Ahel is led by five staff members and draws on a pool of 28 trained coaches to support campaigns and provide training. Ahel has a consultative board called Ahel’s Ahel and a base of friends called Asdiqa’ Ahel. Below are the bios of some of its staff members.
Nisreen Haj Ahmad is the co-founder and co-director of Ahel and Mujtama3i. She is a member of the Leading Change Network and a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School where she completed her Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration in 2008. For the past five years, she has been supporting communities organizing in Jordan, Tunisia and Syria either by coaching campaigns or running trainings and workshops always growing a group of community organizing coaches in the Middle East. Before entering the world of organizing, and from 1999 to 2007, she was providing legal counsel to the Palestinian negotiating team in the peace talks with Israel and before it, to the Palestinian Ministry of Economy on international trade agreements. In 1996, she received her LL.M in international trade law from the University of Edinburgh. In 1995, she received her bachelors’ degree in law from the University of Jordan.
Reem Manna’ is a graduate of Italian Language from Jordan University and recently completed the Harvard Kennedy School course Leadership Organizing and Action. During her university years, Reem was an active in the university’s Community Service Office. She joined the Female Sexual Education Program and started training and coordinating their efforts on issues such as AIDS and Civic Education. After graduating, she became the Coordinator of Ayna Naqaf Campaign to stop what is knows as “honour” killings. In 2012, Reem joined Ahel on part time basis to train and coach different campaigns and contribute to its learning platform Mujtama3i. In 2015 Reem became a full timer at Ahel and the lead coach for the Qom Ma Moalem Campaign in Irbid- for teachers’ rights and pay equity. She is a talented photographer, hosted two radio shows in the past and a facilitator of Dardashat – a dialogue forum for the youth at Ruwwad.
Rahaf Abu doha worked for 7 years since 2010 in Ruwwad as the youth program officer, during which she helped creating and facilitating negotiation and learning safe spaces with the youth. She also founded the debate club for both adolescents ages 15-17 and university students, she believes that debate is a learning environment where one can develop critical thinking, active listening, team work and communication skills. In 2013 she also started working as a freelance researcher on various topics on women political participation, civic engagement, and auditing educational programs in Zaatari and Alazraq camp with the Norwegian government in 2017. As education has always been a passion for Rahaf, she joined Ahel’s team in 2017 to facilitate the popular education with the teachers from Stand with the Teachers’ Campaign that Ahel empowers since 2015. Adding to this she is a trainer and a judge nationally and internationally on debating since 2011, she is also a trainer with Equitas on human rights education since 2016. Rahaf is part of Ahel’s network of trainers after being part of many campaigns in Jabal Alnatheef and after taking the online course on community organizing at Harvard University in 2013. Rahaf has a bachelor degree in English language and Literature from the university of Jordan in 2012.
Salem Atawneh with more than twenty years of professional experience covering financial management, financial reporting, financial analysis, accounting, cost accounting, feasibility studies, and budgeting. Salem has experience in projects’ assessment, project management, business planning, and human resources. Salem worked for local and international corporates and NGO’s. Salem is holder a bachelor degree in business administration, diploma in accounting, and diploma in computer programming and system analysis.
In the past Ashraf Hamzeh and Fida’ Shehadeh worked with us at Ahel and contributed to its success. We continue to be thankful to them.