LINA SERGIE ATTAr
Lina Sergie Attar Lina Sergie Attar is the co-founder and CEO of Karam Foundation. She is a Syrian-American architect and writer from Aleppo. She co-developed Karam's Innovative Education initiatives: the creative therapy and holistic wellness program for displaced Syrian children and the Karam Leadership Program, an entrepreneurship and technology program for displaced Syrian youth. Sergie Attar frequently travels to the Syrian border in southern Turkey to run Karam’s Smart Aid programs. She was named one of GOOD magazine's 2016 GOOD 100 for Karam's innovative work with Syrian refugees. Her articles and essays have been published in the NYT, Chicago Tribune, Foreign Policy, Politico, and BBC. She has appeared on CNN, NBC News, BBC News, Huffington Post, NPR and other media outlets. Sergie Attar has spoken about the Syrian humanitarian crisis at schools, universities, and institutions including: RISD, Harvard University, University of Chicago, Loyola, Northwestern, DePaul, Bentley University, Philips Exeter Academy, King's Academy in Jordan, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Tahrir Institute, and others. Sergie Attar is a co-founder of the How Many More? project and serves on the Board of Directors of The Syria Campaign.
Omar Salem, DMD, MS was born and raised in Damascus, Syria, and moved to the USA in 1996. Salem is an orthodontist and dentofacial orthopedist. In 2013, he joined Karam Foundation to run the Innovative Education Dental programs. He has led Karam’s dental and hygiene teams during four missions providing dental treatment and preventative care to over 3000 Syrian refugee children. He served on the faculty body at the department of orthodontics at Buffalo University until 2002, and then moved to Tufts University School of Dental medicine where he served as director of the Pre-doctoral Orthodontic Program until 2005. He has been in full time private practice since 2005. Salem is serving a two-year term as the president of the Syrian American Dental Association. He's a founding partner and the vice chairman of the board of Great Hill Dental Partners in New England.
treasurer / Director of smart aid
Mohamad Ojjeh is the Executive Director of Documentation & Smart Aid Coordinator. Ojjeh is a Syrian American from Damascus, Syria. His love of photography and film inspired him to create a production company: Dragonfly Production. Ojjeh received an award from New England Videographers Association in 2007 for the WAHO (World Arabian Horses Organization) conference in Syria, which was distributed worldwide. Ojjeh works as a project manager with a construction company as well as running his production company Dragonfly. He lives in Boston with his wife, Carolyn and two kids, Deena and Faris. He volunteers with the local youth soccer teams, coaching, filming and photographing sport events for teams in his community.
Secretary & DIRECTOR of events
Maya Khater, Pharm D., leads Karam’s social events & fundraising committee. She is a Syrian American from Birmingham, AL. Maya studied pharmacy at Samford University, and currently works at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital. Maya has organized a myriad of Karam events. She is meticulous, creative, and detail-oriented. Her hobbies include nature walks, cooking, and spending time with her husband and three children. Maya currently resides in Lake Forest, IL.
director of health + wellness
Razan Massarani-Wafai, MD was born and raised in Homs, Syria. She studied medicine at the medical school of Damascus, Syria and graduated in 1989, moved to the United States in 1990. Razan is board certified in Pathology and Cytopathology from Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois in 1998. She served in the faculty body of Loyola University as associate professor of pathology and later as the Cytology fellowship program director until 2014. Razan is currently an associate pathologist at Dryer Medical Clinics. She traveled with Karam Foundation to Reyhanli, Turky as a part of the Zeitouna program in Dec 2013, June 2014 and April 2015. Razan was also part of the KLP mission in Nov 2014. She lives in Burr Ridge, Illinois, married and has three kids.
Director of COMMUNICATIONS
Aya Samman is the Communications Director at Karam Foundation. She received her B.A. in Communications and Arabic Studies from DePaul University. Aya is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Public Policy and Humanitarian Studies. She finds humbling gratitude in being part of a powerful community of the Syrian-American youth who work tirelessly at giving a voice to the voiceless, and honor to the names of human beings who have been reduced to forgotten numbers.
director of advocacy
Omar Hossino, is a foreign policy researcher based in Washington D.C. He holds an M.A. in U.S. Foreign Policy from American University where he focused on U.S. counter-terrorism policy in Syria and Lebanon. He is the author of numerous reports and articles on Syria. He has briefed the U.S. Department of State, and the United Nations on issues regarding the Syrian uprising including on rule of law in Syria. He has also has spoken at Princeton University, Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Institute and has written on the Syrian uprising in outlets such as Foreign Policy, Syria Deeply, Al-Hayat, Al-Monitor, and Hurriyet Daily News as well as being quoted in outlets such as the New York Times and Associated Press, and appearing frequently on television on BBC News Arabic, Canada’s CTV, and Voice of America TV.
DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABLE BUSINESSES
Ghazi Jeiroudi is a Syrian American from Aleppo, Syria and San Bernardino, California. Jeiroudi works as a business development manager with an oil and gas services company in the United Arab Emirates. He lives in Abu Dhabi with his wife and two kids.
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