Valentina Kassisieh, a Jordanian social activist with a focus on community empowerment and cultural inclusion. She is currently the CEO of Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation (AHSF), a non-profit organization dedicated to investing in cultural, scientific, and social innovation.
Since joining AHSF in 2013, Valentina has transformed the Foundation’s strategy and expanded its role to better impact the cultural scene in Jordan. She has involved youth and children in all its activities in addition to establishing a grants scheme to support young and aspiring champions in the fields of culture and science, as well as an innovation award.
She is also a board member of the Innovative Startups Fund Project (a World Bank project), and the state TV “Al Mamlaka”. She is also a member of the Higher National Committee for Music, and the national committee charged with preparing and implementing the strategic framework for media education. She has sat on several boards such as the National Scientific Research Fund, Al- Balqa’ Applied University, and she is a member of the College Council at the faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Jordan.
Before joining AHSF, Valentina held the position of Director-General of the Jordan River Foundation where she played a key role in initiating and supporting youth empowerment, entrepreneurship, and child safety.
Her career spanned the areas of cultural promotion, social development focusing on poverty alleviation, child protection, economic development, and women/youth empowerment in addition to management, planning, and communications.
Valentina holds a Master’s degree in management studies with a focus on applying business process re-engineering on income-generating projects. In 2010, Valentina was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship and was named as the 2010 Ward Wheelock Fellow.