Khaled HusseinPalestinian Territories
Khaled Hussein has five years of experience in the non-profit sector and earned a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from the Islamic University of Gaza. While working as Teaching Assistant at Islamic University of Gaza, he participated in the delivery of clinical courses at the university and various hospitals, taught and facilitated the educational process, led the delivery of clinical courses, and conducted many extracurricular activities to improve students’ personal skills such as time management, effective studying, and following evidence-based practice in the field of research. While working as Teaching Assistant, he acquired many skills including networking with professionals. He was a Team Leader and physiotherapist for a year at the National Center for Community Rehabilitation. He led the home care team that visited the disabled people and provided physical rehabilitation services. Previously, Khaled volunteered for four years at the Islamic University Student Council, where he helped solve students’ problems and conducted training courses for students. During his community service, Khaled acquired many skills including: Networking and Problem-Solving. Khaled is interested in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and women’s health.
Sherine Bin SaidPalestinian Territories
Sherine Bin Said has ten years of experience in non-profit organizations and earned a Bachelor of Economics and Administrative Sciences from the University of Al-Azhar in the Palestinian Territories. She also earned her Professional Diploma in Management of Civil Society Organizations at Islamic University in Palestine. While working as a project coordinator at Filastiniyat Organization in Fada’ Shababi, she implemented an EU-funded framework project Shabab Live in partnership with DW Akademie, Al Khatt, and Al-Jana, which gave her the opportunity to work closely with youth to provide them with access to conventional media and give them a voice by addressing their concerns and supporting their creative initiatives. Previously, Sherine worked for the Culture and Free Thought Association in the Projects, Fundraising and Advocacy Department, where she handled all documentation and filing for a department. Her work included data entry, translation, and filing hard and soft copies, as well as assisting visitors to the projects and the organization. Additionally, Sherine Bin Said took on the responsibility of facilitating several focus group discussions to support the evaluation process at CFTA. Through these experiences, she developed strong project coordination and implementation skills. Sherine enjoys being involved in youth empowerment.
Mohammed GhanemPalestinian Territories
Mohammed Ghanem has five years of professional experience and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Al-Azhar University in Gaza. Mohammed has been working as Customer Success Specialist at WalaPlus for more than a year. Mohammed works closely with sales and customers to understand requirements and ensure smooth onboarding and adoption of the platform. From 2017 to 2019, Mohammed worked as Account Manager at a mobile company, Jawwal. Mohammed’s responsibilities consisted of working with the sales team to identify and grow opportunities within the territory, negotiate and close contracts to maximize profit, and assist with difficult customer inquiries or issue escalations as needed. From 2016 to 2017, he worked as Procurement Officer at United Palestinian Appeal. He was involved with reviewing, comparing, analyzing, and approving products and services to be purchased, as well as managing inventory and maintaining accurate purchasing and pricing records. In his recent experience, Mohammed has gained a range of skills including Insightly CRM, digital marketing and SEO copywriting. Mohammed enjoys focusing on marketing for charity. He regularly participates in campaigns, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.
Maha SaymehPalestinian Territories
Maha Saymeh has over seven years of experience in the non-profit sector. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in accounting (in English) at Islamic University in Gaza. While working at United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in Finance Department as Claims Examination Section Head, Maha was recently promoted to Head of Section Team. Previously, Maha also worked at the Treasury Department and headed the Treasury Team at UNRWA Gaza Office. She supported UNRWA programs – Education, Health, Relief, Infrastructure and Camp Improvement – in providing services to 2.1 million refugees living in Gaza Strip. Maha worked at SULAFA, an income generation project for women established by UNRWA, helping to convert from manual to computerized accounting, developing databases for SULAFA, and developing effective reporting techniques to meet management needs. Maha also worked at Oxfam OPT in the finance department, supporting Oxfam programs that contribute to sustainable development, agricultural and economic justice, and food security programs in Palestinian Territories. Maha worked as a teaching assistant at Islamic University in Gaza after graduating at the top of her class. Maha has experience volunteering with local non-profit organizations. Maha has an endless ambition that motivates her to work hard to achieve her goals. Her enthusiasm and good spirit impact the team she works with. Maha enjoys working for a cause that helps the poor and the most vulnerable in society, helping refugees and advocating for humanitarian aid.
Husam AbushehaPalestinian Territories
Husam Abusheha has many years of public and reproductive health experience in the non-profit sector. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Palestine Collage of Nursing in Gaza Strip, Palestinian Territories. Since 2017, Husam has been working in the field of public health as Health Educator at Palestinian Family Planning and Protection Association. He has worked closely with international and local health experts to raise awareness about public and reproductive health and debunk health-related myths in the Palestinian community. Husam recently started working as Country Coordinator for Gaza Strip at the International Youth Alliance For Family Planning – an international hub of committed changemakers who want to raise people’s awareness about public health. Husam has worked as a clinical instructor at European Gaza hospital in the pediatric department. Husam strongly believes that advocating for public and reproductive health in the Palestinian community is challenging. Therefore, he has developed strong leadership and networking skills to better support his community.
Feda’a SobehPalestinian Territories
Feda’a Sobeh has six years of experience in the non-profit sector and is a PhD student in Curriculum and Teaching Methodology in English at the Institute of Arab Research and Studies, Egypt. She works as a program manager at Al Aqsa Sports Club Association. She is also a member of the National Team on Developing and Adapting Entrepreneurship Curricula in Palestine. She is an Entrepreneurship Trainer and a Business Plan Development Trainer. In addition, Feda’a was a judge at the graduation ceremony of Hult Prize at Al Quds Open University- Gaza. Feda’a is passionate about women’s rights, child protection and community protection and has been part of many projects that promote women and youth capacity building, leadership, non-violence and quality education. She is also a member of a community protection committee. Feda’a believes that her work background allows her to appreciate new perspectives and national differences. She believes in the power of community and the role of women and youth in bringing about positive change.
Buthaina SharafPalestinian Territories
Buthaina Sharaf has three years of experience in the non-profit sector and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Al-Azhar in Palestine. While working as a Laravel developer with computer science in software companies, she helped improve many websites, one of which is for people with disabilities to make their lives easier by linking it to a number of online stores and services. As an entrepreneur, Buthaina has worked with entrepreneurs to start a software company. Through these experiences, she led a strong team of developers, developed strong projects and websites.
Bisan Abu HarbPalestinian Territories
Bisan Abu Harb completed her Bachelor’s degree in business administration at the Islamic University of Gaza. She completed several short courses for professional development, including leadership, reporting, gender and crisis management. While working as a UDOC assistant at Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) under the Emergency Relief Program, she helped improve living conditions to enable non-refugees internally displaced by the 2014 Gaza conflict to return home. Previously, Bisan worked at MAAN Development Center as a team leader in the UNMAS funded project “Risk Education ERW Awareness”. In addition, she worked as a team leader in the same organization in another project namely “Promoting Conflict Preparedness and Protection in Gaza Strip”. She also worked as a project assistant for the project “Supporting women leadership in Gaza Strip” where her success story started as she got to know well all the non-profit organizations working in this field and contributed significantly in strengthening the human security of women in vulnerable areas. Bisan has volunteered in many programs and organizations as she believes in community participation. During her professional career, she developed strong project management skills, networking and communication skills, and event planning skills. Bisan is interested in focusing on gender issues and has a strong passion for helping IDPs and refugees survive. She is interested in various things such as art, photography, humanitarian work and most importantly making a difference in people’s lives.
Alrayyes SwirkiPalestinian Territories
Alrayyes Swirki is a Palestinian feminist and human rights activist who graduated with a Master’s degree in journalism. From 2019 to 2021, she was a project coordinator at the Center for Women’s Legal Research and Consulting in Gaza. From 2017 to 2019, she worked for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, monitoring and reporting on human rights violations in the Gaza sub-office. She is committed to the cause of human rights and social justice.
Wijdan RadaydahPalestinian Territories
Wijdan Radaydah has two years of experience in the non-profit sector. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Rights and International Law from Bard college in Abu-Dis. After completing her Bachelor thesis, she has been working as an intern at the Palestinian Center For Peace and Democracy which supports survivors of human rights violations, war, terror, and torture, promotes democratic values, and defends fundamental freedoms in Palestinian Territories. There, she attained considerable experience — she worked on research on various topics, organized workshops about Palestinian elections, and helped to prepare a petition to the Palestinian Prime Minister to hold the elections on time, without delay. Wijdan enjoys focusing on the topics of gender & women’s Issues and youth development.
Haitham BadarinPalestinian Territories
Haitham Badarin is a computer engineer and YouTuber, based in Hebron. He grew up in a family of 12, completed secondary school with distinction and went on to study engineering at Palestine Polytechnic University. Upon graduation, Badarin was nominated for the MEPI Student Leader Program and spent 6 weeks developing leadership and communication skills in the United States. Upon returning to Palestinian Territories, he competed in the annual teachers’ employment contest, won first place and was hired as an IT teacher. In his first year of teaching, Badarin volunteered to train fellow teachers at the district on how to use computer software and his contributions were recognized both by the school district and the Ministry of Education. In 2018, Badarin was promoted to a new position as a software engineer, which was created in response to the increasing digitization of education. As it required a well-established expert in this field and someone who has a vision of what e-learning should look like, Badarin was a great fit. There, Badarin supervised the transition of the eSchool website to a national eLearning portal. He modernized and automated huge parts of the district’s tasks and provided in-person training to secretaries and employees in the district, public, and private schools. As remote work and collaboration intensified during the pandemic, Badarin was tasked with proposing and managing a remote learning system, he administered the introduction and deployment of the Office 365 Education package in Hebron schools. Within months, every teacher and student became familiar with MS Teams and through his YouTube channel Badarin provided tutorials on how to use Office 365 apps. His tutorials have registered more than 1.2 million views. Badarin is mostly interested in education and introduction of new technologies in the classroom.
Mariana DalouPalestinian Territories
Mariana Dalou has five years of professional experience in the non-profit sector and two years in the for-profit sector. She earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the United States through a joint program with the Arab American University. For the last two years she has worked as a coordinator for Bluemina Citizenship and Residency, where she helped t to establish a Palestinian branch aiming to better serve the Palestinian community. Previously, she worked as a Human Resources Specialist with Justice Sector Assistance Project administrated by Tetra Tech DPK and funded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. She helped the project flourish and achieve high quality outputs, while at the same time developing her own professional career. Through these experiences, she developed strong communication and coordination skills. Mariana enjoys focusing on topics of education, rule of law, and youth empowerment.