Muna AbuSulayman, an Arab media Icon, is internationally recognized as a leader in the fields of Philanthropy, Management, Education, Sustainable Development, Communications and Female Empowerment. Over the past 18 years, AbuSulayman has launched, and managed multiple businesses and foundations throughout her career locally, regionally and internationally. She has been named as one of the Most Influential Arabs, Arab Women, and Muslims for various publications and listings for many consecutive years.
Dave is a professional director and early-stage investor, and takes an active role in a number of startups, several of which focus on educational technology. He provides consultancy services around innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology for a variety of clients in the public and private sector, and works with a number of community initiatives. He serves on the EdTechNZ Council, and the boards of Metservice, Xerra Earth Observation Institute and a number of early-stage companies. Dave is a Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and the Co-Chair of the Wellington Abrahamic Council of Jews Christians and Muslims.
Dr. Mahmoud Fouad
A well-known Egyptian academic, who received a PhD in Art from Cairo University in 2000, He served as editorial director for “Selselat Althkhaer” published by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. He held the position of Head of the Department of Arabic Language and Literature at the Egyptian University of Islamic Culture in Kazakhstan. He also worked as a Professor, visiting professor and academic reviewer in several universities and international cultural institutions. He participated in scientific supervision of many scientific theses and contributed to the development of curricula for teaching Arabic to non-native speakers, alongside preparing several scientific encyclopedias. He also participated in many regional and international conferences on global citizenship, interaction of cultures, interfaith dialogue, and reform of religious discourse.
Chief Executive Officer
An established IT Manager, Ali is equipped with a rich portfolio of technical and business achievements and an excellent track record of service delivery to various clients. With over 10 years’ experience on various professional platforms and niches in information technologies, Ali carries a reliable wealth of knowledge on how to best deliver the technological services ADRI provides, in order to accomplish its vision. Ali holds a Master in Strategic Studies and his academic passion revolves around the social and political affairs of Middle East and their international implications. As a refugee from south west of Iran, fleeing ethnic persecution, Ali was resettled in New Zealand in May 2009, by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and since has worked hard to create and inspire a bright future for himself and others.
Business Development Manager
Yousuf is motivated by curiosity. His interests lie in the intersection of tech, law and accounting. Yousuf enjoys using this intersection to solve business problems – especially those with a technology flavour. Yousuf graduated with an LLB and has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. He also holds a BCom in Accounting. As well as the regular business challenges, Yousuf is interested by ADRI’s social enterprise angle. He is a strong believer is reducing barriers to education.
Laurie is passionate about education, business and learning about other cultures. Laurie is currently working as an Associate at L.E.K. Consulting in Sydney and has had experience in both corporate finance and public sector finance internships. Laurie currently leads ADRI’s internal finance team as a Strategic Adviser and enjoys using his financial skills to help ADRI to reduce barriers to education and research. In his spare time, Laurie is an avid reader and enjoys reading everything from business autobiographies to classic fiction.
A Team Leader at ADRI, Michael Karam has a robust experience architecting, developing and testing high-volume businesses of Warehouse Control Systems, Social Networks and LBS based applications. Michael worked as a DevOps and Cloud Engineer designing and developing deployment pipelines while working closely to companies migrating their projects towards cloud automated infrastructure helping them enable, operate and innovate on the cloud. His origin from Egypt and technical background inspired him to join ADRI supporting Arabic scientific content availability online.
Fayez is a practicing solicitor in the litigation team in one of New Zealand’s leading commercial law firms. At university, Fayez was an avid social justice advocate having previously led the Wellington Community Justice Project, a student-led charitable organisation, for several years as its Student Director, Human Rights Leader, and volunteer. Being passionate about social issues and having grown up in the Middle East means Fayez has a special connection to the ADRI project and its vision. He believes ADRI is filling a gap in the community, and is looking forward to assisting ADRI as one of its Strategic Advisers.