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.
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.