Salwa Manaja first joined King's Academy in July 2006 as a volunteer in the school’s first Summer Enrichment Program (SEP). Two months later, she returned as a King’s Academy Founding Fellow, helping out with the general preparations for the opening of the school and specifically with the coordination for SEP.
Born in Amman to a New Zealand mother and a Jordanian father, Ms. Manaja grew up in Petra and attended the local school there. In 1994 she attended Nelson College for Girls, a boarding school in New Zealand. In 2002, after graduating from the University of Jordan with a Bachelor's degree in finance, she moved to Sydney, Australia with her family. She spent four years there working as an administrative assistant to the Ethics in Leadership Development Program of the St. James Ethics Center.
Ms. Manaja currently serves as head of the Round Square Office and manages SEP.