Jalal has 15 years of experience consulting with minority and disadvantaged businesses in different regions, communities, contexts, and countries. He has knowledge in a broad range of topics ranging from social media tools and computer software to a deep understanding of project management and strategic planning. Jalal is leading the SBDC’s Inclusive Entrepreneurship Initiative, which focuses on helping underserved communities in the Shenandoah Valley.
Originally from Jordan, Jalal won the 2006 King Abdullah II of Jordan Award for Freelance Business & Entrepreneurship, which is the country’s highest honor for a young businessman. He has used his versatile skillset to work as a professional trainer, coach, and business advisor in topics ranging from digital activism and youth engagement to entrepreneurship and business development.
Jalal comes to Harrisonburg with his wife and two daughters, and enjoys being active in his community and standing up for those in difficult and unjust situations. In addition to being a husband, father, business advisor, and social activist, Jalal will pursue his PhD in Strategic Leadership at JMU beginning in the fall of 2017. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in software engineering from Philadelphia University in Jordan and a Master’s degree in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding from Eastern Mennonite University.