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  Leena Ksaifi



E-mail: work2inspire@gmail.com


EDUCATION
School of Oriental and African Studies. London,England 2011-2012
M.Sc. Political Economy of Violence, Conflict, and Development. Awarded a full paid Chevening Scholarship. Dissertation: How Neoliberalism and Employer’s Attitudes and Perceptions. Reinforce each other in Migrant Domestic Worker Abuse in Lebanon To be awarded a merit diploma in July 2013.
Concordia university Montreal, Canada 2003-2008 B.A. Specialization in Psychology.

WORK EXPERIENCE
Project Coordinator, YALLA - Young Active Lebanese, Leaders, Towards Citizenship NGO - Beirut, Lebanon. June 2010 - May 2011.
Project Description: This project’s mission, sponsored by Catholic Relief Services, was to raise youth awareness on civic rights and responsibilities towards municipal elections in order to empower youth to become more engaged in the electoral process.
My Responsibilities: Managed and coordinated a group of 45 adolescent volunteers from 5 different districts in Lebanon; Produced a survey and distributed it throughout Lebanon to 1,400 Lebanese youth to investigate their attitudes towards civic responsibilities and voting behavior; Designed and launched a creative media campaign which included an Arabic rap song and a short animation via radio, TV, youtube, and billboards; Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International Interview on: Al Muwatiniya-YALLA project- LBCI Yalla Youtube Animation: Yalla Animation.mp4 Organized 2 workshops on civic responsibilities and voting rights and invited the press and municipal leaders to a conference on the survey’s results and solutions; Produced monthly and final reports for my organization and donor organization and assisted in budgeting.
Project Coordinator, Yes For Dialogue Towards Citizenship NGO - Beirut, Lebanon December 2009 - May 2010.
Project Description: This project was sponsored by Comite Catholique Contre la Faim et pour le Development to promote a series of dialogue sessions to discuss a kaleidoscope of topics on Lebanon and the region in order to break down barriers and promote tolerance and acceptance.
My Responsibilities: Managed a group of 13 volunteers from different districts in Lebanon and found creative ways to maintain their enthusiasm, like turning the office into cooking stations where the volunteers learned about their next task while building rapport with one another; Held weekly meetings to assist volunteers in brainstorming thought-provoking topics. Examples: Do you think domestic workers should be entitled to a day off? A discussion with ‘Madams & Sirs,’ employment agencies, and the lawyer and Human Rights Watch Deputy Director of the MENA region, Dr. Nadim Houry. Limited Citizenship: Its an issue of what? A discussion with the project manager of the UNDP report on ‘Lebanese Women’s Rights and the Nationality Law’ and personal testimonies. Helped organized a membership and volunteer appreciation social event by budgeting it and finding sponsors, a venue, inviting members and volunteers, and making a short video presentation of the organization’s previous and upcoming projects.
Psychologist assistant Irshad Center - Amman, Jordan November 2008 - June 2009.
Interviewed and counseled children and teenagers with psychological disorders and/or learning disabilities and counseled parents coping with their child’s diagnosis. Conducted a workshop for Child Helpline International Amsterdam, to train 12 of their employees on trauma, adolescence, counseling and stress; Directed and developed a creative project for Montessori school (grades 7-11) on the importance of safe driving which required the students to research their topics, conduct a survey, launch a media campaign, and create a large mural that was displayed;
Applied behavioral analyst therapist Service d’adaptation et d’integration - Montreal, Canada January 2008 - October 2008.
Worked 1:1 with autistic children to help develop their social and cognitive skills and worked alongside a supervisor to adjust and update their workbooks.

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