Mazen Alaboud

Mazen Alaboud

Teacher of Economics


  •    MSc in Financial Economics, Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey
  •    BSc in Economics, Damascus University, Syria
  •    AS in Computer Science, University of the People, CA, USA

I discovered my calling for teaching through a fortunate twist of fate several years ago. Since then, being an educator has been an immense source of purpose and inspiration that never fails to bring me so much joy and gratitude. Over the past six years, I had the chance to teach Economics for Cambridge A-level, Edexcel, AP, and IB. Alongside teaching, I have also volunteered as coordinator and award leader of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award. Joining the UWC movement was an aspiration of mine during my high school years which now, two decades later, feels like a dream come true. I am thrilled to be joining the UWC Dilijan community and I look forward to making meaningful contributions both inside and outside the classroom.

What is the favourite part of the course you teach?
I find great joy in teaching economics as a way of thinking rather than an ideology. My favourite aspect of IB economics is its strong emphasis on critical thinking. This focus on critical thinking not only enriches the learning experience but also equips learners with the skills necessary to navigate a variety of complex issues in their future lives and careers.

Which teaching method do you prefer and why?
No one method works all the time; I use a variety of approaches to ensure my students stay focused on the learning - happy minds are more receptive to knowledge. I try to include class experiments, games and discussions making the educational process more collaborative and allowing students opportunities to engage with each other in meaningful ways.

What advice would you give to a student of your subject?
IB Economics is a marathon not a sprint. Throughout the year, focus on continuously developing your skills. Use the exam period primarily for revision rather than starting from scratch.

Who is your role model or mentor or who inspires you?
‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ by Richard Bach has been an incredible source of inspiration for me. Jonathan's story of breaking free from societal expectations and pursuing his dreams resonates deeply with my own journey. The unwavering determination to reach his full potential encourages me to keep pushing forward. In moments of adversity, I can almost hear Jonathan's voice whispering in my ear "Keep working on love". He reminds me to learn from failure, persevere in the face of challenges, build meaningful connections, and cultivate a lifelong love for learning.

What is your life motto?
Choose love over hatred, compassion over judgement, and understanding over indifference.

What are the three things you can't imagine your life without?
Hope, my sister, and my cat.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Practising the piano, taking nature walks, and doing a bit of “nothing” every now and again.