Reem Alrayyan is a program coordinator on the MEPI Alumni Connection Program, a program sponsored by the Middle East Partnership Initiative at the U.S. Department of State.
Previously, Reem worked as an education program coordinator and adviser for international students from across the Middle East at the embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, DC. The program oversaw undergraduate and graduate education programs for over 500 international students attending U.S. colleges and universities. In this capacity, Reem coordinated all aspects of the student education programs, including admission, orientation, housing, program selection, graduation requirements, and ongoing academic mentorship and advice. Reem also served as the main point of contract between the UAE international student office and dozens of U.S. colleges and universities for logistics, administrative, academic, and financial matters. Reem coordinated and facilitated annual meetings, workshops, and networking events for program participants to promote collaboration and sharing of challenges and opportunities.
After graduation, Reem interned as a program evaluator at the Middle East Broadcasting Networks in Springfield, Virginia. Reem worked on evaluating and recommending programs for acquisition, as well as writing and presenting assessments of programs. Reem conveyed regional viewing trends as well as regional programming needs and sensitivities, including religious, cultural, and political issues.
Reem holds a master’s degree in Middle East and Islamic studies and a bachelor’s degree in government and international politics from George Mason University. Reem is fluent in Arabic and English.