at McKinsey Company
  • Partner at McKinsey and Company and is the MP for
    McKinseys, S.A.
  • Worked with top leaders of several GCC countries
    on economic reform .
  • Advises GCC and Europeans companies on matters of
    energy and large scale performance improvements.
  • B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering - Georgia
    Institute of Technology, M.Sc. in Operations
    Research MIT, MBA in strategic management from
    the Sloan School of Management, MIT


Linda Sean McGinnis, Co-Founder WL
Claudio Pinkus
Jean-Louis Sarbib
Keith Yocam
Chris Mathias
  • World Bank
  • Over 25 years experience in the field of
    international economic development and management
    with a particular focus on investments in
    children and youth.
  • Co-founded World Links, overseeing its expansion
    from 3 to 34 countries, first as manager, then as
    Board Member.
  • Lived and worked on development challenges in
    Africa, South Asia, Latin America, Caribbean,
    Europe and the U.S.
  • 20 years tenure with World Bank with last
    position as lead economist for Children and
    Youth, responsible for global strategy.
  • BA International Relations, Stanford University
    MA International Economic Development, Princeton
    University and l'Institut des Sciences Politiques
    Paris Management, Harvard Business School.
  • Executive Chairman of RevCube, Inc.
  • Over 25 years in management of software, services
    and Internet companies, including Ask Jeeves,
    Bowne Global Solutions, and GlobalWare,
  • Experience leading successful companies in their
    growth towards profitability and global expansion.
  • Managing Director, Wolfenson Co. LLC
  • Senior Vice President, World Bank Human
    Development Network, 2003 -2006, overseeing the
    Banks investments in education health, social
    protection, and HIV/AIDS. with a view to helping
    its clients meet the Millennium Development
  • From 1996 to 2003, World Banks V.P. for Africa
    and then V.P. for the Middle East and North
    Africa Region where he managed operations
    accounting for 1 billion (FY03) in new loans.
  • Chair, Development Gateway Foundation
  • Bachelors, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines
    de Paris Masters, University of Pennsylvania
  • Adjunct Professor, Education ICT and Pedagogy
  • Former Director of Programs for Schools Online, a
    nonprofit, public benefit organization that
    provided technology grants and facilitated
    professional development to schools in
    disadvantaged communities worldwide.
  • Former Worldwide Program Manager of Apple
    Classrooms of Tomorrow International, a research
    and development program at Apple Computer, Inc.
  • 11 years elementary school teacher, science
    resource specialist, and district computer mentor
  • M.A. Interdisciplinary Education with emphasis in
    Teaching and Learning with Technology, Santa
    Clara University
  • B.A. Communications, California State University,
  • UK-based Entrepreneur Investor
  • Successful Indian-born entrepreneur who takes
    active roles in private equity and in social and
    philanthropic investment.
  • Co-founder CMG Partners and Arbor Ventures
    private investment management companies with
    early stage and turnaround/ restructure focus.
  • Founder of several companies, most notably
    Conduit Communications Ltd, an IT consulting firm
    and service provider.
  • Ex-CEO, Harpur Group
  • BA, Bristol University MBA, INSEAD, Paris

World Links Arab Region Advisory Council

HM Queen Rania Al-Abdallah
HE First Lady Asma al-Assad
HH Princess Zahra Aga Khan
HE Mrs. Bahia Hariri
Mrs. Elaine Wolfensohn
Ms. Lubna S. Olayan
Mr. Saed Abdul-Latif
  • Queen Rania completed her school education in
    Kuwait and obtained a Bachelor's degree from the
    American University in Cairo.
  • Her activities encompass issues of national
    concern including education, health, and youth,
    among others.
  • She also has a special interest in several core
  • Promotion of innovation in education
  • Improvement of the quality of life of the family
  • The development of income-generating projects.
  • Mrs. Assad is a graduate of King's College Univ.
    of London / degree in Computer Science.
  • Early professional career in Banking/ Mergers
    Acquisition .
  • Mrs. Asma Akhras Assad initiates and supports
    programs designed to foster economic development
    and improve the quality of life of the Syrian
  • Focus on rural development and women's issues.
  • She brings experienced viewpoints and focus on
    sustainable development .
  • Princess Zahra Aga Khan, daughter of H.H. the Aga
    Khan, was born 18 September 1970.
  • She received her early education at Le Rosey
    School in Switzerland and graduated from Harvard
    University with a B.A. (Honours) degree in
    Development Studies in 1994.
  • She is working at the Secretariat of H.H. at
    Aiglemont, in Gouvieux, France.
  • Zahra is the Head of the Social Welfare
    Department (SWD) located within the Secretariat
    of the Aga Khan in France
  • H.E. Bahia Hariri, born in 1952 in Saida is the
    Minister of Education at the new Cabinet.
  • Mrs. Bahia Hariri heads the Hariri Foundation for
    Sustainable Development , an NGO aiming at
    supporting and empowering youth.
  • She is Vice-President of the Arab Network of
    Non-Governmental Organizations.
  • Mrs. Hariri was elected as deputy in the Lebanese
    Parliament (1992) and became head of its
    Educational Committee.
  • For over 40 years, Elaine Wolfensohn has been
    involved in the field of education and arts
    education while raising her family.
  • Her work in Australia and the United States has
    included teaching in private schools, creating
    teen tutoring programs in inner city schools, and
    training adult volunteers to tutor high school
  • Mrs. Wolfensohn was educated at Wellesley
    College, where she received her B.A.
  • CEO of the Olayan Financing Company, holding
    entity for the Olayan Group's operations in the
    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Member of the Board of Olayan Investment Co.
    Establishment, the parent company of The Olayan
  • President of the Sulaiman S. Olayan Foundation,
    philanthropic arm of the Olayan Gdroup.
  • Serves as a Board member of the Egyptian
    Financing Company/Egypt.
  • Board member of Capital Union in Dubai.
  • President of PepsiCo Int, ME, Africa, and Central
    Asia. PepsiCo is a Fortune 500 company with total
    sales of over 27 billion.
  • As described by his colleagues and business
    partners, he is a consensus-builder who truly
    believes in inclusiveness and diversity in his
    leadership style.
  • Holds an M.B.A. from the American Graduate School
    of International Management and a B.A. in Public
    Administration from the American University of

Donors and Partners World Bank . HP . OPEC .
Arab Fund . USAID . AED . EDC . UNRWA . UNDP .
Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Development
(Lebanon) . PepsiCo (Dubai) . Consolidated
Contractors (UAE) . Al-Awn /SAMCO (Yemen) .
Microsoft . Intel . Oracle Educational Foundation
. Accenture . Ask Jeeves .Goldman Sachs . ICDF
(Taiwan) . Japan Social Development Fund . Bill
Melinda Gates Foundation . Rockefeller Foundation
. JP Morgan Chase . World Economic Forum .
Schlumberger . Ministries of Education and Higher
Thank you Reem N. Bsaiso CEO World Links Arab
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