General Secretary

Meet our hard-working team behind Mentor Arabia's success.

Thuraya Ismail | [email protected]
Chief Executive Officer

Holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a BA in Political Sciences from the American University of Beirut. Her experience in the development work with the UN, regional and international organizations; as well as governmental and civil society institutions emphasizes on strategic planning, policies and partnerships development, and programs/ projects management and implementation in the fields of youth and women empowerment, good governance, gender mainstreaming, and institutional and human capacity development.

Bechara Ghaoui | [email protected]
Head of Communication and Fundraising Department
Acting Deputy Executive Director

Holds a BSc in biology and an MSc in Nutrition from the Lebanese University. He has more than 12 years of experience in Lebanon, in the health education field. He participated in the production of publications and books about healthy lifestyles. He actively organized exhibitions, marketing events, and advertising campaigns.

Anthony Abi Zeid | [email protected]
Head of Programs Department

Holds a BA in Law Studies and a Master’s in Political Science – Planning and Management. He has more than 8 years of experience in capacity building, project management, and team leading. He has been committed for more than 15 years to voluntary work in several NGOs, mainly focusing on relief and support for vulnerable individuals.

Hala Najm | [email protected]
Senior Programs Associate

Holds a Masters of Public Health degree from the American University of Beirut and a B.S. of Pharmacy from the Lebanese American University. Hala attended a WHO course on “Adolescent Health in Low and Middle-Income Countries” at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her project management experience in the development field ranges from advocating for human rights to designing HIV national awareness campaigns, as well as planning and developing national and regional prevention programs and toolkits for children and youth that are funded by different UN agencies.

Dima Shehab | [email protected]
Administrative and HR Associate

Holds a BA in Business Management and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Arts, Literature, and Technology University of Lebanon. She has more than 13 years of administrative experience in Lebanon and the MENA region, specialized in major conferences coordination and logistics.

Nour Mardam | [email protected]
Senior Communication Associate

Holds a bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and an MBA from the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon. Nour Mardam led a seasoned career in the realm of media and advertising at multinational organizations, handling client portfolios across the MENA region. Nour managed accounts and developed award-winning strategies for corporate and consumer clients to support them in gaining maximal exposure.

Kaysar Daou | [email protected]
Media and Communication Assistant

Holds a BA in Graphic Design – As a Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Concept Artist, Animator, Video Editor, and Visual Compositor, he has been able to successfully bring life to a variety of projects for reputable regional and international NGOs, corporations, and small businesses. In addition to his design skills, Kaysar has a strong passion for digital marketing and SEO optimization.

Hanane Kalakesh | [email protected]
Programs Assistant

Holds a Master’s degree in architecture from the Lebanese University and has a strong background in the humanitarian field. She completed a thesis titled “Humanitarian Organizations in Raising Awareness and Aiding Communities,” which examined the role of humanitarian organizations in promoting awareness and helping communities. Hanane has also volunteered for more than 6 years in the humanitarian field, giving her extensive knowledge and experience in creating curricula and conducting trainings.

Mohamad El Sayed | [email protected]
Administrative Assistant

Holds a BA in Business Administration from Beirut Arab University. He has more than 5 years of administrative experience in Lebanon and Kazakhstan.