UW–Madison student honored as one of 365 inspiring Arab women


UW–Madison student Claudia Matta Ramly was recently selected as one of “365 Inspiring Arab Women” by Women in Business Arabia.

Claudia Matta Ramly
Claudia Matta Ramly

Ramly is a PhD student in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology. She is also a project assistant in the Learning, Representations, and Technology Lab, housed in the School of Education.

Women in Business Arabia and the Bank Al Etihad launched the 365 Inspiring Arab Women campaign in January 2020, aiming to feature one inspiring Arab woman every day for an entire year. Ramly was selected for the award as founder of “The Hidden Gem Walking Tour,” the first tour of its kind in the Gemmayze neighborhood (Lebanon). The tour has shed light on the neighborhood’s architectural heritage — it is one of the few remaining neighborhoods in Beirut that has retained its French, Ottoman, and Lebanese architectural character after the civil war.

Combining her passion for storytelling and history, Ramly launched the tour in 2018 and brought to life the stories of generations who lived in Gemmayze.

Ramly was also selected for her work in leadership and mentoring women. She established and currently leads the virtual “Lean International Women Circle,” which brings together international women who are living outside their home country to create a culture of belonging, shared experiences, and skill-building, and to empower these women in their careers.

Learn more about Women in Business Arabia’s 365 Inspiring Arab Women, here.