A video dialogue program for young women in the USA and Muslim countries

zia_daniell.jpgFounder and Program Director. Zia Daniell Wigder has more than 12 years of experience in international communications and technology. In her current role at Forrester Research, she specializes in web globalization with a particular focus on international e-commerce initiatives. In prior years, Wigder directed both the media and the broadband practices at JupiterResearch. She also helped establish some of the initial educational programs at the Soros Foundation in Hungary and taught economics at Tashkent State University in Uzbekistan. Zia holds a BA in Geography from Dartmouth College and an MALD from The Fletcher School at Tufts University; her graduate work focused on Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization. She may be contacted at zia at 12hours.org

fethia-image1.jpgProgram Coordinator, Tunisia. Fethia Harrouchi is an English teacher in the Higher Institute of Management of Gabes in Tunisia. She teaches mainly business English for different levels using CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning), a technology which plays an important role in the teaching process. She has participated in the Tunisia/Oregon Project (TOP) for six years, beginning in 2000. The ongoing TOP Project enriches her teaching techniques and abilities. Additionally, in 2004, Fethia received nine-month training with Dr. Richard Poole, a Senior English Language Fellow from the United States where she learned the premiere methods of teaching, including the development of the four core skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. She may be contacted at fethia at 12hours.org

picture-of-hajer1.jpgProgram Coordinator, Tunisia. Hajer Ghaffari has been teaching ESP English in the Higher Institute of Management in Gabes since 1999. She received her BA in English Language and Literature from Manouba Faculty of Arts. She has taught different levels and is now responsible for all fourth year courses and exams. Last year, she was one of the teachers who prepared a selected group of graduate students to sit for the TOEIC exam. She recently completed an online course of Business English within an English program at the University of South Carolina and is now engaged in a course on Critical Thinking with the University of Oregon. Hajer has taken part in several ESP trainings, including a nine-month training with Richard Poole, an American senior expert in curriculum development. She is also a member of the Tunisia Oregon Project (TOP). She had the opportunity to go to Oregon, USA; she also gave a lecture to students from Oregon State University (available online here). She may be contacted at hajer at 12hours.org