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 organizations, amongst many other thing.
Dr. Essam Daod
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, advice the organization with the proper mental health approaches to various subjects, runs the volunteer trainings, 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.
Jana is the programs coordinator in Humanity Crew. With an education in English literature and feminism and a passion for photography, Jana has worked as a human rights advocate in NGOs for many years. Jana is responsible for running and implementing all projects within Humanity Crew, as well as managing the volunteers. She recruits, prepares, and sends volunteers to Europe and remains in close contact with them throughout their deployment. She is also responsible for outreach and researching new initiatives within the organization and is responsible for writing reports, newsletters, and managing the overall day to day office.
Shadia is Humanity Crew’s strategy and development advisor. With a background in information management, economics, business, and resource development, Shadia has been active for the last 20 years in social-political activism and human rights. In Humanity Crew, her job is to overlook the strategy development of the organization, advise on long-term plans and projects, and support the team in applying to them. Through communicating directly with funders and philanthropists, Shadia is able to share Humanity Crew's vision and mission with relevant stakeholders around the world.
Mohamed 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 in working with children in distress and guidance. Mohamad also trains professionals in 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 trainings given to the volunteers and is the guidance counsellor to Humanity Crew’s mental health professionals and volunteers during their deployment.
Dr. David Orr
David is the senior adviser to Humanity Crew. He has spent his career providing psychosocial support and spiritual care for terminally ill patients and their families, most recently as a hospice chaplain in New York City. David has a PhD in Religious Ethics and continued on to post-graduate training in pastoral care. Throughout his life, he has devoted a substantial portion of his time to volunteering services. David is helping to establish Humanity Crew's operations in the United States and supports the leadership on fund development and strategy.
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.
With a master’s degree in clinical psychology and psychoanalytic developmental psychology, Rand serves as the mental health coordinator and researcher in Humanity Crew. She has been actively engaged in serving her community through her work with children, young people and families in several health and educational services. She is responsible for providing support and counselling to volunteers working in the field, conducting research, and monitoring our field work in Greece. Rand is extremely committed to the mental health of refugees and to raise awareness about the importance of this subject.
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.
Yara is Humanity Crew’s mental health field coordinator in Athens. Yara is a child and adolescent psychologist who is trained in behavioral therapy and using assistive technology to help people with multiple disabilities. She has previously worked with children and teenagers at risk and took part in the non-formal education field as coordinator of activities empathizing social values, equality, and justice with different youth movements. Yara's previous achievements include an early childhood development programme for refugee children, providing psychosocial support to children and their parents, support groups for women, individual counselling sessions and community building groups with unaccompanied minors. She also runs workshops and trainings to support volunteers and volunteer coordinators, focusing mainly on the importance of self care.