Current Staff in the NEO Syria


Rami Ayoubi

Director (Part time)
PhD (Nottingham), MA (Nottingham), PgDip, Adv PgDip, BA (Hons)


I received my PhD and Master degrees from the University of Nottingham in UK. Earlier, I received Postgraduate Diploma in Business Studies, Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Computing, and Bachelor of Arts in Business.

I teach courses in organization theory and strategy at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Damascus University. Previously I taught leadership skills, business case studies, strategy, and strategic marketing, managerial economics at the Higher Institute for Business Administration, and at the Syrian Virtual University.

I am a member of the editorial board of several academic journals published by Emerald and Elsevier and other three international academic journals in the field of business and education. I contributed as author and reviewer to many international academic journals.

Prior to return to Syria in 2006, I was appointed as Quantitative Institutional Researcher at the University of Glamorgan in Wales. In December 2012, I was appointed as CBRL Visiting Research Fellow in the field of Higher Education in the Arab Region at the University of Kassel in Germany. In 2007, I worked as consultant for the UNDP in Syria. Since February 2007, I am the director for an EU funded Programme "Tempus Programme", a trans European mobility programme for modernising the higher education in the partner countries including Syria. Within this programme, I organized and was involved in several Tempus and other EU projects' conferences, workshops and seminars. From January 2014. I was appointed by the European Commission as the director of the new programme Erasmus+ until 2020. I contributed to several voluntary jobs to the Ministry of Higher Education in Syria including mainly the issues of admission policy in the sector. In 2009 and 2010, I was the Coordinator and team member for the Fact Finding Mission of the Syria Oxford Leadership Programme of Said Business School at Oxford University and Said Foundation to Syria.

Susan Ahmar Dakneh

Communication Officer (Full time)

MA candidate (SVU), BA(Hons)
I graduated from the English Department, Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences at Damascus University in 2003. Upon graduation, I worked at Tanweer Company as an Executive Secretary and as a Translator for some movies and TV series.
I joint Syria National Tempus office as an Executive Secretary in October 2004, then as Communication Officer in July 2005.
From January 2014, I assist the director in implementing and promoting for the new programme Erasmus+.
I like classic music, reading and traveling.

Maher AlKatib

Administrative Officer(Part time)
MA candidate , BA (Hons)

I graduated from the Faculty of Economics at Damascus University in 1997, and worked as Financial & Administrative Officer for several organizations and companies (international and regional) in Syria. I have joint the office as a Financial Officer in 2004.