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.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Nada Hashem is the Director of Operations at Karam Foundation. She is a Syrian-American pursuing her M.S. degree from Boston University in Computer Information Systems, with a concentration in Health Informatics. At Karam Foundation, she hopes to help bring technology opportunities and solutions to improve and develop Karam Foundation's operations and programs. Nada coordinates the bi-annual innovative education missions to Syrian border towns in southern Turkey. She has 5 years of experience in organizing nationwide and worldwide campaigns to raise awareness about the needs of the people in Syria and the ongoing refugee crisis. Hashem has spoken at various institutions and media outlets including: University of California Riverside, California State University Fullerton, KPFK 90.7, Reuters, and ABC7. Nada is the co-founder of the How Many More? project and nationwide student organization Students Organize for Syria.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Samia Akhras, a Syrian-American from Chicago, IL, has been a part of the larger Karam family since it was founded in 2007. Samia studied Psychology at DePaul University and officially joined the Karam Team as an intern in 2014. She is a two-time mentor at her favorite Karam Foundation program, Zeitouna, a creative therapy program for Syrian refugee children. Beyond dedication and passion for the Syrian cause, Samia loves to play volleyball, eat Chipotle, and spend quality time with her nieces and nephews.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL OPERATIONS
Maya Fallaha is the Director of Financial Operations and Humanitarian Aid Coordinator. She first volunteered with Karam Foundation coordinating the #Milk4Syria campaign. She has an extensive background in International Relations with a focus on development and food insecurity which she plans to bring to her new role at Karam. She also has 3 years of experience in operations and management and plans to use her expertise to help develop new funding and growth strategies. Maya resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son and enjoys traveling, hiking, and tackling DIY projects.
Abdulrahman Y. idlbi
Innovative Education Consultant
Abdulrahman Y. idlbi is an Innovative Education Consultant at Karam Foundation, where he develops learning environments for Syrian refugee youth residing in Turkey. Abdulrahman has been investigating creative learning activities and settings that empower young people in displaced communities to meet their educational and psychological needs. Before moving to Turkey in 2014, he was a member of the MIT Scratch Team (http://scratch.mit.edu) contributing to the programming language that allows children to create their own interactive stories, games, and animations.
Abdulrahman received his Master's degree from MIT where he was a researcher with the Lifelong Kindergarten group. Before that, he worked in Syria and Saudi Arabia, designing and implementing diverse programs for young people to learn and create in various contexts. Abdulrahman has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Damascus University.
PROJECT COORDINATOR • REYANLI, TURKEY
Omar Alsoud worked as a volunteer with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent for six years. In recent years, he worked as a volunteer with humanitarian relief organizations as well as performed data documentation for a field hospital, both in in Maarat Alnoman, Idlib. For four years, Omar also worked as an independent civilian journalist, reporting to the media about the current humanitarian crisis and human rights violations occurring in Syria. Omar is trained in DSL, disaster management, first aid, and media training. He was forced to stop his studies during his second year at the Dental Prosthetics Institute in 2011 due to the security conditions. Omar coordinates Karam Foundation's programs inside Syria and also works with the Karam Reyhanli Team with our Reyhanli operations.
ASSISTANT PROJECT COORDINATOR • REYANLI, TURKEY
Sarah Faour graduated high school in 2014 and is applying to university to study English. She left her home in Damascus in 2013 due to the ongoing war. Sarah now lives in the Turkish town of Reyhanli, near the Turkish-Syrian border. She first met Karam Foundation at their Innovative Education mission at the Ruwaad School in 2015 and was impressed with the programming and the impact it had on the students. Soon after, Sarah began working with the Karam Reyhanli Team on our on-the-ground operations, including coordinating our Sponsor a Syrian Refugee Family Program, Innovative Education missions, and Smart Aid projects. Sarah loves working with refugee children and hopes for the world to become more aware of the events in Syria and the devastating impact it has on the children.
Alexandra Kirezoglou joined the Karam Team in November 2016 as a Development Coordinator. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a BA in Global Studies and a minor in Italian, she moved to Cape Town to join the South African Human Rights Commission where she worked as a legal intern for 3 months. Upon her return, she continued her work in the human rights sector at Amnesty International before deciding to advance her education at Kings College London where she recently completed her MA in International Peace and Security. She discovered her interest in refugee rights during this course, as well as her internship at Migrants Organise, a small non-profit based in London. She is very excited to join the Karam Foundation and contribute to their fantastic work.
Lilah Khoja received her B.A. from UCLA in International Development Studies. Lilah has worked with the Democracy Council and the Committee to Protect Journalists. She has been published in The Outpost, Mashallah News, Today's Zaman, and SyriaDeeply. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Public Health, with a focus on refugee health. She believes in sustainable aid and is thrilled to be working with the Karam Foundation.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Roya Naderi is a recent graduate from DePaul University where she studied both Political Science and Islamic World Studies. She began working with Karam earlier this year as a volunteer and later took on the role as Product Manager Intern, taking leadership on the Scents of Syria project. Aside from Karam, she stays involved with the greater Palestine Solidarity movement. Roya is planning on pursuing a career in nonprofit work and staying connected to Karam.
Dania Mukahhal received her B.F.A. in graphic design from Columbia College Chicago. She has spent the past couple years using her graphic design skills in nonprofit organizations as well as startups. Her work can be seen on her website, www.daniamukahhal.com. She is very excited to be a part of the Karam Foundation team. Dania spends her free time reading design books/articles, baking, and freelancing.
Amgad Ellaboudy is an Accounting Clerk for Karam Foundation. He graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and earned his master's degree in Physical Oceanography at the University of Southampton in the UK. He has worked as a professional fundraiser for Public Outreach, and has volunteered with the Tiyya Foundation as a Family Mentor, which involved coaching immigrants and people seeking asylum in the US on American work expectations. Amgad is an outdoors enthusiast; his hobbies include surfing, hiking, and playing soccer. He hopes to make a significant impact with Karam, and is thrilled to be joining the team.
Sarah Dakak is a soon to be Human Biology graduate from USC. She has a passion for public health and sustainable education. Sarah happily serves as the Vice President of Students Organize 4 Syria at USC and spends most of her time helping coordinate their Students Teach 4 Syria program. Sarah loves giving back to the community and meeting new people. In her free time, she loves to travel, hike, bake, and spend time with family and friends. Sarah is excited to be a part of Karam and learn more about how she can make a positive difference!
Tina Al-khersan is a senior at the University of Michigan. She is double majoring in Arabic and International Studies, with a focus on Comparative Culture and Identity. Tina's passion for refugee work began when she interned at the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center in Ann Arbor and then the International Refugee Assistance Project. Upon discovering the Karam Foundation and falling in love with their mission, she immediately wanted to join the team. Beyond her passion for refugee work, Tina loves traveling, reading, and animals.
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