Our Staff

 

Saamiyah Ali-Mohammed - Programs Manager

Saamiyah Ali-Mohammed is the Program Manager of UOSSM Canada, an organization that provides medical services and humanitarian medical relief to communities suffering from displacement and conflict. The global UOSSM movement currently serves people in Syria and in neighboring countries. Saamiyah joined the organization in 2018 as the Program Manager, and was selected by the board for her competencies in public health, project management and research.

Saamiyah has wide-ranging experience and skills in project management and operations, particularly within the areas of health equity, social determinants of health, and inclusive programming. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from McMaster University.

Prior to UOSSM, Saamiyah worked at a variety of organizations, including MIAG Centre for Diverse Women & Families, the Region of Peel, and Public Health Ontario, conducting humanitarian projects, applied research, and community work at the national and international level. 

 

Avi D'Souza - Global Director of Communications

Avi D’Souza is the Global Director of Communications of UOSSM and has led an international communications team with staff in: Canada, France, Switzerland, England and Turkey. Avi has created and implemented a global communications strategy covering press, websites, social media, branding, fundraising, research, and advocacy. Avi has coordinated 191 press releases, in which UOSSM received press coverage in 19,218 articles, TV and radio spots with a total publication reach of 600 M viewers. 

Avi holds his Honours of Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Wilfred Laurier University. He is the founder of the Toronto chapter of Not Just Tourists, a non-profit organization that has sent over 300,000 pounds of medical supplies to aid more than 50 countries, including some of the world’s largest humanitarian disasters.

 

Dr. Jamal Kaby Koly - Canada/Turkey Liaison

Dr. Jamal Kaby Koly has been working with UOSSM since its inception in both management and frontline roles. His roles have included Regional Director (2013-2015), Trauma & Hospitals Director (2015-2016), Secondary and Tertiary Healthcare Director (2016-2018) and currently, Liaison Coordinator. 

With years of experience in project planning, tracking, evaluating and reporting, he continues to contribute to grant and proposal development, stakeholder engagement, and management of UOSSM teams. He has spoken at several events and training programs for UOSSM and he guides the implementation of program activities through international field officers. 

 

Lena Lahalih - Social Media Strategist

Lena Lahalih is an MA candidate in the Literatures of Modernity program, and an alumna of the English undergraduate program, at Ryerson University. Presently, she is the Social Media Strategist at UOSSM-Canada where she assists in public relations, social media consulting and writing. 

Prior to UOSSM, Lena has worked as a social media strategist and event co-ordinator for Digital Humanities at Ryerson University and as a editor in chief on Her Campus Ryerson a chapter part of the largest media and online magazine platform directed at university women. She has worked closely with the executive team of The Canadian Palestinian Professional Foundation (CPPF), a non profit, non political, social and humanitarian organization for Canadian Palestinians or individuals of Palestinian origin residing legally in Canada. Lena also has an extensive volunteer record such as a website manager at the Ryerson Lifeline Syria institution.

 

Akpene Kutuadu - Programs Officer (Intern)

Akpene Kutuadu is the Programs Officer at UOSSM-Canada and is currently working as an intern for the summer of 2019. She assists with preparing, editing and proofreading correspondence, invoices, presentations, brochures, publications, reports and related material under the supervision and mentorship of the nonprofit management. She also assists in the planning/implementation of programs and events to support Syrian refugees and victims of war. From September 2018, Akpene worked as a youth leader with UOSSM-Canada raising awareness about humanitarian issues, assisting with administrative tasks in the office, writing reports and summarizing organizational activities. 

Akpene graduated from the University of Toronto Mississauga with an Honours Bachelor of Science. She pursued a major in Psychology and a double minor in Human Geography and Education Studies. Previously, Akpene was a research assistant at the Laboratory for Social-Emotional Development and Intervention (SEDI Lab) under the supervision of Dr. Tina Malti, working on projects related to child development and designing a parenting intervention for marginalized families in Kenya. Akpene hopes to build a career in community development research and aims to apply to graduate school at the end of 2019. 

 

Nupur Agrawal - Fundraising Officer (Intern)

Nupur Agrawal is the Fundraising Officer at UOSSM-Canada and is currently working as an intern for the summer of 2019. She creates and produces the financial, analytical, and statistical reports on development activities. She also creates social media posts, images, and stories to be published on the organization's social media channels. She monitors news and social media sites in the countries where the organization operates and relays stories that may affect its projects and operations.

Nupur is currently a second year student at Carleton University, pursuing a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) in Design. She has previously worked as an intern at Zeidler Partnership Architects and is applying her graphic design knowledge towards helping a humanitarian cause. She has also volunteered with numerous non-profit organizations such as Seva Food Bank, Agarwals Based in Canada and Panorama India. 


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