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Dr. Hesham Hamoda President

Dr. Hesham Hamoda is a Assistant Professor at the Harvard Medical School and a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Boston Children’s Hospital. He also serves as a Vice President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP). Hesham completed his Psychiatry training at the Harvard South Shore Program followed by a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital/ Harvard Medical School. He also holds a master-degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. He has over 40 publications and poster presentations and his academic accomplishments have been recognized through awards from Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and several national and international organizations including the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions.

Carine Abi Akar Vice President

Carine Abi Akar is currently an Junior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company where her works largely focuses on education, technology, innovation and government strategy. Prior to joining McKinsey, Carine was the founding co-manager of Edraak, the Arab region’s first nonprofit online MOOC platform in Arabic, leading the launching effort. At Edraak, Carine oversaw the development and deployment of the platform and educational content. Carine holds a Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has completed projects with Daimler AG, Alstom Transport, and the Office of Naval Research. Carine is from Lebanon, and has lived in 7 different countries to date. Her passions include traveling and eating good food.

Noha Ragab Director of Programs

Noha holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University. She has experience working on political campaigns as a campaign organizer such as Obama’s first presidential campaign.  Noha has a background in journalism where she worked as a writer and editor at several publications in the Arab World as well as US-based publications. She has also worked as a writer, interviewer, and translator for documentary films and TV stations such as WGBH -a PBS-affiliate TV station. Throughout her career, Noha’s focus has always been on non-profit organizations ranging her work from grant writing to event organizing. In the past couple of years, Noha has been heavily involved in cultural awareness and training with different places of worship, police departments, and civil rights organizations in an effort to lend a voice to those communities that are underrepresented and often racially or politically profiled.

Souad Abdelhamid Director of Membership & Outreach

Souad Abdelhamid graduated in 2014 from the Mason Fellowship, Master in Public administration at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to the MC/MPA program she worked for more than12 years with the business advisory service arms of Andersen and Ernst and Young in Jordan, the public service arm of Bearing Point and Deloitte Consulting and international development organizations including USAID, UN, and EU funded projects. Souad is currently working as a consultant for the World Bank Group in Washington DC. Souad is the recipient of the Kuwait Foundation Fellowship for Outstanding Leaders administered by the Middle East initiative at the Belfer Centre/Harvard Kennedy School and was the chair of the Arab Caucus during her studies at the Harvard Kennedy School. Souad also holds a Master in Management from Boston University.
She has a passion for entrepreneurship and was selected with her team among the top 10 finalists of the MIT Pan Arab Business Plan Competition in 2012.

Safia Tmiri Director of Communications

Safia Tmiri is currently a consultant with McKinsey & Co. Middle East Office focusing on economic development, employment and education policies. Over the past eight years, Safia worked in an investment advisory at the Millennium Finance Corporation, Standard Chartered Bank in Dubai and the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) in Istanbul and Washington D.C. More recently, she worked as a consultant with the Clinton Foundation in New York on designing public-private partnerships for improved public service delivery in municipalities and policies towards better employment outcomes in the MEA region. Ms. Tmiri is also a serial conference organizer. She is also a World Economic Forum global shaper and was named a 2014 Emerging Leader by the German Marshall Fund. Safia graduated from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and she currently serves as board member of the Harvard African Alumni Network and the Harvard Arab Alumni Association.

Alsherif Wahdan Treasurer

Alsherif Wahdan is the Managing Director of Naeem Real Estate Funds, the company behind Egypt’s first Real Estate Investment Fund. Prior to Naeem, Alsherif was the Executive Director at Capstone Corporate Capital and Capstone Advisory where he managed two real estate funds dedicated to the Egyptian market and constituting the largest funds in the country. He led the negotiation and closure of the first PE deal of the fund Arkan Mall in Sheikh Zayed, an eight-building complex of offices and high-end restaurants and retail space. In addition, the funds invest in a specially designed portfolio of listed securities in the real estate and construction-related materials sector. Alsherif’s experience spans many successful developments in the Middle East such as The Pearl-Qatar, a $3.6 billion man-made island, Dubai Airport, Cairo Airport, and several hospitals in Turkey and Turkmenistan. Alsherif is a board member in several companies including The Greek Campus, previously home to the American University in Cairo, which is now office space for high technology and startups in Tahrir Square. Alsherif is a BSC holder from Cairo University’s Faculty of Engineering. He also holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Raja Ghawi Director of Harvard Relations

Raja Ghawi is a Senior Business Analyst at McKinsey’s Boston office, where his work spans Strategy, M&A, and Operations functions, with an emphasis on Technology in the financial sector. Prior to McKinsey, Raja graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Bioengineering. During his time at Harvard, he was President of the Harvard Society of Arab Students, and co-chaired the Harvard Arab Weekend in 2014, entitled “Inspiring Solutions.” In his free time, Raja enjoys reading fiction, photography, and keeping up with international politics.