Our team

Marieke Bosman


Marieke joined the Foundation in 2011. She has 28 years’ experience in and on the Arab world, particularly in Syria, which she has worked on since 1997 and where she lived and worked for several years. Marieke speaks fluent Arabic and before joining the Foundation ran her own Middle East development consultancy; managed regional grants and set up an office for the Said Foundation in Syria; and worked with local organisations in Palestine. She holds a BA in Arabic and Middle Eastern History and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS. She volunteers with the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, has organised fundraisers for Lebanon and Palestine, and mentors young women.

Gabrielle Sparkes

Finance and Administration Manageranon

Gabrielle joined the Foundation in July 2017.  She is an ACCA qualified Accountant with a BSc from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine London and a MBA.  She has worked as a Project Accountant and Finance Manager in the private sector for over ten years in a variety of industries.  She is a friend of and volunteers with hearing impaired children, accompanying and supporting with fundraising activities for various events.

Anas Darkaoui

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 IMG_8017Arab 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.

Abdulrahman Alhalawani

Youth Empowerment Programme Manager

Abdulrahman joined the Foundation in December 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.

Clare Roberts

Programmes and Communications OfficerIMG_8063

Clare joined the Foundation in 2015. She holds a BA in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Oxford University and an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS. She lived for a year in Damascus and Cairo. Clare volunteered for a literary translation magazine and worked for a research centre before joining the Foundation. She is active in her local Refugee Welcome team.

Shereen Daoud



Shereen joined the Foundation in June 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 and more recently acquired a diploma in Nutrition and Health.  She worked in the USA for 7 years where she volunteered in various community projects including Christmas in October and homeless shelters.