Nafez Al Dakkak
- Director, Edraak, Jordan
Nafez is a the founding director of Edraak.org, an online education effort of the Queen Rania Foundation aiming to provide free high quality online and blended education to Arabic speakers across the region. Edraak is the first Arabic instance of the OpenEdx platform developed by Harvard and MIT. In less than a year, Edraak has managed to reach almost 180,000 Arabic-speaking learners. Edraak’s learners come from all across the region and include disadvantaged youth in Gaza, Syria, and Iraq. Previously, Nafez was a strategy consultant with PwC’s Education Practice working with different governments across the GCC, focusing on education to employment transitions. Nafez is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper community (attending the Global Agenda Council Meeting in Dubai in 2012 and the Annual Summit in Davos in 2013). Nafez writes on education reform and technology regularly on different Arabic and English publications . At Yale he completed a yearlong, award winning, thesis on the Obstacles towards Curriculum Reform in the Middle East, using Jordan and the UAE as case studies, of which the Dubai School of Government published a summary. He recently completed a 6 week fellowship with New America in Washington D.C. working on the crossroads of Islamic education and Arab identity after the 2011 revolutions.