GTF 2014 Awards for Excellence
We are proud to present the Global Thinkers Forum Excellence Award Honourees 2014.
The Ceremony will take place in Dubai UAE on Friday November 28 2014.
Excellence in Global Thinking – H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi
Minister of International Cooperation and Development – H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi joined the Federal Government in 2004 as Minister of Economy, becoming the first woman to assume a cabinet position in the UAE. She was later appointed in 2008 as Minister of Foreign Trade, and then in 2013 as Minister of International Cooperation and Development, with the responsibility of boosting the UAE’s role as a major donor and key player in global human development. Besides her ministerial responsibilities, H.E. Sheikha Lubna is also a Board Director at the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, a member of the Governing Board of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy – National University of Singapore, a member of the Board of Trustees for Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management, Phoenix Arizona, a Board Director at the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai School of Government and Co-Founder and Board Member of the Friends of Cancer Patients. During her two previous posts, the country enjoyed its most economically prosperous period and highest volumes of foreign trade. H.E. has been honored by several countries for her role in enhancing their relations with the UAE. In 2013 Forbes Magazine recognized her as the most powerful Arab woman and the world’s 67th most powerful women. H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi obtained a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from California State University of Chico (CSUChico) in 1981 and an Executive MBA from the American University of Sharjah in 2002. She also has an Honorary Doctorate in Science from California State University at Chico (US), an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the University of Exeter (UK) and an Honorary Doctorate in Economics from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Korea). Sheikha Lubna was born on 9th of January 1958.
Excellence in Leadership – H.E. Raja Easa Al Gurg
Dr Raja Easa Al Gurg, Managing Director of the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group LLC (ESAG), is a well known businesswoman in the region. She has achieved laurels for her stellar leadership of the group under the tutelage of her father, the Chairman, H.E. Easa Saleh Al Gurg, KCVO, CBE. Her counsel and valuable insights have significantly contributed to the growth and expansion of ESAG.
A leading business woman in her own right, Mrs Al Gurg has carved a unique niche for herself in the region due to her support and encouragement of Arab women entrepreneurs. She is the President of Dubai Business Women Council, Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Dubai Healthcare City Authority, Board member of the Dubai Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (DCCI), Dubai Women’s Association. Mrs Al Gurg is the first Emirati woman on the board of HSBC Bank Middle East Limited and is also on the advisory board of Coutts Bank, the wealth division of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. She is the Head of the Auditing Committee at the Federal Customs Authority and a Board member. She is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University. She was conferred the Doctor of Literature (D.Litt.) honour by Amity University, India. Mrs. Raja Al Gurg is also the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Al Jalila Foundation, a non-profit organisation whose mandate is to promote the UAE as a centre of excellence for medical research and education.She holds memberships at the Dubai Economic Council, Arab International Women’s Forum, National Advisory Council and College of Business Sciences.
Mrs Al Gurg was ranked first in theForbes Middle East’s ranking of ‘The 200 Most Powerful Arab Womenin Family Business’ for 2014 and was also on the Forbes Middle East list of ‘The Most Influential Arab Women in Family Business’ in 2013. She is ranked fifth in the list of the ‘100 Most Powerful Arab Women 2012,’ compiled by CEO Middle East;was ranked among the top 100 – 58th place in the list of the world’s most influential Arabs in the Arabian Business 2012 Power 500 listing.Forbes International also listed her as the 4th most powerful Arab businesswoman in 2006. She has earned several other plaudits and awards in recent years. These include the Stevie Award for Women in Businessin 2011 and the ‘World of Difference Award’ from the International Alliance for Women (TIAW) in 2009. Mrs Al Gurg was also selected as the figure of the month, ‘The Mother of Pearl amongst Businesswomen,’ by the Al Waref Institute for Humanitarian Studies in Washington in 2010.
Mrs Al Gurg represents the U.A.E. at many international conferences and round-tables as a key-note speaker and is also part of the Government of Dubai’s official delegation for various trade and commerce meetings. She also hosted the first MENA Businesswomen’s Network Forum, in her capacity as the President of the Dubai Business Women Council.
Besides providing valuable counsel to various business groups and international trade alliances, Mrs Al Gurg spends considerable time in several philanthropic, social and charitable activities, notably with the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Charity Foundationand the Al Jalila Foundation, a UAE organisation with global aspirations dedicated to making lasting and significant contributions in healthcare to transform lives.
Excellence in Positive Change – HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan
Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan is Founder and President of El Hassan Science City, President of the Royal Scientific Society and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Princess Sumaya University for Technology. HRH is also Director and Chair of the National Campaign for Public Awareness of the Drivers of Change, a Jordanian initiative to outline and debate the factors that are driving change in the Kingdom. HRH is an advocate of science and technology as a catalyst for change in the Arab World, through education, research and innovation. She seeks to promote sustainable development by maximising human potential through education and opportunity. The Princess is an avid archaeologist and is closely involved with the work of the British Institute in Amman for Archaeological Research and the Council for British Research in the Levant. HRH was appointed by HM Queen Rania as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the first Jordan National Museum, where she is overseeing its development.
Excellence in Business – Dr Shaikha Al Maskari
Shaikha Al Maskari, is the Chairperson of: Al Maskari Holding, the Tricon Group, Johnson Controls and Global Communications, JCGC, Singapore Expo, SGME, and ORSAT. Among Shaikha’s recent awards: byWorld Women Leadership Congress & Awards “WOMEN LEADERSHIP ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2015”; by Global Thinkers Forum 2014 Award for “EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS – GLOBAL ARAB WOMEN AS CHANGE MAKERS”; 2014 BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD AT THE ARAB WOMAN AWARDS UAE 2014 held under the Patronage of HE Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. the United Arab Emirates Minister of Culture, Youth, and Social Development, on 25th November 2014, 2014 the Petroleum Institute and Kuwait University for “CONTRIBUTION TO WOMEN IN OFFSHORE ENGINEERING” ; 2013 HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Trophy for “PROMOTING INDO-ARAB RELATIONS”; 2013 the UAE Red Crescent and the Qatar Red Crescent Trophies for consistent contribution to international emergency relief; 2013 Award by Am/Cham MENA “THE BEST WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR”; 2013 the prestigious FALCON AWARD by Am/Cham Abu Dhabi for “ PROMOTING UAE-US TRADE RELATIONS” ; by The International Alliance of Women, “TIAW WORLD OF DIFFERENCE AWARD in recognition of outstanding contribution in making all the difference in the world to the economic empowerment of women”; by the University Of Iowa, “ 2013 EP Adler Lecture Award” for promoting global cross-cultural understanding; and 2013 “Honorary Recognition by CAPSTONE for “Global Humanitarian Services”. Shaikha started her career with ADNOC Group. In 1989 she joined her family petroleum company, Tricon Energy Operations, and steered it to become the Tricon Group comprising of multinational firms with strong international partnerships, several of which with government linked corporations. In 2008 Shaikha established Al Maskari Holding, AMH, for all her family’s diversified enterprises (engaged in oil, gas, renewable energy, mining, contracting, facilities management, health care, food services, security, MICE, media and out sourcing), with offices in UAE, GCC, MENA, USA, Europe, Turkey and Singapore. As a service to her country, Shaikha founded Global Institute of Justice & Technology which trains Ministry of Interior personnel in Police Sciences and Security Services, and Global Paramedic & Rescue Academy, which trains in Emergency and Public Safety Services, for which she was honored by the US Department of Commerce with the “Excellence Award for enhancing emergency medical services and saving lives in the UAE”. In 2003, Shaikha set up United Mercy Foundation, UMF (presently operated under AMH) which sponsors orphans, widows, orphanages and provides emergency medical treatment and food aid in the ME, Africa and Asia. Shaikha co-founded the Diyarbakir Micro-credit Project in Turkey which has successfully launched close to 70, 000 entrepreneurs creating over 400,000 jobs. In 2008, Shaikha established Global Environmental Responsibility Alliance, GERA, to promote cross-border collaborations towards resources efficiency, and Global Social Empowerment Alliance, GSEA, to drive fundamental transformation of family/social mind sets to raise children on C4 (Confidence, Conscience, Compassion and Collaboration) towards good global citizenship for cross-ethnic, cross-cultural and interfaith harmonious co-existence). In addition to Shaikha’s numerous corporate Board directorships, she also serves in the Boards of prominent NGOs including the Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF), Women For Sustainable Growth (W4SG), High Advisory Board of International Cooperation Platform (ICP) and Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADAMF).
Excellence in Gender Equality – Professor Rafia Obaid Ghubash
Prof. Rafia Obaid Ghubash is the founder of Women’s Museum UAE. She was the President of Arabian Gulf University,( 2001 – 2009 ) a GCC sponsored Regional institution based in the Kingdom of Bahrain. She assumed this office in 2001 when she was the Dean of Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the UAE University. She is a Full Professor of Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatrist, currently she is the President of the Arab Network for Women in Science and Technology ( 2005 till present ). The career of Professor Rafia Obaid Ghubash) has to be seen in the light of both the society she was born in and the society she is helping develop. With a strong sense of history and an equally strong sense of values, she returned home with a PhD in epidemiological psychiatry from London University, to start her academic career as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, in the newly established School of Medicine of the UAE University in Al Ain. Professor Ghubash’s place as a role model and a leader in the empowerment of women in this society speaks for itself. The awards and honors that she has received are too numerous to enumerate, suffice to say that whether as President of the Arab Network for Women in Science and Technology or as member of any number of international think tanks, this Professor of Psychiatry is sure to speak her mind.
Excellence in Life – Mrs Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani, Founder Chairman Arab International Women’s Forum
Mrs Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani, Founder Chairman, Arab International Women’s Forum is well known in international government and business circles as a high-impact change agent focusing on leadership in cultural and gender issues. An economist and graduate of the American University of Beirut and Oxford University, she brings a wide range of skills and experience to her personal mission of encouraging greater cultural understanding between Arab and international communities, supporting a strong role for women in that process. Mrs Al Kaylani holds senior roles in several cultural and educational UK and international organisations. These include: Board Member, The Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard Kennedy School; Advisory Board Member, The Middle East Institute, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; Advisory Board Member, The Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World, Lebanese American University, Beirut; Board Director, EastWest Institute and Board Member, MENA – OECD Business Council. Mrs Al Kaylani became the first Honorary Member, the Euro Mediterranean Association for Cooperation and Development (2012) and serves as a Freeman of the City of London and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of World Traders. Haifa Al Kaylani received recognition as one of the Women eNews 21 Leaders for the 21 Century (2006); was included in the Muslim Power 100 Leaders in the UK listing (2007) receiving the Education Excellence Award; she is a recipient of the International Alliance for Women 2008 World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award; and was named one of the 20 leading Muslim women in the UK in The Equality & Human Rights Commission Muslim Women Lists 2009-2012 and received the United Kingdom Muslim Woman of the Year Award in 2013. Haifa Al Kaylani was presented with an Award for an Outstanding Contribution as a Women Leader of Palestinian Origin and was honoured by the Qatari Businesswomen Association and presented with an Award for her contributions to the growth and development in the Arab region. She was the recipient of the Global Inspirational Leadership Award 2013 and was honoured for individual achievements as a role model and having made contributions worthy of acknowledgement towards the role of women in Emerging Economies by the Georgia General Assembly. Mrs Al Kaylani was included in the Power 100 List, compiled by Arabian Business Monitor and recognised on the Arabian Business Power 500 List published by Arabian Business Magazine and placed in the highest ever recording of 118 women in a list of Arab men and women leaders .Mrs Al Kaylani was Inducted in 2013 by the Centre of Economic Leadership & Development into The Global Women Leaders Hall of Fame as a distinguished achiever and symbol of female achievement globally.
Excellence in Innovation – H.E. Noura Al Kaabi
H.E Noura Al Kaabi is the Chief Executive Officer of the Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi (twofour54), a government initiative whose primary objectives are to foster Arab-focussed media and digital businesses in the UAE and develop sustainable media and creative industries for the UAE and the MENA region in addition to provide training and talent development and facilitates world-class content through its production facilities. Noura is a honouree for the Young Global Leader Class of 2014 and is the first Emirati to be ranked on Foreign Policy magazine’s ‘Top 100 Global Thinkers List’, an honour she received in 2013. Also in 2013, France’s leading weekly news magazine, Le Nouvel Observateur, named Noura one of the 50 individuals who contribute to changing the world and she was named Forbes Middle East’s 30 Most Influential Women in Government. Noura oversees the Media Zone Authority’s industry building initiatives including the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, and the Abu Dhabi Media Summit. Noura’s commitment to Arab talent development and her management of the unique strategy, to facilitate the organic growth of the regional media industry, has seen the Media Zone Authority hit the milestone of 270 content creation partners. Noura is a member of the Federal National Council (F.N.C.) of the UAE and sits on the board of Abu Dhabi Media, Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, Image Nation and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council. She is also a member of the Advisory Board for Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award.
Excellence in Pioneering – Raha Moharrak
Always a curious child, for as long as she can remember, Raha dreamed of challenging adventures, seeing the world and perhaps even changeling it. From a young age her eccentricity was obvious, blessed with parents who never asked her to change, teaching her to dream big and live even bigger, and raised her with the belief that life is what she makes of it and her dreams are a reflection of the endlessness of her capabilities. Graduating with a bachelors in Visional Communications from the American University of Sharjah then started her career at a leading advertising agency, Raha’s life changed the day she summited Kilimanjaro and challenged herself, her society, and culture. It was there, between the clouds, standing on Africa’s roof where her spirit could no longer be silenced and nothing could hold her back from her love of adventure, Kilimanjaro open the doors to 8 more summits, yet still her love affair with altitude was insatiable, and her curiosity as to where her limits were grew fierce, just when she thought she found them, she set eyes on Everest, and the dream that turned her into an accidental role model was born, on may 18th 2013 a year after seeing the legendary mountain Raha made history by being the first Saudi woman to summit Everest, forever proving we could attempt the impossible and maybe even achieve it no matter where we are from, she’s living proof that if children are raised confident and curious, unapologetically who they are, then we’re capable of anything, Even for a Saudi woman to stand on top of the world.
Excellence in Media – Muna AbuSulayman Co-host Kalam Nawaem MBC – Longest Running TV Show in the Arab World
Muna AbuSulayman, named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World in 2009-2012 for her work in media, gender, leadership and education, is a very popular Arab media personality and humanitarian. Currently as the head of Directions Consulting and Partner in Glowork, she is focusing her development efforts on unemployment and entreprenuership in the Arab world. As the former Secretary-General of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, she supported innovation and strategic initiatives to combat poverty, empower women and reframe the Islam-West dialogue. She is also a founding Co-Host of Kalam Nawaem, one of the Arab world’s most popular TV shows. In 2007, AbuSulayman was appointed as the first Saudi UNDP Goodwill Ambassador. A Member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, an aspiring novelist, a Yale World Fellow and Aspen Institute Middle East Fellow, she serves on several non-profit boards and is the recipient of numerous awards, including a “PhD in They Didn’t Teach That in School from Life/MOM University”.
Excellence in Education – EDRAAK
With eighty percent of Arabs able to learn only in Arabic, the region trailing the rest of the world in higher education enrolment figures, low educational standards negatively impacting the region’s youth’s employment prospects and the competitiveness of the region consequently at stake, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan was determined not to allow the region to miss out on the opportunity offered by the Massive Open Online Courses movement to help reverse these trends. To ensure that the region’s learners are given the access to high quality courses recently available to English speakers, the Queen Rania Foundation went into partnership with edX, the Harvard-MIT led consortium, leveraging local talent to enable the technology to support Arabic, creating Edraak, the first non-profit Arabic MOOC platform. Edraak harnessed Arab talent from all around the world, producing original content that now makes up over 80% of its offerings covering a range of courses targeting employability, creating new role models and engaging learners in the socio-economic issues of the region. Launched in May 2014, Edraak has attracted over 105,000 learners from across the Arab World, including Gaza, Syria, Libya and Iraq. Courses are free of charge with online certificates of completion issued upon passing a course. Over 8000 learners successfully completed Edraak’s courses including its Computer Science, Citizenship, Child Mental Health and Resume Writing courses. Edraak has also allowed for the accumulation and better dissemination of Arab knowledge, with an overwhelmingly positive response from regional instructors and those in the Diaspora to the invitation to create content. The realisation of the need for a platform like Edraak to support regional governmental education reform efforts has also been heartening. Edraak’s potential to impact other aspects of education including teacher training and targeting school aged children is inspiring. The time to invest in the future of the Arab world and its people is now!
Award to be received by Ms. Haifa Dia Al-Attia, CEO Queen Rania Foundation; Since 2012, Haifa Dia Al-Attia has been leading the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development, an NGO that is charged with leading innovation in education towards improving the quality and state of that offering in Jordan. QRF serves as an umbrella organisation for eight independent NGOs and initiatives affiliated with Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, where QRF’s mandate focuses on building and supporting their institutional capacity and sustainability as well as on creating synergy amongst them and maximising their impact. QRF also acts as a research hub and develops programmes that address needs and gaps in educational services to Jordanians and which also respond to opportunities on the local, regional and global levels for the introduction of new initiatives, in cooperation with a host of partners and sponsors, all of whom contribute to the strengthening of QRF’s operations and its brand. From an English Language teaching post at the Ministry of Education, she moved to the Royal Court where she rose to Deputy Director of the Office of the Crown Prince in 1994 and served as Education Adviser there until July 2005. She helped found the Amman Baccalaureate School and served for 23 years on its Board of Trustees. She was elected Vice President of the International Baccalaureate Organisation’s Council of Foundation where she championed equal access to IB programmes worldwide and she also acted as the IBO’s regional representative for the Middle East for over 20 years. In 2006, Haifa joined the Aga Khan Academies Unit and worked on this project to set up 18 leadership schools in 14 developing countries.
Excellence in Science – Dr Ismahane Elouafi
Dr. Ismahane Elouafi is Director General of ICBA-Agriculture for Tomorrow since 2012. Before joining ICBA, she was leading the Research and Partnerships Division at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Ismahane holds a PhD in Genetics (Cordoba University, Spain) and has a passion for Science; its management; and its integration with Policy. She believes that, in order to gain efficiencies and alleviate discrimination and poverty, Science has to be the basis of our decisions and development plans. Over her 15 years experience in agricultural research, Dr. Elouafi developed good understanding of Ag-Research, its potentials, and its challenges. She was successful in developing strategic partnerships with governments, institutions, academia, and private organizations in the national and international scientific research arena. Prior to joining ICBA, Ismahane held management positions with CFIA and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). She also worked as a scientist with several international research organizations such as ICARDA (International Center for Agricultural Research and Dry Areas), JIRCAS (Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences), and CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Center). Muslim Science ranked Dr. Ismahane among the 20 Most Influential Women in Science in the Islamic World under the Shapers category. http://muslim-science.com/muslim-science-coms-list-of-twenty-most-influential-women-in-science-in-the-islamic-world/. In 2014, the CEO-Middle East Maganize listed Dr. Ismahane among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women; in the Science category. http://www.arabianbusiness.com/the-world-s-100-most-powerful-arab-women-541075.html Dr. Elouafi was recently awarded the National Reward Medal by His majesty Mohamed VI, the King of Morocco.
Excellence in Public Office – Mrs El Adaoui Zineb, Governor
Born in 1960, in El Jadida. President of the Rabat Regional Court of Accounts since 2004 Ms El Adaoui holds a diploma of higher studies (DES) in economics (option: public economics). She prepares her doctorat d’Etat (PhD) on “the Moroccan Court of Accounts: from regularity control to management control, what affectivity?” She is the first Moroccan woman to be appointed (in 1984) as a judge of accounts, and later Head of section at the court of auditors (1993 to 2004). She has been a magistrate with exceptional grades since 2004. Ms El Adaoui is a member of the Moroccan board of the International Women Forum. She was member of the Regionalization Advisory Commission. Ms. El Adaoui obtained an auditing certificate from a Candian audit services agency (BSV) and a certificate form Women as Business and Economic Leaders program. In 2013, she became the first Arab woman, indeed African and Muslim ever to hold the position of a governor. She is a poet and a mother of two adult boys.
Excellence in Cultural Creativity – Hayv Kahraman, Artist
Hayv Kahraman was born in Baghdad, Iraq 1981. Recent solo exhibitions include Collective Performance, Nelson-Atkins museum of art, Kansas City and Duke University, Durham, Let the guest be the Master, Jack Shainman, Extimacy, The third line gallery, Dubai, Pins and Needles, The third line gallery, Dubai ; Waraq, Frey Norris, San Francisco ; Seven gates, Green Cardamom, London. Recent group exhibitions include: Neighbors – Contemporary Narratives from Turkey and Beyond, Istanbul museum of modern art ; Echoes, Islamic art and contemporary artists, Nelson-Atkins museum of Art ; Arab Contemporary, Architecture, culture and identity, Louisiana museum of modern art, Denmark; The Jameel tour, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio; Cantor Art Center, Stanford ; The Victoria and Albert museum, London; Institute de Monde Arabe, Paris ; Casa Arabe, Madrid; Fertile Crescent, Paul Robeson center for the Arts, Princeton; Newtopia the state of human rights, Kazerne Dossin Museum, Mechelen; Disquieting muses, Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Greece (2011); Of women’s modesty and anger, Villa Empain center for the arts, Brussels (2011); Taswir, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin Germany (2010); Unveiled: New art from the middle east, Saatchi gallery, London (2009); Hayv was shortlisted for the 2011 Jameel Prize at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Excellence in Cultural Understanding – Sheikha Al Mayassa
Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani is Chairperson of Qatar Museums, Doha Film Institute and Reach Out to Asia. She is building an exciting creative future for Qatar. Through her work at Qatar Museums, Sheikha Al Mayassa connects and amplifies the nation’s cultural institutions and heritage sites.
Excellence in Philanthropy – Dr Atallah Kuttab Chairman and Founder of SAANED for Philanthropy Advisory in the Arab Region, Jordan
Dr. Atallah Kuttab is currently the Chairman and Founder of SAANED for Philanthropy Advisory in the Arab Region based in Jordan. Since April 2014 he is a Richard von Weizsaecker Fellow at Bosch Stiftung in Berlin. Atallah holds a Ph.D. from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London. He spent 3 years working in engineering consulting in the private sector and ten years in education, which included planning, teaching, and research at Birzeit University in Palestine and at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. Dr. Kuttab was a Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) technical advisor for informal sector employment in Zambia for 3 years, and served with Save the Children for 11 years, most recently as Middle East Regional Manager, covering operations in Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan. His management specialty areas are in staff management, fundraising and in forging private sector/ non-government sector relationships to further development efforts. In the period 2005-2011, he was Director General of the Welfare Association, the lead foundation supporting Palestinians primarily in Palestine and Lebanon. He is a Founding Member of Arab Human Rights Fund and Founding Member of the Arab Foundations Forum. He also a member of the Editorial Board of Alliance Magazine, member of the Board of Resource Alliance, member of the Working Group on Peace and Social Justice, Founding Board member of the Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS), and since January 2013 as Chairman of the Board of WINGS.
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