Bayan Abdulhaq, PhD, Academic Director
Dr. Abdulhaq holds a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences from King’s College London. Additionally, she has an MSc in pharmaceutical analysis and quality control from the same university and a BSc in pharmacy from the University of Jordan.
She has worked as a faculty member at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Jordan, where she taught drug delivery systems, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and analysis. Dr. Abdulhaq has extensive experience in educational quality assurance; she acted as the quality assurance director at TAG Graduate School of Business, part of the German Jordanian University in Amman, which was accredited later by FIBAA, a Swiss accreditation agency.
In more recent years, she has served as a board member and the executive director of the Arab Organization for Quality Assurance in Education (AROQA) and has worked as a consultant for higher education institutions in Bahrain. She is a certified manager for organizational excellence by the American Society for Quality (ASQ).
Dr. Abdulhaq has more than eight years' experience in the pharmaceutical industry; she has worked as a production manager and as a medical affairs manager. She also works as a consultant in the field of Good Clinical Practice (GCP). Dr. Abdulhaq is a licensed pharmacist and a full member of the Pharmaceutical Union of Jordan. She has also served as a member of the Bioequivalence Committee at the Jordanian Food and Drug Administration (JFDA).
Professor Ayman M. Hamdan-Mansour, RN, MSN, PhD, Lecturer
Currently a professor of psychiatric mental health nursing and head of the community health nursing department at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Jordan, Professor Hamdan-Mansour obtained his undergraduate (1993) and master’s (1999) degrees at the University of Jordan and his PhD in nursing at the University of Pittsburgh (USA, 2004).
Professor Hamdan-Mansour has more than 50 publications in the field of community and mental health prevention and promotion. He has been active in establishing collaboration with well-known international agencies including WHO, JICA, UNESCO, and USAID. He is also a consultant for different national organizations, including the National Council for Family Affairs, the Jordanian Council, the Higher Population Council, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Education.
Professor Hamdan-Mansour is interested in investigating issues related to mental and community health. His areas of research are youth mental health, community mental health, and women and child abuse. This includes depression, stress, coping, social support, life satisfaction, anger, and substance abuse. He also focuses on topics related to the abuse of women, patients’ human rights, and primary mental healthcare for war survivors.
He has several national research awards and recognition letters, and served as reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed national and international journals. He has also supervised a number of master’s theses and PhD dissertations.
Professor Hamdan-Mansour teaches psychiatric mental health nursing, stress and stress responses, psychosocial health of patients with chronic illness, research methods, and statistics.
Dr. Akihiro Seita, Lecturer
Dr. Akihiro Seita has been the director of health programs at UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) and the WHO special representative at UNRWA since November 2010. In his four-year tenure, he has started and expanded health reform projects with the Family Health Team and eHealth; by the end of 2014, 99 out of 138 health centers of UNRWA had already adopted the Family Health Team. He initiated an innovative monitoring system for diabetes and hypertension with eHealth, which was commended by The Lancet, a UK medical journal. Prior to working at UNRWA, Dr. Seita worked in the Middle East for over 15 years at the World Health Organization Regional Office in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (WHO/EMRO), Egypt. He was in charge of tuberculosis, AIDS, and malaria at WHO/EMRO, which covers 22 countries in North Africa and the Middle East. He managed to work effectively with national governments and global partners, in particular the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria by effectively expanding the global tuberculosis control strategy widely known as DOTS. Dr. Seita has a medical degree from Kochi medical school in Japan and worked as a research fellow at the Takemi Program in International Health at Harvard School of Public Health.
Leena Jumah, Program Assistant
Leena Jumah obtained her BA in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in 2007 and her MA in translation from the University of Jordan (JU) in 2011. She has worked as a private tutor for English conversation, in addition to working as an academic counselor at Global Vision for Academic Services. She also has experience in organizing office operations and procedures through her work at the Presidency Unit at JUST in 2007 and more recently in the private sector. Leena has attended a communication skills workshop and completed a course in customer care and work ethics.
Rawan Al Samaan, Homestay Coordinator
Rawan Al Samaan has been working as a homestay coordinator with SIT Study Abroad since 2014. In this capacity, Rawan assists with a wide range of homestay arrangements in Amman and the rural areas and works with both students and host families on cross-cultural communication skills. Rawan started with SIT as a custom program assistant in 2013, and has experience in financial management, analysis, marketing, and strategic planning. She received her bachelor’s degree in finance from Amman Al-Ahliyeh University in Salt, Jordan, in 2008.
Abdalkareem Lasassmeh, Operations Manager
Mr. Abdalkareem Lasassmeh holds a bachelor’s in computer science from Mutah University in 2001 and an MS in computer information systems from Arab Academy, which he received in 2004. Mr. Lasassmeh has over fourteen years’ experience in education and training. During his tenure with the Arabian Education and Training Group, he ran joint graduate programs between US and Jordanian higher education institutions and was responsible for all aspects of the programs. The first program partnered Ohio University with the University of Jordan, al Beyt University, and Mutah University, and the second joined Florida Atlantic University with al Balqa University.
Riham Al-Naimat, Language Coordinator and Instructor
Riham Al-Naimat obtained a master’s degree in Arabic language and literature from Al-Albayt University in 2007. In 2009, Riham began volunteering as an SIT Jordan language instructor for intermediate high and advanced levels. In the summer of 2010, she joined SIT full time and has been teaching Modern Standard Arabic ever since. She previously worked as an Arabic instructor at the Jordanian Ministry of Education and as an Arabic instructor and language coordinator at international schools in Saudi Arabia.
Mohammad Lafee, Language Instructor
Mohammad Lafee obtained a bachelor’s degree in English-Arabic translation from Zarqa University in 2012. Between 2012 and 2014, Mohammad worked as an Arabic language instructor at the Qasid Institute in Amman, where he taught foreign diplomats, university students, and businessmen. In the summer of 2014, he was awarded a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program scholarship by Fulbright. He spent nine months in the US teaching Arabic and taking courses on language instruction and American culture.