Shireen Yacoub, Chief Operating Officer Edraak, Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development, Jordan.
Shireen Yacoub is the Chief Operating Officer of Edraak.org – the first Arab non-profit massive open online platform of the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development launched in May 2014 using OpenEdx technology. Shireen also leads Edraak’s partnerships and strategic initiatives including collaborations with local, regional and international universities. Among the strategic initiatives she has spearheaded are Edraak’s first series of employability skills courses developed in collaboration with the Middle East’s number one job search platform, Bayt.com and Edraak’s adoption of the Creative Commons License.
Before joining Edraak, Shireen worked on multiple economic development and youth empowerment programs mainly aimed at bridging the skills gap. She holds a B.A. degree from Manhattanville College in International and Human Resources Management with minors in Communications and French. She is also a certified instructional designer from the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and has recently received certificates on “Strategic Frameworks for NGOs” from Harvard University Executive Education and “Instructional Design and Blended Learning” from the GeorgetownX Institute of Georgetown University.