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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.

Dr. Mona Hammami Director of Development

Mona is a Director at the Office of Strategic Affairs, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court. Her role includes analysis of social and economic developments globally and locally and drafting of publications and white papers to influence policy making. Prior to joining the crown Prince Court Mona was a lead associate at Booz and Company as part of the public sector practice team focusing on a wide range of public policy issues including: social and labor policies, macroeconomic policy, governance frameworks, organization restructuring , agriculture policy reform, and structuring PPP projects among other areas. She also worked as an economist with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) where she co-authored a paper on the determinants of Public Private Partnerships and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) where she worked on the effect of the WTO’s TRIPS agreement on Middle East and North African Countries.

Mona holds a PhD in Development Studies from the university of Oxford and a Master in Public Administration International Development from Harvard Kennedy school. She is a recipient of both the H.R.H. Princess Banderi Al-Faisal Public Service Fellowship and Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Tuwaijri International Public Service Fellowship. In 2010, Mona set-up her own Graduate fellowship fund to Sponsor a student into the MPAID program at Harvard Kennedy School. She sits on the board for the Harvard Arab Alumni association, is the secretary of the Harvard UAE Society and is an interviewer for Harvard Undergraduate admissions. She is also the founding Curator of the World Economic Forum Abu Dhabi Global Shapers Hub and a member of the Welfare Association.

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.

Dr. Mohamad Al-Ississ Director of Communications

Mohamad Al-Ississ is the Associate Dean of Administration, Undergraduate Studies and Public Outreach of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo. He is an assistance professor of economics at the School of Business. Al-Ississ has been named Harvard Kennedy School of Government Visiting Scholar in Spring 2014 and he regularly teaches there. Al-Ississ is a three term member of The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Arab World. Al-Ississ’ professional experience includes management consulting with the Boston Consulting Group, serving as a senior advisor to Jordanian ministers of Industry and Trade and managing a portfolio of USAID investment promotion projects in Jordan.

Al-Ississ holds a Doctorate in Public Policy in Economic Development from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Masters in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and a Bachelors with Honors in Economics from Harvard College.

Noura Selim Treasurer

Noura Selim is the Executive Director of the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development, where she is in charge of  leading the foundation to implement its programs in education, training & employment, micro-credit, healthcare and community development. Noura’s role includes overseeing the planning, implementation and monitoring of activities, overseeing the assessment of funding proposals, managing the foundations’ financials and endowment and setting up effective partnerships with civil society, government and the private sector to maximize the foundation’s impact regionally and globally.

Prior to joining the Sawiris Foundation, Noura worked as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company in New York, Dubai and Cairo. At McKinsey, Noura served public and private sector clients, particularly on health care and education topics. Her healthcare work spans the pharmaceutical space as well as public payers and providers in the US, Europe and the Middle East, while her education work spans K-12 and technical and vocational training and education in the Middle East. In the past years, Noura was involved in leading the implementation of a large scale transformation in technical education and training, focused on improving performance and employment outcomes, as well as leading a health care reform program aimed at increasing access and quality of care. Prior to McKinsey, Noura worked as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Pennsylvania’s Engineering school.

Noura holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Masters in Biotechnology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Science in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Magna cum laude.

Noura currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of the Harvard Arab Alumni Association and Treasurer of the Arab Foundations Forum (AFF,) representing the Sawiris Foundation on the AFF Board of Directors. 

Imane Karroumi Director of Programs

Imane is the new Program Director for the Harvard Arab Alumni Association. She graduated from Harvard College in 2014 with a degree in Government and a secondary field in Economics. Imane first got involved with the HAAA through the Harvard Arab Weekend Conference, as she served as College Co-Chair and VP of Logistics while at school. During her time at Harvard, she held a number of leadership positions on campus. Some of her leadership roles include serving as the President of the Society of Arab Students and Director of International Freshman Affairs at the Freshman’s Dean Office, a Peer Advising Fellow for freshmen, as well as being the co-Founder and co-President of the Harvard College Francophone Society. Since graduation, Imane has moved to Casablanca and is now working at Experience Morocco, a company that organizes events and high-end authentic travel for customers and corporations from the US and around the world. Imane has recently joined the WEF Global Shapers’ community and is a member of their Rabat Hub.