Riman Bassam Barakat

Personal Information



         Gender: Female

         Age: 27

         Nationality: Palestinian ( Jerusalem ID holder)

Mission Statement:



Develop my professional and academic skills and contribute positively to a new career environment.





























Masters of Arts in Middle East Studies

Honors, Cum Laude

Thesis Title: Refugee and Migration Trends in Jerusalem

Course Work: Seminar on the 20th century Middle East (A), Economic Development in M.E. countries (B), Interdisciplinary Seminar on the Middle East (A), Middle East Politics (A), Middle Eastern Societies & Cultures(B), Islamic institutions (B), Muslim Political Thought (A-), selected topic in M.E. history: Gender in Islam (A)

                                                   American University in Cairo (AUC)


Bachelors of Arts in English and Comparative Literature

High Honors, Magna Cum Laude

                                                   American University in Cairo (AUC)


Semester of course work in history, Arabic language and literature, and computer skills

                                                           Birzeit University Palestine


High School Diploma

Thanawiyyah Amma, Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education, Science Branch (1998)

GCSE in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English Literature, English Language, German Language, Mathematics and Classical Arabic (1997)

Schmidts Girls College Jerusalem

(German missionary school)

Goethe Language Certificate of Written and Spoken German

Goethe Institut - Ramallah


Professional experience


      Sept.2007-      Israel/Palestine Center for Research & Information- Strategic Affairs

  Present                    Unit Coordinator     


      July 1st-5th      Konrad Adenauer Stiftung- attended a trilateral  workshop in Antalya for

       2007             training of teachers in utilizing the values of tolerance and equality in Middle

                            East Civic Education


      Sept. 2006-    Schmidts Girls College Jerusalem- English Language Teacher , monitored  a

       Present         debating club  student team, accompanied two groups of students to Cairo & 

                            Alexandria for a school exchange program


    March.2007   American University in Cairo-  prepared  an academic paper

                           about the current government transformations in Palestine


    Nov.2006-     The Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs
     Feb.2007       PASSIA


               Translator: (Translated academic & political documents for PASSIA's

          Diary & research archives; Translated & archived e-mail correspondences)

          Interpreter: Interpreted Live Interviews of Arabic speaking religious   

          figures for  English speaking audience

          Researcher on Jerusalem Issues (Compiled research material, prepared and

          wrote a bulletin on Jerusalem,  published in 2007)

          Project Coordinator for the Religious Studies Unit(Coordinated a  

          roundtable meeting on non-violence in cooperation with the US  

          Consulate General  Jerusalem









    Aug. 2005






    Jan. 2005













   Aug. 2003














    May 2004





    Jun. 2004














      Jun. 2004










St. Fatima Language School-Cairo, Egypt


         High School Instructor specializing in Ancient and Modern World

         History- American Diploma

            Experience in preparing study material and model answers for IGCSE

         English A Level program

         Proctored SAT I, SAT II exams


Feedback Market Research- Cairo, Egypt

Qualitative Research Executive- designed qualitative and quantitative survey questionnaires, discussion guides, moderated focus groups, written market  research proposals, did content analysis, followed up on media advertisements, directly coordinated with clients; acted as field supervisor on two excursions (Al Minya and Tanta)


A  private course in Palestinian Colloquial Arabic Cairo, Egypt

Designed and taught a course in Palestinian colloquial Arabic to a Canadian Diplomat who was designated for a transfer to Palestine


The International Peace and Cooperation Center - Jerusalem

Project Coordinator, Field Researcher, and occasionally wrote project proposals that were presented to the EU /USAID



Workshop: Journalists in Times of Conflict 03 - Antalya, Turkey

         sponsored by the German Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

         Palestinian partner organizer of a trilateral media workshop



Grenzgeografien - Germany

Palestinian partner coordinator from IPCC of a student trilateral workshop Grenzgeografien: Geography of Conflict in cooperation with the Universitt der Knste Berlin (UDK) involving young architects and urban planners

Birzeit University - Palestine

and Bezalel Academy of Arts - West Jerusalem


         August 2003 Grenzgeografien 01, Jerusalem: Actively participated in field research providing guidance tips for students in field research methodology


         October 2003 Grenzgeografien 02, Berlin: Trained students of architecture during interactive sessions in data analyses, research methodology and the creative manipulation of data for the understanding of the dynamics of urban planning


Berlin Media Workshop - Germany

Trilateral workshop held in Berlin & sponsored by the Robert Bosch Foundation: Facilitated debates and discussions during the workshop and represented the Palestinian partner organization (IPCC)


         Divided Cities Forum - Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Sponsored by the Preparing for Post-conflict Trust and the Craig Avon Council Borough. Presented a paper on behalf of the IPCC team and actively participated in exchange of experiences between Jerusalem, Belfast and South Africa


Jerusalem Berlin Forum- Jerusalem

Sponsored by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Team member of the Forum and actively participated in the discussions and exchange of experiences between divided cities


Cities of Collision Conference - Jerusalem

International conference hosting many distinguished guests, was invited as a guest IPCC team member


Masters Degree Fellowship Award (MBI Trust Fellowship)


  • Fellow researcher and assistant for the Middle East studies program at AUC.
  • Edited a number of issues of Barqiyya newsletter
  • Senior organizer of several public lectures, debates, and movie screenings held by the MESP. - These events were held with the intention to raise awareness about hot debates of issues relating to the Middle East












         Arabic - fluently written and spoken in two dialects with sound command of classical Arabic, grammar etc.


      Thanawiyya Amma (Excellent), IGSCE O and A Levels (A)


         English - fluently written and spoken with thorough grammatical and literary skills

         German - very Good command of the language, both spoken and written.

Goethe Language Proficiency Certificate

IGCSE O Level (A) on the language test.

Attended a one month intensive language course in Heidelberg,

Germany (Summer 1999)


         Hebrew- Some knowledge of spoken and written Hebrew

         Excellent command of MS Windows applications and MS Office. Thorough knowledge of internet and web applications and usage including digital photography and its integration. Own a personal laptop and have high speed internet connection

Research skills



         Desk Research (web , magazines, newspapers and book research)

         Field Research( in-depth interviews, survey questionnaires, participant observation)

         Focus Groups (prepared questionnaires and stimuli to assist probing information; moderated focus groups)

         Content Analysis (analytical skills; synthesizing information and presenting it in a coherent manner).
















Travel Experience


    July 1995


   August 1999




    August 2003


   October 2003


   April 2004


   June  2004


Student Exchange Program (Mainz, Germany)


German Language Study Scholarship (Heidelberg, Germany)

Scholarship obtained upon successfully passing the Goethe Language Test.


Media Workshop (Antalya, Turkey)


Grenzgeografien 02 (Berlin, Germany)

Media Workshop (Berlin, Germany)

Divided Cities Forum (Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK)


Other certificates: Teacher Training certificates


May 17- July 15 2006


March18, 2006


PCTEFLA: Preliminary Certificate In Teaching English As a Foreign Language To Adults.


Five Star CITA (Council on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation): In-Depth Seminar Assessment in the Classroom and for the Entire School (Cairo, Egypt). ( Five credits)



Online credentials