Meet the Team

 
Abdallah Hamarsheh - Executive Director   Like many Palestinians, Abdallah worked in construction in Israel during the 1990s, before going to college. He joined OneVoice Movement in 2005 as a volunteer and has since mobilized and organized more than 1,500 youth leaders across the West Bank and Gaza in support of non-violent conflict resolution. Prior to this, Abdallah worked for the Palestinian Authority in the VIP Protection Unit and for the Ministry of NGO Affairs. Abdallah’s leadership skills and commitment have been widely noted, including in the book  Invisible Giants  by Leaders’ Quest founder Lindsay Levin. Abdallah was born in the town of Yabed near Jenin. His parents passed away when he was a child, so he credits his sisters for helping to raise him into the man he is today. Abdallah and his wife Safa’ live in Ramallah with their daughter Talia.

Abdallah Hamarsheh - Executive Director

Like many Palestinians, Abdallah worked in construction in Israel during the 1990s, before going to college. He joined OneVoice Movement in 2005 as a volunteer and has since mobilized and organized more than 1,500 youth leaders across the West Bank and Gaza in support of non-violent conflict resolution. Prior to this, Abdallah worked for the Palestinian Authority in the VIP Protection Unit and for the Ministry of NGO Affairs. Abdallah’s leadership skills and commitment have been widely noted, including in the book Invisible Giants by Leaders’ Quest founder Lindsay Levin. Abdallah was born in the town of Yabed near Jenin. His parents passed away when he was a child, so he credits his sisters for helping to raise him into the man he is today. Abdallah and his wife Safa’ live in Ramallah with their daughter Talia.


Wisam Ziadeh - Field Coordinator (Ramallah)   Wisam was born and raised in east Jerusalem. She is an English major graduate from the university of Bethlehem and a mother of a nine year old girl and a baby boy. Wisam currently lives in Ramallah. She is a Palestinian with a Jerusalem ID, a Jordanian passport with no Israeli citizenship. She doesn’t have a Palestinian ID or a Palestinian passport either. Wisam’s husband and kids have Israeli passports and they can travel freely through Israel, but Wisam needs a travel document from the Israeli side to go through Israeli airports. Wisam has chosen to live in the West Bank, in Ramallah, because she consider herself a Palestinian mother and she wants her kids to be be raised and learn about their Palestinian culture and values, and to maintain their Palestinian identity.

Wisam Ziadeh - Field Coordinator (Ramallah)

Wisam was born and raised in east Jerusalem. She is an English major graduate from the university of Bethlehem and a mother of a nine year old girl and a baby boy. Wisam currently lives in Ramallah. She is a Palestinian with a Jerusalem ID, a Jordanian passport with no Israeli citizenship. She doesn’t have a Palestinian ID or a Palestinian passport either. Wisam’s husband and kids have Israeli passports and they can travel freely through Israel, but Wisam needs a travel document from the Israeli side to go through Israeli airports. Wisam has chosen to live in the West Bank, in Ramallah, because she consider herself a Palestinian mother and she wants her kids to be be raised and learn about their Palestinian culture and values, and to maintain their Palestinian identity.


Rena Alhaj Abed - Intern   Rena was born in April 1993 in Jerusalem. She lives with her family in Ramallah and enjoys travelling around the world to discover different cultures. Rena is a graduate of English Literature and Linguistics at Birzeit University and just finished studying for her Masters in International Business Administration in Romania. Rena was introduced to non-violent activism through OneVoice Palestine through her network of friends. She is currently an intern in Zimam Palestine, an NGO dedicated to providing a platform for young Palestinians to practice democracy and freedom of speech, challenging the occupation and the extremist agenda. Rena believes in non-violent activism and freedom of speech. She supports civil right movements working to make Palestine a better place.

Rena Alhaj Abed - Intern

Rena was born in April 1993 in Jerusalem. She lives with her family in Ramallah and enjoys travelling around the world to discover different cultures. Rena is a graduate of English Literature and Linguistics at Birzeit University and just finished studying for her Masters in International Business Administration in Romania. Rena was introduced to non-violent activism through OneVoice Palestine through her network of friends. She is currently an intern in Zimam Palestine, an NGO dedicated to providing a platform for young Palestinians to practice democracy and freedom of speech, challenging the occupation and the extremist agenda. Rena believes in non-violent activism and freedom of speech. She supports civil right movements working to make Palestine a better place.

Obada Shtaya - Director of Development and Partnerships (London)   Obada is a community organizer from Nablus who grew up during the second Intifada. After receiving a Fulbright Scholarship in 2015, Obada moved to Washington D.C. Today, he holds an MA in Conflict and Security from George Mason University. A believer in the power of education, while in the United States he co-founded OneVoice on Campus, a fellowship giving US students an opportunity to learn about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and advocate for its resolution. Having traveled, studied and researched extensively to learn from other peoples’ and nations’ experiences, Obada believes that the action needed for both ending the occupation and advancing Palestine to become a prosperous state is one and the same: creating a responsible society and an accountable leadership.

Obada Shtaya - Director of Development and Partnerships (London)

Obada is a community organizer from Nablus who grew up during the second Intifada. After receiving a Fulbright Scholarship in 2015, Obada moved to Washington D.C. Today, he holds an MA in Conflict and Security from George Mason University. A believer in the power of education, while in the United States he co-founded OneVoice on Campus, a fellowship giving US students an opportunity to learn about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and advocate for its resolution. Having traveled, studied and researched extensively to learn from other peoples’ and nations’ experiences, Obada believes that the action needed for both ending the occupation and advancing Palestine to become a prosperous state is one and the same: creating a responsible society and an accountable leadership.

Rameh Mesmar - Field Coordinator (Nablus)   Rameh was born and raised in Nablus, located in the north of the West Bank. He is 31 years old, married and has a very beautiful baby boy. Rameh has a BA in Psychology, and is currently finishing up his Masters thesis in Planning and Political Development. Previously, he worked as a psychiatrist in the Palestinian Ministry of Education, with students in elementary schools through the Women’s Center for Studies. He considers himself an activist, working with many local and international organizations that focuses on civil peace and peace building in Palestine and the Middle East. He works every day to promote the values of justice, moderation and pluralism, and support the Palestinian national project of statehood and an end to the Israeli occupation. Rameh strongly believes that the desire and needed positive change requires huge responsibility and greater work anywhere and everywhere.

Rameh Mesmar - Field Coordinator (Nablus)

Rameh was born and raised in Nablus, located in the north of the West Bank. He is 31 years old, married and has a very beautiful baby boy. Rameh has a BA in Psychology, and is currently finishing up his Masters thesis in Planning and Political Development. Previously, he worked as a psychiatrist in the Palestinian Ministry of Education, with students in elementary schools through the Women’s Center for Studies. He considers himself an activist, working with many local and international organizations that focuses on civil peace and peace building in Palestine and the Middle East. He works every day to promote the values of justice, moderation and pluralism, and support the Palestinian national project of statehood and an end to the Israeli occupation. Rameh strongly believes that the desire and needed positive change requires huge responsibility and greater work anywhere and everywhere.


Alaa Salous - Program Officer   Alaa Graduated from Al-Najah National University in Palestine. He Studied in the Faculty of Economics and has a BA degree in Political Science and MA Degree in Political Development and Planning. Alaa served as the coordinator of public relations at the student council at the university. He is the Youth program officer for Zimam. Alaa helped organize many initiatives, such as the sit-in to end the division between the Palestinian factions in the city center of Nablus. Alaa is also one of the participants in the United Nations Youth, Peace and Security in the Arab States program. Alaa is also one of the founders of the UN’s international initiative “Shughel Shabab”.

Alaa Salous - Program Officer

Alaa Graduated from Al-Najah National University in Palestine. He Studied in the Faculty of Economics and has a BA degree in Political Science and MA Degree in Political Development and Planning. Alaa served as the coordinator of public relations at the student council at the university. He is the Youth program officer for Zimam. Alaa helped organize many initiatives, such as the sit-in to end the division between the Palestinian factions in the city center of Nablus. Alaa is also one of the participants in the United Nations Youth, Peace and Security in the Arab States program. Alaa is also one of the founders of the UN’s international initiative “Shughel Shabab”.


Atta Masri - Field Coordinator (Gaza)   Atta was born in Gaza. He is 29 years old, and married with a daughter named Rawiya. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and has worked for several years with civil society and civil society institutions supporting peace in Palestine and the Middle East in general. Atta joined the OneVoice Movement as a volunteer 10 years ago. He is currently the Field Coordinator for Zimam in Gaza. Atta participated in many peace conferences on a local level and he would like to represent Palestine in international forums. Atta hopes to see the goals of Zimam become a reality. He believes that despite all obstacles, the Zimam team will come through victorious.

Atta Masri - Field Coordinator (Gaza)

Atta was born in Gaza. He is 29 years old, and married with a daughter named Rawiya. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and has worked for several years with civil society and civil society institutions supporting peace in Palestine and the Middle East in general. Atta joined the OneVoice Movement as a volunteer 10 years ago. He is currently the Field Coordinator for Zimam in Gaza. Atta participated in many peace conferences on a local level and he would like to represent Palestine in international forums. Atta hopes to see the goals of Zimam become a reality. He believes that despite all obstacles, the Zimam team will come through victorious.



Youth Advisory Council

 

IN 2019, ZIMAM INTRODUCED ITS NEW YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL.

If we want to see young people leading change, we need to provide them with role models. Over the past two month, the Zimam team has roamed Palestine, visiting all 13 of our chapters, all of our partners and all of our volunteers in order to revive hope and strengthen relationships.

We ran local elections in all governorates, in order to produce Zimam’s internal governing body; The Youth Advisory Council.

 
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Saif Aqel

President

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Ahed Sufian Abdullah

Vice President (Gaza)

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May Sliman

Vice President (West Bank)