Seen through her 8 years of experience in the diplomatic and business communities in Egypt, the speaker offers personal insights into the cultural, political and historical issues of the Middle East. As a Western woman in the Arab world she navigates way through an often frustrating cultural divide between our Western mindset and Eastern expectations. She describes her experiences as sometimes shocking and often humorous, but never dull. Through her friendships with Arab families and her knowledge of the Arab culture she is able to provide a better understanding of this complex world.
She has a Masters Degree in International Relations with a focus on Global Security and Foreign Policy from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
She studied at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy in Herliya, Israel where she earned a certificate in Counter-Terrorism Studies.
She attended the Joint Military Attaché School for the Defense Intelligence Agency and has more than 1000 hours of training in Arabic language and culture from the Consolidated Language Curriculum in Washington, D.C.