The EFE-Global support network consists of EFE offices in the United States (Washington, DC and New York City), Europe (Madrid) and the UAE (Dubai).  Together, these offices provide assistance, training, expertise and networks to support EFE affiliates in the Middle East and North Africa in implementing youth employment programs.


Andrew Baird, CEO

  • CEO, EFE-Global

Andrew Baird brings nearly 30 years of experience in workforce development, entrepreneurship and youth programming to EFE's leadership team. As the Global CEO he leads EFE's strategic, programmatic, financial and operational development. Previously he was the Senior Director of RTI International's Workforce and Economic Opportunities team where he built and led a $150 million dollar portfolio of programs in the workforce sector. Mr. Baird was a founder of the Global Center for Youth Employment, a network of organizations committed to developing new approaches to workforce programs. He served as the Director of International Programs at Making Cents International, a Director at Chemonics and was a Peace Corps Associate Country Director and Country Director in Togo and Senegal. He has extensive overseas experience including in Jordan, Egypt and Morocco. Mr. Baird received his BA in Political Science from the College of Wooster, and his MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Jasmine Nahhas di Florio

  • Interim President; Senior Vice President of Strategy & Partnerships

Jasmine Nahhas di Florio has nearly 20 years of experience spanning the nonprofit/philanthropy, government and private sectors. Joining EFE at inception, she worked closely with the Founder & Chairman on EFE’s start-up. She is also Vice Chair of Afghan Women Leaders Connect, a private philanthropic initiative spun out of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc. Previously an attorney at the international law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City, Ms. Nahhas di Florio also was an attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of Treasury in Washington, DC. She has consulted the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP) on building private-public sector partnerships. A Rhodes Scholar, Fulbright Scholar and Frank Knox Scholar, Ms. Nahhas di Florio holds a B.A. Honors from the University of Alberta, an undergraduate law degree from the University of Oxford, and a master of laws degree (LLM) from Harvard Law School. She is a graduate of the Columbia Business School Senior Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals.


Salvatore Nigro

  • CEO, EuropeEFE; Vice President, EFE-Global


As the CEO of EuropEFE, Salvatore Nigro leads EFE’s business development, partnership and program management in Europe to support the operations of the EFE Network in the Middle East and North Africa. With over twelve years of experience in nonprofit management, prior to joining Fundación Educación Para el Empleo (EuropEFE), Salvatore Nigro was the Director of the Advocacy Department of the Glocal Forum. He is used to negotiating, mediating and facilitating at the highest levels of national and international institutions. He has experience working both with governmental offices such as the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with non-governmental organizations and in multicultural, multi-linguistic environments. He has advised governments, international organizations and employment agencies in the Mediterranean on the development of youth employment policies and programs.

Mr. Nigro holds a BA in International Political Science and a MA in International Studies from the LUISS University in Rome. He obtained a Master in Business Administration with Distinction from the University of Malta.


Dima Najim

  • Managing Director

Dima has over 13 years of experience working in the MENA region in senior roles in international NGOs. She 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 international NGOs. Prior to joining EFE, Dima served as part of EWS-WWF’s (a global leading environmental organization) fundraising team. Before moving to the UAE, she held the position of COO of Relief International/MSME in Iraq. Dima also was part of the team assigned by AGFUND in 2010 to establish the first Microfinance bank in Syria, in which she held the position of Operations Manager. Also, she was part of UNRWA's Microfinance Department management team for 7 years. Born and raised in the MENA region, Dima holds a BA in accounting and a master’s degree in finance from the Arab Academy for Banking and Financial Sciences.

Samantha Molt

  • Director of Finance, Compliance and Administration

Prior to joining EFE, Samantha was the Country Finance Manager for ACTED in Pakistan, and also did a short term assignment with them for Kenya/Somalia.  Previous to that, she was the Controller for Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights where she was responsible for the International division and National Immigrant Justice Center, as well as some other domestic operations.  She has experience in opening and closing offices, and overseeing the financial management and compliance of awards from various funding sources in multiple countries throughout South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.  Earlier in her career she held various finance and accounting positions, primarily in the Real Estate industry.  Samantha holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and an MBA with a concentration in International Business from The George Washington University.

Amr Abdallah

  • Director of Gulf Programs

Amr Abdallah has over 20 years of experience working in the MENA region in senior roles in non-for-profit and private sector. Prior to joining EFE, Mr. Abdallah served as part of the MENA leadership team at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). Before moving to the US, he taught Public Administration, Principles of Business Administration, Strategic Management and Business Policy at Egyptian and Arab Universities. He held several Senior Executive level positions in projects funded by international donor organizations like USAID and is used to mediating and facilitating negotiations at the highest levels of national and international institutions. He has significant professional experience in directing, implementing and evaluating public, private programs, and performing management consulting services to government, public and private companies and institutions in the MENA region. Born and raised in the Middle East, Mr. Abdallah completed his studies at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and is a Mason fellow of Public Policy. He participates regularly at World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) events where he presents papers and discusses trends related to government, private sector and development in the MENA region. Amr joined EFE in 2015.

Agustin Perez Vilaplana

  • Director of Programs and Operations

Agustin Perez Vilaplana has more than 27 years of experience in Operations, Technology and Project Management in Citibank, working as Senior Country Operations Officer in 8 different countries in Latin America, US and Europe. His last position was Senior Vice President in charge of Latin America Account Services for Corporate Clients out of Bogota, Colombia. Agustin has also run his own consultant company in Spain focusing on Human Resources and Operations and working closely with Spain, Morocco and Chile in these areas. He studied Aeronautical Engineering in the Universidad Complutense of Madrid and speaks French, Spanish, English and Portuguese

Mary Eleanor “Mariel” Davis

  • Senior Manager, Communications & Partnerships

Mary Eleanor “Mariel” Davis joined the EFE team from Qatar, where she served as a Georgetown University - Qatar University Arabic language fellow and as a consultant for the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative. Previously, she coordinated development and public relations for the Arab American Association of New York and co-designed the first international exhibition at the US National Children's Museum. Davis has researched and worked in Egypt, Yemen, the West Bank, Qatar, Tunisia and Morocco. She graduated with high honors from Columbia University with specializations in History and Middle East Studies, and is completing her Global Masters in Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2013, Davis was named a Carnegie New Leader.

Dina Dandachli

  • Senior Program Manager, Algeria (EuropEFE)

Born in Barcelona (Spain) of Lebanese descent, Dina lived and studied in Beirut for 9 years and is fluent 5 languages, including Arabic, French and English. She holds a BS Degree in Environmental Sciences and has advanced studies in International Relations, Euro-Mediterranean relations and international development cooperation.  Prior to joining EuropEFE, she worked for over seven years at different international and non-profit organisations, including the Club de Madrid, UNDP Burkina Faso, Fundación Nantik Lum and the Autónoma University of Madrid.

Ana Martiningui

  • Senior Research and Communication Manager (EuropEFE)


Ana Martiningui is Communications and Research Manager at EuropEFE. Before joining EuropEFE, she was Communications Chief and Publications Coordinator at FRIDE, organisation she joined in November 2004. During the same period, she also acted as Communications Advisor for several institutes, such as Concordia21, Development Assistance Research Associates (DARA), ECFR Madrid office, Toledo International Centre for Peace (CITpax), Global Observatory, Carbon War Room and MarViva Foundation. Prior to joining FRIDE, she worked in the private sector at Globalia Corporation, one of the largest holdings of the travel and tourism industry.

She holds an MA (Hons) in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom, and an MA in International Relations and Communications from the Complutense University of Madrid. Among her publications are ‘Communicating in the world of think tanks’ (Instituto de la Comunicación Académica, 2014); ‘Brazil, the other side of progress’ (FRIDE, 2013, with S. Gratius); ‘Geoeconomics in vogue in Europe’ (Esglobal, 2012); Challenges for European Foreign Policy in 2012. What kind of geo-economic Europe? (FRIDE, 2012, with R. Youngs); and Challenges for European Foreign Policy in 2011. After the crisis (FRIDE, 2011, with R. Youngs).


Jamie Bussey


    Senior Program Manager, Morocco and Tunisia



Prior to joining EFE, Jamie Bussey worked for the International Rescue Committee, specifically in the economic empowerment sector with refugee resettlement in Silver Spring, MD, managing and building program capacity in areas of early employment and career development. A returned Peace Corps volunteer, Jamie has more than six years of experience with training and education, particularly in areas of workforce development and higher education. Additionally, she has facilitated trainings for UN peacekeepers deploying to conflict areas in Africa, and in 2013, participated in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She holds a Master of Arts in International Training and Education from American University in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Journalism from Hood College in Frederick, MD.


Sarah Little

  • Senior Manager, Programs


Before joining EFE, Ms. Little worked for SOS Children’s Villages, a Washington, D.C.-based international non-profit organization, and for the Michigan State University Office of Study Abroad as a student adviser. She also interned for a non-profit, humanitarian organization called Secours Populaire Francais in Paris, France, where she worked mostly with French immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa. Sarah holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with specializations in Muslim Studies and Western European Studies from Michigan State University.


Ashley Barry

  • Senior Manager, Evaluation and Learning

Ashley joined EFE in 2015, offering a breadth of experience in the technology, conservation, education, and international development fields. Before joining EFE, she worked in corporate and foundation relations at The Nature Conservancy. Prior to that, Ashley worked at Facebook, participating in the launch of the Arabic site. She also served as a faculty member at the Middlebury Arabic School and as an international election observer with the Carter Center during Tunisia’s parliamentary elections in 2014. She holds a Master of Public Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (previously the Monterey Institute of International Studies) and a B.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures: Arabic from the University of California, Berkeley. Upon graduating from UC Berkeley, Ashley studied at the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) at the American University in Cairo.

Maria Tabanera

  • Senior Finance Manager (EuropEFE)


María Tabanera has broad experience in the private sector as a multilingual finance professional who brings outstanding organizational and analytical skills. Prior to joining EuropEFE, María worked as a Finance, HR and Operation Manager for a British Financial Consultancy in New York. She has over fifteen years experience within Finance Departments as a Finance Consultant including Citigroup and Oxford University. She has been working in Spain, Great Britain and The United States. She holds a Bsc (Honors) Business, Accounting and Marketing from the University of Salamanca.


Brad Kushner

  • Controller

Brad Kushner has been the C.P.A. and controller of The Brookhill Group for 14 years.

Luma Hawamdah

  • Business Systems Support Specialist

Luma is a results-oriented IT professional with a strong foundation in business process improvement, performance management, and system analysis. Prior to joining EFE, Luma worked as the Senior Consultant and Analyst for International Affairs with the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission in the USA. She developed expertise as a business unit liaison and communicator by converting complex technical analysis into understandable business problems. Born in Washington, DC, she relocated to the MENA region and received her Bachelor’s in Computer Science from the University of Jordan. She has worked as a System Analyst for GamaTec in Tripoli, Libya and as an Academic Services Administrator with International Schools in Jeddah, KSA. She returned the USA to obtain her Master’s of Science in Information Technology in Health Informatics.

Shadia Murad

  • Program Associate

Shadia joined EFE in 2015 after completing her M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. Her studies were mainly focused on educational development and access to higher education in Palestine. Prior to joining, Shadia worked as the Office Manager for the Palestinian American Research Center. She supervised and administered research and travel fellowships to doctoral and post-doctoral students and was responsible for maintaining accountability and regular assessments of programs to improve projects. A native of New Orleans, she was active in coordinating target programs on issues related to intercultural understanding in her community. She organized several Palestinian cultural events and was an active member of Palestinian solidarity groups. She received her B.A. in International Studies with a minor in French from the University of New Orleans.

Hannah Zuzek

  • Program Associate

Hannah joins the EFE team as a Morocco & Tunisia Program Associate after completing her master’s degree in Sustainable Development at SIT Graduate Institute in in Washington DC. Her studies focused on social innovation, education, youth policy and inclusion. Her thesis concentrated on private sector engagement in addressing youth unemployment in the MENA region. Previously she spent three years in Morocco, for the first two years she served as a Youth Development volunteer in Morocco for the Peace Corps. While living in various regions of the country she taught English at the local youth center, facilitated youth leadership camps and organized girls’ empowerment workshops. In addition to her Peace Corps experience she lived in Rabat, Morocco where she volunteered for a local art gallery that provided artisanal and entrepreneur trainings for at-risk women and girls and also taught English at Berlitz Language Center. She is a native of Minnesota and received a B.A in Political Science from Hamline University.

Matthew Osborn

  • Evaluation and Learning Associate

Matthew Osborn joined EFE in 2016 after serving as a Survey Administrator at Geopoll, where he was responsible for managing polls for news organizations, development groups, and corporations. Prior to his work with Geopoll, he served as the Outreach Manager for The Middle East & North Africa Consultants Association. Additionally, he has interned with a diverse group of organizations including the US Department of State Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, the National Council on US-Arab Relations, and Al-Arabiya News. Matthew graduated from American University with a BA in International Studies and a minor in Arabic Language, and he studied Arabic abroad at the University of Jordan.

Jack Nourieh

  • Finance, Grants and Administrative Associate

Jack joined EFE in 2015 after completing his Master’s Degree in International Business from Grenoble Ecole de Management in Grenoble, France. Jack has experience living and working in the Middle East, interning for UNDP and Byblos Bank in Damascus, Syria. As an intern in the Accounting Department at UNDP, he gained experience in the field of UN compliance, financial rules and regulations and procurement procedures. He held a B.S. in Business Administration from the Lebanese American University in Beirut, specializing in Banking and Finance. During his undergraduate studies, Jack participated in an international summer exchange program at UC Berkeley in California.