MENA Region CEOs

Naif Alobaid

Country Representative, EFE in Saudi Arabia

Naif has had a diverse career in Development, philanthropy and program management. He began as an assistant to the commandant assistant, chief Security officer and a flag Corp commander at Randolph Macon Academy, Assistant Communication’s Director at the Saudi Consulate in Geneva later serving as the head of public relations and as a project manager of vocational training programs and micro financing loans for persons with disabilities at the King Salman Center for Disability research. He then moved to working in the CSR department at the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation "SABIC" for four years, becoming the senior manager for global CSR programs. During his tenure, he managed a portfolio of programs totaling more than 500 million Saudi riyals. He then was recruited by the Public Education Evaluation Commission in Saudi Arabia to manage the school evaluation program and stakeholder engagement, and then to serve as an assistant vice governor. In addition to being a Senior Consultant for the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, a mentor at Tasamy and Flat 6 Labs he is now the Country Representative of Education for employment in Saudi Arabia. Naif holds a certificate in Food and Beverage Operations Management from Cesar Ritz Colleges in Switzerland, a BA in Management with a minor in International Relations from Webster University in Geneva, a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University and an MBA with concentration in International Trade from Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island, USA.

Ameen Alqadri

CEO, Yemen EFE

Ameen H. AL-Qadri began his career at EFE as the Project Director for Youth Vocational Empowerment Project for YEFE prior to his appointment as CEO. Ameen brings fifteen years of experience in international development, education quality improvement, vocational training, and youth related programs to Yemen EFE. Through positions with the Education Development Center and World Links International, he worked extensively in providing training, facilitation and evaluation expertise in programs involving school authorities, administrators, teachers, students, and parents. He also worked as a research specialist for the Yemen Cross-Sectoral Youth Assessment, a USAID-funded study. Ameen obtained a Bachelor’s of Art Degree from the College of Education at Sana’a University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Education Management at Queen Arwa University.

Lamia Chaffai

CEO, EFE-Tunisie

Ms. Chaffai, the current CEO of EFE-Tunisie, has previously worked at the Tunisian Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training, Ministry of Communication Technologies, and the Tunisian Internet Agency. She holds degrees from the National Engineering School of Monastir and the Université de Technologie de Compiègne. She is the founding CEO of EFE-Tunisie and has led the organization since May 2012.

Ismail Elhabrouk

CEO, EFE|Egypt

Ismail first joined EFE|Egypt in July 2012 as a trainer, and went on to become Operations Manager, Chief Operating Officer, and finally the Chief Executive Officer in November 2013. Prior to joining the team, he founded one of Egypt’s leading recruitment agencies called Recruit Egypt. Bringing with him a wealth of expertise in the field of recruitment, self-taught knowledge of computer programming and unparalleled enthusiasm for EFE|Egypt's work, Ismail has proved his visionary leadership and commitment to help EFE|Egypt impact the lives of thousands of youth. Ismail graduated from City University of Seattle with a bachelor’s degree in business.

Ilhem Kerdoudi

CEO, EFE-Maroc

Ms. Kerdoudi comes to EFE-Maroc with 16 years of diverse experience in both the private and non-profit sectors. She worked with Ericsson for over a decade and held various positions in Moroccan NGOs, including the Lalla Hasna Foundation and RSO Morocco. Ms. Kerdoudi started her own company around innovative digital solutions and enhancing the ability of businesses to engage in social responsibility.

Ghadeer Khuffash

CEO, Jordan EFE

Ghadeer comes to JEFE with a wealth of expertise in workforce development, project management, and fundraising, along with a passion for EFE’s mission and vision for addressing youth unemployment in Jordan and throughout the MENA region. Prior to joining JEFE, Ghadeer was the Executive Director at Luminus Group, an Education and Training Solution provider in the MENA region, and the Vice Dean for Student Affairs and Employment at Al-Quds College and the Luminus Vocational Training Center. In this role, she led Luminus Group’s education and training centers in adopting the E4E education for employment model in order to prepare youth for work and establish linkages with the private sector. Ghadeer also has four years of experience as a Business Acquisition Manager at DAI, where she built business networks in the MENA region, identified new business opportunities for the company and managed proposal development for USAID and other funders.

Dima Najim

Managing Director, EFE in UAE

Dima Najim has over 13 years of experience working in the MENA region in senior NGO roles. Prior to joining EFE, Dima served as part of the World Wildlife Foundation - UAE fundraising team. Before moving to the UAE, she held the position of Chief Operations Officer of Relief International/MSME in Iraq, and in 2010 was part of the team assigned by AGFUND to establish the first microfinance bank in Syria, where she assumed the role of Operations Manager. Also, she was part of UNRWA's Microfinance Department management team. Dima has significant professional experience in women and youth empowerment and financial inclusion, in addition to her experience in partnership management, fundraising and operations management of NGOs. Born and raised in the MENA region, Dima holds a BA in accounting from Damascus University and a Master’s degree in finance from the Arab Academy for Banking and Financial Sciences.

Saro Nakashian

CEO, Palestine EFE

Saro Nakashian is a seasoned management and marketing expert with over 20 years of experience developing and managing programs that build the marketing and management capabilities of individuals and organizations to succeed. Mr. Nakashian has designed several programs for entrepreneurial training for young entrepreneurs and SME owners. As the General Director for Palestine Education for Employment (PEFE), as well as through his previous positions as Senior Management and Marketing Analyst with the Center for Continuing Education (CCE) of Birzeit University and other positions, he has worked across multiple sectors, from public health to private industry, and has substantial experience managing technical development assistance, including but not limited to EU, UNIDO, UNRWA, WB and USAID. He speaks fluent English, Armenian and Arabic, holds a in Management, MBA concentration marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University an M.Phil in HR and Entrepreneurship from the Maastricht School of Management the Netherlands. Mr. Nakashian is also the Chairman of the Board Juzoor Foundation, Board Member WorldVision Jerusalem, and East Jerusalem YMCA.

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