Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Founding President and Executive Director
Marlyn Tadros
, Ph.D.
Marlyn Tadros

Marlyn Tadros is Professor of Web Development and Interactive Media at the Arts Institute of New England in Boston. She is a Research Affiliate at the Middle East Center at Northeastern University and is managing editor of its new Journal of New Media Studies. She was also a Visiting Scholar in the Women's Department at NEU. Tadros occasionally teaches human rights and Middle East Studies in the Political Science Department, and was also a Visiting Fellow at the Human Rights Program at Harvard University. Prior to coming to the US in September 1998, Tadros was Deputy director of the Legal Research and Resource Center for Human Rights in Cairo, Egypt, and Executive Director of the National Steering Committee of the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development which took place in Cairo in 1994. She continues to be involved in human rights issues in the Arab World.

Tadros served on the Board of Directors of Grassroots International, Boston, and other human rights related organizations and has been appointed to the International Fellowships Panel of the American Association of University Women. She has also founded Virtual Activism and its project MENGOs [ Middle East NGOs: Center for Knowledge Society] both of which are pioneering projects that deal with the intersection between technology and human rights and development. Tadros organizes training workshops on technology and human rights in several countries around the world, with special focus on the Middle East. She is also author of numerous papers on the Middle East with several publications in both English and Arabic, the most recent of which is e-Hijab: Muslim Women in the Metaverse published by MIT 2011 [for complete paper visit this link]

Vice President
Shalini Nataraj
Global Fund for Women

Shalini Nataraj


Shalini Nataraj has been working on social justice and human rights issues for over 16 years, in India and the United States. She was Associate Director of the Reebok Human Rights Program and is a founder and the coordinator of the Boston Coalition Against Trafficking and Slavery, that is focused on developing a comprehensive response to aid victims of trafficking in the Boston area, educate about issues related to human trafficking, and mobilize action aimed at advocacy on this issue. Nataraj is currently the Program Director at the Global Fund for Women.

Secretary
Denis Sullivan
, Ph.D.
Northeastern University

Denis Sullivan

Denis J. Sullivan (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is Professor of Political Science and Chair, International Affairs Program at Northeastern University (Boston).  He also is Director of the Middle East Center for Peace, Culture and Development and the Director of International Initiatives at Northeastern. Prof. Sullivan is an Affiliate in Research at Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies.  He served as the Director of PARC, the Palestinian American Research Center (2005-06).

Sullivan is the author of numerous articles and books, most recently: “Will the Muslim Brotherhood ‘Run’ in 2010?” Arab Reform Bulletin, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, May 2009; Global Security Watch: Egypt, with Kimberly Jones (Praeger, 2008); Islam in Contemporary Egypt: Civil Society vs. the State, with Sana Abed-Kotob (L. Rienner, 1999); & "NGOs and Development in Egypt" (Middle East Insight, July 2001).
Sullivan has served as a consultant to the U.S. State Department on Islam and the Middle East as well as to the World Bank on its Palestinian NGO Project. Sullivan also is involved in local politics and community activism, especially as an elected member of the School Committee in Arlington, Massachusetts (1997-2003) and the Arlington Democratic Town Committee.

Interim Treasurer
Barbara Ibrahim, Ph.D.
Executive Director,
American University in Cairo
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Barbara Ibrahim

Barbara Lethem Ibrahim was the Population Council’s Regional Director for West Asia and North Africa, based in Cairo, Egypt. In that position she has developed programs for strengthening international links in the social science research community and encouraging comparative and multi-disciplinary studies in the Arab countries, Pakistan, Turkey and Iran. She was formerly a program officer for urban and gender programs in the Middle East office of the Ford Foundation and prior to that, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the American University in Cairo. Her publications include an analysis of public policy performance in Egypt and assessments of indigenous philanthropy in the Arab World. She has an MA from the American University of Beirut and A Ph.D. from Indiana University. Currently she is serving on the board of the Ibn Khaldoun Center for Development Studies, Egypt and The Research Ethics Review Board of the American University in Cairo.

Member
Fateh Azzam

Outgoing Ford Foundation Human Rights Program Officer

Fateh Azzam received LLM in International Human Rights Law from Essex University, Colchester, U.K. in 1992. He is currently Program Officer for Human Rights, The Ford Foundation office for the Middle East and North Africa, Cairo. From September 2003-2006, he was Lecturer in Political Science and Director of the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Program, American University in Cairo. Azzam is currently Regional Representative for OHCHR in Beirut.

Fateh has contributed to the boards of several Palestinian, Arab and international human rights organizations and participated in human rights missions and projects by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch in Syria, Algeria, Morocco and elsewhere. Past work included directing al-Haq in Palestine, education and outreach at Oxfam America, Boston, and many years as a theater performer, choreographer and teacher. His writings on human rights and theater include Political Rights and the Practice of Democracy (Ramallah: Muwatin - Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy, 1995), and articles in Human Rights Quarterly, Nordic Journal of International Law, ICJ Review, Arab Journal for Human Rights, and elsewhere.

Member
Paul Beran

Outreach Director
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Harvard University
Paul Beran
Paul Beran received his MA in Political Science and PhD in International Public Policy from Northeastern University. He is a researcher, writer and teacher on civil society in the Middle East region and the West, Middle East politics and democratization and regional human rights and development. Paul has worked in public education on the Middle East region with Northeastern University, Bentley College, Teachers As Scholars, The Education Cooperative, the National Council on US Arab Relations, the University of the Middle East Project and others. In addition to teaching and researching, he has served as a consultant on global education and development programs in Jordan, Israel, the West Bank, Egypt, Sudan and the US. Of particular importance to Paul is the promotion of knowledge skills that connect academic study with real-world application and problem solving. The author of numerous articles and public lectures on civil society, NGOs and democratization in the Middle East, and US foreign policy towards the region, Paul has lived in the US, Jerusalem, the West Bank and Cairo, Egypt.

Member
Lauri Stevens

Chair, Web Design & Interactive Media
New England Institute of Art

Lauri Stevens

 

Lauri is an interactive media professional who has developed titles for clients including IBM (Networks division), IBM Fun and Games, Scott-Foresman/Addison-Wesley, Lancet Media, and others. She spent 14 years in television and radio as a news reporter and anchor before making the leap to new media. She has also worked as a Senior Research Manager conducting world-wide customer satisfaction surveys for major high-tech clients including Compaq, Dell, Cisco, IBM, and many others. In this capacity she built the first of its kind online customer feedback system for IBM. She is a member of the Massachusetts Interactive Media Council, the Theatre Communications Group and has served on the boards of Women in Communications, Inc. and a local chapter of the American Red Cross.