This publication collects stories from remarkable individuals who have actively participated in the British Council's English, education, arts, and culture programmes, enriching MENA for over eight decades.

Their journey not only expands their professional and personal horizons but also contributes to the transformation of society.

Join us as we celebrate the British Council MENA community in our Human Stories of MENA publication

Discover our stories here!


Hayah Lhmoumah

Hayah Ihmoumah’s professional development journey took her all the way from Facebook to the NileTESOL stage, with support from the British Council. ​

Ilham Haddadi

Ilham Haddadi is a passionate and dedicated teacher from Morocco.

May Moanis

May Moanis tells us how taking part in the Teach. Engage. Aspire. programme boosted her confidence and skills as a teacher educator. ​Her story is just one example of the transformative power of education programmes in empowering educators and enhancing classroom practices.

Muna Al Bader

Muna Al Bader is a celebrated Qatari artist whose murals have become a mainstay in the capital city Doha. She first collaborated ​ with the British Council in 2022, lending ​ her artistic talents to a mural celebrating ​the Qatar UK Festival 2023.

Nahla Mansour

Professor Nahla Mansour is on a mission to control foodborne diseases. Her research explores ways to reduce the risk of bacterial enteritis, a type of infection that can be passed to humans by eating poultry and other meat.

Sanaa Kordi

Sanaa Kordi is a psychologist and content creator who is passionate about giving more women the space to tell their own stories. Sanaa’s work is deeply rooted in her Syrian heritage and inspired by the rich cultural diversity that surrounds her.

Teresa Albor

Teresa Albor is a UK Artist and activist. Her installation, entitled 'Cut from the Same Cloth'  invited local people in Doha, Qatar, to come together to challenge gender norms and promote a more sustainable future. ​

Discover our stories here!