Maria is the CEO of Humanity Crew, as well as one of the co-founders. A lawyer in profession, Maria is an active member and campaigner for minorities’ rights and women’s rights in her local community. In the past few years, Maria has also become an active refugee mental health advocate and has spoken in many conferences and forums on the importance of mental health support for refugees. Maria’s job in the organization is to overlook all projects and finances, setting the organization’s strategy and direction, monitoring the organization’s values and behavior, building and leading the managerial team, and allocating capital for the organization, amongst many other things.
Essam is the mental health director of Humanity Crew, as well as one of the co-founders. A psychiatrist in profession, Essam specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry and graduated from psychoanalytic school. He is an avid refugee mental health activist and researcher who has spoken in countless conferences and media outlets all over the world advocating for the importance of mental health support for refugees. In 2018, he became a WHO mental health expert team member and a TED Fellow. Essam’s job in the organization is to overlook all mental health work done by our experts and our volunteers, lead and do field research, write reports on our findings, advise the organization with the proper mental health approaches to various subjects, runs the volunteer training, and raises awareness globally on the subject of mental health of refugees. Essam also overlooks all projects, alongside Maria, and ensures that they are medically correct and adaptable.
Iara Restrepo Vera
Iara Restrepo Vera is one of Humanity Crew’s psychologists and coaches. She holds 2 Master's Degrees in General Health Psychology and Emotional Intelligence and Coaching. Iara has worked for 4 years in an international NGO environment creating opportunities for others' to fulfill their human potential. Iara works mainly with young adults, helping them to transit disturbing emotions and symptoms associated with past experiences, as well as creating spaces for personal and transformational development through acceptance and understanding our strengths and love for oneself and significant others. She runs a podcast about humanity and explores how we can find meaning in our stories, what makes us one and not what makes us different, understanding that diversity and cooperation is the pathway towards well being.
Mohammad is Humanity Crew’s training and mental health counsellor. A psychologist in profession, Mohamed is an emergency intervention specialist and specialized in trauma therapy, treating the victims of sexual abuse, treating children with inappropriate sexual behaviours, and working with children in distress and guidance.
Mohammad also trains professionals on how to work with children in distress both locally and internationally. He is one of the co-founders of Humanity Crew and is responsible for the mental health training given to the volunteers and is the guidance counsellor to Humanity Crew’s mental health professionals and volunteers during their deployment.
Adam is a Chevening Scholar with an MPhil (Merit) in Project Finance and International Intellectual Property. He was a constitutional lawyer for five years before setting up a media firm in London, specializing in creating content for leading global brands. Adam advises Humanity Crew on its strategy and development work.
Claudia is Humanity Crew's Outreach and Partnerships Officer. After earning a Master's degree in Public Administration with a concentration in human rights and social justice from the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs at Cornell University, her passion and determination to help the most vulnerable have led her to pursue a career in the humanitarian sector with a strong focus on migration and asylum policy. Claudia has been closely involved with Humanity Crew's work during her entire program at Cornell and after, working as a research consultant for multiple projects that also involved fieldwork in Athens, Greece, and the Headquarters in Haifa. With a strong educational and professional background that revolves strongly around her specialty for addressing humanitarian crises, Claudia has been supporting Humanity Crew’s communications research collaborations and general programming. Bringing diverse experience from international organizations including UNICEF, UNHCR, and UN Women, as well as a number of different NGOs worldwide, she is now responsible for Humanity Crew's outreach and partnerships.
Alba Sabé Dausà
Alba Sabé Dausà is one of Humanity Crew’s leading psychologists, psychotherapists, and trainers. She holds 3 Master's Degrees in General Health Psychology, Sexual and Couple Growth, and Psychotherapy of Emotional Well-being. Moreover, Alba is an expert in fields such as EMDR, Mindfulness, Integrative evaluation and intervention techniques, NLP, Psychological First Aid, Psychological First Aid, and more. Alba usually works with adults, helping to manage the disturbing emotions and symptoms associated with traumatic experiences. She also conducts international training via Humanity Crew’s online clinic, across our social media platforms, and in the field.
Mariana is Humanity Crew’s Program Coordinator. She graduated with a B.A in Computer Science and Business Administration and determined to be working in the humanitarian field. With the passion growing, she went on to get a Master's degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Haifa University. Mariana’s first exposure to the humanitarian field was at the Students' Ambassador's program of Bethlehem University, where she completed a 3 months internship for the Sir McGuckin program along with the Catholic Charities in New Jersey - Camden. She has worked with Iraqi and Filipino refugees and the people who are struggling with poverty and other complex issues where she provided shelters, food aid, social, mental health, health, and job supports. Mariana is now responsible for overseeing Humanity Crew’s programs and projects around the world.
Ariella is Humanity Crew’s research associate. She earned her B.A in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and is currently pursuing her M.D. degree at the Technion – Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine. Ariella is responsible for conducting the qualitative analysis of Humanity Crew’s intervention efforts and prepares scientific literature on these findings. She is passionate about working with mental health refugees and hopes to use this foundation of knowledge to help guide her in her pursuit of becoming a psychiatrist.
Dr. Mohamed Omran Abu Shawish
Dr. Mohammed is Humanity Crew’s Field Project Manager. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, specialized in designing and implementing self-care programs and professional supervision. He is also an expert in training, consultancy, evaluation, and research in the mental health field. Dr. Mohammed is a certified trainer from the World Health Organization in mental health gap (MHGAP), also a certified trainer In mind and body medicine, he is also a part-time lecturer in many Palestinian universities. He worked with Palestinian, Syrian, and Iraqi refugees in Belgium. He has published many research and studies in international journals of mental health and psychology.
Nizar is Humanity Crew’s technical advisor and director. A software engineer and entrepreneur in profession, Nizar is in charge of managing and developing the technological projects at Humanity Crew. Nizar has been active in political activism and human rights, and being a digital nomad, he has participated in multiple local and international struggles. Nizar holds a BSc degree in Computer Science, currently a Co-Founder and the CTO of a technological startup company.