Mayyada Abu Jabr

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Born (1967-08-12) August 12, 1967 (age 56)
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Mayyada Abu Jaber was born in Rawalpindi-Pakistan on 12th August 1967, to father Haidar Hanna Abu Jaber from Jordan and mother Yasmin Khattak from Peshawar/Pakistan. She is married to Maher Ahmad Al Tell and has three sons: Faisal Al Tell, Jaafar Al Tell, and Hamza Al Tell.

Mayyada spent her childhood in Jeddah -Saudi Arabia, where she attended Dar Al Hanan school for girls. Her upbringing was inspired by both the Arabic and the Pashtun culture. Mayyada is fluent in English, Arabic, Pushto and has knowledge of Urdu. Mayyada also represented Jordan on the Jordan National Tennis Team between the years 1984-1988 and played in ITF tournaments.

Academic career:

Mayyada works to champion girls' education and women’s empowerment initiatives in Jordan and the MENA region. Over the years, Mayyada has worked on gender and environmental issues and believes in an ecofeminist model to emancipate women and nature.

Mayyada holds a Doctorate degree in Management of Technology and Innovation from the Da Vinci Institute. Mayyada also holds a Master of Science degree from Duke University in Geology and Mineralogy, where her thesis focused on Morpho-sedimentological Controls on the Environmental Management of the Jordanian Coast of the Gulf of Aqaba, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Mineralogy from the University of Jordan.

Mayyada is an Echidna Global Scholar for Leaders in Girls Education at the Brookings Institution, Centre for Universal Education (CUE). (see her profile here) Currently, she is the Founder and CEO of a social education enterprise, the World of Letters, and Co-Founder of JoWomenomics, which aims to promote and facilitate girls' education and empowerment.

Awards and honors:

2021 Fellowship: VV Engage, Vital Voices Political Leadership Program, Support Women Political Leaders Making and Influencing Policy Across the Globe.

2015-2016 Fellowship: Vital Voices Fellow, Vital Voices, Global Grow Fellowship Program for Female Entrepreneurs

2014 Fellowship: Echidna Global Fellow for Leaders in Girls’ Education


Abu Jaber, M. Clinton Global Initiative Annual Conference, 20-22 September 2011. Panelist, Special Session: Voices for Change in the Middle East and North Africa

Abu Jaber, M. Center for Universal Education (CUE)’s Girls’ Education Research and Policy Symposium, 7 November 2018. Conference hosted by the Brookings Institution. Panelist for a discussion exploring innovative approaches to creating systems change for the most marginalized girls.

Affiliations and Board Memberships


  • Abu Jaber, M. 2022. “Harmony of Feminine and Masculine Leadership during Covid-19 Pandemic in Jordan”, in COVID and Gender in the Middle East, published by the University of Texas Press.
  • Abu Jaber, M. Blogs for Brookings Institution, 2014-Present.
  • Abu Jaber, M. Why Matchmaking in Youth Employment Programs in Middle East North Africa Aren't Working, Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2017.
  • Abu Jaber, M. Breaking Through Glass Doors: A Gender Analysis of Womenomics in the Jordanian National Curriculum, Brookings Institution, 2014.


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