Cisco appoints new country transformation project manager

Updated 29 December 2015
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Cisco appoints new country transformation project manager

Cisco has appointed Reema Al-Harbi as country transformation project and program manager in Saudi Arabia. Al-Harbi assumes this position with the focused aim of helping to transform the Kingdom into a fully digital city.
This position is a major milestone in Al-Harbi’s career. Her many accolades include being the first Saudi female to earn the Sales Champion Award at Cisco as a virtual partner account manager, she was also presented with the Spirit of Emerging award. Furthermore, she initiated the process in the Saudi office that has resulted in Cisco being voted as one of the best places to work in Saudi Arabia for two years in a row now. Prior to Cisco, Al-Harbi worked as a marketing specialist with General Electric.
Mohammed Alabbadi, GM, Cisco Saudi Arabia, commented: "One of our principal goals here at Cisco in Saudi Arabia is to provide support and encouragement to enable female Saudi employees to become leaders in the field of IT and the appointment of Reema Al-Harbi is proof of this."
Cisco is continuously seeking to invest in Saudi talent and to provide the best possible career growth and development opportunities. Cisco already has a number of dedicated programs in Saudi Arabia that aim to increase the number of Saudi employees, the number of fellowships offered, training courses, and certificates awarded to the female employees in order to enable them to assume positions of leadership in the future.
Al-Harbi commented: "It brings me great pleasure to have been chosen to take on such an essential position within Cisco Saudi Arabia, and despite the challenges associated with the role, it is a great opportunity to be able to highlight the potential and the capabilities of the Saudi women in ICT. I invite them to become active part of the ICT development across the Kingdom.”


Alef Education launches first project in US

From right, Geoffrey Alphonso, CEO of Alef Education; Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone and chairman of NexGen Education; and Hanut Singh, CEO of NexGen Education and CEO of QBS Learning.
Updated 17 October 2018
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Alef Education launches first project in US

Alef Education, a UAE-based education technology company, has announced the launch of its Alef education system in the US.

The system will be used at Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) schools in New York city, starting Oct. 15.

The Alef education system brings together a blend of the latest technology and pedagogical approaches geared toward learners of today. A key component of the system is the “Alef Platform,” which has three main pillars: 

•A fun and easy-to-use digital learning environment 

•High-quality digital content developed to engage and stimulate learning with a blend of videos, interactivities and games. 

•Real time data provided within each lesson to truly enable educators to support personalized learning and identify student strengths and weaknesses. 

The partnership between Alef Education and the Harlem Children’s Zone schools started in 2017 when leaders of those organizations met. The meeting included a review of best practices in pedagogy, instructional design, the use of technology, and the best ways to identify difficult concepts and detect struggling students early using data. 

Alef Education identified NexGen, an education technology startup based in New York City, as its US-based partner to carry forward the implementation of the program at the Harlem Children’s Zone schools and other school systems across the US. 

Geoffrey Alphonso, chief executive of Alef Education, said: “As a leading education technology company, we want to play a significant role in the creation of the next generation of innovative individuals around the world, and continue to provide the latest innovations in artificial intelligence-based and technology-driven education solutions within a holistic education system.” 

He added: “The implementation of our innovative education system in the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York city speaks of a quantum leap in our long-term mission to leverage technology to provide students with the personalized education they need to succeed, while also empowering teachers with real-time, actionable data.” 

Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York and chairman of NexGen Education, named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine and as one of the 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine, said: “We are pleased to welcome Alef Education’s innovative education system into our schools in New York as of October 2018. Education systems across the world are witnessing unprecedented transformations and a transition to a more dynamic education based on new technologies. In this context, we have decided to adopt this program to further enrich the resources available to our students to ensure they have access to the best the digital education industry has to offer.”