Soliya Team

Board of Directors

Soliya has a dynamic and talented board of directors that guide our team.

Barbara Ibrahim


Jason Purvor


Kirsten Wrinkle


Shamil Idriss


Tareef Kawaf


Our Team

Our diverse global team is comprised of practitioners, academics, and emerging leaders in the fields of conflict resolution/peacebuilding, social entrepreneurship, technology, and international education. Representing 15 countries from 8 locations, we work to foster lasting change through constructive dialogue and collaboration.


Alexandria Ahrendsen

Sr. Coordinator, First Year Connect

Amy Lyon

Coordinator, Social Media

Ayca Ariyoruk

Director, Global Partnerships and Communication

Chloe Zimmerman

Specialist, Media

Erkinaz Shuminov

Officer, Development

Faisal Al-Juburi

External Affairs Specialist

Heather Harkess

Facilitation Manager, Connect Program

Kalpesh Patel

Head of Technology

Lucky Islam

Officer, Finance & Operations

Marie Jones

Sr. Program Manager, First Year Connect

Nahid Ahmed

Director, Connect Program

Rahima Bensaid

Director, Finance & Operations

Salma Elbeblawi

Chief Program Officer

Waidehi Gokhale


Tyler Allen

Coordinator, First Year Connect

Soliya Tunisia

Adnen Ben Hadj Yahia

Officer, Partnerships & Outreach

Ahmed Ghamgui

Manager, Finance & Operations

Amany Ben Lakhdar

Officer, Partnerships & Outreach

Dorra Amara

Senior Officer, Global Circles

Elyess Riahi

Coordinator, Connect Program

Fadhel Abouda

Sr. Coordinator, Facilitation Training Program

Feryel Zrida

Coordinator, Operations

Khamsa Harabi

Coordinator, Connect Program

Khouloud Taieb

Coordinator, Connect Program

Moataz Sayari

Officer, Connect Program

Myriam Labidi

Program Manager, Connect Program

Nada Mrabet

Senior Coordinator, Facilitation Training Program


Ahmed Saed

Sr. Program Coordinator, Global Circles & VES

Andrey Lipskyi

Developer, Information Technology

Andrey Revenko

Senior Officer, Information Technology

Asma Abdelrahman

Officer, Connect Program

Heba Abdelaziz

Officer, Connect Program

Julia Rafalovska

Officer, Information Technology

Katja Riikonen

Sr. Manager, Facilitation Training Program and Specialist, Virtual Exchange & Design

Nada Emad

Sr. Coordinator, Connect Program

Rafael Tyszblat

Specialist, Innovation & Design

Sergey Garbar

Officer, Information Technology

Sushmita Devarajan

Officer, Virtual Exchange and Design

Roman Kuntyi

Developer, Information Technology

Soliya Network

The Soliya Network is the extraordinary community of graduate students, young professionals, and program alumni who serve as facilitators, coaches, and trainers to advance our shared mission of promoting more cooperative and compassionate relations across differences. Working alongside our team, this community makes the Connect Program and the Facilitation Training Program possible. Meet some members of this diverse community and learn how to get involved here.