Yuri started La Kaza Muestra in February of 2015. His professional background is quite diverse including jobs in both Industry where he worked for Veuve Clicquot Champagne in Miami and Zenith Watches in Switzerland as well as in the non-profit sector where he worked as CEO of the European Paralympic Committee. Amongst other functions, Yuri is Ambassador-at-large of the European Jewish Parliament for Sephardic Affairs.
La Kaza Muestra is the first Spanish institution dedicated to the return of Sephardic Culture and Language to Spain. Their focus is to facilitate projects between Spain and the Sephardic Diaspora. Projects include the Sephardic Museum of Malaga and The Spanish Nationality restitution for descendants of Spanish Jews expelled during the inquisition. La Kaza Muestra seeks to promote understanding and cooperation between the three Cultures and propose a model of cohabitation that can endure through time within the Spanish realmWebsite
Global Program Officer
Shaun Goldstone's cosmopolitan start at JDC has provided him with a unique and comprehensive awareness of the inner workings of the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian aid organization. Following two years of rigorous volunteer service with JDC, Shaun joined the organization professionally in 2013. Shaun first learned about the rewards and complexities of international Jewish involvement when he served as a Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2011-2012. In this capacity, Shaun worked directly with Dr. Rick Hodes, JDC's Ethiopia Medical Director and recognized CNN hero, to further Dr. Hodes' mission of delivering life-saving medical care in Ethiopia. As the 2012-2013 Ralph I. Goldman Fellow in International Service, Shaun's involvement in JDC's global work intensified. Through the prestigious fellowship, Shaun gained a personal understanding of the intricate global Jewish issues faced by JDC. Throughout the fellowship, Shaun resided in New York, St. Petersburg, Shanghai, and Tallinn, and traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia to learn about JDC’s work around the globe. Currently based in JDC's global headquarters in New York, Shaun is responsible for raising the profile of JDC's humanitarian aid and Jewish renewal programming in the United States, as well as fostering collaborations between JDC and its partner organizations in the US. Shaun, who has lived in Sydney, San Diego and Ra'anana, received a BSc from the University of California in Santa Barbara with a degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.
Perfumer member of the "Société Française des Parfumeurs" since 1997, Entrepreneur graduated of the Program for Young Entrepreneurs at the Solvay Business School in 1998 and Fellow of the Young Entrepreneurs Fund of the King Baudouin Foundation in 2000, Olivier Kummer shares his time between 2 activities : the creation and the commercialization of a home fragrance collection called "les tableaux olfactifs" and the presentation of olfactory workshops in primary schools, high schools, museums, blind persons associations and universities.
AROMART s.p.r.l. The origin of the 3 monotheist religions is the Middle-East and is also the place where the history of perfumery began. In fact, we can find a lot of occurrences about use of aromatic plants as well in the Torah, the Bible and the Coran. This mentions are not there by chance and demonstrate that the origins of perfumery are sacred. One of my everyday's challenge is to make feel closer Jews, Christians and Muslims with their commun heritage and their love of fragrances through olfactory workshops.
Born in Saudi Arabia to parents of Afghan and Pakistani descent, Mohammad was raised in the United States. Mohammad has volunteered with marginalized communities in Tanzania, Morocco, Uganda, Senegal and Jordan and he plans to pursue a career in public policy and sustainable development. Mohammad has worked with the U.S. State Department and with the World Bank and he hopes to inspire other young American Muslims to also pursue public service careers through American Muslims for American Leadership (AMAL). AMAL seeks to empower American Muslims to pursue careers in public service through an online platform, scholarships, and career counseling. Mohammad hopes that AMAL will empower American Muslims to become the future leaders of the United States."
American Muslims for American Leadership (AMAL)
Maruf is a serial entrepreneur and 10+ years of experience in Design, User Experience and IT.
I am an economist and conflict and reconstruction specialist with a passion for the concept of common good and its role in seeking alternatives to current economic concept and policy making patterns. I am a yoga teacher who learnt from her own healing experience the meaning of empathy and that by learning yoga at first without a yoga teacher started to question whether yoga should be an elitist practice or a shared one in today’s world. Through HEALS over HEAD I channel this ancient practice into a modern world giving new value to the concept of common good within the framework of human resilience – mainly looking at the relationship between individual wellbeing and social justice. I am also the Head of the UNV Programme in Bangladesh: a program that advocates for volunteerism and social cohesion as common good creating social justice starting from individual choices. I believe that we can translate inspiration into action without waiting for financial resources: when we start acting on and committing to a vision resources will follow.
YOGA FUSION - HEALS over HEAD supports individuals in contexts of war, natural disaster and structural violence to shape their future - and the future of their societies - in the way they desire by addressing trauma through self-healing, and mainstreaming yoga therapy as psychosocial support tool in a financially sustainable way. The project is a Participatory Action Research (PAR) Networkthat embodies a proactive approach to social justice, practicing very simple sequences of yoga therapy as common good to defeat trauma and strengthen individual and social wellbeing. Be curious for more, visit: www.yogafusionkarma.com & www.healsoverhead.com
I studied political science in SciencesPo Bordeaux and Spain and completed a MA in International Politics. I worked for 2 years as a consultant at the UN in New York, focusing on youth political participation and partnerships between the private sector and the youth worldwide. Eager to learn more about the corporate world, I then went to work for Saint-Gobain in Madrid, Spain, as a communication and marketing project leader. I have been developing VOXE full time since May 2014. On the side, I am an active gangster at MakeSense and I volunteer for Un Techo Para Mi Pais.
VOXE is a civic startup aiming at making politics easier to understand for all in order to break down the barriers to civic engagement. It all started with a group of young civic innovators who decided in 2012, just before the French Elections, that it was about time that we use the digital tools in our hands to challenge the way we participate in democracies. The first version of voxe.org was born, as a comparison platform for candidates’ concrete propositions for the elections. After a successful launch, VOXE was developed thanks to its open source and crowdsourced approach in 12 countries worldwide. We are now working on a new project that aims at changing the way people are informed about political news and enabling an easier, smarter and faster path to engagement. We are present thanks to our volunteers in France, the UK, the USA, Mexico, Romania, Canada, Turkey, Indonesia, Germany, Russia and Brazil. We believe that we are at the edge of a global switch in the way democracy works. We are aiming at being an active actor of this transition. By bringing a clearer, more accessible, crowdsourced and participation-oriented information to citizens worldwide, we believe that we can contribute to facilitate the emergence of tomorrow’s active citizen.
CEO and founder
Laila Alawa is the CEO and founder of Coming of Faith, a leading media company where the world goes to hear the voices and stories of underrepresented women. With more than half a million monthly visitors, the site covers everything from life to humor, entertainment to news. She is also the host for The Expose, a weekly Coming of Faith podcast tackling tough topics with snark and wit. Her work has been mentioned in The Guardian, BuzzFeed, The Atlantic, Mashable, Color Lines, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. She has also appeared on Al-Jazeera America, BBC World News, NPR, and Huffington Post Live. In 2015, she was named an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow. Prior to founding Coming of Faith, Laila was a research specialist at Princeton University, studying socio-cognitive processing under the framework of community identity and belonging. During her time in college, she spent time dissecting stereotype threat for women in the sciences, consumer behaviorism and minority stereotyping and judgement. In 2014, Laila was selected as a social media leader to attend the U.S. Department of State's International Women of Courage Award Ceremony. Michelle Obama told her that her move to DC was a smart one. Laila has a bachelor's degree from Wellesley College.
Coming of Faith. http://www.comingoffaith.com/
Jessie Mooberry is the vice director of Uplift Aeronautics, a UAV company building drones to deliver humanitarian aid. She is a serial entrepreneur and became involved in her first startup at Pitt while studying Finance and Chinese. She won Pitt’s Randall Family Big Idea Competition twice: first with The CON Project, which used crowdsourcing to fight corruption in India and second with Orro, which resold recycled electronics to raise money for local causes. Jessie serves on the board of Uplift Aeronautics, Inc and People’s Light and Theater Company. She is a 2015 Ariane de Rothschild Social Entrepreneurship Fellow and is working towards her Private Pilot’s license. Jessie currently lives in Istanbul.
Uplift Aeronautics, Inc and People’s Light and Theater Company.
Jeff Berger is able to bridge the divide between Business & Spirituality, between the West & Asia, and between Ashkenaz & Sephard. Having lived on three continents in three of the world’s most dynamic cities (New York, Tokyo & London) he now leads the Rambam Sephardi Synagogue project. Before moving to New York City, Jeff (57) started life in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, curious about the ancient wisdom of Judaism. During university, he developed a passion for Japan, living there for 6 years between 1987 and 1999, when he acquired proficiency in Japanese, became versatile in its culture and married Michie. In 2000 the couple left New York and relocated to the UK where Jeff was European Manager for a Japanese consumer electronics firm. In 2006, leaving industry, he enrolled in the Judith Lady Montefiore College seminary course. In Asia Rabbi Jeff became interested in Inter-faith Dialogue. He was on the 2013 Cambridge Co-Exist Leadership Programme, the 2015 Arianne de Rothschild Fellowship and in 2016 he’ll be a KAICIID International Fellow. Previous fellowships include; US Department of Education, Japan Iron & Steel and Nippon Glass. His great passion today is working with people of diverse backgrounds to create and promote goodness. Rabbi Jeff appears on BMTV’s Ask the Alim, on BBC Radio2’s Pause for Thought, and is published in local newspapers. He speaks publicly at Limmud Conference, to adult-education groups, at secondary and primary schools throughout the year. Read more about Rambam Sephardi at http://www.rambam.org.uk/. You can support this work by donating online.
Ordained in 2009, Rabbi Jeff has been involved in creating a warm, non-judgmental and welcoming Orthodox Jewish community in Elstree & Borehamwood. Rambam Sephardi Synagogue aims to provide religious services and pastoral care for Jews living in the Hertfordshire area, and to create a model spiritual community that is an example of religious tolerance, intelligence and inclusion. For their young families, a key mission is to provide a nurturing atmosphere, ensuring children grow up with a healthy understanding of their religion, as well as a respect for those from different backgrounds. Read more about Rambam Sephardi at http://www.rambam.org.uk/.
Artistic Director and Founder
Born in Israel, Guy is the Producing Artistic Director and Founder of Israeli Stage (www.IsraeliStage.com), an initiative dedicated to sharing the diversity and vitality of Israeli culture and building cultural bridges through theatre and dialogue. After the success of Israeli Stage (Founded: November, 2010), Guy was asked by the Goethe-Institut Boston to develop German Stage (Founded: October, 2012), by swissnexBoston to develop Swiss Stage (Founded: September, 2013) and by the Austrian Cultural Forum to develop Austrian Stage (Founded: November, 2014). His dedication to bring theatre to younger audiences has resulted in tours up and down the East Coast from Toronto to Atlanta at various cultural and academic institutions. A proud Emerson College alum, Guy is the Waldman Award recipient for an exceptional promise for a career in theater and was chosen by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies as one of the top 18 influential leaders in Boston under 45. Guy is a member of the ROI Global Entrepreneurs Community (Schusterman Family Foundation in Jerusalem, Israel) and a former Theatertreffen International Forum Fellow (Berlin, Germany). His work has garnered him profiles in The Boston Globe, The Improper Bostonian, The International Herald Tribune Ha’aretz, The Washington Post, NPR, WBUR, WGBH, Yediot and numerous other press outlets.
Israeli Stage (www.IsraeliStage.com), an initiative dedicated to sharing the diversity and vitality of Israeli culture and building cultural bridges through theatre and dialogue.
Barnabe Geis is the Communications Architect at the Centre for Social Innovation, a coworking space, community and launchpad for people who are changing the world with four locations in Toronto and one in NYC. He holds a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Political Science. He’s worked as a researcher, policy analyst, and in investor relations. He’s a social entrepreneur having started and ran a tourism company in a hot spot of the Middle East; a 2015 Ariane de Rothschild Fellow; a 2015 Impact Film Lab Emerging Filmmaker; and an avid traveller. He’s the producer, writer and co-host of a documentary series called UPLIFT, taking people to the frontlines of social and environmental challenges to meet the entrepreneurs and innovators working on solutions. The television series is currently in development.
Centre for Social Innovation, a coworking space, community and launchpad for people who are changing the world with four locations in Toronto and one in NYC.
Founder of Faraasha Middle East Training & Advisory
Annemarie van Geel is the founder of Faraasha Middle East Training & Advisory, which gives workshops & strategic advice on Middle East affairs specialising in the fields of gender & the position of women, the Gulf region, and peace & security. Annemarie is working towards her PhD on gender segregation in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait at RadboudUniversity Nijmegen. Through Faraasha she’s a regular speaker, moderator and trainer at academic and practitioners’ conferences and a trainer and advisor at NGO and government level. Annemarie has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, Syria, Palestine, and Egypt, travelled the region extensively, and speaks Arabic. Previously, she worked for Clingendael (the Netherlands Institute of International Relations), Amnesty International, and the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM). Annemarie holds a BA from University College Utrecht and an MPhil from Cambridge University, and expects to complete her PhD in 2016.
Co-Founder & COO
Amany is the Co-Founder & COO at LaunchGood.com: A crowdfunding platform to support Muslims launching good all over the world by helping them raise funds for their projects, campaigns, and creative ideas. Previously, Amany was a graduate of the School of Social work at Wayne State University, and founding member of the Detroit Minds and Hearts Fellowship (a program of MAS Youth Detroit), a social incubator where she works with Muslim youth to help them develop and launch their own community initiatives for social justice. She has previously worked with multiple organizations in various capacities. Including the project manager and lead coordinator for the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding's Improving Marriage Outcomes Study, Administrative Director of the American Learning Institute for Muslims, Data Fellow with the The Children's Center of Michigan, and Youth coordinator at the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion. When she’s not playing a game of pick up basketball, Amany is quantifying her self development efforts or spending time with her younger sisters. As a youth organizer and macro social worker, she loves the big picture and brings an interesting mix of experience to her work and community.
LaunchGood.com: A crowdfunding platform to support Muslims launching good all over the world by helping them raise funds for their projects, campaigns, and creative ideas.
Alexander Goldberg is an international consultant on intercultural, interfaith and community relations advisor to a large global humanitarian organization and a number of international projects. He served as the Chief Executive of the London Jewish Forum and was called to the Bar in 2001. He is Consultant Heritage Chief at the United Synagogue and Jewish Chaplain to the University of Surrey. Alex serves as the chair of the Football Association’s Faith and Football Group and was a Chaplain to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. He was founding co-chair of the Faith Forum for London and advised the London Olympic's on faith matters. He has an interest in community relations and human rights issues. He addressed the inaugural session of the UN Human Rights Commission in 2006 as chair of the CCJO - René Cassin. The UK Prime Minister involved him in his football and racism summit. He is working with US State Department to develop a new community relations programme. He is a national advisor to the Three Faiths Forum and the Center for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism. He served on two Ministerial steering groups at the Department for Education and an advisor to the the Department of Communities and Local Government’s Together in Service programme. He has raised millions for charity. In the last few years he has become a regular contributor to television, radio, online and print media and recently recorded the BBC’s Rabbi School Diaries.
United Synagogue and Jewish Chaplain to the University of Surrey.
Combatants For Peace
Arigatou International Geneva
Intercultural communication and leadership school
Bring on the Books Foundation
Muslim Wellness Foundation Inc
Urban Ministry Collective
Les Cités d’Or
Dorm Room Diplomacy
Color Me Muslim
UJA Federation NY
Founder & CEO
Interfaith Music Festival
Lakota Children’s Enrichment
See Change Magazine
Impact Hub Amsterdam
Twenty One Toys
Sair da Casca
The Good Tree Inc
Founder and Director at Link Up UK
Link Up (UK)
Michelle set up Link Up (UK) in 2010. Link Up (UK) is a charity working to overcome racism and divisions in society through developing new approaches to dealing with issues of citizenship and belonging. She started her career in marketing, then moved into the voluntary sector in 1996, first of all working for Centrepoint – the youth homelessness charity - in charge of their corporate and community fundraising team. From this she started working as a consultant, doing capacity building and developing income streams for a number of charities. Since 2005 the focus for her work has been working on issues around interfaith and citizenship, and before setting up Link Up (UK), ran a range of initiatives that look at providing innovative solutions to overcoming misconceptions and racism towards different groups.
Link Up (UK) is a charity that was set up in 2010 to combat racism and divisions in society by celebrating the benefits of diversity. Under the heading of the Great British Community we will be running a number of GBC PROJECTS to celebrate our shared heritage, and in the process show not only that diversity is at the heart of what it means to be British, but that this diversity benefits us both historically and today.
Founder & Director
Naz Koser , is the founding Director of Ulfah Arts. She is passionate about her faith and the Arts hence the creation of Ulfah, (Arabic for harmony). Born in the UK, Naz considers herself more English than Pakistani and is considered to be a pioneering English Muslim contributing to English culture the essence of her Islamic faith. Ulfah creates many different opportunities for all women of all faiths, including women only audiences and performances to no music.
Ulfah Arts is a creative social enterprise that uses arts and media as tools of social empowerment. We develop Radio, film and performing art projects, which engage diverse social groups as artists, media producers and audience members. A key part of our work is professional and personal mentoring which encourages the participants in engaging with mainstream. This gives them an opportunity to contribute towards wider society by overcoming their misconceptions about people from diverse backgrounds. All training in media and art skills is given by a team of highly experienced professionals who also help the participants in overcoming disadvantages through creative skills. 'Ulfah" means harmony and as such, is one of the principles that form the basis of our work Website
Editor-in-chief & comentator
Hanane holds a Bachelor of History, a diploma of the Faculty of Political Science of Rennes and a post grad in politics of the Arab world delivered by the Institut d'Études Politiques of Paris. She also started a thesis in Political sociology. Hanane worked at the CEVIPOF and since 2006, she is working as a journalist, specialized in politics of the Arab world and in History and sociology of the religions. Hanane is very attracted and intrigued by the complexity of the Muslim world and she is particularly attached to analyze and to deconstruct the debates and the evolutions. Besides,she is an editor-in-chief and the presenter of a discussion program on French and European politics for the Moroccan television, and also a regular comentator on TV5 World. Hanane's profile
Savoirs partagés is a group of associations which has for main mission to make new modes of exchanges and dialogue between generations. Savoirs partagés developed activities in Paris but also in the heart of Europe via its office in Luxembourg. Created by young people avid to throw bridges between companies and talented juniors, the objective is always the same: to share knowledge and experiences. Savoirs partagés France was founded in January 2009 by Yacine Diallo and Issa Diop. Those actors of social entrepreneurship organized not less than 20 events in 2 years and weaved multiple partnerships to multiply the social impact of Savoirs partagés. Website Yacine's profile
United Jewish Social Foundation
The name of my project is Social Micro Credit. Its mission is to propose social loans to low wage earners for social and personal needs, without reimboursement of the interests. I built this Jewish program upon the model of an another one, created by public services. We created variants to adapt better personal needs. We signed a convention with a famous French bank named Credit cooperatif. We distributed 50 social loans for unemployed people, for life's accidents or happier events. We did 300 social orientations for people who were overloaned. We wish to transform this Jewish program to become more secular (not only for Jewish community). We want to open the strict frame of French public law (loi borloo 2005 for social cohesion) to be able to include in this program repurchases of credit, which are not accept in the frame of the law.
Founder and Manager
Faïza is the founder and volunteer manager of Avicenne organisation which promotes the intercultural euro Mediterranean cooperation and the enhancement of the Euro Mediterranean cultures through youth exchanges. She has a long term and confirmed experience in the intercultural and youth fields. Since 2003, Avicenne has built an European network which covers 15 countries. Numerous projects have been realized within this network: youth exchanges, study visits, organization of international conferences and workshops. She has a Master in social and urban development engineering with specialization in European and Mediterranean areas. Now she is Manager of new local branch house or organization.
Jewish Museum London
Inaugural Fellowship member Abigail Morris is based in London. She is the Chief Executive of The Jewish Museum. Abigail was previously the Director of Jewish ethnical think-tank ResponsAbility. She used to be a theatre director and, for 14 years, was Artistic Director of Soho Theatre in London. She was also founder and Artistic Director of Trouble and Strife Women's theatre company and has directed many award winning plays in London, throughout the UK and NY for both organisations. Abigail has also been Chief Executive of the domestic violence charity, Jewish Women's Aid and a visiting Fellow at Cambridge University UK.
The Jewish Museum London recently reopened, after a £10 million transformation, as a landmark Museum that combines a magnificent world renowned collection with interactive exhibits to create a unique immersive experience. By telling the specific story of Jews in Britain it explores the universal story of minority communities, immigration and multiculturalism, engaging with the urgent question of identity and heritage which concern us all. The education programmes encourage a sense of discovery and creativity and tell the story of Jewish history, culture and religion in an innovative and compelling way and engages with people of all backgrounds and faiths to explore Jewish life and cultural diversity. www.thejewishmuseum.org.uk
Abigail said while in New York, she enjoyed the academic side enormously, and then benefited profoundly from working on her business plan at a later meeting in Paris where the fellows were reunited. Abigail said how great it was to see people again after their intense experience in New York, that she is regularly in touch with a good number of her year's Fellows and that the connections in the group are still strong. One thing the unique make-up of the group gave Abigail was the acute awareness that identity is always shifting - at some moments of lecture or debate, she felt more at home with the British Fellows, Muslim or Jewish, sometimes she felt distinctly Jewish, at other times European as opposed to American, sometimes very female - so she lived the experience that identity is not straight forward. Her prediction for the future Fellows is:"You'll have two brilliant weeks!", but her advice is also: "try and get as much sleep as you can beforehand, you won't sleep much during those 2 weeks!."
Founder and Director
Raheel Mohammed is the founder and director of Maslaha and has recently been profiled as one of Britain’s 50 New Radicals in The Observer newspaper for pioneering creative change to some of society’s most difficult issues. He has also been profiled in The Guardian Newspaper in a supplement focusing on social pioneers. He has created award-winning resources which tackle inequalities in Muslim communities in areas such as health, education, the role of women in Islam, and the historical relationship between Islam and Europe. Maslaha’s health work, for example, is now used locally, nationally, and internationally. Both Diabetes UK and the London health Commission have presented awards to the organisation for its innovative approach to education and outreach work. Maslaha’s exhibitions are currently touring internationally and have been hosted in 10 countries. He has been invited by several government agencies such as those in Norway and Oman to talk about his work around faith, social innovation, and social entrepreneurship as well as more locally at NHS London conferences and by organizations such as the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and the Centre for London. Raheel was also selected for the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow Conference in Doha. He has also been an advisor on the Dialogue Café, a new initiative supported by the UN Alliance for Civilisations, Cisco, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Maslaha is also beginning to pilot its work in social innovation and entrepreneurship in France. Raheel helped set up and was the Assistant Director at the award-winning Offscreen Education Programme, advising on and initiating education programmes designed to raise awareness of Middle East and Muslim cultures through art. He also helped to launch Edge of Arabia, a touring exhibition of contemporary Saudi art. He is also an award-winning journalist.
Maslaha translates from Arabic as ‘for the common good’, and this principle is fundamental for them. Their projects bring together a wide range of voices across generations, sectors, professions and cultures. They want to create a society where there is a better understanding of diversity and difference, and where Islam becomes synonymous with social justice, compassion, and creativity. Maslaha tackles the most pressing social issues affecting Muslim communities and creates a greater understanding of Islam from a cultural and historical perspective. Muslim communities suffer higher than average inequalities in areas such as health, education, housing, and employment. Their work targets these inequalities. It also challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about Islam among Muslim and non-Muslim communities. Their impact is greater because they form unique partnerships which then create new solutions local, nationally and internationally. By using faith publicly as a positive tool at a time when Islam is viewed negatively, they are changing the way the religion is understood by all communities. Website
Sandrine is the Project Manager of Saphir News, first Muslim press group in France. Sandrine is more specifically in charge of communication, international relations and business development for the company. She worked before as Business Development Manager for an UK ethnic marketing company, Muslim Green Pages, and is graduated in International Business.
Saphir News : website
Very committed on the issue of youth leadership and youth professional orientation, Athina now works as an educational consultant trainer and has the objective in the long term to create a bridge between companies and youth in order to stimulate, inspire and better prepare the younger generation to the world of business and its codes. For the KPMG Foundation, she designs and facilitates training in schools on self-knowledge, professional project and company codes. She also trains employees of KPMG engaged in the mentoring program of the foundation to lead workshops for young people. In collaboration with the Association “Maslaha” based in London, she aims to develop a pilot leadership program for girls from disadvantaged communities .The project aims to build confidence and to raise the aspirations of these young women through workshops and by introducing them to local role models with whom they can identify. As a franco tunisian woman , Athina grouth in an intercultural environement both French and Muslim. Athina is engaged in several program for women. She is the co founder (with 3 other women) of an informal network of young women, « Les Ambitieuzes ». The objective of this network is to create a space where women from different background can exchange on several topics such as how to combine professional and personal ambition.
Director of the Friends of the CRIF
CRIF (Conseil représentatif des Institutions juives de France)
In 2009, mandated by the President of the Consistoire Central de France, Véronique Harari undertook an exploratory mission to seek out alternative and innovative sources to both render the Consistoire Central de France more autonomous financially and to attempt to provide new services which correspond to the demands of a shifting community. Véronique is now working as Director of the Friends of the CRIF.
Conseil Représentatif des Institutions juives de France (Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions) is an umbrella organization of French Jewish organizations. It is the official French affiliate of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), the world-wide umbrella organization of Jewish communities, and of the European Jewish Congress. CRIF opposes antisemitism and policies that they perceive to be antisemitic. CRIF generally supports Zionist goals and the state of Israel, although CRIF denounced Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's 2004 characterization of antisemitism in France and his calls for all French Jews to emigrate to Israel. Website
Athol Hallé has worked with Groundswell since 2003, taking on the role of Chief Executive in 2007. His previous employers include Cardboard Citizens, Amnesty International UK and National Homeless Alliance – the organisation from which Groundswell originated. Athol is also a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs.
Groundswell is a registered charity which exists to enable homeless and vulnerable people to take more control of their lives, have a greater influence on services and to play a fuller role in our community. It delivers a range of innovative projects which put homeless people at the heart of solutions to homelessness focusing on Client Involvement , Peer Research and Health. Website
Social Entrepreneurial Executive and Attorney
Experienced executive with a multi-faceted international background in the private, public and nonprofit sectors and a passion for social enterprise. Extensive experience with start-ups, restructuring, corporate strategy, creative problem-solving, and results-oriented operational management. Well-honed analytical abilities and legal skills as a private sector General Counsel and international social justice attorney. Commitment to social enterprises, corporate social responsibility, social business, sustainability and corporate sector solutions to social problems in the international arena and developing world. Spécialisations :Start-ups and entrepreneurial ventures, negotiation, international project management, strategy work in private sector and nonprofits, business operations analysis and creative problem-solving, cross-sector partnerships, social justice and human rights, peacebuilding
Co-founder & chief executive
Dan co-founded ICSF in 2011 based on his experiences working across a range of social sector organisations. Most recently he was first Director of Tzedek, a worldwide poverty alleviation organisation engaged in projects in Ghana and India, which more than quadrupled in size during his four years of leadership. Dan founded ICSF partly out of a sense of frustration at seeing community transforming projects reinventing the wheel and failing to scale up and replicate. At ICSF, Dan has worked on a range of projects and clients from Oxfam, GlaxoSmithKlien, Big Society Capital and Big Lottery to small charities with huge potential to replicate such as Street League and FoodCycle. Dan is a Clore Social Leadership Fellow, has a BSc in Management from Nottingham University, and is a Rothschild Fellow at the Cambridge Judge Business School.
“Nearly every problem has been solved by someone, somewhere. The frustration is that we can’t seem to replicate (those solutions) anywhere else” . Bill Clinton The International Centre for Social Franchising tackles the issue of scale; its mission is to help the most successful social impact projects replicate. http://www.the-icsf.org/about/
Rukiyah Khatun is a co-Founder of loveLife Generation a youth-led social enterprise creating social change in innovative ways. Based in East-London, loveLife Generation has worked with young people locally, nationally and internationally to Involve, Inspire and Motivate Young people to be the change they wish to see in the world. She was Future 100 award winner and loveLife Generation was recognised at the London Peace Awards for their social action projects in the community. She is currently the Programme Manager at the Tutu Foundation UK which uses the story of South Africa and Archbishop Desmond Tutus philosophy of UBUNTU (I am because you are) as a way of building peace and resolving conflict. She has extensive experience of working with young people and local communities both on a local and international level and sits as DFID’s (Department for International Developments) youth steering committee to ensure youth led development is embedded in decision making. Rukiyah is a qualified Youth Worker (Youth and Community Studies NVQ 3); has a BSC International Politics; is an ADR fellow of Social Entrepreneurship and Cultural Identity and most recently a Regent’s College SPCP Accredited International Mediator. When she is not working she loves playing basketball and is currently training for the London Marathon.
The ADR fellowship was truly extraordinary. What I learnt about how to create sustainability was invaluable to loveLife Generation. This unique opportunity enabled me to develop both from the high quality structured sessions and from the expansive knowledge of the other fellows. The people I have met along the way are world change makers and I am honoured to be able to call them friends.
Madiha is a trustee at One Degree, a charity registered in London. One Degree empowers GCSE students from disadvantaged backgrounds by mentoring them to develop their self-belief and transform their academic performance. It runs weekend revision classes with students, using mentors from professional backgrounds to act as ‘big brothers and sisters’ to these students. It motivates the students through an inspirational speaker programme, and uses sports to create strong programme bonds. On average, One Degree has improved pass rates in Maths and English from a predicted pass rate of 25%, to an actual pass rate of 65% Madiha studied law at SOAS, prior to completing the Bar Vocational Course with distinction at BPP, Lincolns Inn, and completing an LLM at University College London. Madiha is a strategy consultant by profession, and worked at Accenture, prior to moving to AMR International. She specialises in growth strategies and m&a advisory for media companies, including digital learning and e-health. In particular, she has a keen interest in digital learning, and its potential to disrupt traditional education models, levelling the playing field for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Challah for Hunger
Eli Winkelman started Challah for Hunger in her first year at Scripps College, when she and a friend collaborated to sell the bread to raise money for Darfur. “It only takes one successful sale to bring enough money in to pay for ingredients for next time,” said Winkelman. Word of mouth soon spread to other colleges where students were eager to start their own chapters. Today there are branches of Challah for Hunger in 32 sites worldwide, including eight chapters in New York. Each chapter is asked to donate 50 percent of proceeds from challah sales to the Sudan Relief and Advocacy Fund at the American Jewish World Service, and the other half to an organization of its choosing. After graduating college, Winkelman, a native of Austin, Texas, worked for Hillel and then the environmental group Hazon before dedicating herself full time to running Challah for Hunger. According to Winkelman, anyone looking to open a chapter needs just three things: a kitchen, people to make the challah and people to buy it. She works with every chapter on getting the operation off the ground and lends guidance as it continues. “There’s something really special about doing something hands on,” she said, “taking these ingredients and making them into something real.”
Challah for Hunger brings people together to bake and sell challah in an effort to raise money and raise awareness for social justice. The national nonprofit will be honoring Winkelman’s and Zimmerman’s transitions by crowdsourcing a compendium of memorable Challah moments to be presented at a celebration on October 26, 2013, in Austin, TX. www.challahforhunger.org
Assistant Director, Workplace & Health Care
Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
Rachel Maryles leads the Health Care program at the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, conducting outreach, creating training materials and presentations and coordinating all aspects of Tanenbaum’s health care programming. She is spearheading the Health Care program's expansion into web-based training, assists with marketing efforts for Tanenbaum’s products and services and was a key part of Tanenbaum’s international work with the European Union’s Equal Rights Trust. Prior to joining Tanenbaum, Ms. Maryles worked in marketing communications at Working Mother magazine, where she conceptualized and implemented strategies for increasing advertiser presence and magazine revenue, and at The Visiting Nurse Service of New York where she expanded the organization’s training offerings and worked with groups of affiliated health care providers to enhance productivity and team-work. Ms. Maryles holds an M.A. in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a B.A. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania.
Tanenbaum is a secular, non-sectarian organization that combats religious prejudice and promotes mutual respect. Tanenbaum’s practical programs bridge religious differences for hundreds of thousands of teachers & students, employers & employees, doctors & patients and peacemakers combating armed conflict across the globe. www.tanenbaum.org
PROOF - Media for social justice
Leora Kahn is the founder and Executive Director of PROOF: Media for Social Justice. A photo editor for over 25 years, in 2006, she and a group of internationally known photojournalists decided to combine their skills and experience to make an impact in the world. PROOF was born six months later. Leora was previously the director of photography at Workman Publishing and at Corbis. She has also worked for Time, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and US News and World Report as well as for the Ford and Annie E. Casey Foundations. She has curated exhibitions for the Ford Foundation, ABC Television, Amnesty International, Women’s Refugee Commission, and the Holocaust Museum in Houston. Leora’s film credits include "Rene and I," an award-winning documentary about the life of an extraordinary woman who, as a child, was experimented on by Josef Mengele during the Holocaust. She also co-produced "Original Intent," a documentary exploring the judicial philosophy promoted by Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Leora was previously a fellow at the Genocide Studies Center at Yale University where she conducted research on rescuers and rescuing behavior. She was the Cathy Cohen Lasry Visiting Lecturer at Clark University’s Holocaust and Genocide Center. She is a recipient of The Adriane de Rothschild Fellowship? for Social Entrepreneurship and is a Fulbright Senior Specialist.
PROOF uses visual storytelling for genocide prevention and peacebuilding Bringing together photographers, documentarians, academics, and activists, PROOF creates exhibitions, publications, and on-site activities in nations with some of the world’s most troubled histories. PROOF’s exhibitions tell untold stories of acts of moral courage as well as document injustice and human rights abuses. By partnering with local organizations in post-conflict societies, PROOF creates visual documentary projects that become sustainable educational tools in regions riven by recent armed conflict and atrocities. PROOF’s mission is to contribute to research and scholarship, develop educational materials for local and international use, and encourage activism and empowerment to promote social change. http://proof.org/
White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Akil Vohra serves as Senior Advisor at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. At the Initiative, Akil supervises the following areas: education, the bullying prevention campaign, AAPI data issues, improving efforts of AAPI representation in federal government, and works directly with the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs. Prior to the Initiative, Akil was Counsel at Muslim Advocates where he focused on anti-terrorism financing, strengthening the nonprofit sector, and civil rights and civil liberties issues. Previously, he practiced international trade and customs law in Washington D.C. He is currently an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow, which is an Edmond de Rothschild Foundation initiative. Akil has previously served on the board of the South Asian Bar Association of Washington D.C., and the Bay Area Association of Muslim Lawyers. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California Irvine, and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School where he received the Michael Dillon Cooley Award for service to the law school community. He has also completed a program in international human rights and immigration at Oxford University (U.K.).
I can't We can (ICWC)
Saafir leads the Interculture team in providing their clients with culturally competent business solutions. Initiating his career at the intersection of community development and social enterprise, his work has improved results for efforts ranging from business development and job creation, to drug treatment and affordable housing. In the U.S. and internationally, he has assisted numerous organizations and enterprises with developing strategic approaches, improved relationships, financing options and general good judgment to carry forward their agendas. With a keen ability to identify and incorporate critical concerns from multiple perspectives, Saafir's approach results in increased efficiency, profitability and positive social impact for Interculture clients. A former consultant to President Obama's transition team for public diplomacy, Saafir is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and a board member of Educate Girls Globally.
The 4400 block of Park Heights Avenue sits in a dreary corner of northwest Baltimore characterized by boarded up buildings, dollar stores, and liquor shops. In a city known for its long stretches of neglected housing and dilapidated storefronts, this neighborhood offers nothing out of the ordinary. But all of that is about to change. Saafir Rabb is working diligently to revitalize the area. Driven by a desire to serve humanity, he makes due with limited resources by leveraging the creative energy of people around him to turn dreams into tangible realities. One such reality is “I Can’t We Can,” (ICWC) a non-profit addiction rehabilitation program created by Saafir’s uncle, Israel Cason, in 1997. Cason, who overcame thirty years of drug addiction, applied lessons he learned at a rehab program in Philadelphia to help people in his home community who faced similar challenges. With ICWC he offers addicts a year long, 24-hour-a-day regimen that remedies not only the physical impact of substance abuse, but also its psychological and social effects. A spiritual message that moves effortlessly between the language of the Qur’an and the Bible underlies the program’s philosophy, recognizing that a connection to G-d is essential to giving meaning to a life coming out of addiction. On this Saafir cites the story of the Prophet Adam, who after taking from which he had no business taking, was provided with a spiritual path that would lead him back to Paradise. Round-the-clock treatment does not come cheap. This is why Cason relies on Saafir to raise funds and design the administrative apparatus that has made ICWC a sustainable institution. One unlikely source of funding has come through ICWC’s role as an incubator for local businesses that employ, and in some cases are owned, by graduates of the program. Saafir also tapped the public sector, convincing stewards of the five-plus billion dollars allocated each year for development in Baltimore that Park Heights is worthy of a second look. Treading where few Muslim community developers have gone before, Saafir has concrete plans to acquire the hundreds of millions of dollars necessary to rebuild the entire neighborhood one block at a time. ICWC’s annual budget has grown from hundreds of thousand dollars to several million. Its programs now include facilities for youth mentoring, workforce training, assisting recently released inmates, and there are now over seventy housing units reserved for recovering addicts. Park Heights now has a new adult health and education center, $8 million in funding to renovate 48 low income housing units is now secured and a new office park is also in the works. For Saafir, ICWC’s motto of saving lives and winning souls reflects the essence of what it means to be Muslim. Drawing from the teachings of Imam W.D. Muhammad, for whom he serves as an advisor, Saafir believes that working to restore a people’s humanity through spirituality and good works is precisely the mission of the Prophet Muhammad. “Doing good for the world and for your self is a delicate balance,” he admits. Given his efforts thus far, it looks like Saafir found that balance.
Co-founder & writer
Hijabi Monologues project
Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah is the writer, co-founder and sometimes director for the Hijabi Monologues project. Born and raised in South Florida, Sahar received her BA from the University of Miami, majoring in English, Religious Studies and Political Science and her MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago. She then went on to study at the American University in Cairo for two years as a CASA I and II Fellow, supplementing her studies by exploring Cairo and other cities within the region. In addition to speaking Arabic, she can hold an unrefined conversation in Bengali and not-so-secretly wishes to recover the Spanish she learned to love in public school. For over ten years, she organized study circles for Muslim teenagers, women and children from whom she learned the priceless value of “I don’t know” and lived experiences. Her love for learning, simplicity and the sounds of eloquence is very much intertwined with her interest in the power of stories, spirituality and oral tradition.
Director of the Washington DC Office
Muslim Public Affairs Council
Haris Tarin is currently the Director of the Washington DC office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). He was raised and educated in Southern California where he received his undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies/Education at the California State University of Northridge. Haris is currently pursuing his graduate work at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. Haris has been active in the Muslim American community for over 13 years. In his capacity as the DC Director of MPAC he engages various agencies within government including the White House, Department of Justice, State Department, Department of Homeland Security and offices on Capitol Hill. He has spoken at various conferences, media outlets and symposiums on topics such as Islam and the role of the Muslim American community in the public sphere, Muslim American Identity, US-Muslim World Relations, Role of the Muslim American Community in Policy Formation, Religion and Public Life, and Civic Engagement.
Andrea was born in 1982 in Switzerland as a political refugee from Hungary she lived in the Middle East, Paris and New York. She did her B.A and M.A at The Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva, School of Economics and Social Sciences.
Andrea founded in 2011 an international NGO whose objective is to deconstruct narratives that leads to fear, hatred and violence, thanks to the design and implementation of concrete and innovative initiatives. It works with renowned international experts.
Each of us is devoted to create a constructive change in our communities. ADRF allows us to build a community caring for each other, joining forces, knowledge and experience to be even more effective in each of our initiatives.
Maryam Jamshidi is a writer and lawyer with nearly ten years of experience working on issues relating to the Middle East and North Africa region. As an attorney in private practice, Maryam has represented regional governments and state-owned companies in matters ranging from the diplomatic to the commercial. She has also worked in the NGO sector with human rights and civil rights organizations focused on the region and its diaspora communities. Several years ago, Maryam’s commitment to the Mideast led her to found Muftah.org, a digital magazine covering the political, economic, cultural, and entrepreneurial scenes in Middle Eastern and North African countries. Most recently, Maryam authored an ebook titled the “Future of the Arab Spring: Civic Entrepreneurship in Politics, Art, and Technology Startups,” which examines the grassroots initiatives driving the region’s recent revolutions and will be published in September 2013. Maryam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Brown University, a Master of Science degree in Political Theory from the London School of Economics, and a JD degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Wadia has graduated from the university of ASSAS in Business law and has a master degree in “Science management” from the Business school of Lyon.After many years spent in the consultancy field she and her sister decided to pursue an entrepreneurship project. These two visions have joined forces to create Covet Chic, an online store specialized in high-end fashion accessories. This site is an open platform to increase the visibility of the new generation of talented international designers.
3 combined concepts of Covetchic:Conscious luxury The goal is to help discovering exceptional artists who dare to think outside the box. All of the items are handmade by the designers themselves or in craft workshops. Fair Luxury Numerous of the designers manufacture their product under the strict auspices of fair trade. Covet Chic offers accessories that combine quality, flair / originality, and sustainable development, creations friendly with human beings and the environment. Give-back policy “luxury solidarity” The founders of Covet Chic wanted to associate their passion for fashion and accessories to their desire to help. Because luxury can also rhyme with sharing Covet Chic will donate 5% of its profits. Covet Chic designers have all been selected for their personality, the originality of their creations, their know-how, the fine materials used and their work ethics. They are the forefront/ vanguard of fashion and Covet Chic wants to offer a window for them to express their creativity to a greater crowd. The main goal is to oblige the luxury industry to apply the same policy since the luxury brands are not suffering from the financial crisis and on the contrary increasing their income the solidarity is just a fair way to give back for those who are in need. Website Presentation of Covet Chic by Ismahane Chaftar
Perry Teicher lives in Ann Arbor, MI. Perry is pursuing a JD/MBA at the University of Michigan Law School and the Ross School of Business focused on social finance and social impact, exploring impact investment strategies linked to local community development. Perry serves as the Director of the Urban Revitalization Investment Circle on the University of Michigan Social Venture Fund and President of Detroit Nation. He also sits on the JDC Entwine National Steering Committee. Perry is part of the ROI community and is a 2013 Ariane de Rothschild Fellow. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan, from 2007-2009. Perry graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007, with a BA in Organizational Studies and Political Science.
Perry is the president and director at Detroit Nation, organisation dedicated to supporting the Detroit region by directing the money, skills and energy of native Detroiters now living elsewhere to people and organizations engaged in economic development, cultural innovation and job creation in Southeastern Michigan.
Jeff is a Toronto-based social entrepreneur interested in the space between business, tech, and social purpose. He co-founded synapsABILITY to empower individuals and families, like his own, with the networks and resources to provide the best life possible for people touched by autism and developmental disabilities. A believer in the value of lifelong education and opportunity-creation, Jeff is learning the craft of web development (Ruby on Rails) to acquire one of the most important skill-sets for the digital future. Among his more diverse experiences, Jeff worked previously as a human rights adviser to Canadian Senator Roméo Dallaire, and went on the hunt for counterfeit medicines (think some hybrid personality of journalist/spy) in South Sudan and Myanmar for STATT. A Huffington Post Canada contributor, Jeff’s commentary has also appeared in The Globe and Mail, the National Post, Foreign Policy, and elsewhere. See http://about.me/JeffBernstein for full writing portfolio.
For-Purpose Serial Entrepreneur
Spring Back Recycling
Rami is an enthusiastic well cultured young globally minded emerging first generation Muslim Arab American for-purpose serial entrepreneur. Currently a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, he serves as an agricultural economic advisor to the US President's Feed the Future Initiative at the grassroots level and runs the Millennium Challenge Account in the Ashanti Region, in collaboration with the National Director of Ghana's Ministry of Food and Agriculture. With this most recent stint, the focus of Rami's work in rural agricultural development is value chain management to reduce post-harvest loss, capacity building of individuals and groups, and ultimately serve as a strategic resource to the communities at-large that are locally accessible. Prior to this most recent international appointment, he graduated from Belmont University '13 with a Bachelors of Science in Economics and Political Science and a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance and International Business. As a student, he has studied in 10 plus countries. He has also visited and spent an extensive amount of time in Israel, West Bank, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, United Kingdom, and Ghana. As an active Enactus member during undergraduate, formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), he played a crucial role in the development of Spring Back Recycling (SBR). Rami co-lead the pilot phase of initiating and developing SBR. He has individually led and supported others with developing robust models, as SBR, to sustainably address a wide array of issues. He does so because he has a strong passion to cater to and serve the underprivileged and disenfranchised by making a positive, systematic, sustainable, replicable, and scalable impact. He has been awarded numerous recognitions for his work. In particular, during Rami's work with SBR, he was privileged to be recognized with the Award of Excellence in “Teamwork, Focus on Sustainable Employment, Community Service, and Entrepreneurship” from The Metropolitan Government of Nashville, Tennessee and Davidson County, by the order of Mayor Karl Dean (2012).
Spring Back Recycling's purpose is to create and support a mattress-recycling (waste diversion) model for non-profits that serve the homeless and/or disenfranchised. The mission of Spring Back Recycling is to create a replicable business model that empowers homeless men and women through employment and small business training by recycling components of used mattresses, thereby reducing there negative environmental and monetary impact on landfills. http://springbackrecycling.com/
I learned so much about what it means to truly be a change agent, both at the grass roots and macro levels, from my well qualified peers in the cohort and world renowned scholars and practitioners who guided our level of understanding in the process. The experience has challenged me not necessarily to change what I think, but the way I approach issues and how I go about my execution.
Finance Director, NY
Adee Telem is a NYC-based social entrepreneur, fundraiser and business development professional with a passion for the intersection of technology and social change. Adee co-founded the London-based strategy firm The Social Investment Consultancy in 2008, helping businesses, non-profits and philanthropists maximize their impact. She also serves as New York Region Finance Director for J Street, a political advocacy startup mobilizing broad support for a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Adee has helped scale the organization to $10M in operating and political funding and 50 employees over the last 3 years. Adee was previously West Coast Director for the OneVoice Movement, an award-winning conflict resolution NGO. In this capacity, she generated partnerships with major tech companies (i.e. Sony, YouTube, Yahoo and LinkedIn) and acted as lead fundraiser. Adee was selected as one of 25 Emerging Leaders in Conflict Resolution by the U.S. Department of State and one of the top 65 American-Jewish Leaders by the Center for Leadership Initiatives. She recently served as a member of the Tech4Obama Steering Committee in New York and is a Mentor at PresenTense, an organization working to foster the next generation of social entrepreneurs.
Community organizer / Trainer / Development manager
Tara Dickman holds an MA in Comparative Politics from New York University, where she worked on the 2005 riots in France and the “jeunes des quartiers” from an international minority rights perspective. Prior to her M.A, she graduated in Information and Communications at Université Paris 8, studied EU cultural and social politics, and attended Brown University on a year-long exchange program on race and urban politics. From 2007 to 2012, she worked for Humanity in Action France, an educational organization whose mission is to inspire, train and connect young leaders interested diversity issues using a historical, comparative and action-based approach. In 2011, her team coordinated the first nation-wide grassroots-lead initiative to address police abuse and racial profiling at the legal, media and political levels. She is the co-founder of Studio Praxis, a strategy consultancy focused on diversity and civil rights issues.
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Fair Trade Judaica
Ilana Schatz has been involved in social justice organizing for the past 25 years. She is the founding director of Fair Trade Judaica (FTJ), a nonprofit dedicated to building a fair trade movement in the US Jewish community. FTJ provides education about fair trade as a form of ethical consumerism, works with artisans to design new Judaica products, and introduces those products to stores, working across the entire supply chain. She previously founded the Volunteer Action Center, a Jewish social action and justice center in Oakland, CA, creating projects in business mentorship, community investing, and volunteer opportunities. Ilana serves on the board of the Northern California Community Loan Fund, which provides financing and technical assistance to strengthen low-income neighborhoods and enable disadvantaged people to build a better future. Ilana has served as a lay spiritual leader at her synagogue in Oakland for the past 15 years. She lives with her husband, David Lingren, in El Cerrito (San Francisco Bay Area), and nourishes her soul hiking, gardening, and cooking when not working.
The Herb Amster Center at Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County
Sarah Okin currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she is the Director of The Herb Amster Center, the social entrepreneurship arm of a local social services nonprofit organization, Jewish Family Services. Sarah is working to, through social enterprise, bring financial stability to individuals and families in southeast Michigan, as well as long-term stability to JFS. Sarah studied International Business at both an undergraduate (Eastern Michigan University) and graduate (European Business School London) level. Her passion for learning about other cultures through experience saw Sarah move to Israel for a year following high school, where she volunteered in Jerusalem. She went on to study abroad at the University of Cape Town as well as Copenhagen Business School. After her undergraduate studies Sarah lived in New York, working for a management consulting firm in finance. During that time, Sarah was an ICHEIC Service Corps Fellow, participating in monthly seminars at New York University covering topics affecting victims of fascism and weekly visited one-on-one with an octogenarian Holocaust survivor. Following her MBA, Sarah completed a course at International House London in business cultural training as well as a course in contract law, before starting up two companies in digital marketing. Growing up, Sarah was an active member of the youth empowerment focused organization Habonim Dror and currently sits on the board of her local ‘chapter’ as a member of both the finance and marketing committees. She served as a judge in the University of Michigan’s 2012 Michigan Business Challenge, critiquing business ideas and offering feedback to teams. Sarah is a member of Social Enterprise Metro Detroit and has contributed articles on ‘social enterprise in the third sector’ to Abec’s Small Business Review, a local monthly paper.
Partners in Care Concierge is a medical appointment accompaniment program that provides support to older adults and disabled persons by transporting them to medical appointments and facilitating more productive communication between patients and medical staff. Participation in PiCC can result in enhanced adherence to prescribed treatment plans, more effective use of health care resources, reduced likelihood of missed appointments and reduced likelihood of readmission to the hospital.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to study along here at Cambridge with the rest of my cohort. It’s humbling to be surrounded with such intelligent, dynamic and compassionate individuals and I am eager to bring back my learning from the AdR Fellowship and apply it to the mission we’re trying to achieve in southeast Michigan.
Seventy Five North Revitalization Corp.
Othello H. Meadows III is a native of Omaha, Nebraska and currently serves as Executive Director of Seventy Five North Revitalization Corp., a community revitalization and development organization. Prior to this position, Mr. Meadows was Executive Director of the Omaha Workforce Collaborative, a non-profit housed at the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, designed to restructure the workforce development efforts of the Omaha metropolitan area. Meadows returned home after nearly 15 years in order to run a non-partisan voter registration drive that registered over 10,000 new voters in eastern Omaha prior to the 2008 presidential election. Before returning to Omaha, Meadows operated his own law firm, Othello H. Meadows, P.C. in Atlanta, Georgia where his practice focused on criminal defense, family law, and general civil litigation. Meadows attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina on a basketball scholarship and earned his BA in Psychology in 19997. He later received his Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2004. Meadows is a board member at Creighton Prepatory School, The Jesuit Academy, Girls Incorporated, United Way of the Midlands, The Metropolitan Community College Foundation, The University of Nebraska Medical Center Board of Counselors, and Goodwill Industries. He also currently chairs the Omaha Community Foundation’s African-American Unity Fund Grants Committee.
Head of Academic Training
Anna is an interdisciplinary and innovative thinker. She holds an M.Sc. in Neuroscience, an M.A. in EU Economics and Law and a B.A. in Anthropology. She is just about to set up a with euforia and academic partners an empowering and sustainable teaching-, research- and incubation programme in order to establish a culture of changemakers at Swiss universities. Besides, she is interested in Neuroeconomics and cognitive training.
CEO & Founding Artistic Director
Khayaal Theatre Company
Luqman initially trained in the sciences of Islam and the languages (Arabic, Persian and Urdu) and cultures of the Middle East and the Indian Sub-continent in the traditional Muslim seminaries of the West and East covering both Sunni and Shi’a schools. He then spent a decade working as a linguist, writer and translator for various publishing houses in both the USA and the UK before serving as programmes manager for a London-based humanitarian NGO where he raised funds for and implemented aid projects for Iraqi refugees in the Middle East. In 1997, Luqman co-founded Khayaal, the first professional theatre company of its kind offering audiences a fascinating experience of classic Muslim world culture through contemporary art forms. He continues to serve as Khayaal's founding artistic director, conceptualist and advocate. Luqman’s latest works are Sun & Wind, a spiritual reflection on extremism that explores the impact of a suicide bombing on a widow and child, and Hearts & Minds, a theatre-in-education play for young people exploring issues of identity, citizenship and extremism. He is currently working on a play exploring the intersection of British and Muslim cultures through the shared heritage of coffee and coffeehouses. Luqman is a second generation African American Muslim originally from Washington DC but has lived most of his life in the UK. He is passionate about jazz, basketball, travel, literature and art in its widest sense.
Khayaal is an award-winning socio-cultural enterprise dedicated to harnessing and mobilising the inclusive energy of shared story to promote intercultural and interfaith dialogue, understanding and engagement between Muslim communities and wider society. It does this by adapting tales and stories from across the Muslim world for the stage, screen and radio. Since its inceptions 16 years ago, Khayaal has brought together Muslim and Jewish artists as well as those of other faiths to develop and present its work on stage and in film, building bridges of understanding amongst performers and audiences alike. Khayaal's work has been covered by The Guardian, The Times, Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, The Morning Star, Time Out, BBC Radio 4, BBC Sunday Programme, Channel 4, NPR, The Muslim News, The Muslim Weekly, Al-Aalam, Kayhan, Zameen, The Samosa, Emel, etc. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a member of the Concordia Forum. Khayaals partners and clients include the British Museum, Shakespeare's Globe, Ernst & Young, Barclays, Pricewaterhouse, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, US State Department, etc. http://www.khayaal.co.uk/
I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded a place on this year's fellowship and have already made very valuable connections. I look forward to all of the learning and sharing that will undoubtedly ensue over the next fortnight.
Marine graduated from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris with a International relations major (1996) and from Sussex University (Brighton, UK) with an International Relations MA (1997). She then worked a year at Arthur Andersen, in the Paris Office, both in charge of the newly created Fundation and as a marketing and communication junior. She joined afterwards the French NGO Samu social International which helps homeless in big cities all over the world. She spent 8 years there, ending director and participate in the development of the organization (11 projects all over the wordl when she left). From 2008 to 2010, she was in charge at ESSEC Business School, of Antropia the newly created social incubator. After the creation of ENQUÊTE in 2010, as she benefited from Antropia’s accompaniment, she turned at ESSEC to the creation and development of CAP ESSEC, a program of equal opportunities. She’s been working full time for ENQUÊTE since autumn 2011. She lives in Paris and is a mother of 3.
Founder and Executive Director
After 8 years working as an economist and bank risk manager, Ramzi is exploring new areas in addition to these. As Editor-at-Large of The Outpost, an optimistic magazine of possibilities in a new Arabia, he identifies new narratives about the world we could build together. And as a doctoral student on the economics of the one state solution in Palestine/Israel he is examining the challenges to be surmounted to realise one of these narratives. Palestinian and Canadian, he speaks English, French and Spanish.
The Palestine Network is a social enterprise that employs a directory service application on mobile phones to connect like-minded people who have otherwise higher-than-average transaction costs to finding one another through traditional social networks.
Holding a Master in Sociology of organizations and innovation as well as a Business Degree, Emmanuelle Larroque is working as a corporate coach, trainer and consultant on management issues. She has an extended experience in leading CSR projects on issues like gender equality, diversity and social entrepreneurship. Her strong passion for acting and the performing arts in general resulted in the creation of a professional theater company writing and performing its pieces.
Since 2011, Emmanuelle is developing Social Builder, an innovative social enterprise that supports organizations to develop innovative leadership programs for young talents and gender equality. Social Builder is also implementing studies, creating training material and professional events to support gender equality education in higher education. Your text to link...
Muslim Enterprise Development Service
Farhad Ahmed is the Executive Director of Muslim Enterprise Development Service (MEDS), a community based economic development Organisation based in Liverpool, in North West England. MEDS was established to provide practical, technical, professional and financial advice to new and existing businesses primarily within, but not exclusively, the Muslim community. In this way it aims to support the Muslim community integrate more fully into mainstream society. MEDS has supported over 600 businesses and is the only service of its kind. It won the Muslim News Award in 2009 in recognition of its work and has hosted many visits from Government Ministers, Officials and overseas delegates seeking to better understand the needs of these communities. Farhad is a qualified business mentor, College lecturer and holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in English Language and Literature from the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool. He is an acknowledged economic development and social enterprise specialist having been voted amongst the top 250 business leaders in the region in 2012. He has been commissioned to conduct research for local Government into the needs of faith and ethnic minority businesses and family owned businesses. He has presented at various high profile business conferences including Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2012 and Accelerate 2013. He has also delivered speeches on the topic of Faith and Social Practice for the think tank Respublica. Farhad has occupied a number of roles within civil society which combine with his interests, chiefly in the following areas: widening youth participation in the University sector; advising on the faith curricula in schools; delivering strategic support to private companies in Diversity and Inclusion; and engagement with national interfaith based projects.
Founder and Director
Ce qui nous voile
Andréanne Pâquet is a social anthropologist, human rights activitst, manager and communicator. She studied both anthropology and cinema and is passionnate about visual anthropology: films and images that shape our knowledge of the Other. That's why she launched the Our Veil project in 2010, in order to offer an alternative image of Muslim women wearing the veil. Her work is now featured in the Museum of World Religions of Nicolet, Quebec, and will be part of the future Canadian Museum for Human Rights that will open up in 2014 in Winnipeg, Canada. She worked 8 years for ENSEMBLE for the respect of diversity first as a Workshop Facilitator, than a Project Coordinator and finally as the COO, organizing workshops in high schools to promote understanding and openess to differences. She presided Tools for Peace, a network of Montreal-based NGOs working toward peace in Quebec. Member of Amnesty International, she is a long-time contributor to the French-Canadian branch of the movement as a group leader, youth ambassador and lecturer. Andreanne published various texts and pedagogical tools and contributes to Vues & Voix Radio, a web radio dedicated to people living with a visual handicap.
20 years old – Christian. ‘A born leader’ – By Stanislas Wyndika for Le Monde. Always on the move, a packed agenda, bustling with energy and a thousand ideas every minute! Anyone who’s met Samuel Grzybowski will probably still remember his communicative enthusiasm. Only 21 years old and this oldest of four in a catholic family has already gone through several lives. In less than five years, he has volunteered for the night shift to meet the homeless, as an educator in an association for tough neighborhood teenagers’ social inclusion, as a field trip child supervisor, as the communication director of the Easter Festival and, last but not least, as a pianist in contemporary music concerts. More than anything, he is the one who founded the youth interfaith movement, Coexister, which he now chairs. Created four years ago – Samuel was barely 16 years old! –, with Jews and Muslims from his neighborhood, i.e. the 15th district of Paris, this association now encompasses hundreds of young people all over France : Evry, Lille, Lyon, Marseille or Angers. At his initiative, other groups have also cropped up at La Sorbonne or Sciences Po. Samuel is a real social entrepreneur: an amazing ability to entertain and to convince, which definitely exceeds that of some big ‘veterans’ of the association, world. But don’t worry; this young man isn’t the boastful pretentious type. His faith and commitment remain the cornerstone of his life. His engagement for interfaith dialogue goes back to his school experience, the Saint-Charles primary school being known for its education project based on diversity and interfaith dialogue, and the Notre-Dame-de-Sion middle school, one of the pioneers of Jewish-Christian dialogue. In this environment, Samuel went for the first time on a trip to Auschwitz: an intense human and spiritual experience which keeps guiding his action up until today, making his a staunch defender of ‘active coexistence’, i.e. the only way to ‘learn how to live together by respecting differences’.
Harris Bokhari is an accountant and political advisor specialising in community development. His professional career has covered the fields of finance, politics, social entrepreneurship and community organising. He completed his preliminary studies at Imperial College and followed this by working for two of the world’s leading accountancy firms. He is currently an ambassador for HRH Prince of Wales’ charity the British Asian Trust and an Associate Director for the Pakistan Recovery Fund. As a National Advisory Board member of Mosaic, Harris inspires young people from deprived communities to realise their talents and potential. Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2007, Mosaic’s mentoring programmes create opportunities for young people growing up in our most deprived communities. Mosaic’s vision is for all young people to be supported to realise their potential. With the help of volunteer mentors acting as role models, we aim to bridge the aspirations-attainment gap. By linking young people with inspirational role models in this way, we boost their confidence, self-efficacy and long-term employability.
Yohann SEVERE is the Founding President of the association “Gamelles Pleines”. Originally from Normandy, Yohann has traveled all over the world for his personal and professional carrer. After graduating MBA from an international business school of Fontainebleau (France) and from the university of Fulda (Germany) in 2004, Yohann worked successfully as an international development manager and then as an international trade advisor for French industries interested in developing their business overseas. From his travels, Yohann has worked on cross-cultural issues in more than 28 countries. Upon returning to Normandy, Yohann became a social entrepreneur, founding “Gamelles Pleines” (full bowl), an association which aims to help homeless and poor people to take care of their own pets. Far more than mere animals, pets are amazing psychological and social support for their owners when they face difficulties. Because the French social organizations didn't take into account pet's benefits for their owners yet, Yohann has introduced a real and durable change in the French social network. Shelters, restaurants, social workers, and nonprofits have now increased their social impact by taking into account pets’ issues in their work helping people. Gamelles Pleines offers a full range of resources for any social organization on the behalf of its motto : “Four feet to stand up again."
The AdR Fellowship brought me a deep change in both my personal and professional lives. Not only was theAdR Fellowship an exceptional experience filled with talented and generous Social Entrepreneurs from around the world, who all became good friends, but it also provided me with a strong network, tools, and skills to develop successfully my social project. As a result of the Fellowship “Gamelles Pleines” is professionally managed, improved its fundraising, and now has a larger social impact.
Muhammad has worked in a variety of senior board roles in the private, public, voluntary and social purpose sectors. In the voluntary sector Muhammad has served as the Director of a UK national charity where he has been instrumental in the development of the organisation since its inception, creating a number of strategic offices and programmes across the UK. Passionate about the future, he helped develop a mentoring programme for socially disadvantaged young people 12 years ago through a supplementary school, starting initially with 5 tutors and 50 young people. Today, the school has 120 professionals (all working voluntary) and 600 young people attending the school on a weekly basis. In 2006 the school was voted as one of best supplementary schools in the UK by the DFES. 2007 the school was awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary service. In the public sector, he has been a non-executive director for six years of NHS Bristol which in 2011 had a budget of UK £775m. For over three years Muhammad has been non executive Chairman of Bristol Community Health a UK £42m health care organisation which has some 1200 staff. In 2010 Bristol Community Health was awarded as “one of the top 100 NHS Employers in the UK”. In 2002 Muhammad was one of the youngest people in the country to be appointed by the secretary of state as non-executive board member on the West of England Learning and Skills council. In the private sector as an entrepreneur and investor, he has been recognised as being a visionary, innovator and inspirational leader. He has held senior board positions in a variety of businesses including; a multi award winning car dealership, real estate, training agencies, retail, IT, Recruitment and Private Equity Businesses. He was voted “business person of the year” by the local community in 2006. In 2008 he was featured in the Bristol Evening Post as an “In Inspirational Bristol businessman helping teenagers towards a bright future.” In both 2009 and 2010 he was appointed as one of the judges on the SWRDA, Regional Judging Panel for Enterprising Britain which was launched with the backing of Lord Mandelson. In his personal life, born in the UK to Bangladeshi parents, Muhammad is a law graduate with postgraduate qualifications in Marketing and Business Management. Married to Shareen a classical pianist he speaks, several languages including Bangla, Urdu and Arabic. He regularly provides lectures on leadership inspiring others to broaden their horizons by trying new things and moving out their comfort zone. Muhammad has a passion for learning new things and has travelled throughout the world, mostly for pleasure, to just under 45 countries. Muhammad currently is on a sabbatical year where he is enjoying travelling, reading and spending time with his family.
AdRF has been an exceptional programme for my personal development, project and of course providing me the opportunity to meet, make friends and work with some exceptionally talented and gifted Social Entrepreneurs from around the world.
At the time of my participation in the fellowship program I was managing BASH, an ethical creative agency and eco-entertainment company. Focused on bringing green and socially aware practice to the cultural sector - arts, music, fashion, creative industries - BASH strove to create, engage and sustain positive change. One of our main projects was SUSTAIN studio, a 20,000 square foot disused warehouse space in Shoreditch, East London that we renovated into an eco-social creative hub, a focal point for ethical creativity and an incubator for progressive thinking. A socially and environmentally responsible space, it was sustainable through the three core pillars - environmental, social and economic. Since we transitioned the space three years ago I have been living in Israel/Palestine and am now studying an MBA in Social Leadership. Whilst working on various social development projects, I am also researching my thesis on collaborative design in social business with a direction towards developing the 4th sector /social business in the county.
AdRF definitely enabled me to understand our social operations within a business framework, to develop my managerial skills and push forward with a better, more successful business strategy. Most importantly however, it truly opened my eyes to the unbelievable potential inherent in individuals from all over the world to create change through and within cultural dialogue; and that is something you really can't get in other business training!
Practical idealist, sacred activist, social entrepreneur. In 2006, after a successful corporate career in television production and media technology, Esu experienced a life-changing journey when he traveled to Burkina Faso, West Africa to work with shamans and traditional wisdomkeepers. This work directly led to the establishment of The BARKA Foundation which Esu co-founded with his life partner Ina Anahata. “Barka” is an African word of gratitude, blessing & reciprocity. BARKA Foundation is a UN-affiliated NGO focused on grassroots, inter-cultural, community-led development with respect for indigenous culture and identity. Esu lives simply in a 16’ x 24’ lakeside cabin in “unorganized territory” Maine with no running water or fulltime electricity. With a Honda generator, iMac and satellite dish, he manages BARKA’s all-volunteer staff on 4 continents. He & Ina walk for water every day.
During his Fellowship at AdR, Esu developed a business plan for a ceramic water filter factory based in Ouagdougou, Burkina Faso. The venture, under the working title, Koosongo (Good Water) will sustainably produce and sell filters while subsidizing the cost of filters for those who need them most, the poorest of the poor. In 2012, the business plan was submitted to the Global Social Venture Competition where it advanced to the semi-finals. Partners of the endeavor include Princeton-in-Africa, MIT's Pure Home Water, Beyond Capital and a Burkina Faso-based ceramics company. Website (Project-based website is currently under consideration)
Center for Muslim Life
I am graduating law school from Rutgers School of Law this year. I will be joining at Seyfarth Shaw LLP as a Junior Associate in New York City. I have attended Princeton University as a Fellow for Public Policy and International Affairs before attending law school. I worked briefly on tour with the U.S. Department of State on issues facing Muslim minorities in Europe (U.K., Denmark and Germany) to understand what policies may be implemented to foster better civic engagement. My project has evolved into the Center for Muslim Life (CML). CML works to build successful communication for families and couples through life-skills courses, social activities and conferences. We are organizing our first conference to be held at Princeton University with counselors, community leaders and religious leaders to meet with families in an honest and open forum to discuss what issues face our communities and what strategies we need to implement to build a healthy American-Muslim community.
AdR impacted the way I viewed my role as a leader. I learned that I did not have to reinvent the wheel but rather I needed to research and discover success stories in other communities and implement the positive points in the needs of our community and issues we faced. Further, because of AdR, I decided to take my idea to like-minded leaders and individuals that shared the same personal goals. Thus, I have been able to pursue my professional goals in the legal field while still staying true to my passion to work with the community in meaningful ways because I decided to partner with other passionate leaders in building Center for Muslim Life.
I am a French-American Paris-based entrepreneur, and President of Entreprendre Vert. We are non-profit organization of volunteers, bringing green entrepreneurs and professionals together. Our purpose is to support our members' endeavors, and to support green entrepreneurship by providing a network and a lobbying platform. Since 2005, we have helped entrepreneurs finance their projects, brought partnerships to members, influenced public policies locally and nationally...and even celebrated an Entreprendre Vert wedding!
The ADR Fellowship helped me to develop develop my strategic vision and this had a direct impact on the organization's management and projects. It also helped me step back as a volunteer and as a non-profit leader and look at the bigger picture. Finally the ADR Fellowship allowed me to meet amazing social entrepreneurs that I have worked with continually ever since.
Ali Ansary is a medical student at Rocky Vista University, where his drive and passion have come from developing and driving new technologies that improve the overall healthcare of patients and their community. Ansary earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley and his master’s at the University of Cambridge, UK where he focused on new and emerging technologies and translating research from the benchside to the bedside. Ansary lead a team to focus on developing a subdermal drug delivery device for tuberculosis to address the issue of noncompliance. CNN highlighted the concept as one of the “six ideas that could change the world.” Ansary spent time working on his master’s dissertation in collaboration with the Healthcare Advisory group at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Dubai, UAE and the Abu Dhabi Health Authority, UAE on how to create affordable and accessible medicines in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). After Cambridge, Ansary worked at the World Health Organization in the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development. Ansary is co-founder of SeventyK, a non-profit working to discover new ways to address the disparity that exists with adolescent and young adults with cancer. In 2010, Ansary became an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow, a prestigious network of international entrepreneurs with a demonstrated interest in social change and cross-cultural dialogue.
SeventyK is changing cancer care by educating patients, families, and their healthcare providers about age-appropriate treatment and the unique needs of the adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patient. We are constantly working, for example, to improve outcomes from treatment ensuring that AYA cancer patients have their unique physical needs met. We have been part of the launch of the peer-reviewed Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology and initiatives such as www.cancercharter.org and www.stopadoc.org. With new initiatives in the coming years, SeventyK will continue its effort to change cancer care. Website
By working on social businesses, building relationships and creating a network of leaders, we are able to build a foundation first and create some sort of common ground. Where politics have failed, social businesses can improve long-divided conflicts. The AdR Fellowship is just the beginning to changing the world.
Diversity and Inclusion Specialist
Community Learning West
I am a diversity and inclusion specialist, living in the UK, originally from the USA. I have come out of background in corporate life and marketing to a love of working with groups and facilitating learning, dialogue and mutual discovery. As an adult educator, I develop programmes to combat discrimination and exclusion. With public sector partners, I am involved in face to face encounters that unpick hate crime and far-right extremist ideologies. I work in the fields of interfaith dialogue, Holocaust education, and active citizenship. My project while on the AdR programme was to support Equality South West to become more self-sustaining in an era of loss of grant funding and to cross-subsidise its community work through clients in the private sector. After a period of mixed success, I left ESW to set up my own business. Since September 2012, I have been pursuing several consultancy and training opportunities on a self-employed basis. It's been a pleasure to meet and explore working with several AdR Fellows such as Rukiyah Khan of LoveLifeGeneration, Kyle Hannan of the Ecomedia Collective, Amira Nassar-Halvorsen of TipTop Linguas, and Stephen Shashoua of the Three Faiths Forum. In 2013, I plan to deliver an active citizenship and communications skills programme to black and minority ethnicity women in inner city Bristol.
My involvement in the AdR Fellowship deepened my prio knowledge of humanities topics we studied at Cambridge and business topics at the Judge Business School. However, the highest privilege was getting to know and link up strongly (with ties that have endured and will carry on into the future) with such a motivated inspiring and caring group of fellow social.
I am a practical professor combining research and practice in health and social care for over 30 years. Intergen is the trading arm of From Generation to Generation. I set it up while working as a professor at Salford University. I have continued to develop it since I left the university aged 65. I am Jewish. I live in the UK. My grandparents came from Eastern Europe. I am first generation to go on to university in this country. Most of my extended family are entrepreneurs in different kinds of businesses and spread all over the world.
Intergen brings older and younger people together to address the problems of • Underperformance of pupils in schools • Low aspirations of pupils • Loneliness of older people • Hostile intergenerational stereotypes. We do this by bringing them together in their neighbourhood schools to • Enrich opportunities to learn • Raise aspirations • Share the untapped range of skills and knowledge that older citizens have to offer. • Build stronger communities
The programme at Columbia University, NYC, taught me a lot about business management, and the history of Muslim and Jewish cultures. It also provided me with opportunity to meet people from other cultures and backgrounds. This broke down any stereotypes I might have had left It forced me to focus on some planning for Intergen and it taught me to value the skills I had acquired over my life which I do not think I had valued up until I was provided with this opportunity. The feedback on my 360-degree performance review was strengthening for me and gave me a lot of hope that I could grow this company and collaborate well with people to do this. I found the work that we did in Paris, at the business school, because it was so applied, of real use to me in the development of Intergen. I enjoyed meeting people, not only from different cultures, but of different ages and learning from them and laughing together. I have continued to know, get advice from and value colleagues I met in New York. The Foundation fellowship has brought us together in many different ways. The foundation has continued to be helpful to me, as and when I have needed advice and guidance.
Rick Levene was born is east London in 1965 with a pencil behind his ear. He always liked drawing; both technical and figurative, and studied at Sir John Cass, Leeds Polytechnic and Buckinghamshire College. He sees himself foremost as a designer, although his work now revolves much more around mentoring. Rick's commercial experience extended to projects for clients as wide-ranging as Nick Grimshaw, Walls Ice Cream, Emirate's Airlines, Tesco's and BMW. He lectures at several universities and has received several awards. However, Rick's main calling to work in the third-sector came in 2001 while chair of a housing co-operative. He was interested to see how his pro-active design approach could be applied to working with youth. Rick has spent the last eleven years walking this path, and chose to focus his efforts in the poorest areas of London. He has been able to support over a thousand young people who were not achieving in mainstream education, or had been excluded, to gain self-confidence, qualifications, and improve their employability. As an entrepreneur Rick's approach is slow “it is about building good relationships” he says, and by word-of-mouth alone has generated hundreds of thousands of pounds in sales for contract outdoor furniture across London. Rick goes by the trading name The Invisible Man.In partnership with Old Ford Housing Association, furniture designer Rick Levene was asked in April 2012 to lead a workshop and judge the results of a competition to design a new bench for the olympic park. You can view the project and see the finished design installed by going to the Guardian on-line at the_guardian-recycled_olympics.
I applied to the AdR Fellowship in 2009 after strong anti-Jewish feelings, expressed openly in an east London school playground, by large numbers of youth, gave me deep concerns. The young people I work's with are mainly Muslim, and after 8 years working in the area, I had never heard anything said even mildly anti-Israel, but this followed the Israeli incursion into Gaza that year. Tensions were running high. As a consequence, joining the AdRF programme in New York provided important space, and distance. Here were Jewish and Muslim social entrepreneurs all working very hard to build bridges and make positive things happen. They were a great bunch too. Together, at Columbia, we endured the most intensive learning I have ever experienced. Friendships were galvanised and one sensed that practical action would undoubtably emanate from the programme. By the following year I was participating more fully in cross-faith activities, and was working with over 500 young people; a five fold increase.
Founder / CEO
Jake is a serial entrepreneur who currently serves as Founder/CEO to both social enterprise Future First and international social impact advisory firm, The Social Investment Consultancy. Through Future First, Jake has worked with the support of the Cabinet Office to create alumni communities in over 500 UK state schools and is working on replicating the model with the Kenyan Ministry of Education. Previously he worked closely with the Foreign Office in his role of International Coordinator of the Mideast Conflict resolution group, OneVoice. In 2012 Jake served as a member of the Action Group for Education Philanthropy and he sits on the Local Advisory Board of George Green's School in Tower Hamlets.
Future First helps schools make the most of their communities; using the enthusiasm, experience, skills and talents of former students. Alumni communities can have a transformative impact, providing schools with career and educational role models, mentors/e-mentors, volunteers, work experience providers, governors and even donors and fundraisers. We provide an intelligent alumni database platform to all of the schools in our network, allowing them to track, engage and mobilise both school leavers and older alumni. We also specialise in facilitating alumni-focused careers events in school and building interactive web platforms to support this work. Future First works in 515 schools and colleges in the UK and is piloting in Kenya in 2012 and the US in 2013. Website Press
The ADR Fellowship really helped raise our aspiration for Future First. It provided an invaluable educational opportunity that has helped me grow the organisation from 20 schools when I joined the programme to over 500 today. For someone with no formal business training at all, it was an incredible experience that will keep on adding to the organisation for years to come.
Director of Operation
Shahwiqar Shahin is Director of Operation for Al-Rawiya in the United Kingdom. Al-Rawiya is an organisation that works towards empowering women through education arts and integration. Before joining Al-Rawiya, Shahwiqar worked for years developing, implementing and delivering pioneering educational programmes that has helped build bridges between communities and faiths. He has worked with governments, educational establishments, faith-based and charitable organisations and NGOs; these include: The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board, Muslim Council of Britain, Al-Khoei Foundation, the Lokahi Foundation, Heythrop College (University of London), Coexist Foundation, University of Cambridge, the Woolf Institute, the Muslim College, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lambeth Palace, Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies, the Malaysian government (which includes: the Department of Islamic Development, the Public Service Department, Shariah Judiciary Department, Attorney General's Department); the list goes on... Some of the programmes and projects Shahwiqar has led include: Muslim Chaplaincy programme (2009-2012), Leadership Development Programmes for the Malaysian government (2007-2012) and Capacity Development Programme for mosques in the United Kingdom. He works at managerial and consultative levels for educational and faith-based establishments to help get their institutions accredited, managed and delivered post-graduate programmes in British educational establishments (overseeing their validation processes); and worked to help draft reports, standards and codes to increase the efficiencies of mosques in the United Kingdom and fresh new interfaith initiatives around the globe.
Throughout my career, I have been fortunate enough to have been given opportunities to develop my project management skills to help create innovative academic and professional development programmes that encourages critical engagement with any topic as well as satiating communal and social need. My success in my career saw me win an AdR Fellowship in 2011. Coming to AdRF 2011, I was at a stage in my professional career where I was looking for a new cause; a new challenge that would help consolidate my expertise and make better use of my network. Al-Rawiya's vision and cause, to empower women through education, arts and integration, appealed to me a great deal as it is a matter that lays at the heart in all our communities, but is unfortunately woefully overlooked and under-appreciated. To address such a cause will have resounding positive impact in the society I inhabit and I therefore believe I must do all that I can to help such a cause. My expertise in developing educational programmes, my empathy towards the condition of Muslim women and working with Al-Rawiya's panel of experts, eventually led to my supervision and development of Al-Rawiya's Alima Training Program; an online course that offers Islamic education from some of the world's leading Islamic scholars. We have presently finished filming lectures for our first module: Studies of the Qur'an. In addition to this and facilitation in Al-Rawiya's other projects, I succeeded in partnering together Al-Rawiya with the Muslim Law Shariah Council UK, where female Muslim scholars are now able to offer religious advice to Muslim woman in the west, particularly in relation to Islamic matrimonial law. My position in Al-Rawiya has also helped me to become a member of the faculty for the University of Cambridge/Coexist Foundation Leadership Training Programme. In conclusion, my position in Al-Rawiya has not only contributed to my professional development, but also my academic career as well. Further details of which will be provided in the near future
Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Asher Hasan is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NAYA JEEVAN (‘new life’ in Urdu/Hindi; http://www.njfk.org) a US-based social enterprise dedicated to providing low-income families in the emerging world with affordable access to high quality, healthcare. NAYA JEEVAN’s field operations are currently focused on Pakistan with plans to replicate this model in India and other emerging markets. Prior to launching NAYA JEEVAN, Asher served in the capacity of Senior Director and Head of the US Medical Affairs Obesity team for Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc in San Diego, CA. He spent six years at sanofi~aventis as a US Medical Director in their US headquarters. During his tenure in New York City, Asher also completed an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Asher can often be seen hurtling down alpine ski slopes, is a voracious reader and loves to cruise the Caribbean. Istanbul, Bali and Rio de Janeiro are his favorite destinations for spiritual nourishment.
The AdRF fellowship has enabled me to 'pressure-test' my social business model by having it dissected by a group of smart, globally-oriented social entrepreneurs. In addition, the unique opportunity to experience first-hand the warmth and humanity of many of the Jewish friends I have made during this fellowship is something I will continue to savour for a long time.
Founder, Executive Director
Art for Refugees in Transition
Sara M. Green, Founder, Executive Director, Art for Refugees in Transition, A.R.T., received her MBA in Finance and Economics from Columbia Graduate School of Business. In 2001, she traveled to Kosovo with the International Rescue Committee to examine programs and policies for children in armed conflict. In 2003, she implemented A.R.T.’s pilot program, working with Burmese refugees in Thailand, and returned in 2004 to expand the program. Ms. Green has been traveling to Colombia since 2004, overseeing the implementation and expansion of A.R.T.’s programs in Bogotá and Medellin. She holds a BFA in Dance and a BA in History from Ohio State University. Ms. Green has seven years of experience in management, fundraising, development and strategic planning for non-profits, including The New York City Ballet and Dance Theatre Workshop. Ms. Green danced professionally for 10 years in Europe and the U.S. Ms. Green currently manages the implementation of all US programs. Ms. Green is the recipient of the 2011 Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship. Her work has been featured in the following books: More Than 85 Broads: Women Making Career Choices, Taking Risks, and Defining Success - On Their Own Terms: Women Making Career Choices, Taking Risks, and Defining Success -- On Their Own Terms, by Janet Hanson; and The Art of Doing Good: Where Passion Meets Action, by Charles Bronfman and Jeffrey Solomon.
I had the privilege of being selected as an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow and spent two weeks in England at Cambridge University with 22 other social entrepreneurs from around the world. We studied history, business concepts and worked to promote interfaith dialogue. It was an incredible experience to spend two weeks with such inspiring people in this rich academic environment. We were reunited in January 2012, when the Foundation brought us all together again in Paris for a week, which was equally rewarding. We built a strong and lasting network that will help A.R.T. as we continue our work.
Co-Founder and Director
Fertile Grounds Project
Jonah Canner is an Educator, Activist and Social Entrepreneur. He is a Co-Founder and the Director of Fertile Grounds Project, a non-profit organization that brings summer camp and other non-classroom based programs to marginalized youth from New York City. For seven years Fertile Grounds Project has been taking young people from New York City schools on three-day and two-week camping trips where they develop leadership and problem solving skills, build confidence and perseverance, and learn to work together as members of a team. While directing Fertile Grounds Project Jonah joined with a group of educators across the United States and founded IDEA, the Institute for Democratic Education in America, a national movement building organization that envisions a world where all young people are engaged in learning that nourishes vibrant democratic communities. Through his work as an Advisor and Consultant to IDEA, Jonah recently spent a year engaging public schools, local business and community leaders, and the municipality of Caguas, Puerto Rico, in the Education City Initiative, an effort to transform the entire city into a learning community that works together to support the talents and dreams of its children. Jonah is currently writing a book on experiential education.
Fertile Grounds Project is a not-for-profit educational organization whose mission is to empower urban youth who are being left behind in school. We do this by providing them with the space, tools, and support they need to take ownership over their education and by helping them build an identity in a world where they can thrive and excel. Website
As an organizational leader it is a rare gift to be in a group of peers who are dealing with the challenges of leading. Add to that the ability to speak openly about the personal motivations to do the work that come from your religious community and you are left with a unique and powerful experience.
After my studies in the economic field (a master degree in Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne), I spent 2 years and a half in Vietnam to develop training programs and to teach economics, french, and intercultural communication. Back in France, I started to work in the HR fields : recruitment, and training, for employees, or for young people. However the career as a manager in the private sector didn’t bring me all that I was looking for, I then became involved in an NGO around subjects of diversité in 2005. I grew up in a disadvantaged suburb, and I was by all the things that haven’t changed in the 20 years since my childhood. This empowered me to launch with a partner, an NGO in 2007, Mozaïk RH, the organization I still work in. Today we have now 20 employees and I’m in charge of the new projects and the development, and women empowerment. In a total of 5 years we coached an helped more than 4 000 young qualified people and found a position for more than 1 500 people. In my free time, I’m involved as a volunteer : two years ago I joined a board of a special club of boxing, doing social and professional insertion in my birth town, Villiers-Le-Bel (where many troubles and riots happened in 2007 to help and develop it. Now I’m still involved in the academy as President, but in another district, in Paris.
Mozaïk RH is a leading non-profit Human Resources recruitment and consulting firm specialized in promoting diversity in public and private organizations. It follows a complementary model that marks a break from traditional hiring and career management policies by highlighting candidates’ skills, talents and potential. Mozaïk RH advocates equal opportunity through equal treatment.
I really believe that a few people can change the world. The program helps people to understand that dialogue is a need, and sharing perspective and tools can improve the social impact of each of us. I met so many wonderful people with incredible ideas and projects, that I feel more confident now in my own project.
Patricia is Co-Artistic Director of Dialogue Productions, a theatre company and charity that promotes cultural dialogue by staging the best international contemporary plays in the UK and offering accompanying free workshops for schools and communities. For Dialogue, Patricia has directed Wedding Day at The Cro-Magnons, The Furies/Land of the Dead/Helter Skelter, Hussein Rashid and the Flowers of the Qur'an, Top Dogs, Merlin, Heroes Like Us and The MC of a Striptease Act Doesn't Give Up. Dialogue's next project is Wajdi Mouawad's Scorched (London Old Vic Tunnels). Patricia also works as a freelance director in the UK and Germany. Repertory work in the UK includes Miss Julie and Death and the Maiden, in Germany By the Bog of Cats, Shining City, Realism, Midsummer Night's Dream, The Miser, Nathan the Wise, Wonderful World of Dissocia and August: Osage County. Patricia is also a translator and the British theatre correspondent for Theater Heute.
Dialogue is a London based international theatre company. It was established in 1996 by German director Patricia Benecke and British actor Patrick Driver. As co-artistic directors, they find and produce all company productions. In 2009, Dialogue were joined by consultant producer Ghislaine Granger (Told by an Idiot and Improbable Theatre) and assistant producer Simona Hughes. The company has so far presented seven British premieres and introduced several international writers to the UK. We are committed to bringing this work to as wide an audience as possible and deliver free drama workshops alongside all productions. Dialogue is a registered charity. Company patrons are Max Stafford-Clark, Christoph Marthaler, Georgia Oetker and Nadim Sawalha. Website
AdRF has been an invaluable sounding board for the development of Dialogue's theatre projects. It has helped me realise what powerful resonance and benefits arts projects can have in other disciplines of social entrepreneurship and has made us develop our workshop programme further.
Faty's role at non-profit ADIVE (Agence pour la Diversité Entrepreneuriale) is mainly based on the implementation of the Supplier Diversity program in France known as "Achats & Diversité". Through this program, ADIVE actively encourages and convinces big corporations to contract with small disadvantaged businesses owned by individuals from minority ethnic groups or located in the suburbs. She identifies the entrepreneurs and helps them to present their company to buyers from large corporations. Prior to this project, she was event manager at Sezam and worked for the festival of "Rencontres de la Villette". She obtained her Masters in Business Law in 2001, a Masters in Management of Cultural Events in 2003 in Paris, and a Degree in International Law at Cambridge. Faty speaks French, English, Turkish and Kurdish. She likes Urban Dance, listens to music and travelling. She benefited from the ADR Fellowship program in many ways and wrote that it "gave me tools to manage my business, showed me a wider vision of social entrepreneurship and of best practice, and offered the opportunity to meet other social entrepreneurs".
Executive Director & COO
PeaceWorks Foundation – OneVoice Movement
Darya Shaikh is the acting CEO for OneVoice. She joined OneVoice in January 2004, working as the public education coordinator and program developer. Having received her B.A in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at the McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Darya comes to OneVoice with a deep appreciation for grassroots activism and the role of civil society in creating change. Darya has been involved in reconciliation efforts in the Middle East through Hashomer Hatzair and Givat Haviva since she was 9 years old. Over the course of three years, Darya worked as the facilitator and moderator for a delegation of Jewish-Israeli, Arab-Israeli, and Bedouin Youth. She has written for the Huffington Post, the Guardian and the Washington Post. She is currently completing her Masters in Conflict & Security at the New School for Public Engagement. Darya grew up in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn; her mother is Israeli, from Hadera and her father is Pakistani, from Karachi.
In 2002, the PeaceWorks Foundation helped to conceive of the OneVoice Movement. OneVoice is an international grassroots movement amplifying the voices of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians, empowering them to propel their elected representatives to sit down and negotiate the two-state solution. With field offices in Tel Aviv, Ramallah and Gaza, and teams in New York and London, OneVoice works to ‘break taboo’s’ and forge consensus in each society about the compromises necessary to achieve a just and lasting peace. OneVoice Israel and OneVoice Palestine have dedicated the last year of programming to build stronger consensus around the importance of a settlement freeze and a commitment to serious negotiations focused on final status issues that will end all claims. OneVoice International has amplified these positions, creating calls to action to galvanize support from international leaders and citizens. Our guiding belief is that a peace agreement will only be effective if the people are prepared to accept it and take an active role in building positive facts towards a two-state solution. Through youth leadership training programs, town hall meetings, public awareness campaigns and international speaking tours, OneVoice bridges the gap between the people and their leaders, equipping ordinary citizens with the tools to exercise their rights and responsibility to be a part of the conflict resolution process. OneVoice’s Youth Leaders are the heart of the Movement, working across 27 local chapters (18 in the West Bank, 8 in Israel and 1 in Gaza), running initiatives to inspire hope and activism in their local communities. Through their parallel work, they are countering the growing tide of negativity and fatalism, leading by example to demonstrate that change will only come if each individual plays his/her role in ending the conflict. Moving forward, the PeaceWorks Foundation and OneVoice Movement are aspiring to build a Peoples’ Blueprint that transforms the way we approach conflict resolution in the Middle East. What the Peoples' Blueprint endeavors to do is fuse all of the various disjointed efforts - grassroots activism, business ventures, religious leadership, international forces and diplomatic efforts - to counter these negative facts with concrete, positive milestones that incrementally build the two-state solution. The Peoples’ Blueprint empowers any individual – Israeli, Palestinian and international - to play a role in resolving this conflict. By building progressive positive facts, beginning with small, grassroots, individual milestones and scaling up incrementally to major economic projects, the Peoples’ Blueprint is designed to create a ripe political environment for leaders to take the necessary steps towards a final status agreement. It is not simply about building political will and public support; it is about empowering every person to exercise their right and responsibility to build a lasting peace.
The ADRF network has provided a real community for personal and professional support. It is inspiring to hear about the other fellows work and successes. This is a very powerful group of leaders.
Founder & Executive Director
Founder and Executive Director of Just Vision, a non-profit that researches, documents and creates media about Palestinian and Israeli civilian-led efforts to resolve the conflict non-violently. Ronit directed and produced the documentary film, Encounter Point, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, screened in 200 cities worldwide and won numerous awards. Ronit received the 2005 Auburn Seminary's 'Lives of Commitment' Award and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2005 with her colleague, Joline Makhlouf. Prior to launching Just Vision, Ronit worked for Peter Gabriel's human rights Organisation, WITNESS, where she trained non-governmental Organisation s from Afghanistan to the Gambia to produce videos to deter further human rights abuses, to educate and mobilize communities, and to provide evidence before courts. She co-edited the book, Video for Change: A Guide for Advocacy and Activism (Pluto Press, UK), with staff from WITNESS. Ronit\'s writing has been published by American Anthropologist, Ha'aretz and WashingtonPost.com. In 2009, Ronit was named a "Young Global Leader" by a committee, chaired by Queen Rania, comprising 31 eminent international media leaders. Ronit speaks English, Hebrew and French and enjoys running. She hopes to gain best practices in communications, marketing, leadership and management.
Just Vision highlights the power and potential of Palestinians and Israelis working to end the occupation and build a future of freedom, dignity, equality and human security using nonviolent means. We tell their under-documented stories through our award-winning films, multimedia tools and targeted public education campaigns that undermine stereotypes, inspire commitment and galvanize action. We drive attention to compelling local role models in unarmed movement-building and demonstrate to journalists, influencers and students – in the US, Israel, Palestine and beyond – what is possible when leaders at the grassroots choose to act. We create disruptive media in order to change the terms of the discussion in press, community and policy circles. We also energize activists on the ground by connecting community organizers and civil society leaders to supportive audiences. Our overarching goal is to contribute to fostering peace and an end to the occupation by rendering Palestinian and Israeli nonviolence leaders more visible, valued and effective in their efforts. Today, the situation in the region is increasingly fragile. Crackdowns are escalating against local protests, social divisions are widening, settlement expansion and the displacement of Palestinian families persist, and those working toward a just future are struggling against a deficit of hope. Over the past decade, Just Vision has ensured that millions of people around the world are exposed to and challenged by nonviolence efforts in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. By generating visibility and support for Palestinian and Israeli nonviolence leaders, our work opens doors for the people we highlight, helping them to connect with audiences worldwide, spread their message and gain greater traction at home and abroad. Website
I appreciated meeting the network of ADR fellows and learning from world-renowned professors at Columbia business school.
Daniel Banks, Ph.D., is a theatre director, choreographer, educator, and dialogue facilitator. He has worked extensively in the U.S. and abroad, having directed at such notable venues as the National Theatre of Uganda (Kampala), the Belarussian National Drama Theatre (Minsk), The Market Theatre (Johannesburg, South Africa), the Hip Hop Theatre Festival (New York and Washington, D.C.), the Oval House (London), and served as choreographer/movement director for productions at New York Shakespeare Festival/Shakespeare in the Park, Singapore Repertory Theatre, La Monnaie/De Munt (Brussels), Landestheater (Saltzburg), Aaron Davis Hall (Harlem), and for Maurice Sendak/The Night Kitchen. Daniel has served on the faculties of the Department of Undergraduate Drama, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and the MFA in Contemporary Performance at Naropa University, and is the founder and director of the Hip Hop Theatre Initiative that uses Hip Hop Theatre to promote youth self-expression and leadership training. HHTI has worked on campuses and in communities across the U.S. and in Ghana, South Africa, Hungary, Azerbaijan, Israel, and Mexico. He is a long-time advisor in the Gallatin School for Individualized Studies and on the Founding Board of the Hip Hop Education Center in the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education in the Steinhardt School, both at NYU. He is currently on the faculty of the M.A. in Applied Theatre at City University of NY. He is Co-Director of Theatre Without Borders, a founding member of the Acting Together project in the Program for Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University, sits on the Editorial Board of No Passport Press, and is on the Advisory Board of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival. He has guest lectured extensively, at such institutions as: SUNY Stony Brook, University of California-Riverside, Stanford University, Brandeis University, University of Western Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Central Florida, and University of Florida-Gainesville, University of New Mexico, Rhodes College; and has been a Guest Artist at Williams College, City College of New York, Marymount Manhattan College, and the National Theatre Conservatory, Denver. He holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from NYU. Publications include "Unperforming 'Race': Strategies for Re-imagining Identity" in A Boal Companion: Dialogues on Theatre and Cultural Politics (edited by Mady Schutzman and Jan Cohen-Cruz, Routledge, 2006); "Youth Leading Youth: Hip Hop and Hiplife Theatre in Ghana and South Africa" in Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict, Vol 2, a project of the Coexistence Project, Brandeis University, and Theatre Without Borders (New Village Press); “The Question of Cultural Diplomacy: Acting Ethically,” Theatre Topics; “From Homer to Hip Hop: Orature and Griots, Ancient and Present,” Classical World; and “Re-Thinking Non-Traditional Casting,” Black Masks. He is editor of the recently released critical anthology of Hip Hop Theatre plays Say Word!: Voices from Hip Hop Theater for the University of Michigan Press.
In 2006, Adam McKinney and Daniel Banks, Ph.D., co-founded DNAWORKS, an arts and service organization committed to dialogue and healing through the arts. DNAWORKS has led programming and workshops at such notable institutions as Wellesley College, California Institute of the Arts, Babson College, Bryn Mawr College, University of California Berkeley, University of California Riverside, New York University, Rhodes College, DePaul University, NYU Tel Aviv, and University of Ghana Legon, among others, and has worked with community organizations and congregations in Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Toronto, Tacoma, Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, and in Hungary and South Africa. They have led workshops and trainings for such organizations as The Curriculum Initiative, The Academy for Jewish Religion, The Museum at Eldridge Street, Jewish Multiracial Network, The Insight Fellowship/Shusterman Foundation, and the Hillel Council of New England, and presented at such conferences as International Peace Research Association, Jewish Outreach Initiative/Big Tent Judaism Conference, the Conney Project on Jewish Art, Schmooze, APAP, and the JOINT/Lauder Foundation Summer Camp (Szarvas, Hungary). In NYC, they have presented “Belonging Everywhere,” their filmed oral history project with the Jewish community of Sefwi Wiawso, and led community dialogues for the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan, the American Jewish Committee of Long Island, the Bronfman Center at NYU, and the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, in partnership with the AJC of Manhattan. They have performed HaMapah/The Map, a multi-media, genealogical dance journey, in NYC; Wellesley, MA; Los Angeles, CA; Sante Fe and Albuquerque, NM; Memphis, TN; Szarvas, Hungary; Ourense, Spain; Belgrade, Serbia; and Spoleto, Italy. In 2009, DNAWORKS spent nine weeks in Israel and Palestine where they created a new dance work with Beta Dance Troupe, an Ethiopian Dance Company in Haifa, and led workshops with Israeli Arab and Jewish youth, as well as with Israelis and Palestinians. They have spent the past three summers in Hungary under the auspices of the Regional English Language Office of the US Embassy in Budapest to lead a self-expression through drama workshops for youth and at the Roma and Friends Tolerance Camp and teacher training workshops for their teachers. Website
International Jewish Center in Brussels
My professional background is diverse: I am trained and experienced as a scientist, in environmental and community issues, and as an educator. I am from the UK, and I lived in Norwich for many years where I set up the Norfolk Jewish Peace Group, a grassroots community group which, for example, promoted the sale of Palestinian olive oil locally, and supported Israeli army refuseniks. I have lived in Belgium since 2004 where I have focused on cultural and religious diversity dialogue and training. I organised the European Conference for Jewish Muslim Dialogue for CEJI in 2007 and went on to set up and support the European Platform for Jewish Muslim Cooperation which came out of the conference. I later managed CEJI's award winning Religious Diversity and Anti-Discrimination training programme.This work involved managing and supporting training delivery of the programme at local and European level by about 100 (religiously diverse) trainers around Europe. I edited and co-authored the programme's training manuals 'Overcoming Islamophobia' and 'Overcoming Antisemitsm' and I delivered trainings on these subjects as well as the 'trainer the trainer' courses for the main Religious Diversity programme. I have recently started work as a freelance consultant, curriculum writer and trainer in the fields of non-discrimination, intercultural awareness, and personal development. Clients include the OSCE and various relocation services. I also run a range of personal development workshops for the public, including the creative arts and on self-compassion, in which I am also trained. I am an active member of the International Jewish Center in Brussels, and I work in English and French.
It helped me build my self esteem and confidence in a really positive way - I learnt loads and it helped me put things in a bigger context - which was much needed and really helpful. In terms of the project it helped us to get focused about what was important. In the long run,for me personally, it has contributed to the confidence which I now feel about my work and it has helped me to stand behind what I believe and what I know. It has been inspiring to be part of this amazing group of Fellows, and I appreciate it.
Dollar-A-Day Scholarship Fund
M. Salman Ravala is an Attorney and Founding Director of Dollar-A-Day Scholarship Fund, a US based non-profit that advances the ideals of scholarship, leadership and public service. D.A.D. was one of only nine, and the only Muslim-American organizations, to be highlighted at The White House forum on faith-based social innovation.
• Vision: To strengthen the community by advancing post-graduate education, professional development, leadership, and public service amongst Muslim students, and through education and professional development, increase the understanding among and between Islam and other cultures, religions and values. In summary, advance the ideals of scholarship, leadership and public service based on the dollar-a-day model. • My OP-ED in Al-Arabiya News: Young Muslim-Americans Key to US Diplomacy. • My OP-ED in The Middle East Institute: Educating the Future of Millenial Muslim Youth. • Our 2-minute YouTube video.
AdR Dialogue & Social Entrepreneurship helped our young mission-minded organization develop a strong network of global leaders who celebrate hard work and ingenuity and believe in making a positive and significant difference in our communities and the larger world.
Phil Siegel created game play for many top hand-held video games, including games with Lucas Film (Star Wars), Disney (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King), Time Warner (The Batman movies), DreamWorks (Small Soldiers), and CBS/King Features (Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!). He also has written television scripts (children's programming) for WGN-TV and WBBM-TV for fourteen seasons. He also is a teacher (active teaching certificate) and has a master's degree in education. He is President of Youthshare Corp. ( a product development company) and e195 Global Learning Exchange (an online global educational company). e195 has a goal of educationally and electronically connecting schools in all 195 countries of the world with free online sharing of curriculum that Phil and other key e195 personnel co-develop with teachers, principals, and other school administrators. The curriculum is then shared classroom to classroom --each participating e195 school classroom getting at least one other school as a partner in learning.
AdRF has provided a unique perspective for me -- introducing me to entrepreneurial professors at university -- and providing a working community of Rothschild Fellows comprised of Jews, Muslims, and Christians, working together for common understanding that makes my work better every day.
Arakan Creative is a Social Enterprise established in 2009 by actor/writer Conor Ibrahiem. It is a testament to his dream; to combine his passion for the arts with his faith to improve the British, South Asian and Muslim communites to which he belongs. Through theatre our primary aim is to breathe new life into the rich and diverse Islamic stories, both historical and contemporary. Its history is bursting with narratives that highlight good practice, moral values and positive role models. In addition, we specialise in addressing certain cultural issues within the South-Asian community that damage prosperity. We also seek to look at wider social ills that affect us all, from the likes of health, community cohesion or poverty. Education is another area of Arakan’s reach, delivering creatively on the curriculum through theatre and bespoke workshops. We welcome everybody to come along and enjoy theatre as a place to laugh and learn, in a family-friendly environment. Our work strives to foster a better relationship between us and the wider world, our neighbours and our inner world.Our current project is being funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, which is a 3-year creative arts project looking to tackle Islamophobia.
How ADR has helped me - to broaden my networks and create the potential for cross-cultural work in the future, but nothing tangible has thus far come to fruition.
The Association for Women's Rights in Development
17 years experience of working in the areas of Asian cultural domestic violence, forced marriage and honour based violence Work with victims, communities and professionals to help support and advise in incidents of south Asian cultural domestic violence, forced marriage and honour based violence Write policies, guidelines and working practices on forced marriage and honour based violence for agencies and organisations, including writing papers for House of Lords for use in debates to criminalise forced marriage and honour based violence in the UK. Mussurut is also an experienced practitioner sexual exploitation of young Asian women, trafficking of women as sex workers and a mental health trainer in Mental Health First Aid. Mussurut works locally, nationally and internationally, and is a member of Musawah Global movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim family, Women Living Under Muslim Law, and AWID - The Association for Women's Rights in Development. She is a CELTA teacher and Springboard Women’s Development programme trainer.
Being a participant and becoming a Fellow has increased my knowledge and awareness of Social Entrepreneurship, and I have used this to inform and shape the work of Practical Solutions. Due to the instruction and learning I received, I have been able to develop the organisation in achieving recognised legal status as a charity, and secure an office base.
Lend For Peace
Sam is a J.D. candidate in the class of 2013 at Yale Law School. Before coming to Yale, Sam co-founded LendforPeace.org (www.LendforPeace.org), the first web portal where individuals could lend to entrepreneurs in the Middle East in the context of peace. Before that, Sam worked as a Senior Program Director at PlaNet Finance, the international microfinance organization, with a focus on U.S.-based microlending initiatives. He has worked for the Clinton Foundation, Senator Joseph Lieberman, the Department of Justice in New York City and the international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Most recently, he was a special assistant to Brigadier General Mark Martins, the main prosecutor in the trial against those accused of orchestrating 9/11. Sam has spent significant time in the Middle East—mostly in Israel and Egypt. Sam graduated summa cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied Modern Middle East Studies and Philosophy, Politics and Economics. At Yale, he is an editor of the Yale Journal of International Law, a fellow at both the Information Society Project and the Center for Global Legal Challenges, and a co-founder of the Yale Start-Up Practicum.
LendforPeace is a 501(c)3 that aims to maximize the impact of microfinance in the Palestinian Territories. At LendforPeace, you can lend directly to micro-entrepreneurs in the Palestinian Terroritories, helping to create economic and political stability in the region. With help from our friends at Kiva.org, you can be sure your capital will be delivered to the entrepreneur of your choice, along with the training and guidance to get them off the ground. Website
The AdRF was a great way to meet and learn from a fascinating group of international social entrepreneurs who are each making tangible change happen in their own communities.
Ecomedia Collective (EMC)
Originally from Cape Town, Kyle has a 25-year background in culturally or socially-innovative community media initiatives both in South Africa and the UK. He is passionate about using the power of audio, coupled with techical innovations and online media, to help drive positive social change. He became an ADR Fellow in 2010 after three years managing Radio Salaam Shalom in Bristol, an online 'radio' station seen as the UK's first Muslim-Jewish broadcast project initiated by the communities themselves. What he learned via the Fellowship motivated him to create a UK social business called the Ecomedia Collective (EMC). As part-time Director, he still works as a national satellite radio presenter and also for his local Council to help bootstrap his social business as it develops without resorting to loans or credit. EMC's freelance colleagues offer innovative online ""social broadcasting"" services to small organisations. helping them to provide a 'soundtrack for social good' by sharing their positive work on the ground with a wider audience online.
The supportive and collaborative approach of our enthusiastic and experienced tutors provided a great balance of real-world business realism with valuable personal and professional coaching-style insights. It gave me concrete and specific steps to help focus my business plan, test my assumptions, improve my branding, identify the value I wanted to create, and accelerate beyond the planning stage. One month after the programme finished, I had set up my first company and was ready to do business!
Managing Director and Founder
The Youth & Community Development NGO Global Potential
"Sarah Gogel, a licensed social worker by training and soon to be lawyer, is the Managing Director and Founder of the youth and community development NGO Global Potential, that is headquartered in New York with a branch in Boston in the U.S.A. Sarah also acts as the Executive Director of the 1-year old branch of Global Potential in Paris, France. Sarah will be finishing her law studies at Northeastern University School of Law in May 2013. She has her A.B. In Sociology from Harvard College (2004), a Masters in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work (2006) and a Masters in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management (2012). Sarah carried out an exchange program with Sciences Po law school in Paris from January to May 2012 while opening up Global Potential in France. She plans to run GP France operations full-time after passing the NY bar in July 2013 and in August will do site-visits in many villages in a soon-to-be determined country in Africa for GP France's youth to carry out their first exchange in that region in 2014. Since 2007, GP has ran 6-week summer development exchange programs in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Nicaragua, for over 500 youth as part of their 18-month training in social entrepreneurship, cultural exchange and leadership. Sarah has in-depth experience working with multiethnic and diverse at-risk populations, specifically with trauma survivors, youth, and migrants. Sarah has worked for 12 years in the fields of development, advocacy and human rights in international and national organizations. In 2012, as part of her law studies, Sarah was a legal intern for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Caribbean Unit of the Regional office of Washington D.C. and in Calais, France. Originally from Paris, France, Sarah is a native French speaker, is fluent in English and Spanish, and speaks Hindi and Urdu. She received most recently the Women in Public Service Fellowship from the U.S. State Department in Paris (2012), was an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow (2011-2012) and was recognized as Boston Hero of the Year in 2010 (Boston Metro). Sarah was also a PresenTense Fellow for Social Innovators (2011) and a YouthActionNet Global International Youth Fellow (2009). "
AdRF helped me bring Global Potential to the next level, to create a viable business plan and grasp the need for a revenue generation model that we are putting into place this year to generate up to 30% of our revenue through selling 7-10 day service-learning trips. It is an honor and privilege to be a part of AdRF, a very strong and unique global community of Muslim, Jewish and Christian social entrepreneurs which I know that I can always rely on whether for personal or professional queries.
Co-founder & Partner
Assaf Weisz is a recognized social entrepreneur and a co-founder and partner with Venture Deli. Venture Deli is an impact investment firm that works with high net worth individuals, foundations, financial institutions and governments to craft impact investment strategies through its Purpose Capital division, and curates a pipeline of investment opportunities. At the firm, he is responsible for identifying and vetting early and growth stage social ventures. Prior to this, he co-founded the Young Social Entrepreneurs of Canada (YSEC), where he served as Executive Director, growing the organization to become one of the nation’s largest networks of social entrepreneurs, and a pioneer in microfinance for young social entrepreneurs. Assaf serves on the Laidlaw Foundation’s SRI committee, and is a board member of Operation Groundswell – a social enterprise dedicated to backpacking with a purpose. He is an Ariane de Rothschild Foundation fellow, has guest lectured at Schulich School of Business, and is a sought after speaker and commentator on social entrepreneurship.
The AdR fellowship was a once in a lifetime opportunity to focus on achieving my mission with the help of some of the most extraordinary people I have ever met. For a few weeks I had the honour of soaking in their energy and wisdom, and in the time since, it is a community to which I keep returning for advice, inspiration and consolation.
London based 3FF (Three Faiths Forum)
As Director of the London based 3FF (Three Faiths Forum), Stephen Shashoua, together with his dynamic team, innovate, design, and deliver a wide portfolio of award-winning social cohesion programmes to encourage interaction and learning between people of different faiths and beliefs. Having joined in 2004, Stephen has led the development of 3ff since 2008 into one of the UK’s largest and most delivery orientated interfaith and inter-cultural organisations. Stephen oversees 3FF’s outreach, both nationally and internationally. With a background in education and lifetime of understanding cultures, Stephen continues to work towards solutions to conflicts between communities and promote interaction, cooperation and learning through his work on the ground, as well as through his writing and lecturing.Having moved to the UK from Canada in 2003, Stephen was named one of 40 Jews under 40 making a positive difference to the British Jewish community. He is an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow, sits on the Advisory Board for the Islamic Foundation, is a UNAOC Global Expert, is currently a Visiting Research Fellow attached to the Department of Professional and Community Education at Goldsmiths University of London, is part of the ROI Community, and a Co-Founder of Iraq in Common.
The learning I gained from the AdR Fellowship is immeasurable. Not only did I get to meet lifelong friends and collaborators in France, US, and the UK from different communities, which has broadened my parameters, it has implanted a “professionalism” in my thinking in the running of a charity/NGO. While not everything can be made financially sustainable, I now strive to find creative ways to ensure continuity for each project I am involved in.
Senior Account Executive
Originally from Orlando, Florida, Matt has been in the nonprofit industry his entire career. After graduating from the University of Florida in 2000, Matt spent a year in Israel on Project OTZMA doing volunteer work in various locations and capacities. Upon returning to the States, Matt worked for numerous nonprofits in Washington, DC. During this time, he completed his MBA at The George Washington University. From 2006 to 2007, Matt worked in St. Petersburg, Russia, as participants in the JDC’s Jewish Service Corps. Matt and his family moved to Cleveland in the summer of 2007 to work at the Jewish Federation of Clevland. In 2010, Matt joined MedWish International as Director of Development, where he was selected as an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow. Since then, Matt has moved to the for-profit world as a Senior Account Executive for Fathom, a digital marketing and analytics agency.” Matt is an alum of Cleveland Bridge Builders 2011 and was named to Cleveland’s “25 Under 35.” When not working, Matt plays soccer and football, reads avidly, and spends time with his wife Alyson and their daughters Eliana (4) and Liora (2).
The Rothschild Fellowship helped me advance my work at MedWish significantly, including securing our first shipment to Pakistan. More importantly, it opened my eyes to the Muslim world, breaking through all my stereotypes and misconceptions.
Hussein Rashid is an academic and activist. He received his PhD from Harvard University, and his broad research project involves the representation and self-representation of Muslims in America. He has published on Islamicate musics in America, and has delivered talks on the Muslim-American blogistan and Muslims in graphic novels. He has taught at Hofstra University, Fordham University, Harvard University, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and Virginia Theological Seminary. He works in New York’s interfaith communities, teaching at Quest: A Center for Spiritual Inquiry. He has appeared on CNN, NPR, Fox News, CBS Evening News, and Russia Today. He is an Associate Editor at Religion Dispatches, and blogs at islamicate. He is known for his teaching, research, public communication skills, media engagement, and use of Web 2.0 technologies. You can find out more about him at this address Recently, he turned his consultancy into an L3C. islamicate L3C specializes in improving conversations around religion generally, and Islam specifically. We work in education, media, and policy.
The AdR Fellowship introduced to the necessary information and skills to turn my ad hoc work into an organized project. Just as important, it connected me to a network of like-minded individuals who continue to be source of support and advice.
Reima Yosif is the Founding President of Al-Rawiya Foundation. Reima undertook formal studies at the American University in Cairo, Ain Shams Univeristy and Al-Azhar University in Cairo Egypt. Her graduate studies are in English and Comparative Literature. She spent a decade studying with various Islamic scholars from the Middle East. She holds scholarly licenses to teach Tafsir(interpretations of the Qur'an), Hadith(Prophetic traditions), Fiqh(Islamic Jurisprudence) and various other Islamic texts. She has composed books on Comparative Islamic Jurisprudence. She has also translated over 200 various classical and contemporary Islamic texts from Arabic to English. She also work experience in Strategic Forecasting focusing on US relationship with the Arab and Muslim world. Al-Rawiya Foundation has been in operation since 2005. The mission of the Foundation is to empower Muslim women through education, arts and integration. The Foundation has evolved over the years and gained audience in different countries due to innovative initiatives that have great social impact. Some of the key yearly initiatives such Shaykha Fest is attended by women from North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The Foundation conducts seminars, conferences, monthly/quarterly classes in the Tri-State area as well as online training programs.
AdR Fellowship brought the most essential element that defines a non-profit organization, namely the impact, to the forefront. As a result of the Fellowship Al-Rawiya Foundation has prioritized resource allocation for initiatives based on social impact. AdR Fellowship also helped significantly to expand personal and professional network leading to substantial collaborations.
Co-founder & CEO
Shawn Landres is an entrepreneur, writer, and network curator. The White House has spotlighted Shawn's work as co-founder & CEO of Jumpstart, a research & design laboratory that the Jerusalem Post says has “changed the global conversation about Jewish innovation,” and the Forward has named him to its list of the 50 most influential American Jewish leaders, calling him “an essential thinker in explaining the new Jewish spirituality and culture.” Jumpstart supports visionary philanthropic & nonprofit leaders of Jewish & interreligious causes with the perspective & connections they need to achieve impact, build stronger communities, and transform the world. Shawn's work advancing faith-based social innovation has been featured in the New York Times , the Wall Street Journal , CNN.com, GOOD.is, and Fast.Co.EXIST. A member of the inaugural class of Ariane de Rothschild Fellows, he is a two-time International Nahum Goldmann Fellow and a member of the ROI Community of Young Jewish Innovators, the Selah Leadership Network, and the New Leaders Project. He serves on the Program Committee for the American Academy of Religion and the Sh’ma Advisory Committee and is Advisor on Faith-Based and Interreligious Innovation to The Nexus: Global Youth Summit on Innovative Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship. In Los Angeles, Shawn is an investor in and advisor to The Mother Company, Hub LA, and InVenture. He lives in Santa Monica with his wife Zuzana Riemer Landres and two young daughters.
The Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship gave me valuable insights, powerful relationships, and critical tools to advance and expand my work at Jumpstart. Working closely with fellows from every year, we've brought the message of intercultural social entrepreneurship to a new audiences, communities and networks across Europe and North America.
International relations and development manager
CRIF (Representative Council of the French Jewish institutions)
Eve Gani joined CRIF (Representative Council of the French Jewish institutions) as the International relations and development manager, after the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship in social entrepreneurship and dialogue at the Columbia University. She is dedicated to partnerships and projects, and the scope of her activities includes the management of the CRIF’s Commission for the Relations with the Muslims. Previously, she was a project manager for international trainings. She owns a BA in literature and linguistics, a MA in Political Sciences and a specialized MBA in International Human resources. She also completed the IHEDN Youth seminar as she is committed to widespread the “spirit of Defense”, while continuing to be a deep promoter of a well-understood diversity.
In this article, she spoke about the way she sees contemporary French Jewish identity: Shma Digital In her latest articles, she deals with the “Merah case”, a terrorist attack that deeply impacted France:
La Nouvelle PME
founded La Nouvelle Pme to create a social network dedicated to entrepreneurs in the suburbs and to help them to sustain and develop their businesses. Born in Morocco, Abdellah Aboulharjan arrived in the impoverished Paris suburb of Mantes-la-Jolie at the age of nine. It was not until he left the neighbourhood to study in another town at the age of 18 in 1992 that he realized the depth of the gap between his suburb and the rest of the country. An avid fan of the internet, he has always tried to use its capabilities to combat exclusion. First when he was a student militant at SOS Racisme and later in 1996 when he founded the ADIQ (Association for Neighbourhood Internet Development). While he was finishing a Masters in e-business in 2000, he was selected as one of the first recipients of the Talents des Cites prize for the creation of Medinashop.com, a web site which sells Moroccan arts and crafts. In 2002 Abdellah founded JEF (Jeunes Entrepreneurs de France) with a friend after he realized the impact his success had on the youth of the neighbourhood who were using him as a role model. He was an ASHOKA Fellow in 2006 and in 2008 founded La Nouvelle Pme. He spends his free time with his little 3 years old son, diving, roller- skating and reading historical or geostrategic books.
Head of Strategy & Development (& Co-Founder)
Asian Youth Alliance (AYA), Founder of Young Ventures
Mobeen is a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, an UnLtd Award recipient, a member of the Muslim's in Britain Research Network, a Steering Group member of Heritage Alliance's Historic Religious Buildings Alliance, member of the Religious Archives Group, an advisor to the Metropolitan Police through the ‘London Muslim Communities Forum and a Mosaic mentor. His most recent project Muslim Museum Initiative http://muslimmuseum.org.uk/ endeavours to build a virtual educational resource to explore the 1,400 year history between Britain and Islam, and to establish spaces in the UK, where everyone can explore, enjoy and feel inspired by a shared past. He leads the AYA Foundation (previously known as Asian Youth Alliance), which he co-founded, to develop and deliver culturally sensitive projects for young people of Asian descent. Work includes promoting minority communities' heritage, working with young Muslims and developing Asian Women’s projects. He develops, delivers and curates heritage projects, exhibitions and web sites - specialising in using new technologies like augmented reality, advance mobile communication and computer gaming to engage younger and wider audiences. He regularly speaks on the topic of Muslim heritage in Britain & tweets @MuslimHeritage. He leads the Islam in British Stone initiative promoting Britain’s most significant Muslim heritage sites and Islamic influenced buildings.
Asian Youth Alliance (AYA) is a not-for-profit community organisation based in London which specialises in engaging young people and hard to reach communities. We are a multi-ethnic, multi-faith organisation which develops and delivers ethnic-specific and culturally sensitive projects for children, young people and young adults. We work with people from various ethnic backgrounds, not only Asian, including, African, Middle Eastern, Caribbean and European. We actively target people from different faith groups, including Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Christians. http://www.asianyouthalliance.co.uk/
Muslim Women\'s Network UK and Muslim Voice UK
Shaista Gohir is currently a ‘Global Campaign Strategist’ at the internationally renowned charity. She is the former Executive Director of Muslim Women’s Network UK (www.mwnuk.co.uk), where she led it’s from a small informal group to an independent and formally established national organization with almost 400 members and a reach of more than 35 000 women. She is also the founder of the Big Sister website (www.bigsister.org.uk) which highlights inspirational Muslim women globally from past to present. Through the website she also challenges patriarchal interpretations through satirical cartoons and by highlighting progressive interpretations. As the leading women’s rights activist in Britain, Shaista was featured in the national newspaper, The Times (March 2011), as ‘Britain’s Most Feminist Muslim.’ She regularly contributes to mainstream, international and niche broadcast and print media. These have included: Times, Guardian, Independent, BBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera & CNN. She also speaks at events locally, nationally and internationally. In recognition of her work, she was awarded the MBE honour in the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2008. In 2009, Shaista has been included in the Muslim Women Power list which named the most influential Muslim women in Britain and won the Asian Woman of Achievement Award in the Social and Humanitarian Category.
British Muslim Heritage Centre (BMHC)
Steven was born, works and resides in Manchester. He is a graduate of Leeds University - Joint Honours in Modern Arabic and Religious Studies. He is a qualified teacher and currently the Diversity & Equality Policy Manager for Stockport Council and National Health Service. Steven was seconded to the national Christian Muslim Forum in 2007/08 to act as their Muslim Program Director. During his career Steven has also been the Country Director for Islamic Relief Worldwide in Bangladesh and Program Manager at Medical Aid for Palestinians. In a voluntary capacity Steven is currently: The for the Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester; A facilitator for a dialogue initiative for young Jewish and Muslim people in Altrincham, Manchester; Community Cohesion Advisor for the British Muslim Heritage Centre and; Chair of Trustees, Forum for Discussion of Palestine and Israel. From February to May this year Steven was a participant of the British Council\'s Manchester-Pakistan Community Xchange Program. The focus of the program was youth engagement & community cohesion with Steven spending three weeks in Pakistan working with The Multan Youth Assembly. Steven is currently working on social enterprise project ideas to: Develop a community cohesion social enterprise for the British Muslim Heritage Centre that enables British Muslims to express their pride in their British and Islamic identities, whilst making a positive contribution to wider society; Develop \'community to community\' fair trade between Israeli/Palestinian social enterprises and Muslim/Jewish communities in the UK; and Encourage Muslims, Jews, Christians and non-believers to target their charitable giving to the most vulnerable in their localities. Steven converted to Islam in 1990 but he\'s not the first to do so in his family. His great, great, great grandfather, Robert Reschid Stanley converted to Islam in 1898 – the earliest known convert to Islam (and facilitator of inter faith dialogue) in Manchester.
ARES, SINEO project
Chloé is currently setting up a new ARES activity, an eco-friendly hand carwash called SINEO. She is responsible for the whole operation: drawing up the business plan, recruiting and managing the team, dealing with communications and - of course - finding clients. Before joining ARES, Chloé spent 3 years with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Darfur, Niger and at Paris headquarters, and 3 years at Look Voyages, a French Tour Operator. She is a graduate of the ESCP Business School. Chloé speaks French and English. She enjoys travelling in foreign countries, discovering other cultures, meeting new people, going out with friends to restaurants or the cinema or inviting people home, reading and running – she trained for a marathon in 2009. She remains active within MSF and attends administration committees and general assemblies.
ARES is a reintegration association which aims to help marginalized people find a permanent job. ARES offers its beneficiaries personalized help in finding accommodation and resolving financial, medical and psychological problems. The employees have special "reintegration" contracts and work in the scope of services provided by ARES to companies and state institutions.