Our trustees

Ayman Asfari

Ayman Asfari is Group Chief Executive of Petrofac Limited. He has led the growth of Petrofac from a small US-based engineering business to a FTSE 250 multinational company employing more than 18,000 employees worldwide. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut, and sits on advisory boards of Chatham House and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Sawsan Asfari

Sawsan Asfari is a trustee and co-founder of the Asfari Foundation, and is an executive director of the Galilee Foundation, which supports the development of the Palestinian community in Israel. Sawsan is active in various other charities and is a board member of the US Middle East Project. She co-founded the film production company Cactus World Films.

Adeeb Asfari

Adeeb Asfari is an investment professional at First Reserve Momentum, a platform with a focus on upstream equipment and services. He previously spent five years with Simmons & Company, a corporate finance advisory, having worked in Aberdeen, Oslo and Dubai previously. Adeeb holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics from the University of Nottingham. He is a co-founder of Tuuum, an artist-run community for discovering, buying and collecting art.

John Ferguson

Formerly financial director of Shell Syria, John Ferguson has extensive experience of senior financial management. Now retired, he is a trustee of several charities working in the Arab world and is a member of the Charity and Voluntary Group of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Marwan Muasher

Marwan Muasher’s career has spanned the areas of diplomacy, development, civil society and communications. He began his career as a journalist, and served the government of Jordan, inter alia, as minister of foreign affairs and ambassador to the US and to Israel. More recently, Marwan was senior vice president of external affairs at the World Bank and a senior fellow at Yale University. He currently serves on the Board of AUB. He has authored two books on the Arab world and democracy. He is Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment, focusing on the Arab world.

Rasha Elmasry

Rasha Elmasry is an independent jewellery designer. She earned a BA in Journalism from New York University and worked at various magazines before leaving the corporate world to focus on her family. In addition to helping establish Human Rights Watch London’s annual auction fundraiser, she partnered with the Karam Foundation to sell over 1,000 specially designed bracelets in support of education programmes for Syrian children in Turkey. Rasha has a strong affinity to Syrian culture and heritage and has been supportive of several organisations that help Syrian refugees.

Saba Almubaslat

Saba was CEO of the Asfari Foundation from May 2019 until March 2022, 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.