Soliya Team

Board of Directors

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

Shamil Idriss

Chairman of the Board

Luma Kawar

Board Member

Kathy Hubbard

Board Member

Karim Kawar

Board Member

Barbara Ibrahim

Board Member

Adam Berrey

Board Member

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.

Waidehi Gokhale


Sergey Garbar

Officer, Information Technology

Salma Elbeblawi

Chief Program Officer

Rahima Bensaid

Director, Finance & Operations

Rafael Tyszblat

Specialist, Innovation & Design

Nahid Ahmed

Director, Connect Program

Nada Mrabet

Senior Coordinator, Facilitation Training Program

Myriam Labidi

Program Manager, Connect Program

Moataz Sayari

Senior Coordinator, Connect Program

Lucky Islam

Senior Coordinator, Finance & Operations

Lisanne Peelen

Officer, Connect Program

Katja Riikonen

Specialist, Virtual Exchange & Design

Ivan Tyshkivskyi

Officer, Information Technology

Intidhar Andolsi

Coordinator, Connect Program

Hejer El Baalouch

Coordinator, Connect Program

Heather Harkess

Facilitation Manager, Connect Program

Hany El Mokadem

Director, Information Technology

Faisal Al-Juburi

Head, External Affairs

Fadhel Abouda

Coordinator, Facilitation Training Program

Erkinaz Shuminov

Officer, Development

Dorra Amara

Officer, Youth Engagement

Deena Ramadan

Manager, Facilitation Training Program

Chloe Zimmerman

Specialist, Media

Ayoub Alnmour

Manager, Outreach & Partnerships

Ayca Ariyoruk

Senior Manager, Global Partnerships and Communication

Asma Abdelrahman

Senior Coordinator, Connect Program

Andrey Revenko

Officer, Information Technology

Amany Ben Lakhdar

Coordinator, Partnerships & Outreach

Ahmed Ghamgui

Manager, Finance & Operations

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 the Connect Program and the Facilitation Training Program possible. Meet some members of this diverse community and learn how to get involved here