Mohammed AbusaifPalestinian Territories
Mohammed Abusaif has more than 10 years’ experience in the field of practicing and teaching occupational therapy. Mohammed’s Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy (OT) from Bethlehem University empowered him to become one of the pioneers in occupational therapy and the only occupational therapist in community mental health in his hometown. Through his professional life, Mohammed gained skills and expertise towards developing and promoting the quality of OT services for mental health clients as well as persons with disabilities (PWDs), while serving more than 300 clients through many places and positions. Mohammed was the first professional in his community to develop a guidance protocol for providing OT services for mentally ill clients, which helped other therapists and rehabilitation specialists lead the assessment. The assessment includes four developed checklists and intervention methods that have different types of modalities, including vocational training. This protocol guides the OT treatment process and activities related to rehabilitation plans, health promotion, and self-help. His teaching experience includes working as a practical fieldwork supervisor, in addition to teaching OT modules at two local universities. As a result of his cooperation with a number of human rights activists and professionals, he founded a nonprofit as the Executive Director with the aim of raising community awareness regarding mental health issues, stigma, and clients’ rights.
Kholoud JwefilPalestinian Territories
Kholoud Jwefil is a 25-year-old Palestinian social activist. After Kholoud completed her study in English language and literature, she became involved in social change. Kholoud works as a Program Coordinator at AISHA, a women’s rights organization in her country. In this role, she is responsible for coordinating humanitarian and developmental projects, including projects focusing on women’s rights, gender equality, social justice, mental health, economic empowerment for women, and encouraging men to shift their perspectives and promote women’s rights. Kholoud also has substantial experience in leading advocacy campaigns in her community defending women and children rights through social crises. Kholoud has volunteered for two years in the American corner in Gaza as trainer and group facilitator. In addition to her experiences in the field of coordination and women’s rights, she also has leadership, fundraising and team work, and translation skills.
Faten JumaPalestinian Territories
Faten Juma has more than nine years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Faten has been working with the United Nations for Relief & Work Agency (UNRWA) since 2010. She earned a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Business Administration from Al-Quds Open University in Palestine, and a two-year diploma in Commerce from Gaza Training/Community College. Working with UNRWA as Human Resources Associate has enabled her to contribute significantly in developing the internal policies to ensure strong governance and effective accountability systems. Faten has worked on maintaining positive morale and trust through increasing the engagement and structural communication among employees. While she was working at the Recruitment Office, she made constant efforts in improving the quality of living standards for refugees on infrastructure, educational, health, and humanitarian aid through recommending the most competent employees to ensure delivering best services. Also, she has made many achievements in bridging the gender gap and realizing gender equality principles by her outreaching efforts and powerful networking skills. As an HR professional, her ultimate goal is to contribute in building a thriving and prosperous economy through managing the human capital by establishing an institute for people management and development. Faten has a great eagerness in utilizing her proven knowledge and expertise to benefit her venerable community and has assiduously played a key role in supporting it by sharing innovative ideas and launching initiatives properly while volunteering in community associations. She is well-known for having constructive insights about human resources and keeping abreast with the latest international approaches.
Ibrahim Abdullatief AshourPalestinian Territories
Ibrahim Abdullatief Ashour is a Senior Program Manager at Save Youth Future Society. Ibrahim is valued for his strong strategic, financial, and leadership talents with success in directing a diversified portfolio of community assistance, basic education, economic development, humanitarian relief, and recovery programs. He brings over eight years of experience and a wealth of expertise in strategic planning, program planning and implementation, cross-functional leadership, project management, and operations management. Ibrahim is also skilled in human resources development, resource utilization, organizational development, and financial management. Ibrahim is recognized for his deep understanding of human rights and UN Sustainable development Goals. He brings this knowledge into practice through effective management of SYFS ongoing projects in education and poverty reduction, and by foreseeing potential sectors of support in the labor market to allocate best opportunities for youth development. He contributes to program development, fundraising, communication and reporting to different partners and donors including USAID, CRS, Save the Children, UNICEF, OCHA, EU, UNFPA, and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
Abdalrahim AbuwardaPalestinian Territories
Abdalrahim Abuwarda earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature and focused his studies on literary works and translation. Abdalrahim found links between the literary works, development, management, and leadership. Then, to empower the Palestine’s youth, he led a project with Pal-Think, a non-profit organization, that aimed to raise awareness among youth on democracy and entrepreneurship. The project included conducting lectures, launching art exhibitions, and carrying out workshops. Abdalrahim facilitated 25 events and each event targeted 25 Palestinians from different backgrounds. Abdalrahim used his experience at Pal-Think to engage in one of his proudest endeavors, co-founding Al-Frarabi for Multilingual Services. As the co-founder and co-director of Al-Farabi, he translated, edited, and proofread many English-to-Arabic texts. He contributed to the translation of two books in human development: Read Artists Do Not Starve and Steal Like an Artist. Mr. Abuwarda managed interns, new employees, and college students. Moreover, he moved to occupying a position as a social worker at Almajd Association for Development. He was responsible for 350 cases including orphans, people with special needs, and needy families. He wrote up assessments, which met specified standards and timescales. He made decisions about the best course of action for the beneficiaries. Most recently, Abdalrahim managed to work as a Social Media (Freelancing) Mentor at Gaza Sky Geeks (Mercy Corps). He managed to train four cohorts on how to use social media platforms to get job opportunities. The results of the 240 participants were promising as over 54% of them managed to obtain paid opportunities, both short and long term.
Mohamed Glenza is twenty-five years old. He went to the Higher School of Digital Economy of Tunis. Mohamed obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Management, where he studied programming languages, computer science, and marketing. Then, he obtained a Master’s degree in Competitive Intelligence. Currently, he is managing all paid digital advertisements for Jumia in Tunisia and his recently-founded startup. He runs a team of designers and search engine marketing executives. Mohamed was also a Digital Marketing Manager at PI2R. In his role at Pi2R, he managed advertisements on search engines. The startup he founded is very recent. Mohamed’s startup sells dishes cooked by women who are unemployed to the community. In 2017, he joined the international organization Hult Prize and represented this organization at his university by organizing a series of social entrepreneurship events that engaged a total of more than a thousand students. In the same year, Mohamed joined an international digital marketing agency where he first started applying his digital marketing knowledge in the professional world. In 2016, He created a platform using the latest technology Symfony3 following his internship at Sqli-Services. In 2014, Mohamed joined the “Show me how you teach” movement, where he helped organize a series of training sessions that included teachers and students from different backgrounds.
Huma Iqbal has over ten years of experience working in Pakistan’s nonprofit sector, and earned her MA from the University of Karachi with a major in Development Communications. Huma is a public health influencer and employs strategic communications to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights, especially during crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on policy reforms for family planning services in Pakistan. Working with the Population Council as an Advocacy Manager, Huma lobbies with parliamentarians for stronger legislation on family planning programs, advocates with religious leaders on championing the cause, and leverages the media’s role to influence policy makers and the masses. In her current role, Huma has helped build a new narrative on population, focusing on the balance between population size and resources and breaking away from more traditional and coercive approaches of limiting family size in the past. Previously, Huma worked with Oxfam where she led public and digital campaigns to end child marriages and sexual violence against girls, boys, and the gender minorities of Pakistan. Huma has acquired influencing and leadership skills to influence high-level stakeholders for policy and programmatic action. She has also acquired campaigning skills for effective public and media engagement. Huma is passionate about empowering people and socially and politically equipping them to break structural inequality and live quality lives. Huma likes to explore digital spaces for innovation and freedom of speech.
Alexander Gunkel is a serial entrepreneur using space technology for social and environmental good. Alexander’s company Space4Good leverages satellite earth observation, geographic information systems, and artificial intelligence to provide geospatial analytics to global impact initiatives for data-driven decision making and increased transparency. The company is active in nature conservation, agriculture, smart cities, disaster relief, and peace and justice. Space4Good provides its insights to clients such as The Red Cross, The World Bank Group, The Carter Center, and The European Commission. Additionally, Alexander co-founded Skytree, which invented a CO2 recycling process to reduce global CO2 emissions, as well as RoadEO which is developing a global road quality monitoring and prediction platform to improve road safety and comfort. He is actively mentoring “Tech4Good” entrepreneurs in university-related incubators as well as accelerators, including in Startupbootcamp and Google LaunchPad. Before starting his entrepreneurial career, Alexander studied mechanical engineering and business administration and worked as a Project Manager at the European Space Agency. He is a Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative Fellow of the German Marshall Fund and believes in the power of social entrepreneurship to drive positive societal and economic change.
Rasha AbushabanPalestinian Territories
Rasha Abushaban is a Human Rights Associate working with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in the occupied Palestinian territory (OHCHR oPt), in the Gaza field office. Rasha has more than ten years working in the civil society in the Gaza Strip. She worked in the operations of an INGO called CCP-Japan, managing emergency and long-term projects in the fields of child protection, health, education, women empowerment, and food security. She also worked at the Media & Public Relations Unit at GCMHP, a Palestinian NGO working in the fields of human rights and mental health. Rasha holds an MSc degree in Development Management from the University of Birmingham-UK. She also earned an MLitt degree in Palestinian Studies from the University of Aberdeen-UK. Rasha’s undergraduate degree is from the Faculty of Education, English Pathway, from the Islamic University of Gaza.
Salem Adebiyi is a passionate environmental health expert with strong capacity-building and project monitoring & evaluation skills acquired over seven years of progressive experience in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Salem earned a Master’s degree in Environmental and Public Health Microbiology from the University of Benin, with professional trainings in research development. He is currently the Program Manager at Kivos Institute of Health Safety and Environment Foundation, a nonprofit established to enlighten individuals and SME employees on healthy habits, occupational safety, and environmental protection, thereby ensuring best practice and compliance within and outside their work environment. He has trained over 300 employees on the need for compliance to international OHS standards. The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) gave him an award in 2013 for revamping and equipping the dilapidated science laboratories at St. Charles Grammar School in Osogbo for use by over 200 students through personal sourcing for funds amounting to $986; and for organizing environmental health campaigns and sanitation of public places with over 200 participants. Salem is interested in health, environmental protection, research, and education.
Ariane Umuringa is a social entrepreneur, facilitator, and professional coach. Ariane co-founded Starlight, an EdTech initiative that makes fun educational STEM materials to inspire and engage young people across Africa. After starting her career in educational technology, facilitation, project development, and management, Ariane has nearly 5 years of experience in working with start-ups, nonprofits, and international organizations. This includes work in designing programs, coaching, hosting in-person and online international events, community development, and coordination. She has driven leadership development programs for youth and has served as the Country Ambassador for Youth Opportunities since 2018. Through her role at Starlight, Ariane is responsible for leading the STEM Products Development Team and developing curriculums for both students and training of trainers (ToT). She is the winner of the World Bank and Wharton University’s 2018 Ideas for Action award.
Peace Opoggen is a graduate of Sociology and Anthropology who also holds a Master’s degree in Medical Sociology from the University of Benin, Nigeria. Peace is an innovative and passionate program officer with extensive knowledge and experience in evidence-based research. He is highly adept in international development, maternal health, reproductive health, orphans and vulnerable children management, and youth development with a proven record in coordinating, implementing, and monitoring community-based development interventions and youth centered projects. In addition, Peace possesses sound skills in quantitative and qualitative research, academic writing, reporting, data analysis, and administration. He has over five years of experience working with nonprofit and public health organizations. Currently, he serves as the Operations and Program Officer for Shepherd Care International Ministry in Eku, Nigeria, an organization geared towards improving the educational, health, and psycho-social well being of orphans, vulnerable children, widows, and the aged persons. Peace has also worked as an Assistant Program Officer for Research and Documentation at the Women’s Health and Action Research Center (WHARC), where he focused on evidence-based research related to maternal health, sexual reproductive health, advocacy, and service delivery. He has volunteered for several international and local organizations such as the World Safety Organization, World Largest Lesson (WLL), and Youthink organization. He is a Fellow of several youth-driven organizations, including Young African Leaders Initiative, Ashoka, Common Purpose, Kectil, and World Literacy Foundation. Peace is currently collaborating with humanitarian organizations to drive youth initiative at the community level through advocacy, skill acquisition training and capacity building, and peer-to-peer mentorship.