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.

 

Taleb Salhab

  • Interim CEO, EFE-Global and Senior Vice President for Programs and Affiliate Services

Mr. Salhab has seventeen years of experience in senior leadership roles in the non-profit and private sectors. Most recently, he served as the Director of the Peace & Security Program at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, where he led a multimillion dollar grant-making program. Prior to that, Mr. Salhab served as the National Outreach Director for the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS); the largest Arab- American human services organization in the United States. In that role, he directed the programs of a national network of 21 community based organizations in ten states. Salhab spent eight years in a senior leadership position in the private sector, serving as the Director of Sales & Marketing for a large conglomerate in Florida working in the tourism and hospitality industries. Over his career, he has been a resource to civic groups and government, and has been interviewed extensively by national and international media. Born and raised in the Middle East, Mr. Salhab holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Florida State University.

Jasmine Nahhas di Florio

  • Senior Vice President, 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.

 

Naif ALobaid

  • Country Representative, Saudi Arabia

Naif ALobaid has had a diverse career in CSR and program management. He began as an assistant to the commandant assistant, Chief Security Officer and a Flag Corp Commander at Randolph Macon Academy, later serving as the head of public relations and as a project manager of vocational training programs and micro financing loans for persons with disabilities at the King Salman Center for Disability research. He then moved to working in the CSR department at the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation "SABIC" for four years, becoming the senior manger for global CSR programs. During his tenure he managed a portfolio of programs totaling more than 500 million Saudi riyals. He then was recruited by the Public Education Evaluation Commission in Saudi Arabia to manage the school evaluation program and stakeholder engagement, and then to serve as an assistant vice governor.

Naif holds a certificate in Food and Beverage Operations Management from Cesar Ritz Colleges in Switzerland, a BA in Management with a minor in International Relations from Webster University in Geneva, a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University, and an MBA with concentration in International Trade from Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island, USA.

Brad Kushner

  • CFO

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

Ghanim Ghneim

  • Associate Director for Education & Learning Systems

Ghanim Ghneim joins EFE after spending 8 years working in the UAE and Saudi Arabia in educational leadership roles, having focused on developing and implementing vocational curricula in the regions. He spent several years working in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain with the Abu Dhabi Vocational and Education Training Institute as the Faculty Chair of Information Technology, overseeing successful design and implementation of a wide variety of technology and engineering based vocational programs tailored to the needs of the UAE market while attaining international accreditation for the programs. Most recently he served as the Director of Curriculum Development with Laureate Saudi Arabia managing a number of vocational education curriculum development initiatives throughout the country. Mr. Ghneim additionally has roots in software design and architecture having extensively worked in systems design and project management roles prior to his transition into the field of education. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Master of the Arts in Education and Curriculum Development from Murdoch University.

Samantha Molt

  • Associate Director, 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.

Nilanj Desai

  • Senior Advisor, Strategic Initiatives

 

Nilanj Desai brings diverse development experience to the EFE team, having lived several years in the Middle East including in Jordan, Palestine, and Iraq. He most recently worked at UNDP Iraq, where he designed local community development and vocational training programs for UNDP, the Government of Iraq, and international oil companies operating in Basra. Prior to this effort, he served on a number of hospital reconstruction projects with UNDP Iraq and urban planning projects with UN-Habitat Iraq. Before joining the UN, Nilanj consulted for several national and international NGOs in Jordan as well as the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Planning on donor relations, marketing, strategic planning, and communications, and also served as a speechwriter for Princess Basma Bint Talal of Jordan. Prior to transitioning to the economic development field, Nilanj was a consultant with CEB, a consulting firm based in Washington, DC. Nilanj received his MA in International Economics and Conflict Management from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and his BA from Yale University.

 

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.

Amr Abdallah

  • Senior Manager, 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.

Dina Dandachli

  • Project Coordinator

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.

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

  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager

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

  • Finance Manager

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.

Nicole Muzzy

  • Program Associate

Nicole joins EFE after recently completing her master’s degree in international affairs at George Washington University. Her studies were focused on the Middle East and international economic development and her thesis was an impact assessment of Gulf aid to Jordan. She previously worked as an intern for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), where she assisted in partnership and donor outreach and helped prepare communications materials for Congressional and media briefings. She also worked as a Program Associate and Development Intern for Layalina Productions, researching and reporting on youth employment initiatives in the MENA region in support of Layalina’s Generation Entrepreneur television program. Additionally, Nicole interned for the U.S. Department of State and the International Trade Administration. Nicole received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Florida.

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.

Abraham Durojaiye

  •  

    Business Systems Support Specialist

     

Prior to joining EFE, Abraham worked in the private sector as a Business Analyst and Project Coordinator for Barmetrix USA, a hospitality consulting firm based out of Annapolis, Maryland. While at Barmetrix USA, he led the development and adoption of the Business of Bars program for Diageo, a global leader in beer, wine and liquor production.

Abraham also worked in the government sector, specifically at the Embassy of Nigeria as a Business Systems Analyst, where his team migrated a manual passport system into a newly developed E-Passport system that is currently still being used at the Embassy.

Abraham brings in a wealth of experience in systems adoption, implementation plans and systems training. He holds a B.S. degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from University of Maryland, Business Analysis training from J-Rock Technical Institute and is currently completing another degree in Graphic Communications at University of Maryland University College.

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.

Jamie Bussey

  • Program Manager

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.

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 Assistant

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.

Ana Martiningui

  • Communications and Research Manager

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).

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