With the diverse, independent nature of Jordan’s civil society, the E-Mediat program is able to reach a wide variety of organizations working in a number of distinct sectors, including youth, women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship, leadership and economic development. Since May 2011, the E-Mediat program has been training more than 65 participants representing nearly 50 organizations on the use of cutting edge technology to further their missions, increase their visibility and enhance their ability to connect with stakeholders and their peers locally and globally.
The E-Mediat trainings are effectively empowering organizations, many of which had very minimal social media knowledge prior to the program, to professionally and strategically promote their projects and activities, raise awareness, increase fundraising efforts and widen their reach.
Nermeen Obeidat | Country Director, Jordan | @nobeidat
Nermeen is a communications specialist with experience in political/government communications, media relations management, public campaigning and advocacy. She worked as a communications and media relations consultant to the Jordanian Anti-Corruption Commission, Queen Rania Foundation, and ministers of social development, public sector reform, and justice in Jordan, offering a perspective on communicating public policies on issues related to prevention of corruption, strategic development of civil society organizations, poverty and unemployment, youth, public sector development, and legal education. In her 14 years of experience in Jordan and the MENA region, Nermeen ran communications departments, developed and implemented communications strategies, managed production of media materials, promotional publications and public awareness campaigns.
Nermeen obtained a BA in architecture from the University of Jordan in addition to an MA in Political Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London in the United Kingdom. She completed an Executive Program entitled “Women and Power: Leadership in a New World” at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Diana Al-Mallahi | Training Coordinator | @dalmallahi
Diana received a B.S degree in computer engineering from the Jordanian Princess Sumaya University for Technology in 2007 with excellence. Following this, she worked as a training facilitator/instructor in a Jordanian training center affiliated with UNRWA in November of 2008. Roles and responsibilities included but were not limited to training Palestinian refugee students to get their diplomas, and enabling them to join the workforce or complete their studies in mainstream universities.
In December 2009, Diana joined the Women in Technology Program, aiming to involve women in the community as qualified workforce members in different domains, regardless of their social background, and financial capacities. Currently, Diana works with the E-Mediat program as a training coordinator and aims to enable civil society organizations to perform their roles effectively in building and advancing communities through new media.
Rami Al-Karmi | Strategic Advisor | @alkarmi | ramialkarmi.com
Rami is head of N2VLabs (A Top 10 MENA Accelerator) and Investment Director at N2V.com, one of the largest Internet holding companies in the MENA regions. He is a serial entrepreneur who founded his first business at 19 years old and was selected as one of 13 Jordanian delegates to attend the US Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington DC in April 2010. In 1998 he spearheaded the team behind the engine that continues to power aljazeera.net’s content management and live streaming. Over the past 15 years, he co-founded, led as CEO, and served on the board of a number of technology-based ventures and non-for-profit organizations, where he managed multi-million dollar budget projects for clients such as Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, The Government of Jordan, King Abdullah II fund for Development (KAFD), World Bank, and Donor Agencies; USAID, UNDP, UNifem, GTZ, as well as private sector companies. He also managed the 50 Million Health Reform Program of Jordan as an advisor to HE Minister of Health.
Rami is an electrical engineer, and completed the Senior Executive program at Rady School of Business at UC San Diego, the Venture Capital Executive Program at HAAS UC Berkeley, and the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program. He currently serves as a member of the at N2V.com executive committee, board of directors of Shabakat Al Ordon, and board of trustees of Elia Nuqul Foundation.
The training partners are based in Madaba, Mafraq and Zarqa and serve a much wider audience including Irbid and Ajloun, as many participants travel from other areas to attend the trainings.
The Family Guidance and Awareness Center – Zarqa
The Family Guidance and Awareness Center is focused on providing social services and financial aid to poor families in the governorate of Zarqa, in addition to offering IT training programs. The Center also hosts legal assistance services free of charge for women who report on domestic abuse cases. The center hosts the E-Mediat trainings in Zarqa.
The Princess Basma Development Center – Mafraq
The Princess Basma Development Center is affiliated with the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development and works to build the capacity of local non-governmental organizations by providing IT training, entrepreneurship and business administration. Since 2001, they have trained over 3500 men, women and youth. The Princess Basma Development Center hosts the E-Mediat trainings in Mafraq.
The Mlieh Development Center – Madaba
The Mlieh Development Center is affiliated with the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development and works to reach and support people in underserved and remote communities. The Center does so by providing access to resources for building sustainable livelihoods. The Mlieh Development Center hosts the E-Mediat trainings in Madaba.