Batoul Yousef Salman: “To Be Or not to Be” Be the Soul of Your Nation

Senior of Translation, Cultural Consultancy and Exam Quality Assurance,Kingston Business Academy MENA.IEUK,National Representative and Cultural Consultant, Chair of Aleph Academy,Syria, Founder of Aleph women empowerment campaign, Syrian Business woman.
Program director of Accredited Translation in MENA, Program Director “Technology of Teaching” Founder of TESOL Campaign,MENA, Program Director of Culture Language and Borders. Honary member of many charitable organizations in Syria.

What are you most passionate about and what drives you?

Have you ever tried turning windows to mirrors, this is what education is all about and lighting of fire for the soul of the nations “Women” to create the future. Education and women empowerment are simply my life. In some places of the world where women are still suffering we have to make a difference and be different. I have taken the first steps empowered by the best father ever “YOUSEF Salman” RIP and I decided that this is a turning point to help the voiceless sisters specially during the Syrian war. I founded Aleph Campaign in 2012 and then Aleph Academy in 2015.Nations need women to take their place as creators and innovators! We are working hard to empower women in and through education so that nothing stands in the way of their dreams.

What have been your personal challenges and how have they defined you?

The challenge of my life was when war started in my country Syria in 2011 as our company was closed and we decided to stay here and to complete what we have started against all odds. I focused on social empowerment, especially women, children and elderly by launching “Aleph Campaign” in 2012 and then Aleph Academy that took five years to see the light in 2015 as the circumstances were unbelievable.

Once Hamlet said “To Be or Not to Be” and we decided to be against war, illiteracy, social boundaries, shortage and poverty.

How have professional networks empowered you?

Your network is your net worth. Life is all about networking. In such circumstances ,you cannot work alone, my wide network in and outside Syria are here to support and empower. I always count on my professional Network to make the impossible possible.

Who are your role models and why?

Every woman has her own story of success so every successful woman is a role model for me.

What does Work-Life Balance mean to you?

Work-Life Balance is a cycle, not an achievement. Re-evaluate your evolving feelings and priorities, and adjust your work and life choices accordingly and success is simply there. Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance and never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

How would you like the community at SHEconomy to help you?

Connections, widening cultural awareness and building a deeply rooted empowerment community to stand for women. I will be offering to this unique world all that it takes to Be what we want to be.

What would you like to share with the SHEconomy community?

I believe that we do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already. Whatever is required from me: I am ready to share. My experience in education, consultancy and women empowerment , my own international and professional connections. We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave – to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential and together let it BE.