The Syrian Association is a place for everyone eager to help, regardless of their academic and/or professional background. All you need is the passion and commitment to support the education system in Syria and Syrian students all over the world.
We are currently 150+ researchers, academics, professionals, scholarship holders, students, and education activists. Here is an overview, and to meet our team, please scroll down and navigate between the below tabs.
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Amer El Abssi
Programmes & Services Director
Head of Student Advisory Center
Head of HR
Head of IT
Data Protection Officer
Content Development Management
Social Media Manager
Juman Al Meniawi
PADILEIA Project Manager
Visual Content Manager
Editing & Translation Manager
Associate Members Manager
Online Learning Programme Manager
Business Development Manager
Mentoring Programme Manager / Athar Project Manager
Networking & Advocacy Programme Manager
IT & Programmes Teams
Adnan joined the Syrian Association in July 2019 as part of Sweden Team and the IT Team. In 2014, he was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Networking and Operating Systems from Arab International University, Syria. In 2017, he received a scholarship from the Swedish Institute (SI) to study Masters in Software Engineering of Distributed Systems. He has experience in mobile app development ( Android, iOS) for three years, and worked as a freelance with many Syrian companies.
Abdullah joined the Syrian Association from the earliest days of its establishment in late 2018 as a volunteer in the Scholarship team to help Syrian students acquire scholarships all over the world. He joined because he strongly believes in the equality of education and knowledge sharing. Abdullah worked in multiple roles as a teacher at Damascus University, an architect in multiple projects such as the reconstruction of justice palace in Alhaffa, Syria, and a volunteer in Syrian Researchers. His passion for sustainability, in its all forms, led him to be rewarded Chevening Scholarships for young leaders from the FCO to pursue his postgraduate degree in sustainable development in the best university in the world in development studies.
Abd Alsattar Ardati
Abd Alsattar Ardati joined the Association in December 2018. He graduated from the Computer Engineering department of the Arab Academy (AASTMT) and finished an MSc in Management and Technology Science at the University of St Andrews in the United Kingdom. Abd Alsattar is currently conducting a PhD research in Computer Science at St Andrews University. In parallel with scientific research, Abd Alsattar has been working since 2016 to establish a social enterprise equipped with cutting-edge technology and based on sound scientific research to support students of developing countries. Abd Alsattar seeks to create an integral relationship between the Association and his future social entrepreneurial venture.
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Alaa Al Hamwi
Alaa joined the Syrian Association in April 2019 as a member of the Strategic Management Team. She is responsible for studying and analyzing the education market.
Alaa graduated from Damascus University, Department of Information Technology Engineering, with a bachelor’s in Software Engineering and Information Systems. She works as a graduate teaching assistant, in addition to her job as a mobile application developer. She also participated in several initiatives and events in the fields of education and technology.
She aspires to improve the higher education system in Syrian universities.
Social Media Team
Alaa joined the Syrian association in September 2019 to work with the social media team.
She has a bachelor’s degree in media and journalism from Damascus University, in addition to a diploma in documentary filmmaking. She also completed a journalism course delivered by the BBC. She lives in Mersin, Turkey and works as a social media specialist at an export and import company.
Alaa joined many volunteer initiatives, the last of which was the Syrian Researchers, where she worked with the Twitter and outreach teams. She also founded the Pen & Paper Facebook page to guide students in their application for scholarships.
She is interested in the field of education, in general, and in scholarships, in specific. She aspires to pursue a master’s degree and a PhD in New Media.
Video Editing Team
Alia joined the Syrian association in February 2019 to work with the video editing team.
Alia graduated from Damascus University, Faculty of Architecture and she is currently pursuing a master’s in regional urban structural planning at the Higher Institute of Regional Planning at Damascus University. She has three years of experience in working as a freelancer in the field of design, video editing and animation (Motion Graphics).
She is passionate about photography, videography and short film making and aspires to become an international photographer and filmmaker to promote great values and peace.
Atef joined the Syrian Association in July 2019 to be part of Sweden Team, which helps students study in Sweden.
Atef has graduated from Damascus University with a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication and Electronics engineering, he also has a master’s degree in Wireless Communication Systems from Lund University in Sweden.
Atef worked as a transmission planning engineer in MTN Syria and currently, he is working as a 4g/5g software developer in Ericsson Lund. Atef’s goal is to represent the wireless communications field in a practical way.
Areej joined the Syrian Association since its inception, end of 2018, to mentor Syrian students wishing to receive scholarships. Areej graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London with a MA in Television Journalism, after receiving a Chevening Scholarship in 2015. Before that she held a BSc in Management from the Higher Institute of Business Administration in Damascus. She currently works for BBC Arabic in Lebanon as a TV presenter and producer, and has five years of experience in the field. She started in Syria in 2013 then moved to Lebanon after graduating. Areej also worked in the business management & marketing fields in Syria for 8 years. Areej holds a Guinness World Record for “the longest marathon television talk show (team)”, in which she presented a special programme titled “From Syria with Love” on Talaqie Channel for 70 hours 5 minutes, back in 2014.
Baraa has joined the Syrian Association in Sep 2019 to support Syrian students in Japan.
Baraa Aldatkazanky graduated from the Lebanese International University in Beirut in the field of business administration and then continued his education in Japan after receiving the JISR scholarship from JICA organization to study an MBA in Management and Marketing at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. During his time in Lebanon, he did some training and volunteer work through which he gained experience in accounting and sales. In Japan, during his studies, he conducted a half-year internship with one of the leading commercial vehicle manufacturers in the world “MFTBC” under the management of “Daimler Trucks Asia”. Baraa aspires to work with one of the major recruitment companies in the world after graduating. His dream is to see the name of Syria raised and prove to the world that the Syrian deserves all appreciation and confidence.
Bassam joined the Syrian Association in June 2019 as a volunteer with the Sweden team.
He has a bachelor’s degree from Damascus University in automation and control engineering. After graduation, he worked for a year and a half with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) at the Data and IT department. In 2017, he received a scholarship from the Swedish Institute (SI) and enrolled in a master’s program in Automation and Robotics. In 2019, he received the Global Swedish Award.
Bassam currently works at University West in Sweden as a laboratory assistant. He always valued education and wanted to pursue a career in academia.
Eyad joined the Syrian Association since its creation in early 2019 as a part of the Knowledge Hub team that helps students to choose their specialization and promote their academic knowledge. Eyad is a Software Engineer graduated from Yarmouk Private University, currently studying MSc Data Science at the University of Southampton. He worked for the United Nations Population Fund as a Data Analyst Assistant for almost 3 years. In parallel to his work, he was part of establishing and organizing several local initiatives and events that focused on supporting Syrian youth. Passionate about analyzing companies’ data, especially social ones, to assist them in making better decisions. Interested in Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Data Visualizations, and Analytics.
Feras joined the Syrian Association at the beginning of 2019 to be part of the United Kingdom team and to help students to study in the UK. As a final year student of BSc (Hons) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Nottingham, he has a results-oriented and professional mentality, strong interpersonal skills and a persistent work ethic. He’s always seeking opportunities to better himself as an individual and professional. Aside from his degree, he is working as a software engineer at Coriel ltd. Also, he is part of the IT team support at the university.
In his second year, he was awarded the Best Project award at his university, his project was a solution for environmental problems using IoT (Internet of Things) technology. His passion is to pursue a career in Data Science and Machine Learning.
Fida joined the Syrian Association in early 2019 as a volunteer in the Partnership team.
She is an economics graduate from Tishreen University in Syria, and is currently a researcher at SWDTP and a Chevening Alumna. She also has extensive experience in commercial banking. She is also pursuing a new goal in her life, which is to become an academic and researcher in the field of development studies.
She believes that scientific research is the mainstay of informed and insightful policies aimed at promoting human development and reducing inequality, especially for marginalized groups.
Ghalia joined the Syrian Association in December 2018 as a member of the Human Capital team.
She graduated from the Lebanese American University with distinction. She completed a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and currently works in the Pharmaceutical industry in Damascus, Syria.
Ghalia participated in many voluntary activities in both Lebanon and Damascus. She also organized many student activities and joined several initiatives at the university. One of her most important participations is with the Lebanese Pharmacy Students’ Association, which allowed her to be part of many activities, such as helping people quit smoking, first aid training, early detection of breast cancer, and mobile clinics for distributing drugs to people in need.
Ghalia is also a professional swimmer and represented her university in many competitions in Lebanon and abroad. She also graduated from Sulhi Al-Wadi Music Institute as a pianist.
Mohammad joined the Syrian Association in September 2019 as a volunteer with Japan’s team.
He defines himself as a person who does not give up on challenges that encounter him. He hoped to become an engineer and had several difficulties to grow up toward this point. Now, he works at a Japanese company with a team to produce novel technologies to make our world a better environment using his experience and knowledge on how to solve technical programming problems with a strong desire and personality. He has majored in information systems science and graduated from Soka University in Japan.
Hazem joined the Syrian Association in February 2019 as a volunteer in the Association’s UK team to help students study in the UK. Hazem holds a Higher Diploma from West College Scotland and is currently studying computer science at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Hazem assists Syrian students in the UK by coordinating the work of a student group for Syrian students in the UK. Aspiring to study a Masters in Software Engineering.
Hozaifa joined the Syrian Association in early 2019 as part of a Scholarships team, the team that helps Syrian students acquire scholarships all over the world. Hozaifa has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Umm Al-Qura University in Saudi Arabia and a Diploma in Executive Business Administration from Asia Electronic University. Currently, Hozaifa is studying Master’s in Engineering Management (Construction specialization at the University of Debrecen in Hungary. He has two years’ experience in Surveying Engineering and Contracting works. Hozaifa was a co-author of “Discover Civil Engineering” as part of “First Initiative Projects 2030 & Discover Project” in Saudi Arabia Hozifa aspires to study the Ph.D. in construction management
Huda joined the Syrian Association in July 2019 as a volunteer in Sweden’s team to support Syrian Student in Sweden.
Huda graduated with a bachelor’s degree in interior design from IUST in Damascus and received a master’s degree in Architecture: Design and Planning Beyond Sustainability from Chalmers University in Sweden. She has more than three years of professional experience in addition to one year as a university teaching assistant.
Huda is a member of a local organization in Sweden where she volunteers in designing houses for elderly and newcomers and assists in the building process. She is interested in the relation between design and human psychology and has experience conducting related research and design. Her passion is to create healthy environments for people and the planet.
Network Management Comittee
Judy joined the association in February 2019 as a leader for the Social Media team.
She holds two degrees, one in economics, business administration and the other in media from Damascus University in addition to a master’s degree in marketing within the field of consumer behavior and personalities.
She is currently the Head of Public Relations and Marketing at Dummar Medical Center and has nine years of professional experience in a number of jobs, most notably her Director of Marketing at the Utopians Initiative for Teaching English to Syrians in addition to her current work as a founder of Career Souq to create a community interested in helping others in the field of Self Development and Career Development
Judy began her volunteer career since 2009. She also held the position of an official in the quality and research department within a global electronic games company. In the meantime, she received a training certificate in the field of electronic media and social media journalism under the supervision of BBC and Syria news.
She has a great passion for marketing and especially social change marketing as she has a good inventory of health and social awareness campaigns
Jalal joined the Syrian Association in early 2019, as a member of the Japan team and Knowledge Hub team. Jalal holds a BSc. in Pharmacy from Albaath university, a MSc. in Microbiology and Immunology from Damascus University, a Diploma Course on Research & Development of Products to Meet Public Health Needs from Nagasaki University, Japan, and he is currently a Ph.D. Student in Nagaski university, graduate school of biomedical science. Jalal has research expertise in (vaccine development, leishmaniasis, miRNA, exosomes, Flow cytometry, RNA-seq), in addition to 5 years working experience in a health insurance company, as a quality assurance officer, an internship at the World Health Organization and a training course in establishing universal health coverage UHC. Jalal has knowledge in the domain of data analysis and programming language (R statics, Python, STATA). Jalal aims to participate in promoting global health and disease control in developing countries through his current participation in developing the new leishmania vaccine product.
Khair Al Deen Mufti
Khair has joined the association on April 2019 as part of the knowledge hub team to help students choose their specialization and promote their academic knowledge. Khair has obtained his bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Aleppo University on 2016 and he is currently pursuing his graduate studies in Human Genetics at McGill University after receiving a full scholarship from Abdulla Al-Ghurair Foundation for Education. Khair has worked as a Community Pharmacist in the United Arab Emirates before he moved to Canada where he is currently working as graduate researcher in Neurogenetics at the Montreal Neurological Institute. Khair’s volunteering experiences include working with UAE red crescent and founding “Pharma Time” magazine with a team of other students during his undergraduate, and he is now part of a global development organization called the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) which aims to empower education and opportunities for youth, women and refugees. Khair is very passionate about pharmacology and gene therapy, and he eventually aspires to pursue his PhD in Molecular Genetics and to dedicate more time for supporting education in Syria and the Arab region. If you have any inquiry about studying Pharmacy or Genetics.
Leen joined the Syrian Association in early 2019 to work with the English Language and Translation team.
She graduated from Cleveland State University with distinction (cum laude) after completing her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management. She is currently a senior recruitment specialist at Alexander Mann Solutions on behalf of Rolls-Royce. She also works in design, Arabic tutoring, and public speaking, in addition to volunteering with NGOs and local hospitals.
Leen is an avid reader with a passion and interest in human rights and social activism. She aspires to continue her education and pursue a master’s in Data Science while simultaneously focusing her volunteering efforts on making an impact to improve education quality and accessibility around the world.
Video Editing Team
Network Management Team
Majed joined the Syrian Association in May 2019 to work with the corporate team.
He graduated from the International University for Science and Technology (IUST) in Syria in 2016.
He lives in Strasbourg, France to specialize in implantology and periodontics at the University of Strasbourg. He is a dentist and the founder and president of Bright Inventors, a French non-profit Association in Strasbourg.
Majed has a registered patent entitled “Alginate Impressions Preserver,” which has been awarded the IFIA Golden Medal for the best invention in Geneva, Switzerland in 2018, as well as the IDEA-EXPO 2019 Golden Medal at the Hungary exhibition of inventions.
Majed is a member of Médecins Du Monde France and a supervisor at its dental health program.
Marwa Khaled Daher
Marwa joined the Syrian Association in April 2019 as a volunteer with the United Kingdom team.
She is a second-year Journalism and Media student in Glasgow, and she aspires to work in this field as a journalist or as a writer. She hopes to encourage other students and help them improve their skills and work hard for a brighter future.
Editing and Translation Team
Marya joined the Syrian Association in January 2019 as a member of the English Language and Translation team.
She has a bachelor’s in Translation from Damascus University. She worked at the Syrian Business and Institutions Center (SEBC) in Syria and was a member of Al-Noqta Btifreq team, which operates in partnership with OXFAM. In addition, she participated in many community initiatives in Syria, including “Koni Al-Amal” for empowering women, “Plus” for empowering orphaned children, and “Sayyar” for the rehabilitation of children.
Marya is passionate about helping anyone with a desire to develop their abilities and improve their life.
Mayasa joined the Syrian Association in September 2019 as a mentor in the English Language team. Mayasa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Damascus University. She has studied several courses about public health remotely from HarvardX, because of her interest in that field. Mayassa has nearly 3 years of experience in health awareness, working on entrepreneurial projects, social initiatives, translation and English teaching.
Mesbah joined the Syrian Association as a part of the Knowledge Hub team to help students choose their specialization and promote their academic knowledge in the field of Physics. Mesbah received a BSc. of Physics from Alexandria University in 2018 with honors degree, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Cosmology at McGill University in Canada. Mesbah received several scholarships (including Chevening and Abdullah Al Ghurair) because of his academic excellence while studying physics, where he has found his passion in this domain after shifting between several former colleges (chemical and nuclear engineering). Mesbah’s main research interests are focused on studying the first few seconds of our universe in an effort to understand the origins of the universe and move a step forward in answering the most pressing and difficult questions since the dawn of humanity: “How did the universe begin ?!”. Mesbah has a great love of communicating the beauty and importance of physics and mathematics to the public, where he has presented and taught several workshops and lectures in this field. Mesbah joined the Association with the aim of helping the ambitious Syrian youth to pursue their education and seek their passion for science and developing Arab educational curricula by updating them to keep pace with the international curricula. Mesbah has many experiences in guiding people towards their passion and helping them change to the domains they love. So if you have questions about Astrophysics, Mathematics, ….. specialty choosing, do not hesitate to contact Mesbah.
Mohamad joined the association in July 2019 as a volunteer in Sweden team to help students in Sweden.
Mohamad graduated from the Faculty of Technical Engineering, Aleppo University in 2012 with a specialization in Biotechnology. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Biotechnology from Lund University in Sweden. Mohamad worked as an engineer in research labs both in academia and industry where he participated in several research projects related to enzymology, cancer treatment and stem cell research.
Mohamad also has experience in business management and now he is working as a Market Intelligence Manager for a Pharmaceutical and Drug Development Company in Sweden, where he helps the company to grow its business globally.
Mohamad has a passion for sharing his experience and helping others reach their goals, especially with people with special needs. He is a board member of the Cultural Forum for People with Disabilities in Syria. He supports and participates in different projects aiming at helping people with disabilities and raising awareness about their rights in education, access and equity.
Mohamd joined the Syrian Association in July 2019 as part of Japan Team.
Mohamed has a track record of successful teaching and examining in Lebanon and Japan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature, University of Aleppo, and a master’s degree in English Language Teaching, University of Balamand. Having completed a certificate in English language teaching to speakers of other languages (CELTA) from Cambridge University, Mohamed is currently a full-time ESL instructor at Osaka Prefecture Board of Education and Cambridge speaking examiner. Mohamed has presented at international conferences. He is also a member of the Japan Association for Language Teaching. He enjoys playing tennis and diving.
Mohammad joined the Syrian Association in July 2019 as a volunteer with the team in Sweden.
He has a bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the International University for Science and Technology (IUST) in Syria and a master’s in Design and Construction Project Management from Chalmers University Sweden.
Mohammad has more than six years of experience in construction. He worked in Syria and Saudi Arabia, holding different positions as a structural engineer, site engineer, and tendering engineer. He now resides in Sweden and works as a purchasing engineer at a large Swedish construction company.
Mohammad is passionate about volunteering and social activities. He volunteered in Syria with several NGOs that organize recreational and sport activities for children and youth. He continued to volunteer in Sweden and became a board member then the president of a student association in Chalmers. In addition to his work with the Syrian Association, he works with local associations in Gothenburg that support the Arabic and Islamic community in the city and organize educational activities for youth.
Moulham joined the Syrian Association in February 2019, as a part of the Knowledge Hub team to help students choose their specialization and promote their academic knowledge in the field of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing. Moulham graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy, the University of Damascus in 2014 and received the Chevening Scholarship in 2017 to study a Master of Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing at Strathclyde University, and he is currently pursuing his Ph.D.
Moulham’s main domain of expertise is based on his specialization, in addition to modest experiences in various fields due to his volunteering for 5 years, such as project management, design, training, strategic planning, and human resources management. Moulham aims to a better society, so he will not hesitate to transfer his knowledge to others.
Mohamed Annan joined the Syrian Association in April 2019 as the UK team leader to help students study in the UK. Mohammed graduated from the Arab European University, Department of Computer and Communications Engineering and has a Master of Engineering Management from Glaxo University. Mohammed Annan has 3 years of experience in the Kurdistan region of Iraq in the field of mobile networks in addition to his experience in the field of information security in Britain. Mohammed aspires to participate in events that benefit the Syrian society in general, and in the education sector in particular, and some of the things that Mohammed is interested in are music and learning about different cultures.
Human Resources Team
Nour joined the Syrian Association in August 2019, as a part of the scholarship team to help Syrian students to acquire scholarship around the world. Nour graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy – Damascus University in 2011 and enrolled in a master of Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry in 2016. Nour Worked in a private pharmacy for five years. She has experience in Scientific Research Methods and lecturing at Damascus University for two years. Nour has been accepted in Erasmus + Exchange Programme to pursue a MSc. in Molecular Biotechnology at the University of L’Aquila in Italy. Nour has a volunteering experience in scientific research. Nour aspires to pursue Ph.D. and Postdoctoral in Biotechnology and work in universities and research centers.
Omar joined the Syrian association in July 2019 to work with the design team.
He is currently studying medicine at Damascus University.
He has one year of experience in design, two years in programming, and two years in teaching. He also has several programming and artificial intelligence certificates from Coursera platform.
Omar volunteered as a designer with the Red Blood Cells team and participated in the team’s fourth health awareness campaign. He also participated as a graphic designer in the fifth health awareness campaign.
Omar aspires to specialize in psychiatry and combine the fields of psychiatry and artificial intelligence in his studies.
Scholarships Team, Academic Knowledge Team
Omar has joined the Syrian Association in January 2019 as a part of Scholarships and Knowledge Hub teams to help students get a scholarship and promote their academic knowledge in the scientific fields.
He has studied Biochemistry for 4 years in the Faculty of Science in Egypt ranking the first during his academic years.Omar has received a DAFI scholarship in Egypt and was accepted in the Hungarian scholarship for the academic year 2019.
He has worked in many medical analysis laboratories for 2 years. He has participated in many activities to help Syrians in Egypt, especially, students under the auspices of the Aram volunteering team. Omar is interested in Oncology research and has the desire to obtain MSc in Molecular Biology soon.
Rabea joined the Syrian Association in April 2019 as the Animation team Leader. He studies Medicine at Tanta University- Egypt, where he has volunteered in several awareness and scientific teams within the university. Rabea has worked as a freelancer for 4 years, which was the beginning of many accomplishments. He participated in television programs such as “Qomrah” by Ahmad Alshugairi, was a member of the International Organization of AIESEC in Egypt for one year, and a member of “My Doctor” initiative, where he has been fully responsible for the video section for two years. Rabea is passionate about video and visual content creation. He aspires to pass the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) and specialize in ophthalmology.
Rasha joined the Association in October 2019 to help Syrian students achieve their academic dreams. Rasha is currently studying Bachelor of Architecture and Structural Engineering at Chalmers University in Sweden. She has participated in several volunteer work related to refugees and now she also works as a volunteer member in a student association affiliated to the student union at the university. Rasha aspires in the future to study master and doctorate in her field.
Safa joined the Syrian Association in May 2019 as a volunteer in the Association’s UK team to help students study in the UK.
She has a Bachelor’s in Biotechnology / Molecular Biochemistry from Cairo University in Egypt, MA in Biotechnology from Edinburgh University, Scotland.
Safa graduated from Cairo University in Egypt with a BSc in Biotechnology / Biomolecular Chemistry. She continued studying biotechnology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, earning her master’s degree in 2018. Safa has a great passion in this field besides her interest in programming and bioinformatics. Safa aspires to study for a Ph.D. in this field and pursue work in scientific research.
Suzan has joined the Syrian Association in July of 2019 to be part of the Japan team, which helps students study in Japan.
Suzan has graduated from Aleppo University, in the English translation faculty. Suzan is currently studying at a Japanese language school. Suzan has 9 years of experience in the field of translation, 3 years and a half in the Humanitarian and NGO sector, and 3 years in the human resource field. Suzan has joined in many volunteering activities in the field of education and humanitarian response, and support Syrians in Japan. Suzan aspires to gain a Master’s degree in peace studies and works to support SDGs.
Safa Al Sadat
Social Media Team
Tarek joined the Syrian Association in December 2019 as a member of the Social Media Team.
He graduated from the American University of Sharjah with a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, and he now works as a highway engineer in Dubai, UAE. He also participated in many voluntary initiatives in Damascus as well as student activities and initiatives while in university.
Tarek aspires to pursue a master’s in Artificial Intelligence Engineering.