May Rihani is the Director of the Gibran Chair for Values and Peace. Before joining UMD she had served as Senior Vice President at FHI360, the Academy for Educational Development (AED), and Creative Associates International. In these organizations, Ms. Rihani was responsible for ensuring the planning and implementation of educational projects, she designed, planned, and managed numerous cross-cutting education projects in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Due to her global experience in gender, Ms. Rihani was elected as the Co-Chair of the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative, (UNGEI), from 2008 to 2010.
In addition to her work in international educational development and women’s empowerment, May Rihani is a writer and a poet, she wrote and published five books in English and three poetry books in Arabic.
Consults with the Director on the strategic direction of the Chair and helps implement its various initiatives.
Assistant to the Director
Contributes to all aspects of the Chair's operations, including event planning, social media, the Chair's website, and liaison with the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
A Graduate Student in speech and language pathology, focuses in particular on research and publications.