Alanoud AlGhanim

Kuwait

I am Alanoud from Kuwait.  I have a Bachelor Degree of Accounting from Kuwait University However, what I studied has nothing to do with what I'm currently doing!  I'm passionate about volunteering and helping others to help themselves. I currently work in an NGO in Kuwait which is specialized in providing youth with opportunities in both work and volunteering.  

WYSE-ilp supported me to clarify my values and my current and future vision and mission. I learned a lot about how people from different nations can become united over really important issued.  WYSE changed how I see, think, and act.

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Chen Bareket

Israel

My name is Chen Bareket. I am 26 years old, from Israel. I am currently studying toward a BA in political science and sociology-anthropology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  I am currently an intern at Israel parliament (Knesset) and involved in various social entrepreneurships. The WYSE leadership programme enabled me to know myself and my leadership in a completely new way. It has a big impact on the way that I think and act in my efforts to making this world a better place.

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Christèle Harrouk

Keserwan, Lebanon

Being a young girl with a lot of passion to change the world used to be a huge problem for me. I often felt powerless, different, misunderstood and was giving up on who I really am. The people and the context around me was changing me, and in a way making me lose my essence. I came to a point where I did not know who I was anymore or what my purpose in life is. I was a freshly graduate architect who spent her life drawing her dreams, but didn't know how to maintain or reach them. And then came WYSE and changed all of that. It made me ask the right questions, find my inner leader and the real purpose of my existence.

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Christelle Lahoud

Al Saha, Lebannon

My name is Christelle Lahoud, I am an architecture student inmy final year of studies. I am passionate about functional art and design, travel, blood donation and working with others to make the world a more positive place.

In the summer of 2013, I had the opportunity to be part of a life-changing journey where I was lucky to meet lots of wonderful individuals who now feel like family. The "International Leadership Program" was definitely a positive turning point in my life as it allowed me to connect more strongly with myself, explore new skills and be courageous by stepping out of my comfort zone. 

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Danah Al Bader

Kuwait

My name is Danah and I am from Kuwait. I am a university student, majoring in International Relations. Defending human rights and making the world a better place is something I’m very passionate about. Currently, I am an active member in an NGO and a theater actress. 

In 2014, I participated in the International Leadership Program with WYSE and I would definitely say it was the best experience in my life. It’s where you get to move out of your comfort zone, try to understand yourself clearly and to explore your hidden values and skills. WYSE has given me the opportunity to believe in myself more, to stop doubting every single step I take and to never think of giving up something I want to achieve.  I would love to recommend as many people as I can to join this program. 

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Dina Ariss

Liverpool, United Kingdom

I am from Syria, after I finished my degree at Aleppo University, I moved to the UK to complete my masters degree and experience new culture. My time in the UK has allowed me to meet interesting people from different cultures and backgrounds. I continue to live in the UK and work in the  education sector. 

WYSE helped me to lead myself and develop a clear vision about my goals.  WYSE also provided me with opportunity to meet very inspiring people who helped me discover my potential and understand how the small steps count. 

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Eliesh Sahyoun

Lebanon

I am a consultant in sustainable development, graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne (EPFL). At this moment, I am finishing my studies in diplomacy and negotiations at La sagesse and Paris Sud XI Universities. In addition, I am writing articles on sustainable development issues, in order to increase awareness concerning the ecological, social and economical problems.

I work with youth NGO's ... I am a dancer... publicity Actor...I volunteer...

In 2011, I participated in the "European Youth Leadership Programme – Taking Vision to Action". This programme enabled me to better discover my self, upgrade my leadership values and meet fantastic people from all over the world. I want to help spread the WYSE concept, values and spirit in my local and international community.

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Ghadeer Ali

Kuwait

I am very passionate about life and living it fully, counting the laughs and smiles. I am a marketing specialist at LOYAC, I love painting and yoga as they are my windows of expression. I was very fond of WYSE from day one for it is an exceptional leadership experience that guided me towards many things, one of which is the leader within me. It also made me meet amazing individuals from different countries who share similar goals, all in one villa! WYSE made peace seem a little closer and strengthened my belief that change is possible. 

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Ghadir Qawariq

Ramallah, Palestine

I am from Ramallah, Palestine. I have a BA in Business Administration from North Cyprus and I am currently working in an environmental NGO. I have a passion for protecting our planet.

WYSE was a magical, unique experience where I met amazing friends from all around the world. I was able to connect further with my inner self, discover new goals and learn about leadership, diversity, different cultures, living peacefully and looking at the positive side of life. It encouraged me to pursue my goal of awareness raising and showed me different, creative and inspiring ways to do it. I am happy to help as many people as I can to participate in this incredible, life changing experience.

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Hanaa Shamseddine

Beirut, Lebanon

I’m an economics graduate from the Lebanese International University. I’m currently the Administrative Officer at LOYAC Lebanon, an NGO that empowers youth. Seeing someone improving and moving forward in their life because of my work gives me a big sense of satisfaction, achievement, and pride.

WYSE ILP was a turning point in my life and the light I’ve always been missing. It made me realize what I’m really capable of, look deeper into myself, and let me believe in myself again. It made me become aware of how important values are and made me identify my goals better.

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Hawraa Fawzi AlQallaf

Kuwait

I’m a student at Kuwait University majoring in Microbiology and Forensic Science. I also volunteer locally and internationally, helping people in different ways. Recently I became a certified leadership coach in the gulf countries where I am able to share what I learned at WYSE with teenagers in my country. 

WYSE was like a “school of life” captured in 12 days, which enabled me to become more aware of the world and feel more connected and responsible about my work and my studies.  

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Johnny El-Hage

Beirut, Lebanon

I am an event planner in profession, with passion for theater, with interest in discovery, with a trait of curiosity, with attention to blogging, with a drive for entrepreneurship, and with a duty for social activism. I am a dreamer. I am a doer.

I work at the American University of Beirut, and live in Beirut, Lebanon. I travelled to many countries. I belong to a world that has been altered and distorted; a world full of chaos, corruption, injustice and negativity. I belong to a world that needs to be changed.

In 2011, I discovered WYSE and took part in the "International Leadership Program". I discovered myself, revisited my senses, my values, my skills, and my goals. I changed the way I perceived life and the world. I strongly believe in WYSE values and knowledge, and I feel the need, urge, and desire to spread them to others.

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Marina Triner

Jerusalem, Israel

My name is Marina Triner. I was born in Ukraine, and grew up half the time in Israel and half the time in San Diego. I currently live in one of the most interesting cities in the world: Jerusalem. In Jerusalem, I work with Arabs and Jews to build trust and come to mutual understanding between these two divided peoples. I am also getting my masters in Political Science and Gender Studies at Hebrew University. WYSE has benefited me immensely: it has given me the empowerment and inspiration I need to begin my first steps towards my dream of equality – between men and women, between Israelis and Palestinians, between human beings.

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Perla Mansour

Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon

Being an architect, I have always been passionate about sustainable development in its environmental, economic and social dimensions. WYSE taught me that resilience must first come from deep within. A self-sustained person with a continuously evolving personality couldn’t but reflect this balance to the outer surrounding environment. And to be able to do that one needs love, support, motivation and inspiration. And those gifts are the ones I have received from my experience at WYSE.

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Safaa’ AlAwadhi

Bayan, Kuwait

I work in the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research as a research associate and have a great passion for painting and singing. I work to find the connections between the sciences and the arts. I have participated and volunteered in a number of leadership and youth development programs and wish to keep that spark alive! I became a participant in WYSE ILP 2015 which was where I crossed paths with unique human beings eager to change the world for the better. There I became inspired to be part of that change through finding the common grounds and connections between people around the world.

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Safwan Salah

Palestine

I am from Hebron, Palestine. I graduated from Bethlehem University with a major in accounting and minor in marketing. I have worked in various roles in the banking industry and sales. 

In 2014, I enrolled in WYSE to improve myself. WYSE was one of the most incredible experiences that I have ever had in my life. I learned about different cultures and people and have gained a lot through the experiences I had with the other participants and staff. This experience has given taught me about myself, my values and strengths. It is a privilege and a new challenge to be a WYSE ambassador in my community.

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Suad Al Asfoor

Kuwait

I’m a dental student studying at the University of Leeds in England. Prior to joining WYSE most of my goals were academic. Now, I feel like I have a social responsibility towards youth in motivating them and helping them reach their goals.

WYSE was an outstanding experience. It greatly enhanced my self-awareness and made me realize the importance of leading myself first before leading others. As well as the crucial importance of surrounding myself with ambitious people, as they are the ones who will motivate me and lift me higher.

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