Maya Alkateb-Chami is the Managing Director of the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School. She has extensive experience in management and consulting in the nonprofit sector in a range of different areas, including international education, culture and the arts, and refugees, as well as NGO capacity building and organizational change.
Prior to joining the Institute, Alkateb-Chami was the Executive Director of Jusoor, an international nonprofit organization helping Syrian youth through education and recipient of the Middle East Studies Association’s Academic Freedom Award. Her work at Jusoor focused on access to higher education, remedial education for refugee children, and entrepreneurship training in four countries. Previously, Alkateb-Chami consulted and taught on NGO capacity building and youth engagement, including for the Maastricht School of Management and the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, and managed Al Makan Art Association, a cultural nonprofit in Syria.
Alkateb-Chami is a member of the UNESCO Expert Group on Syrian Cultural Heritage. She is a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, author of several books and articles on cultural heritage, and her research on arts-based youth empowerment received an award from the U.S. Society for Education through Art. She co-founded and led the United World Colleges’ (UWC) scholarship program for Syrian adolescents, directed admissions at UWC-USA international boarding school, and currently serves on UWC’s International Council, Refugee Initiative Task Force, and multiple governance committees.
Alkateb-Chami holds an MSc in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington and a BA in Political Science from Damascus University.