LINA SERGIE ATTAr • CO-FOUNDER/CEO
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.
NADA HASHEM • 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.
SAMIA AKHRAS • 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, Creative Therapy, a mission 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.
Roya naderI • 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.
AMANDA YUE • DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Amanda Yue is the Director of Finance at Karam Foundation. She recently received her MBA from Georgetown University with a Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies Certificate. She also received her undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University in finance. She has worked extensively in development organizations and agencies, beginning her career in the Peace Corps focusing on HIV/AIDS education in Botswana. She has a strong interest in assisting in the needs of humanitarian emergencies, combined with her admiration of Karam Foundation’s work, she is excited to join the team.
Omar alsoud • PROJECT COORDINATOR
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.
SARAH FAOUR • PROJECT COORDINATOR
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.
Feras shashaa • PROJECT COORDINATOR
Feras Shashaa was born in Syria 1988. In 2013, Feras had to leave Syria due to the war and now lives in Reyhanli near the Turkish Syrian border. Feras studied Business Administration and started working for NGOs in 2013. He has worked as an outreach team leader at the IMC organization, a psychological and social support consultant for the Maram Foundation, and as a psychological support worker for the Syria Bright Future Organization. Feras has joined the Karam Foundation with the hopes of helping refugee children complete their education as well as supporting the Karam House Team with reaching their goals. His hobbies include reading, swimming, and traveling his his friends.
Tarek Addas • SITE Manager
Tarek Addas earned a B.A. in history and law from Damascus University. He left Syria in 2013 due to war conditions in order to work in Turkey with a number of organizations and schools devoted to improving educational systems for Syrian refugees. Tarek has also volunteered to be the commissioner of the Syrian Private scouts in Istanbul.
When Tarek had learned about Karam Foundation’s goals and their devotion to improving education and creative education, he was impressed and decided to join the team. Today, Tarek is working on expanding Karam’s projects in Istanbul – especially Sponsor a Syrian Refugee Family Program as well as opening a Karam House in Istanbul in the near future.
Tarek enjoys scouting, camping, hiking and adventure.
Alexandra Kirezoglou • Development Coordinator
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.
ANNA ROSE WIGMAN • ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR
Anna Rose Wigman is the Administrative Coordinator at Karam Foundation. She developed an interest in refugee and immigrant rights while studying Political Science and Islamic World Studies at Lake Forest College. Anna Rose was inspired by the Foundation's mission and is one of the newest members of the team. She is enthusiastic and hopes to quickly become an integral part of the organization. Anna's future plans include returning to school to obtain a law degree and specialize in immigration law.
Lilah Khoja • higher education coordinator
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.
Dania Mukahhal • CREATIVE DEsigner
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 • Accounting Clerk
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.
LAMA KHUDARI • PROJECT COORDINATOR
Lama Khudari has a bachelor degree in economics from Damascus University Syria. She has worked as an administrative employee at AIU university in Syria and was a volunteer at Nada NGO for three years, where her job was to teach English courses to the children in orphanages and evacuation centers and provided needed psychosocial support. Lama moved to Turkey, Istanbul in 2016 and began working with Karam Foundation in early 2017. She is very devoted to the Syrian cause and hopes to be able to invest her experience in developing projects which aim to get Syrian children back to schools and continue their studies.
Faten Mosa • ASSISTANT PROJECT COORDINATOR
Faten Mosa has a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Aleppo University. She worked in the nutrition department at the Maarat al Noman health center for one year. Faten also volunteered with the distribution of emergency aid to the civilian evacuees from Aleppo. She is interested in humanitarian work, working for the Syrian cause and alleviating the suffering of the children. Faten joined Karam for this reason. Faten also loves to play chess and listen to music.
Mohamad Karkas • PHOTOGRAPHER
Mohamad Karkas is a photographer and media activist. He began his activism in 2011 at the start of the Syrian revolution. He participated in many media campaigns to convey the stories and suffering of the Syrian people in Northern Syria despite the continuous shelling and deteriorating humanitarian crisis. He visited the IDP camps and areas under aerial bombardment to document and report the human rights violations. Mohamad then worked as a photographer for Anadolu News, then as a reporter with Baladi News, and as a freelancer with many major media outlets such as Aljazeera, Alarabiya and Orient News. Mohamad is now a field photographer with Karam Foundation to visually document the impact and smiles of our projects inside Syria.
TINA AL-KHERSAN • INTERN
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.
Reem Karmouta • Intern
Reem Karmouta is a second year Human Biology and Society, B.S. major and Global Health minor at UCLA. She is the head coordinator of the Books Not Bombs campaign at UCLA, which urges the university to provide scholarships for Syrian students seeking higher education. In addition to her passion for equal access education, Reem is passionate about examining the complex intersections that exist between health and communities. In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, and travelling. Inspired by Karam Foundation’s innovative approach to aiding Syria, Reem joined the team in hopes of making a difference!
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