Ghinwa Itani Malas, Co-Founder/Partner


Ghinwa holds a BA in Business Administration, a Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management and a Masters of Arts in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the American University of Beirut and is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in “Teacher leadership in the context of sustainable school improvement” at the Saint Joseph University in Beirut. She is a certified trainer and presenter in Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction by Dr. Lynn Erickson (Montana, USA) and is a certified IB-PYP school visiting team member and workshop leader by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB).

In September 2013, Ghinwa co-founded Grey Matters Education, and has been consulting on different school projects and startups in Lebanon and the region. She worked on various educational projects with Management Systems International (MSI) and Amideast that were funded by the USAID and the World Bank and which were conducted in collaboration with the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE). Ghinwa has been invited to lead workshops and present at regional educational conferences in Lebanon and the region, including the UAE, Turkey, Egypt, Qatar, Jordan, Kuwait, Kenya, The Netherlands, and China. In addition, she is the chair of the Education Committee in IRADA, and is actively involved in local projects to support youth development and empowerment.

Ghinwa was the Founding Director of Community Learning and Development of the first IB World School in Lebanon that offered the continuum of IB programs for primary, middle and secondary students. She was part of its founding leadership team since it opened in 2007 and led the processes of authorization for the PYP and official candidacy for the MYP and DP. She developed and managed the in-school professional development program, the processes for curriculum development and review, participated in developing the school’s strategic plan, policies and procedures. Prior to that, Ghinwa held the position of Elementary Coordinator at a local school in Beirut for 5 years where she developed and carried out a special curriculum for students with learning difficulties and schooling problems and trained teachers on positive teaching practices.