Rania El Turk has had extensive experience in the field of education, having started her career, many many years ago, as an English teacher. She holds an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from Harvard University, and a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from the American University of Beirut. Her most recent position was Program Manager at the Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation in the UAE. Passionate about early childhood literacy, she decided to branch out on her own and founded ReadingStart. ReadingStart’s philosophy is “get them while they’re young!” The program promotes reading with children from birth, and focuses on the years between 0 and three. Although she is not yet a mother, she does read an unusually large amount of picture books… Aya Khairy is a ten year veteran of the education field, using her knowledge of academia in both her professional and personal life. Aya studied Economics at McGill University, and was most recently the Senior Manager for Programming and Administration at the Columbia University Middle East Research Centre. Aya’s professional expertise and her love for culture and travel led her to live and work in four different countries since her graduation. She is currently a member of the board of advisors and a volunteer at the Youth Association for Reality and Awareness in Amman, Jordan. She is also a mother of two, and passionate about making books and education accessible to children.