Saba joined the Foundation as CEO in May 2019 and has over 25 years of experience in the humanitarian and development sector. Prior to joining the Asfari Foundation Saba was CEO at the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, where she established a global network of Academy Centres and over 80 organisational partners committed to leading the localization agenda for the humanitarian sector. Before this, Saba was the Country Director for Save The Children International in Jordan, where she was a strong advocate for disadvantaged communities and ensured the rights and futures of children and young people were at the forefront of the humanitarian agenda. During this period Saba also played a crucial role in coordinating the response of 45 humanitarian organisations to the Syrian crisis.
Maria Ali-Adib Pravda
Head of Programmes
Maria joined the Foundation in 2018, having held the role of interim Head of Programmes on a consultancy basis since mid 2017. Maria has over 18 years’ experience in development and aid, working with local and international NGOs on education, protection and forced displacement. She has designed, implemented and evaluated education programmes, peace building initiatives and emergency responses for displaced people in the Middle East, Africa and the US. Maria holds an MSc in Managing and Implementing Development Projects from the University of Manchester, and an MA in Educational Psychology from the Institute of Education at University College London.
Civil Society Programme Manager
Anas joined the Foundation in 2015. He has over 10 years of experience with NGOs in Syria in particular, and in the Arab world and the UK more broadly, focusing on youth participation, civil society and communication. Anas has a BA in Economics from Damascus University, an MA in Youth and International Development from Brunel University and an MSc in International Management from Exeter University.
Youth Empowerment Programme Manager
Abdulrahman joined the Foundation in 2016. He has worked on international development in the US, the Middle East and India, focusing on relief programmes, youth empowerment, social inclusion and mobilisation, and gender justice. In particular, he has worked on education and employment policies in Saudi Arabia, and on refugee response programmes in Jordan. Abdulrahman has a BSc in Computer Programming from the University of Jordan, a Post Graduate Diploma in NGO Management from Amity University in India, and an MA in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University in the USA.
Shereen joined the Foundation in 2017. She has more than 20 years experience in administration working in various sectors including corporate and higher education institutions. Shereen is a native Arabic speaker, graduated in 1996 with a BA in Russian and Soviet Studies from the University of Portsmouth. She worked in the USA for seven years where she volunteered in various community projects including Christmas in October and homeless shelters.
Mohamed joined the Foundation in this role in July 2019, having previously worked with the Foundation as a consultant. He has a varied background, having worked as a medical doctor in the NHS, a private tutor and, prior to joining the Foundation, as a Corporate Social Responsibility and Communication Specialist in a technology start-up company. Mohamed has experience of the UK third sector having served as a trustee for a youth performing arts charity for 5 years.