Publications

Maysa contributes to international development, education and philanthropy through her writing. She has published reports and articles as Non-resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution and as Senior Fellow at the AUB Issam Fares Institute. Maysa has also worked closely with Theirworld to develop several refugee education plans and reports. 

She is commissioned regularly by donor agencies and academia to write reports on aid effectiveness, philanthropy, Edtech strategies and more. Maysa’s articles have been published in international and national media including Project Syndicate, the World Economic Forum, The Globe & Mail, AlSharq AlAwsat, The National, The Huffington Post and others.

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The International community Needs New Solutions To Support The Education Of A Generation Of Displaced Children And Youth

The war on Ukraine is a stark reminder to the Western world that displacement is not the exclusive fate of people from the Global South. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that up to 4 million Ukrainians, mostly women and children,[...]

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Governments Simply Cannot Do It Alone – How Philanthropy Can Drive Development in the Arab World

The Arab world has long suffered from a wide spectrum of socio-economic challenges and conflicts. Three statistics demonstrate these acute challenges beyond doubt: 1) two-thirds of the region’s population is either poor or vulnerable to multi-dimensional poverty[...]

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A new, bold approach is needed to enhance the region’s rich tradition of giving​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Four years ago, we set out to establish the Arab world’s largest privately funded education foundation. The mandate that its founder Abdulla Al Ghurair laid out was focused and ambitious: to help 15,000 under-served, high-achieving Arab youth access high-quality[...]