Board Of Directors

  • Layal Niazy, Intern

    Layal Niazy is currently pursuing her bachelors degree in International Relations through a joint degree program between the College of William and Mary in Virginia and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, but has lived in the U.S. for many years throughout her childhood. Layal aspires to carry […]

  • Suzy Assaad Wahba, Board Vice President

    For more than ten years, Suzy was an anchor and reporter for Bloomberg Television in New York City, where she covered topics such as debt and equity capital markets, commodities and foreign exchange, and NASDAQ and the tech boom.  Prior to her work at Bloomberg, she was employed at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, […]

  • Christian Westermann

    Christian Westermann is a retired foreign affairs officer with experience in Egypt, Russia, and Ukraine along with two decades of work as a research analyst at the U.S. Department of State. He lived in Cairo for two years in the 1990s, with his wife Carolyn, working at the U.S. Embassy as a liaison to the […]

  • Kamal Ibrahim

    Dr. Kamal Ibrahim, M.D., F.R.C.S. (C) is a spinal surgeon with a Chicago based practice and a clinical professor of orthopedics. He is the former Chief of Pediatric and Scoliosis Surgery in the Department of Orthopedics at Loyal University in Chicago. Dr. Ibrahim also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Fletcher […]

  • Andrea Zaki, Ph.D.

    Rev. Dr. Zaki is the Director General of the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS), one of HANDS’ largest partner organizations.  He is also the President of the Protestant Community of Egypt, the President of the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches and a part time lecturer at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo.  […]

  • Jennifer A. Cate, Executive Director

    Jennifer brings a wealth of international experience to her role as Executive Director at HANDS, having lived in Iran, Syria, Kazakhstan and Egypt. She began working at HANDS in 2003 and has served as the Executive Director since 2005. Jennifer earned a B.A. from Wheaton College and an M.A. from the American University in Cairo. […]

  • Ivana Veselinovic-Smucker, Director of Programs

    Ivana joined HANDS in January 2005. She lived in Egypt for more than 3 years working for one of our largest partner organizations, CEOSS, as the International Relations Coordinator. She holds a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Belgrade, an M.P.A. degree from George Mason University and a Graduate Certificate in […]

  • Albert Quaye, Accountant

    Albert has been on the HANDS team as Accountant since November 2017. Prior to joining HANDS, he worked in Ghana, West Africa in various Finance/Management roles in private sector establishments engaged in the business of software development, consulting, wood processing, construction, real estate, mining and cashew plantation from where he garnered rich experience in Accounting, […]

  • Dalia Noaman, Arabic Class Coordinator

    Dalia Noaman oversees our online Arabic class program. Originally from Aleppo, Syria, she currently lives in Cairo, Egypt. Dalia earned a Master of Arts in English/Arabic/English Translation and Interpreting from the American University of Sharjah. When she is not connecting our American students with Egyptian Arabic teachers, she works as a fundraising specialist and translator […]

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