Our team

Anas Darkaoui

Interim CEO / 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.

Maria Ali-Adib Pravda

Head of Strategic Learning & Engagement 

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.

Abdulrahman Alhalawani

Youth Learning, Entrepreneurship & Innovation 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 Daoud

Office Manager 

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 Eisa

Programmes Assistant

Mohamed joined the Foundation in this role in 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 previous experience of the UK third sector having served as a trustee for a youth performing arts charity (Albert & Friends Instant Circus) for 5 years.

Momodou Darboe

Financial Controller

Momodou joined the Foundation in 2020. An experienced member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), with an MSc in Accounting with Finance from London South Bank University, he has over seven years of extensive experience and a strong background in all areas of accounting systems, acquired through managing the financial affairs of both private and third sector organisations in West Africa and the UK. His role involves maintaining proper financial systems, day-to-day bookkeeping, overseeing spending on project budgets, financial management, reporting and compliance. Momodou has also volunteered and served as a trustee, board member and Honorary Treasurer overseeing the finances for the Restorative Justice Council (RJC, a UK registered charity).