LINA SERGIE ATTAr

FOUNDER & chief executive officer

Lina Sergie Attar  is a Syrian-American architect and writer from Aleppo. 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  NYT , Chicago Tribune,  Foreign Policy , Politico,  The Atlantic , and BBC. She has appeared on CNN, NBC News, BBC News, Huffington Post, NPR, and other media outlets. Lina has spoken about the Syrian humanitarian crisis at schools, universities, and institutions including: RISD, Harvard, University of Chicago, John Hopkins, Northwestern, The New School, Phillips Exeter Academy, King’s Academy in Jordan, the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, New America, the Aspen Institute, and others. Sergie Attar is a co-founder of the  How Many More?  Project, serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of  The Syria Campaign , and is a non-residents fellow at New America. See Lina’s TEDx talk linked  here.   Twitter  @amalhanano

Lina Sergie Attar is a Syrian-American architect and writer from Aleppo. 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 NYT, Chicago Tribune, Foreign Policy, Politico, The Atlantic, and BBC. She has appeared on CNN, NBC News, BBC News, Huffington Post, NPR, and other media outlets. Lina has spoken about the Syrian humanitarian crisis at schools, universities, and institutions including: RISD, Harvard, University of Chicago, John Hopkins, Northwestern, The New School, Phillips Exeter Academy, King’s Academy in Jordan, the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, New America, the Aspen Institute, and others. Sergie Attar is a co-founder of the How Many More? Project, serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of The Syria Campaign, and is a non-residents fellow at New America. See Lina’s TEDx talk linked here.

Twitter @amalhanano

NADA HASHEM 

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & Programs

Nada Hashem  was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and would frequently travel to Damascus and the Middle East to reunite with family. Nada spent seven years organizing nationwide and worldwide campaigns to raise awareness about the needs of the people in Syria and the ongoing refugee crisis. Since October 2015, Nada has worked on the development and expansion Karam Foundation’s operations and programs primarily in Syria, Turkey, and the US.  Nada is also the co-founder of the  How Many More?  Project, the  BooksNotBombs  campaign, and a nationwide student organization  Students Organize for Syria . Outside the office, you can find Nada enjoying nature and probably eating a cookie.  Twitter  @nadamant

Nada Hashem was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and would frequently travel to Damascus and the Middle East to reunite with family. Nada spent seven years organizing nationwide and worldwide campaigns to raise awareness about the needs of the people in Syria and the ongoing refugee crisis. Since October 2015, Nada has worked on the development and expansion Karam Foundation’s operations and programs primarily in Syria, Turkey, and the US.

Nada is also the co-founder of the How Many More? Project, the BooksNotBombs campaign, and a nationwide student organization Students Organize for Syria. Outside the office, you can find Nada enjoying nature and probably eating a cookie.

Twitter @nadamant

Yisser bittar

director of development & OUTREACH

Yisser Bittar  is a Syrian-American who graduated with a degree in political science from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She has three years of experience helping establish and lead one of the largest Syrian NGOs in Southern Turkey in response to the refugee crisis, as well as an additional two years of organizing in the US in support of the Syrian cause. With Karam Foundation, Yisser is particularly looking forward to expanding Karam's programs that aim to empower the future of Syria after witnessing that one of the largest gaps of the response in Syria was addressing the needs of the youth. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Public Administration at Arizona State University. Other than Syria, Yisser loves to cook all types of (Syrian) food with her husband, play basketball, and FaceTime with her nephew, Sami.

Yisser Bittar is a Syrian-American who graduated with a degree in political science from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She has three years of experience helping establish and lead one of the largest Syrian NGOs in Southern Turkey in response to the refugee crisis, as well as an additional two years of organizing in the US in support of the Syrian cause. With Karam Foundation, Yisser is particularly looking forward to expanding Karam's programs that aim to empower the future of Syria after witnessing that one of the largest gaps of the response in Syria was addressing the needs of the youth. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Public Administration at Arizona State University. Other than Syria, Yisser loves to cook all types of (Syrian) food with her husband, play basketball, and FaceTime with her nephew, Sami.

Apryl Eshelman

director of major giftS

Apryl Eshelman  is a native of western Pennsylvania and a graduate of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Karam Foundation, Apryl raised funds for The Nature Conservancy’s global conservation projects, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health programs, and the Alzheimer’s Association’s sponsored scientific studies and family aid. She was also a commercial wholesale banker for twenty years, beginning her career with JP Morgan Chase in New York City, but continuing her work in Europe and, most recently, in Pittsburgh. She lives in Wilmette with her husband, who is a first generation Syrian immigrant, and has four adult children.

Apryl Eshelman is a native of western Pennsylvania and a graduate of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Karam Foundation, Apryl raised funds for The Nature Conservancy’s global conservation projects, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health programs, and the Alzheimer’s Association’s sponsored scientific studies and family aid. She was also a commercial wholesale banker for twenty years, beginning her career with JP Morgan Chase in New York City, but continuing her work in Europe and, most recently, in Pittsburgh. She lives in Wilmette with her husband, who is a first generation Syrian immigrant, and has four adult children.

Roya naderI

director of COMMUNICATIONS

Roya Naderi  is a graduate of DePaul University, where she studied political science and Islamic world studies, and she hopes to use her communications skills to further Karam's mission to build a better future for Syria. Roya has spoken at the University of Chicago, DePaul College of Law, Bradley University, Furman University, and has also been interviewed by Bustle, The Whitney Reynolds Show, and The Daily North Shore, among others. She has also traveled to Reyhanli and co-led a workshop for Syrian refugee youth at Karam House. When not working with Karam, Roya loves watching The Office!

Roya Naderi is a graduate of DePaul University, where she studied political science and Islamic world studies, and she hopes to use her communications skills to further Karam's mission to build a better future for Syria. Roya has spoken at the University of Chicago, DePaul College of Law, Bradley University, Furman University, and has also been interviewed by Bustle, The Whitney Reynolds Show, and The Daily North Shore, among others. She has also traveled to Reyhanli and co-led a workshop for Syrian refugee youth at Karam House. When not working with Karam, Roya loves watching The Office!

Lainey Schmidt

Development Coordinator

Lainey Schmidt  received a Bachelor’s of Arts with honors in international studies with a focus on global cultural studies from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was also active in the International Studies Honorary. Lainey previously worked for an international monitoring and evaluation firm where she focused on business development and evaluation coordination and spent time working in sub-Saharan Africa. She also interned with a refugee services program at the American Red Cross, doing both direct service and programmatic work at the organization's headquarters. Outside of work, Lainey enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors, and always loves a good book recommendation.

Lainey Schmidt received a Bachelor’s of Arts with honors in international studies with a focus on global cultural studies from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was also active in the International Studies Honorary. Lainey previously worked for an international monitoring and evaluation firm where she focused on business development and evaluation coordination and spent time working in sub-Saharan Africa. She also interned with a refugee services program at the American Red Cross, doing both direct service and programmatic work at the organization's headquarters. Outside of work, Lainey enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors, and always loves a good book recommendation.

Jimena Lara

Accountant

Jimena Lara  graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Parkside with a Bachelor’s in Science in accounting and has over five years of experience in accounting. She plans to continue her education in accounting to become a certified public accountant while growing alongside Karam. Outside of work she enjoys spending quality time with her family and stays busy with her toddler and two month old baby.

Jimena Lara graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Parkside with a Bachelor’s in Science in accounting and has over five years of experience in accounting. She plans to continue her education in accounting to become a certified public accountant while growing alongside Karam. Outside of work she enjoys spending quality time with her family and stays busy with her toddler and two month old baby.

Lilah Khoja 

higher education coordinator

Lilah Khoja  received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California Los Angeles. Since 2011, she has worked to support Syrians and refugees in a number of ways, from organizing campus events at UCLA, to supporting journalists at the Committee to Protect Journalists. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health at the University of Michigan, with a focus on refugee and reproductive health. When not at school or working, you can find her embroidering or buying too many books.

Lilah Khoja received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California Los Angeles. Since 2011, she has worked to support Syrians and refugees in a number of ways, from organizing campus events at UCLA, to supporting journalists at the Committee to Protect Journalists. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health at the University of Michigan, with a focus on refugee and reproductive health. When not at school or working, you can find her embroidering or buying too many books.

Leena Zahra

Community Programs Coordinator

Leena Zahra  is a Syrian-American who obtained a Master's in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics (LSE). She has previously provided consultative support for the International Rescue Committee-UK (IRC-UK) and the World Food Programme (Geneva). Leena has also volunteered as an interpreter within the refugee settlements in Calais, France and Idomeni at the Greek/Macedonian border. As a continuation of her advocacy efforts, Leena co-founded  In-Sight , a global networking platform that provides poignant information and stories from the refugee crisis. Outside of work, Leena likes to quote cult movie classics, create cheese boards, and spend time with friends and family. Her self created motto is: Whatever will brie, will brie!

Leena Zahra is a Syrian-American who obtained a Master's in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics (LSE). She has previously provided consultative support for the International Rescue Committee-UK (IRC-UK) and the World Food Programme (Geneva). Leena has also volunteered as an interpreter within the refugee settlements in Calais, France and Idomeni at the Greek/Macedonian border. As a continuation of her advocacy efforts, Leena co-founded In-Sight, a global networking platform that provides poignant information and stories from the refugee crisis. Outside of work, Leena likes to quote cult movie classics, create cheese boards, and spend time with friends and family. Her self created motto is: Whatever will brie, will brie!

Tarek Addas

SITE Manager

Tarek Addas  obtained his bachelor’s degree in history and law from Damascus University but left Syria in 2013 due to war conditions. While in Turkey, he has worked with a number of organizations and schools devoted to improving educational systems for Syrian refugees. He has also volunteered as the commissioner of the Syrian Private Scouts in Istanbul. Today, Tarek is working on expanding Karam’s projects in Istanbul, particularly Sponsor a Syrian Refugee Family Program and Karam House Istanbul. In his spare time, Tarek likes scouting, camping, hiking, and going on adventures.

Tarek Addas obtained his bachelor’s degree in history and law from Damascus University but left Syria in 2013 due to war conditions. While in Turkey, he has worked with a number of organizations and schools devoted to improving educational systems for Syrian refugees. He has also volunteered as the commissioner of the Syrian Private Scouts in Istanbul. Today, Tarek is working on expanding Karam’s projects in Istanbul, particularly Sponsor a Syrian Refugee Family Program and Karam House Istanbul. In his spare time, Tarek likes scouting, camping, hiking, and going on adventures.

omar alsoud

project coordinator

Omar Alsoud  was studying at the Dental Prosthetics Institute until he was forced to leave due to security conditions in 2011. He volunteered with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and performed data documentation in a field hospital in Maarat Alnoman, Idlib. Omar has also worked as an independent civilian journalist, reporting to the media about the current humanitarian crisis and human rights violations that have occured in Syria. He is trained in DSL, disaster management, first aid, and media training. Omar enjoys helping other people, driving cars, and exercising.

Omar Alsoud was studying at the Dental Prosthetics Institute until he was forced to leave due to security conditions in 2011. He volunteered with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and performed data documentation in a field hospital in Maarat Alnoman, Idlib. Omar has also worked as an independent civilian journalist, reporting to the media about the current humanitarian crisis and human rights violations that have occured in Syria. He is trained in DSL, disaster management, first aid, and media training. Omar enjoys helping other people, driving cars, and exercising.

Feras shashaa

karam house team leader

Feras Shashaa  studied business administration and now lives in Reyhanli near the Turkish-Syrian border. In 2013, he left Syria due to the war and started working with NGOs: he worked as an outreach team leader at the International Medical Corps, as a psychological and social support consultant for the Maram Foundation, and as a psychological support worker for Syria Bright Future Organization. Feras then 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 with his friends.

Feras Shashaa studied business administration and now lives in Reyhanli near the Turkish-Syrian border. In 2013, he left Syria due to the war and started working with NGOs: he worked as an outreach team leader at the International Medical Corps, as a psychological and social support consultant for the Maram Foundation, and as a psychological support worker for Syria Bright Future Organization. Feras then 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 with his friends.


SARAH FAOUR 

SSRF PROJECT COORDINATOR

Sarah Faour  left her home in Damascus in 2013 due to the ongoing war and now lives in the Turkish town of Reyhanli, near the Turkish-Syrian border. She graduated high school in 2014 and is applying to university to study English. She first met Karam Foundation at one of their Innovative Education missions at the Ruwaad School in 2015 and was impressed both with the programming and the impact it had on the students. Soon after, Sarah began working with the Karam Reyhanli Team on the ground, including coordinating the 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 had on the children.

Sarah Faour left her home in Damascus in 2013 due to the ongoing war and now lives in the Turkish town of Reyhanli, near the Turkish-Syrian border. She graduated high school in 2014 and is applying to university to study English. She first met Karam Foundation at one of their Innovative Education missions at the Ruwaad School in 2015 and was impressed both with the programming and the impact it had on the students. Soon after, Sarah began working with the Karam Reyhanli Team on the ground, including coordinating the 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 had on the children.

LAMA KHUDARI 

SSRF PROJECT COORDINATOR

Lama Khudari  has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Damascus University. She worked as an administrative employee at Arab International University in Syria and also volunteered at Nada NGO for three years. There, she taught English courses to children in orphanages and evacuation centers and provided psychosocial support. In 2016, Lama moved to Istanbul, Turkey 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 time in developing projects that enable Syrian children to go back to school and continue their studies.

Lama Khudari has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Damascus University. She worked as an administrative employee at Arab International University in Syria and also volunteered at Nada NGO for three years. There, she taught English courses to children in orphanages and evacuation centers and provided psychosocial support. In 2016, Lama moved to Istanbul, Turkey 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 time in developing projects that enable Syrian children to go back to school and continue their studies.

Suliman Faour

KH communications officer

Suliman Faour  left his home in Damascus in 2013 and moved to Reyhanlı, Turkey near the Syrian border. He became a video editor for Binaa organization and improved his graphic design skills and then became the graphic designer for the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations. Through these opportunities, he gained a lot of experience and learned about different design programs. Suliman joined the Karam House team in April 2017 and is now completing his high school studies with the hopes of attending university. Outside of work, Suliman like to spend his time sketching and learning new skills.

Suliman Faour left his home in Damascus in 2013 and moved to Reyhanlı, Turkey near the Syrian border. He became a video editor for Binaa organization and improved his graphic design skills and then became the graphic designer for the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations. Through these opportunities, he gained a lot of experience and learned about different design programs. Suliman joined the Karam House team in April 2017 and is now completing his high school studies with the hopes of attending university. Outside of work, Suliman like to spend his time sketching and learning new skills.

HADI ALHOuSAMI

SSRF PROJECT COORDINATOR

Hadi Alhousami  was born in Homs, Syria and graduated from the electricity department in high school. In 2010, he moved to Gaziantep, Turkey in order to continue his academic education in electricity engineering. During the beginning of the war, Hadi started volunteering with a group of Syrian students,responding to medical cases arriving at the Turkish border from Syria and transferring them to Turkish hospitals. He later moved to Istanbul and started working as a board member for an NGO that provides services to Syrian refugees in Turkey and subsequently as an executive director in a Turkish factory. He decided to join Karam Foundation because of their exceptional and unique approach to providing services and their project implementation. Hadi's hobbies include camping, adventure, scouting,and volunteering as an Istanbul Arabian scout.

Hadi Alhousami was born in Homs, Syria and graduated from the electricity department in high school. In 2010, he moved to Gaziantep, Turkey in order to continue his academic education in electricity engineering. During the beginning of the war, Hadi started volunteering with a group of Syrian students,responding to medical cases arriving at the Turkish border from Syria and transferring them to Turkish hospitals. He later moved to Istanbul and started working as a board member for an NGO that provides services to Syrian refugees in Turkey and subsequently as an executive director in a Turkish factory. He decided to join Karam Foundation because of their exceptional and unique approach to providing services and their project implementation. Hadi's hobbies include camping, adventure, scouting,and volunteering as an Istanbul Arabian scout.


HAZAR MAHJOUB

SSRF PROJECT COORDINATOR

Hazar Mahjoub  was born in Damascus, Syria and received her bachelor's degree in sociology from Damascus University. After graduating, she served as a social supervisor in a primary school for nine years. However, Hazar left Syria in 2013 for Egypt, where she worked as a psychosocial worker for refugees with an NGO that was an implementing partner with UNHCR. She became a team leader and then deputy coordinator for the psychosocial program. In 2017, Hazar left Egypt and moved to Istanbul. However, she hopes to one day return to Syria and establish an NGO that support Syrians in overcoming the tragic events they went through so that they may participate in rebuilding Syria.

Hazar Mahjoub was born in Damascus, Syria and received her bachelor's degree in sociology from Damascus University. After graduating, she served as a social supervisor in a primary school for nine years. However, Hazar left Syria in 2013 for Egypt, where she worked as a psychosocial worker for refugees with an NGO that was an implementing partner with UNHCR. She became a team leader and then deputy coordinator for the psychosocial program. In 2017, Hazar left Egypt and moved to Istanbul. However, she hopes to one day return to Syria and establish an NGO that support Syrians in overcoming the tragic events they went through so that they may participate in rebuilding Syria.

MAJD ALABD

SSRF PROJECT coordinator

Majd Alabd  is a native of Damascus, Syria and studied at the Faculty of Commerce and Economy. However, he was compelled to leave Syria in 2012 before completing his studies. Profoundly dedicated to human rights and humanitarian work, his interest in helping others Syrians emerged after going through hardships himself. Four years prior to joining Karam, he worked as a hotel manager but left to work with an NGO. Since then, he has worked with various NGOs in Turkey as a consultant and has coordinated assessment programs inside Syria. Majd went back to university in 2017 to pursue his studies in economics, and he strives to help young Syrians do the same. When not working to advance Karam’s cause, you can find Majd trying new food or playing soccer.

Majd Alabd is a native of Damascus, Syria and studied at the Faculty of Commerce and Economy. However, he was compelled to leave Syria in 2012 before completing his studies. Profoundly dedicated to human rights and humanitarian work, his interest in helping others Syrians emerged after going through hardships himself. Four years prior to joining Karam, he worked as a hotel manager but left to work with an NGO. Since then, he has worked with various NGOs in Turkey as a consultant and has coordinated assessment programs inside Syria. Majd went back to university in 2017 to pursue his studies in economics, and he strives to help young Syrians do the same. When not working to advance Karam’s cause, you can find Majd trying new food or playing soccer.

Hamsa Sayed Issa

Karam House Mentor

Hamsa Sayed Issa  received her bachelor's degree in architecture in 2015 from Ebla Private University in Syria. She is passionate about architecture and has applied her knowledge to several projects that aid displaced Syrians, including the design of a camp for displaced people in Northern Syria, a town for orphans, and a complex for the displaced. Hamsa also worked as a volunteer with Watan Syria covering media issues: taking pictures and creating videos that reflect the happy and sad moments in the lives of Syrian children. Hamsa enjoys exploring creative learning methods and applying them to Syrian youth, empowering them to explore their passions and create projects.

Hamsa Sayed Issa received her bachelor's degree in architecture in 2015 from Ebla Private University in Syria. She is passionate about architecture and has applied her knowledge to several projects that aid displaced Syrians, including the design of a camp for displaced people in Northern Syria, a town for orphans, and a complex for the displaced. Hamsa also worked as a volunteer with Watan Syria covering media issues: taking pictures and creating videos that reflect the happy and sad moments in the lives of Syrian children. Hamsa enjoys exploring creative learning methods and applying them to Syrian youth, empowering them to explore their passions and create projects.

Aya Alhajji

Karam House mentor

Nour Razaz

Karam House Mentor

Aya Alhajji  studied electrical and electronics engineering at Aleppo University and received her bachelor's degree in 2014. She is currently obtaining her master’s in electrical and electronics engineering at Sütçü İmam University while working at Karam House as a mentor. Aya is interested in conducting workshops and activities that convey what she is teaching to the students. In her spare time, Aya likes handicrafts, building electrical circuits, and programming.

Aya Alhajji studied electrical and electronics engineering at Aleppo University and received her bachelor's degree in 2014. She is currently obtaining her master’s in electrical and electronics engineering at Sütçü İmam University while working at Karam House as a mentor. Aya is interested in conducting workshops and activities that convey what she is teaching to the students. In her spare time, Aya likes handicrafts, building electrical circuits, and programming.

Nour Razraz  has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Aleppo University and now lives with her family in the Turkish town of Reyhanli. Nour joined Karam Foundation in January 2017 as a mentor looking forward to help Syrian children. She hopes to make a unique impact with Karam and to improve her skills in civil engineering. In her spare time, Noor spends her free time reading, improving her English, and having fun with friends. She also loves to exchange her opinions, ideas, and experiences with others.

Nour Razraz has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Aleppo University and now lives with her family in the Turkish town of Reyhanli. Nour joined Karam Foundation in January 2017 as a mentor looking forward to help Syrian children. She hopes to make a unique impact with Karam and to improve her skills in civil engineering. In her spare time, Noor spends her free time reading, improving her English, and having fun with friends. She also loves to exchange her opinions, ideas, and experiences with others.

Rashad Ramadan

Karam House Mentor

Rashad Ramadan  holds a certification from the Electrical Engineering Institute in the Electron Control Department from Aleppo University and currently lives with his family in Reyhanli, Turkey. He works in manufacturing chargers, electric generators, digital electronic circuits, and computer and software maintenance. He joined Karam House as a mentor because he seeks to teach children the basics of exploratory science - he aims to share his experiences by offering innovative, electronic workshops that connect them to the computer. Rashad’s hobbies include chess and table tennis.

Rashad Ramadan holds a certification from the Electrical Engineering Institute in the Electron Control Department from Aleppo University and currently lives with his family in Reyhanli, Turkey. He works in manufacturing chargers, electric generators, digital electronic circuits, and computer and software maintenance. He joined Karam House as a mentor because he seeks to teach children the basics of exploratory science - he aims to share his experiences by offering innovative, electronic workshops that connect them to the computer. Rashad’s hobbies include chess and table tennis.

Mohamed Bakri

Karam House Mentor

Mohamed Bakri  is a graduate from Aleppo University where he studied interior design. He has worked as a graphic designer and is a professional photographer. As a hobby with his friends, he participated in health awareness campaigns with the organization Monitor in IDP camps inside Syria. Mohammed was also an education team member for Firefly, a nonprofit organization in Antakya. He is glad to be part of a team that is working towards improving education delivery methods and nurturing the seeds of Syria’s future, and he loves sharing his creative ideas with the team and students. Mohammed loves photography, animation, and drawing.

Mohamed Bakri is a graduate from Aleppo University where he studied interior design. He has worked as a graphic designer and is a professional photographer. As a hobby with his friends, he participated in health awareness campaigns with the organization Monitor in IDP camps inside Syria. Mohammed was also an education team member for Firefly, a nonprofit organization in Antakya. He is glad to be part of a team that is working towards improving education delivery methods and nurturing the seeds of Syria’s future, and he loves sharing his creative ideas with the team and students. Mohammed loves photography, animation, and drawing.

Wathek Ahdaly

Karam house IT Specialist

Wathek Ahdaly  was kidnapped in Syria at the end of 2011, left for Egypt at the beginning of 2012, and moved to Turkey in 2014. He started working with NGOs in early 2015 as a professional trainer accredited by the International Center for Training and Development in the United States of America and Director of Knowledge Center for Development and Training. Wathek joined Karam House to be part of a team building the future of the most beautiful Syria by guiding refugee children to the path of creativity. Wathek is particularly interested in planting hope in Syrian war casualties and providing courses for them to develop their skills in order to qualify to enter into the labor market. His hobbies are reading, playing guitar and writing poetry.

Wathek Ahdaly was kidnapped in Syria at the end of 2011, left for Egypt at the beginning of 2012, and moved to Turkey in 2014. He started working with NGOs in early 2015 as a professional trainer accredited by the International Center for Training and Development in the United States of America and Director of Knowledge Center for Development and Training. Wathek joined Karam House to be part of a team building the future of the most beautiful Syria by guiding refugee children to the path of creativity. Wathek is particularly interested in planting hope in Syrian war casualties and providing courses for them to develop their skills in order to qualify to enter into the labor market. His hobbies are reading, playing guitar and writing poetry.

AHMAD BANDAKJI

Karam House SANITATION OFFICER

Ahmad Bandakji  was born in Damascus, Syria and studied pharmacy at Damascus University. However, he was unable to finish his degree because of the war conditions. He then worked in many different fields but eventually decided to get his degree in nursing. After two years, he was able to accomplish his goal and run a pharmacy. However, when the conditions in Syria worsened Ahmad left Syria in 2014 to Istanbul. His hobbies include Taekwondo, listening to music, watching movies, and traveling.

Ahmad Bandakji was born in Damascus, Syria and studied pharmacy at Damascus University. However, he was unable to finish his degree because of the war conditions. He then worked in many different fields but eventually decided to get his degree in nursing. After two years, he was able to accomplish his goal and run a pharmacy. However, when the conditions in Syria worsened Ahmad left Syria in 2014 to Istanbul. His hobbies include Taekwondo, listening to music, watching movies, and traveling.

Mohammed Kurdi

TRANSPORTATION OFFICER

Mohammed Kurdi  is from Idlib, Syria. He came to Turkey in 2015 and worked in a variety of positions before joining the Karam Foundation. Currently, he is studying programming and civil airport management. When not studying, Mohammed enjoys swimming and studying history.

Mohammed Kurdi is from Idlib, Syria. He came to Turkey in 2015 and worked in a variety of positions before joining the Karam Foundation. Currently, he is studying programming and civil airport management. When not studying, Mohammed enjoys swimming and studying history.

Samer Mansour

Karam house Logistics Officer

Samer Mansour  is from Idlib, Syria, which is where he spent most of his life. Due to the war, however, he left Syria in 2012 and moved to Turkey. Since then, Samer has worked in a variety of fields, including in a hospital for wounded Syrians in Reyhanlı, Turkey. In his spare time, Samer really enjoys playing football and trains every week.

Samer Mansour is from Idlib, Syria, which is where he spent most of his life. Due to the war, however, he left Syria in 2012 and moved to Turkey. Since then, Samer has worked in a variety of fields, including in a hospital for wounded Syrians in Reyhanlı, Turkey. In his spare time, Samer really enjoys playing football and trains every week.

Heba Najjar

Logistics Officer

Heba Najjar  lived in Idlib, Syria until the revolution, which is when she moved to Damascus. Later, she relocated to Turkey and became a kitchen chef at the Meram organization for nearly half a year and attended an electronic training course from GIZ. Heba loves writing, photography, exploring and learning new things, and remaining optimistic and active.

Heba Najjar lived in Idlib, Syria until the revolution, which is when she moved to Damascus. Later, she relocated to Turkey and became a kitchen chef at the Meram organization for nearly half a year and attended an electronic training course from GIZ. Heba loves writing, photography, exploring and learning new things, and remaining optimistic and active.

SIMA ALKANAWATI

Karam House Mentor

Sima Alkanawati  is an architect from Damascus, Syria. She received her master’s degree in architectural design from Damascus University and assisted with Al Nada’s social and development activities in Damascus. She has also tutored architectural design and other subjects at the Private University of Science and Arts Aleppo, Arab International University Damascus and the Ottoman University-Istanbul for 11 years. However, in 2014, Sima left Syria due to war conditions and settled down in Istanbul in 2015. Since then, she has established her own architecture and interior design company,  More Design,  and volunteers with educational activities within the Syrian community. In 2018, Sima joined Karam Foundation. For fun, Sima likes to be in nature, hike, bike, and swim.

Sima Alkanawati is an architect from Damascus, Syria. She received her master’s degree in architectural design from Damascus University and assisted with Al Nada’s social and development activities in Damascus. She has also tutored architectural design and other subjects at the Private University of Science and Arts Aleppo, Arab International University Damascus and the Ottoman University-Istanbul for 11 years. However, in 2014, Sima left Syria due to war conditions and settled down in Istanbul in 2015. Since then, she has established her own architecture and interior design company, More Design, and volunteers with educational activities within the Syrian community. In 2018, Sima joined Karam Foundation. For fun, Sima likes to be in nature, hike, bike, and swim.

AMR ALMBAYED

Karam House Mentor

Amr Almbayed  is a native of Douma, Syria and studied architecture in Jordan. He graduated in 2012, moved to Turkey, and began working with Syrian refugees in the border areas. In 2013, he established the Qibaa studio in with other Syrian engineers. This studio looks to creatively solve housing problems Syrian refugees face iand to rebuild what has been destroyed. With Karam, Amr found a great opportunity to empower the youth with creativity and help them achieve their dreams. When he is not working, Amr enjoys volleyball, hiking, and is a great pizza baker!

Amr Almbayed is a native of Douma, Syria and studied architecture in Jordan. He graduated in 2012, moved to Turkey, and began working with Syrian refugees in the border areas. In 2013, he established the Qibaa studio in with other Syrian engineers. This studio looks to creatively solve housing problems Syrian refugees face iand to rebuild what has been destroyed. With Karam, Amr found a great opportunity to empower the youth with creativity and help them achieve their dreams. When he is not working, Amr enjoys volleyball, hiking, and is a great pizza baker!

ahmad khalusi

Karam house logistics officer

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OMAR BOZAN

kh TRANSPORTATION officer

Omar Bozan  is from Homs, Syria and computer technology. However, Omar was forced to flee Syria in 2013 and settle in Turkey due to the war. In Turkey, he worked as a salesman for two years while dedicating his time as a volunteer for the cause. Omar joined the Karam Family in 2017 and aims to develop his skills in order to support the Syrian people. Omar is excited to be a part of the wonderful work supporting Syrian youth build their country and their futures.

Omar Bozan is from Homs, Syria and computer technology. However, Omar was forced to flee Syria in 2013 and settle in Turkey due to the war. In Turkey, he worked as a salesman for two years while dedicating his time as a volunteer for the cause. Omar joined the Karam Family in 2017 and aims to develop his skills in order to support the Syrian people. Omar is excited to be a part of the wonderful work supporting Syrian youth build their country and their futures.

HASAN alYOUSEF

SYRIA EDUCATION TEAM LEADER

Hasan Alyousef  received his degree in arts and humanity from Tishreen University in Latakia and his Diploma of Education from Damascus University. Hasan has worked with various NGOs on training teachers to improve their skills so they are able to more effectively raise the education levels of their students. For example, he has served as an Educational Trainer and Supervisor for the IRC, taught Arabic in secondary schools, worked as an Educational Instructor with the Danish Refugee Council, and assisted the Syrian Education Ministry launch the project of  Merging Technology in Teaching . Now, Hasan is leading the Karam education team in Syria with the mission to help children get access to education. Outside of work, Hasan enjoys poetry.

Hasan Alyousef received his degree in arts and humanity from Tishreen University in Latakia and his Diploma of Education from Damascus University. Hasan has worked with various NGOs on training teachers to improve their skills so they are able to more effectively raise the education levels of their students. For example, he has served as an Educational Trainer and Supervisor for the IRC, taught Arabic in secondary schools, worked as an Educational Instructor with the Danish Refugee Council, and assisted the Syrian Education Ministry launch the project of Merging Technology in Teaching. Now, Hasan is leading the Karam education team in Syria with the mission to help children get access to education. Outside of work, Hasan enjoys poetry.

Mohammed motiah

SSRF PROJECT OFFICER

Mohammed Motiah  is from Latakia, Syria. He earned a degree in education from Tishreen University in 2012. While living in Syria, Mohammed taught primary school and then worked for several medical organizations to help Syrians in the northern Syria, like Doctors Without Borders and Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations. In the beginning of 2016, Mohammed was forced to leave Syria because of the intensity of the war, and he settled in Turkey, where he began working for the International Organization of Migration. In 2017, he joined the Karam team. Mohammed is looking forward to continuing his higher education and is very fond of swimming, exploring, and travel.

Mohammed Motiah is from Latakia, Syria. He earned a degree in education from Tishreen University in 2012. While living in Syria, Mohammed taught primary school and then worked for several medical organizations to help Syrians in the northern Syria, like Doctors Without Borders and Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations. In the beginning of 2016, Mohammed was forced to leave Syria because of the intensity of the war, and he settled in Turkey, where he began working for the International Organization of Migration. In 2017, he joined the Karam team. Mohammed is looking forward to continuing his higher education and is very fond of swimming, exploring, and travel.

Ola hajjar

Karam house mentor

Ola Hajjar  is from Damascus, Syria and has been living in Turkey since October of 2017. In 2010, she received her degree in electrical engineering and worked at a lighting company. She was then employed at the Ministry of Electricity. However, in 2013, Ola left Syria for Lebanon and began working with local NGOs as a teacher and volunteer. During this time, she earned her full stack web development certificate from V-school. Ola enjoys continuing her research in technology.

Ola Hajjar is from Damascus, Syria and has been living in Turkey since October of 2017. In 2010, she received her degree in electrical engineering and worked at a lighting company. She was then employed at the Ministry of Electricity. However, in 2013, Ola left Syria for Lebanon and began working with local NGOs as a teacher and volunteer. During this time, she earned her full stack web development certificate from V-school. Ola enjoys continuing her research in technology.


Hosam alshikhoni

logistics coordinator

Hosam Alshikhoni  is originally from Hama, Syria and studied civil engineering at Aleppo University. In 2015, he moved to Turkey and served as a translator and logistic coordinator for two years for various relief organizations. In 2017, when he heard about Karam Foundation, he was so excited to join the team and work on Karam’s mission to develop innovative education programs for Syrian refugee youth in order to build a new future for Syria. He is looking forward to ensuring a better future for Syrian youth.

Hosam Alshikhoni is originally from Hama, Syria and studied civil engineering at Aleppo University. In 2015, he moved to Turkey and served as a translator and logistic coordinator for two years for various relief organizations. In 2017, when he heard about Karam Foundation, he was so excited to join the team and work on Karam’s mission to develop innovative education programs for Syrian refugee youth in order to build a new future for Syria. He is looking forward to ensuring a better future for Syrian youth.


tina al-khersan

karam house intern

Tina  first joined the Karam Team as an intern for higher education while studying International Studies and Arabic at the University of Michigan. There, she developed a passion for advancing refugee rights, working with organizations like the International Refugee Assistance Project and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. Most recently, she traveled to Lesvos, Greece to work in the Kara Tepe refugee camp with Movement on the Ground as the first resident volunteer coordinator.  Tina is looking forward to continuing her work with the Karam Foundation at the Karam House in Istanbul, Turkey before beginning law school in the fall of 2019. When not working, you will find her nose in a book or a cup of coffee.

Tina first joined the Karam Team as an intern for higher education while studying International Studies and Arabic at the University of Michigan. There, she developed a passion for advancing refugee rights, working with organizations like the International Refugee Assistance Project and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. Most recently, she traveled to Lesvos, Greece to work in the Kara Tepe refugee camp with Movement on the Ground as the first resident volunteer coordinator.

Tina is looking forward to continuing her work with the Karam Foundation at the Karam House in Istanbul, Turkey before beginning law school in the fall of 2019. When not working, you will find her nose in a book or a cup of coffee.

Faten Mosa

Syria PROJECT officer

Faten Mosa  received her bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from Aleppo University, and, after graduating, she worked in the Nutrition Department at the Maarat AlNoman health center. Faten also volunteered distributing emergency aid to civilian evacuees in Aleppo, and she joined Karam because of her interest in humanitarian work and working for the Syrian cause. Through her work, Faten hopes to help provide a better future for Syria’s youth. Her hobbies include playing chess and listening to music.

Faten Mosa received her bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from Aleppo University, and, after graduating, she worked in the Nutrition Department at the Maarat AlNoman health center. Faten also volunteered distributing emergency aid to civilian evacuees in Aleppo, and she joined Karam because of her interest in humanitarian work and working for the Syrian cause. Through her work, Faten hopes to help provide a better future for Syria’s youth. Her hobbies include playing chess and listening to music.

NOUR AL KHAYAT

Karam House Mentor

Nour Alkhayat  graduated from Damascus University with a degree in architecture. During her time there, she helped establish their digital library and conducted multiple trainings on AutoCAD for her younger colleagues. Nour has also volunteered with many UN agencies and community based initiatives: in fact, she co-launched a children, youth, and women empowerment initiative that won the UNCHR Grant Award in 2016. Nour was also a key player in an awareness program where she trained dozens of youth on active citizenship, leadership, dialogue, and taking initiative. In joining Karam Foundation, she hopes to continue her endeavors in supporting children and youth affected by the war by helping them reach their full potential.

Nour Alkhayat graduated from Damascus University with a degree in architecture. During her time there, she helped establish their digital library and conducted multiple trainings on AutoCAD for her younger colleagues. Nour has also volunteered with many UN agencies and community based initiatives: in fact, she co-launched a children, youth, and women empowerment initiative that won the UNCHR Grant Award in 2016. Nour was also a key player in an awareness program where she trained dozens of youth on active citizenship, leadership, dialogue, and taking initiative. In joining Karam Foundation, she hopes to continue her endeavors in supporting children and youth affected by the war by helping them reach their full potential.

BADER MARDINI

Finance coordinator

Bader Eddin Mardini  is a native of Damascus, Syria. He graduated with a degree in trade and commerce from Damascus University. Having worked in the financial and accounting field since 2000, Bader is now preparing for his Certified Management Accountant certification. Some of Bader’s hobbies include reading, basketball, and swimming.

Bader Eddin Mardini is a native of Damascus, Syria. He graduated with a degree in trade and commerce from Damascus University. Having worked in the financial and accounting field since 2000, Bader is now preparing for his Certified Management Accountant certification. Some of Bader’s hobbies include reading, basketball, and swimming.

ASSALAH SHIKHANI

Kh membership officer

Assalah Shikhani  is from Lattakia, Syria. She studied English literature, Qualifying Educational, and English for Business professionals and is currently a student at the American University studying Business Administration. Assalah moved to Turkey in 2012 and has been volunteering in schools inside Syria as well as on the Turkish border. She also has experience volunteering as a translator and coordinator for a number of NGOs. For fun, she enjoys poetry, traveling and playing with her daughters.

Assalah Shikhani is from Lattakia, Syria. She studied English literature, Qualifying Educational, and English for Business professionals and is currently a student at the American University studying Business Administration. Assalah moved to Turkey in 2012 and has been volunteering in schools inside Syria as well as on the Turkish border. She also has experience volunteering as a translator and coordinator for a number of NGOs. For fun, she enjoys poetry, traveling and playing with her daughters.

MUREEF SARAH

SYRIA EDUCATION OFFICER

Mureef Sarah  holds a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Aleppo and has worked in school administration for several years. These positions include working as an educational counselor at the Directorate of Education in Idlib, a volunteer in the Child Protection Committee in Maarat AlNoman, and a facilitator of dialogue sessions in the active learning program at CHIMONICE. He has also attended many seminars on the topic of education with international and local organizations such as Rwaq, Afak, People in Need, Orange, and Human Appeal and Goal. He has a great love for quantum physics and philosophy.

Mureef Sarah holds a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Aleppo and has worked in school administration for several years. These positions include working as an educational counselor at the Directorate of Education in Idlib, a volunteer in the Child Protection Committee in Maarat AlNoman, and a facilitator of dialogue sessions in the active learning program at CHIMONICE. He has also attended many seminars on the topic of education with international and local organizations such as Rwaq, Afak, People in Need, Orange, and Human Appeal and Goal. He has a great love for quantum physics and philosophy.

MUSTAFA ALASSAF

Karam house mentor

Mustafa Alassaf  is from Hama, Syria. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture from Homs University in 2015 and then taught architecture at Hama University. He also worked as a volunteer with non-profit organizations that aid internally displaced people in Syria. At the end of 2016, Mustafa moved to Turkey. He believes that everyone has a creative seed inside them and the right to receive adequate education. In his free time, Mustafa loves adventure, discovering new things, running, and riding in cars.

Mustafa Alassaf is from Hama, Syria. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture from Homs University in 2015 and then taught architecture at Hama University. He also worked as a volunteer with non-profit organizations that aid internally displaced people in Syria. At the end of 2016, Mustafa moved to Turkey. He believes that everyone has a creative seed inside them and the right to receive adequate education. In his free time, Mustafa loves adventure, discovering new things, running, and riding in cars.

AHMaD

TRANSPORTATION OFFICER

Ahmad  is a veterinarian from Idlib, Syria. He graduated from Hama University in 1984, and, before joining the Karam Team, Ahmad worked on a farm in Iskendrun. Outside of work, Ahmad enjoys spending time with his wife and six children.

Ahmad is a veterinarian from Idlib, Syria. He graduated from Hama University in 1984, and, before joining the Karam Team, Ahmad worked on a farm in Iskendrun. Outside of work, Ahmad enjoys spending time with his wife and six children.

AHMAD HABBUSH

karam scholars OFFICER

Ahmad Habbush  is a Syrian-Turkish public servant who strongly believes that education plays a key role in rebuilding Syria. His journey in higher education began in 2014 when he left Syria and started building up his qualifications to get his dream scholarship. In 2017, he passed the TOEFL and the IELTS tests- - securing offers from many prestigious universities in the United Kingdom including the Chevening scholarship, one of the most competitive scholarships offered for international students. Ahmad obtained his master’s degree in public management (with a specific focus on health and social care) from the University of Birmingham. He originally trained in dentistry and gained two years of practice experience in Community Health Programs in Syria and Turkey. In his recent career roles, he has focused on empowering local communities, community capacity building, improving health and social care, and other public services development. When not working, Ahmad will indulge in psychology lectures, Turkish lessons or community health articles.

Ahmad Habbush is a Syrian-Turkish public servant who strongly believes that education plays a key role in rebuilding Syria. His journey in higher education began in 2014 when he left Syria and started building up his qualifications to get his dream scholarship. In 2017, he passed the TOEFL and the IELTS tests- - securing offers from many prestigious universities in the United Kingdom including the Chevening scholarship, one of the most competitive scholarships offered for international students. Ahmad obtained his master’s degree in public management (with a specific focus on health and social care) from the University of Birmingham. He originally trained in dentistry and gained two years of practice experience in Community Health Programs in Syria and Turkey. In his recent career roles, he has focused on empowering local communities, community capacity building, improving health and social care, and other public services development. When not working, Ahmad will indulge in psychology lectures, Turkish lessons or community health articles.

Obada Alsadi

Membership officer

Obada Alsadi  is native to Damascus, Syria. He studied business administration and received a degree in human resource management from the Higher Institute of Business Administration. He also participated in voluntary projects with Junior Chamber International in Syria and was a member of the Syrian scouts. In Turkey, he has worked in several fields, like customer care and sales. Obada also likes traveling and discovering cultures, so when he has time, you can find him studying languages whether its Turkish, Spanish or Russian.

Obada Alsadi is native to Damascus, Syria. He studied business administration and received a degree in human resource management from the Higher Institute of Business Administration. He also participated in voluntary projects with Junior Chamber International in Syria and was a member of the Syrian scouts. In Turkey, he has worked in several fields, like customer care and sales. Obada also likes traveling and discovering cultures, so when he has time, you can find him studying languages whether its Turkish, Spanish or Russian.

basil alsubee

Karam Scholars Intern

Basil AlSubee  is an intern at Karam Foundation’s Karam Scholars Program. He currently studies History at the University of Michigan, with a special focus on modern Middle Eastern history. As a Syrian who grew up in an immigrant Syrian community in Saudi Arabia, Basil has always been passionate about contributing to the Syrian cause, and has participated in many refugee education and advocacy initiatives in his hometown of Michigan. Outside of his research at Karam, which focuses on higher education reform for refugee students in Jordan and Turkey, Basil spends his time avidly watching as many films as he can get his hands on.

Basil AlSubee is an intern at Karam Foundation’s Karam Scholars Program. He currently studies History at the University of Michigan, with a special focus on modern Middle Eastern history. As a Syrian who grew up in an immigrant Syrian community in Saudi Arabia, Basil has always been passionate about contributing to the Syrian cause, and has participated in many refugee education and advocacy initiatives in his hometown of Michigan. Outside of his research at Karam, which focuses on higher education reform for refugee students in Jordan and Turkey, Basil spends his time avidly watching as many films as he can get his hands on.

HIBA AL KABBANI

Karam House Mentor

Hiba Alkabbani  is a Syrian architect who was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. At the age of 17, she moved to Damascus to join the Faculty of Architecture where she graduated in 2005. Then, in 2010, Hiba received her master’s degree in urban planning and environment with an emphasis on culture-social development, with a focus on the development of old cities. After graduating, Hiba worked at the Directorate of Old City Damascus - Maktab Anbar - where she worked to protect the Old City of Damascus. She also actively participated in several international cooperation programs such as ‘MAM’,‘GTZ’, the Touristic Development Program, the Master Plan of the Old City, and the Consultancy Unit for Rehabilitation Project. She ten came to Istanbul in 2014 and worked as a restoration architect, taught at the Al-Faezoun school, and volunteered with the JEEL Platform. In 2017, Hiba launched a cultural development initiative  Bashtan,  which aims to save the cultural heritage of Syria by using a storytelling method. In her spare time, she enjoys discovering new areas in Istanbul and doodling with paint.

Hiba Alkabbani is a Syrian architect who was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. At the age of 17, she moved to Damascus to join the Faculty of Architecture where she graduated in 2005. Then, in 2010, Hiba received her master’s degree in urban planning and environment with an emphasis on culture-social development, with a focus on the development of old cities. After graduating, Hiba worked at the Directorate of Old City Damascus - Maktab Anbar - where she worked to protect the Old City of Damascus. She also actively participated in several international cooperation programs such as ‘MAM’,‘GTZ’, the Touristic Development Program, the Master Plan of the Old City, and the Consultancy Unit for Rehabilitation Project. She ten came to Istanbul in 2014 and worked as a restoration architect, taught at the Al-Faezoun school, and volunteered with the JEEL Platform. In 2017, Hiba launched a cultural development initiative Bashtan, which aims to save the cultural heritage of Syria by using a storytelling method. In her spare time, she enjoys discovering new areas in Istanbul and doodling with paint.

JABER ALWANI

Karam House Mentor

Jaber Al-Alwani , a Syrian-Turkish citizen, was born in Jordan and graduated from Philadelphia University with an architectural degree. At the end of 2014, Jaber moved to Turkey, where he continued his volunteer work, provided psychosocial support for Syrian refugee children, and helped establish an administrative office in Gaziantep. In 2015, he participated in the establishment of a general commission for the Syrian scout groups and managed them as commander. Jaber loves camping with his wife and friends, swimming, playing volleyball, and enjoying greasy, grilled kebba.

Jaber Al-Alwani, a Syrian-Turkish citizen, was born in Jordan and graduated from Philadelphia University with an architectural degree. At the end of 2014, Jaber moved to Turkey, where he continued his volunteer work, provided psychosocial support for Syrian refugee children, and helped establish an administrative office in Gaziantep. In 2015, he participated in the establishment of a general commission for the Syrian scout groups and managed them as commander. Jaber loves camping with his wife and friends, swimming, playing volleyball, and enjoying greasy, grilled kebba.

beshr alojaily

kH communications officer

Beshr Abdulhadi  studied communication and blogging and is native to Raqqa, Syria. He moved to Turkey in 2014 and worked as a social media coordinator and news editor, covering the situation in Syria. Beshr has developed his skills in the field of photography and videography working as a digital content creator for several humanitarian foundations in Turkey. In addition to Beshr’s work with Karam, he is writing blogs covering the subjects of marketing, technology, filmmaking, and tourism.

Beshr Abdulhadi studied communication and blogging and is native to Raqqa, Syria. He moved to Turkey in 2014 and worked as a social media coordinator and news editor, covering the situation in Syria. Beshr has developed his skills in the field of photography and videography working as a digital content creator for several humanitarian foundations in Turkey. In addition to Beshr’s work with Karam, he is writing blogs covering the subjects of marketing, technology, filmmaking, and tourism.

walaa alshmalI

Kh membership officer

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AYSEGUL CALISKAN

Kh membership officer

Ayşegül Çalışkan  is a native to Reyhanli, Turkey.  She studied philosophy and nursery but then became a kindergarten teacher in 2013. Ayşegül has also worked as an outreach assistant and as a teacher, teaching Turkish courses to Syrian students.  She advanced her interested in education by later taking courses in Educational Faculty. Ayşegül’s hobbies include reading, traveling, photography, and playing music.

Ayşegül Çalışkan is a native to Reyhanli, Turkey.  She studied philosophy and nursery but then became a kindergarten teacher in 2013. Ayşegül has also worked as an outreach assistant and as a teacher, teaching Turkish courses to Syrian students.  She advanced her interested in education by later taking courses in Educational Faculty. Ayşegül’s hobbies include reading, traveling, photography, and playing music.

HASSAN AL HASSAN

SYRIA EDUCATION OFFICER

Hassan Alhassan  has a Bachelor’s of Arts in english literature from Damascus University and has worked with a variety of human rights organizations including: learning initiative (CHIMONICS), Ghiras Alnahda, and Syria Relief organization. He is dedicated to advancing the cause of education and served as a facilitator at Bousla for Innovation & Training and as an official statistician in Kafr Nobol Educational Assembly. He has also received training on the guiding principles of protection committees in society, education in emergencies, psychosocial support, and inclusive education. When he has the time, Hassan loves playing volleyball.

Hassan Alhassan has a Bachelor’s of Arts in english literature from Damascus University and has worked with a variety of human rights organizations including: learning initiative (CHIMONICS), Ghiras Alnahda, and Syria Relief organization. He is dedicated to advancing the cause of education and served as a facilitator at Bousla for Innovation & Training and as an official statistician in Kafr Nobol Educational Assembly. He has also received training on the guiding principles of protection committees in society, education in emergencies, psychosocial support, and inclusive education. When he has the time, Hassan loves playing volleyball.

HANi ELSHEEKh

Karam house mentor

Hani Alsheekh  is native to Homs, Syria.  In 2012, he graduated from Homs University with a degree in petroleum engineering.  From 2013 to 2014, Hani worked for the the Civil Society organization, and, in 2015, Hani and a few of his colleagues established the Intermediate Institute in Homs - Alwaar.  He acted as Managing Director until 2017 when he was displaced and forced to move to northern Syria, where he worked as a researcher with the Qatar Red Crescent team in the countryside of Aleppo.  He then moved to Turkey to continue his studies and obtained his Masters of Business Administration.

Hani Alsheekh is native to Homs, Syria.  In 2012, he graduated from Homs University with a degree in petroleum engineering.  From 2013 to 2014, Hani worked for the the Civil Society organization, and, in 2015, Hani and a few of his colleagues established the Intermediate Institute in Homs - Alwaar.  He acted as Managing Director until 2017 when he was displaced and forced to move to northern Syria, where he worked as a researcher with the Qatar Red Crescent team in the countryside of Aleppo.  He then moved to Turkey to continue his studies and obtained his Masters of Business Administration.

Nour albitar

karam scholars OFFICER

Nour Albitar  grew up in the United Arab Emirates but went to college in Syria until she had to leave in 2012. Nour then completed her studies in Turkey, obtaining her bachelor’s degree in english language and literature. After graduating, she worked as a specialist in the International Relations Office at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University for three years. She is excited to be apart of the Karam Team and aims to increase Syrian students’ access to education. Some of her hobbies include journalism, fitness, sports, and fashion design.

Nour Albitar grew up in the United Arab Emirates but went to college in Syria until she had to leave in 2012. Nour then completed her studies in Turkey, obtaining her bachelor’s degree in english language and literature. After graduating, she worked as a specialist in the International Relations Office at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University for three years. She is excited to be apart of the Karam Team and aims to increase Syrian students’ access to education. Some of her hobbies include journalism, fitness, sports, and fashion design.

Ahmad Al-khateeb

IT Coordinator

Ahmed Alkhateeb  was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq. Due to the conflict in Baghdad, he moved to Damascus, Syria at the age of 12 and lived there for a few years. He is an IT specialist who graduated from the Faculty of Computer Science from Cihan University in Erbil, Iraq. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he started training for Cisco Certified Network Associate and Cybersecurity then worked with telecommunication company as an IT specialist. He recently moved to Istanbul, Turkey to obtain a Master’s of Information Technology at Bahcesehir University. Ahmed loves learning about technology, watching and playing sports, and observing Earth’s natural beauty.

Ahmed Alkhateeb was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq. Due to the conflict in Baghdad, he moved to Damascus, Syria at the age of 12 and lived there for a few years. He is an IT specialist who graduated from the Faculty of Computer Science from Cihan University in Erbil, Iraq. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he started training for Cisco Certified Network Associate and Cybersecurity then worked with telecommunication company as an IT specialist. He recently moved to Istanbul, Turkey to obtain a Master’s of Information Technology at Bahcesehir University. Ahmed loves learning about technology, watching and playing sports, and observing Earth’s natural beauty.

 

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