Effat University President joins board of Alexandria Trust

London, 24 March 2014 – The Alexandria Trust today announced the appointment to its board of trustees of a new member, Dr. Haifa Jamal Allail.

Dr. Jamal Allail is President of Effat University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on public administration and public policy at Effat University, and has published a number of articles on a variety of topics including women empowerment and privatisation. Prior to joining Effat University, Dr. Jamal Allail was the first Dean of Girls’ Campus in King Abdulaziz University and a visiting scholar at John F. Kennedy School of Government. She received a PhD in public policy from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Jamal Allail joins a board of respected leaders in education, human rights, civil society, development, and business, under whose guidance the Trust has advanced projects to support open, free dialogue, educational reform, and access to high-quality academic content in the region. The board of trustees is chaired by Emma Playfair and includes Salah Khalil, the organisation’s founder; Rt. Hon. Charles Clarke; Hassan Abdou; Heba Raouf Ezzat; and Frances Guy.

"I’m honored to accept this appointment," said Dr. Jamal Allail. "I look forward to working closely with the Trustees to promote the ambitious vision of the Trust."

"We are delighted to welcome Dr. Jamal Allail to our board of trustees," said Alexandria Trust Founder Salah Khalil. "Dr. Jamal Allail brings to the Trust a wealth of knowledge and experience in Arab Education." Alexandria Trust Executive Director David French said, "It is a great pleasure to welcome Dr. Jamal Allail to the board of trustees. To have a board member with Dr. Jamal Allail's gravitas is of great benefit to the Trust."

The Alexandria Trust was established in 2011 in response to the unprecedented opportunities that now exist to transform life chances across the Arab world. Its vision, supported by core funding from Arab business leaders, is to contribute to restoring world-class standards of education across the region.