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Haim Erlich Haim Erlich

Haim Erlich provides executive leadership in all aspects of MEET’s program design and implementation, bringing his rich background in organizational leadership and many years as an educator to MEET. Prior to MEET, Haim was the CEO of Yesh Din where he helped expand the organization. Previously, he was the Coordinator for Development and Policy Advocacy for Ir Amim and the National Education Manager of the Hila Program for Disaffected Youth. For seven years, Haim was the Principal of the Nisui High School, one of Israel’s best and most unique high schools.

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Mustafa Hussein Mustafa Hussein
Program Manager

Mustafa Hussein leads MEET’s highly selective recruitment process and student program. Under his leadership, MEET consistently recruits a deeply diverse and talented applicant pool comprised of the region’s top students and young leaders. Mustafa co-developed and implements MEET’s Deeper Understanding curricula. Mustafa is qualified as a Computer Graphics Engineer, and previously worked for the Children Cancer Unit at Hadassah, Ein Karem Hostipal. Beyond MEET, Mustafa’s interests include photography and graphic design.

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Ada Harverd Ada Harverd
Development and Administrative Manager

Ada Harverd works closely with MEET’s CEO to manage resource development, and administrative, logistical, financial and legal responsibilities which allows MEET to run effectively and efficiently. Ada has experience in the Israeli high-tech world and has previously worked at G.ho.st, an Israeli-Palestinian joint-venture start-up. Ada has a B.A. from Brandeis University in Ancient History. Outside of MEET, Ada enjoys time with her husband and three children, baking and long-distance running.

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Rakheli Hever Rakheli Hever
Resource Development and Compliance Officer

Rakheli serves as MEET’s liaison to USAID, one of MEET’s greatest supporters, and manages all aspects of compliance related to USAID-funded programming. In addition, she is part of MEET’s RD team and contributes to cultivating relationships with current and potential institutional and philanthropic supporters of MEET via writing reports and funding applications. Rakheli holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has over 10 years of experience in resource development and in content and copy editing. Her hobbies include pestering Mustafa, sugarcraft, and making bad puns.

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Roni Kipnis Roni Kipnis
Evaluation and Information Coordinator

Roni holds a BA in international relations, communication and journalism from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is currently getting her Masters at Tel Aviv University in sociology, specializing on organizations and social change. She has extensive experience working with teenagers, having volunteered as a counselor and coordinator for the Bnei HaMoshvavim youth movement. In addition, Roni is playing for the Israeli Rugby Sevens national team and Rehovot Lady Owls.

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Etai Freedman Etai Freedman
Development Director

Etai is responsible for MEET’s overseas donor relations, fundraising and creative development strategies. He has previously served in campaigning, resource development and advisory capacities at a variety of organizations and projects, including Burning Man, the New Israel Fund, the Global Hunger Foundation, Bienvenidos, and the San Francisco Children’s Day School. He graduated with honors from San Francisco State University (B.A. in Psychology), and holds an M.B.A. in Nonprofit Management from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, CA.

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Celina Mukarker Celina Mukarker
Jerusalem Student Program Coordinator

With her friend and colleague Naomi, Celina coordinates MEET's Alumni Program and has played a cruical role in its recent redesign and relaunch. Since she graduated from MEET's Student Program in 2013, Celina has been studying accounting at the Bethlehem University.

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Naomi Goldman Naomi Goldman
Jerusalem Student Program Coordinator

With her friend and colleague Celina, Naomi coordinates MEET's Alumni Program and has played a cruical role in its recent redesign and relaunch. She also coordinates logistics and recruitment at the Jerusalem hub, from which she graduated in 2011, and works with the students to develop their skills in communication, leadership, self-awareness, and group-awareness.

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Ahmad Anati Ahmad Anati
Jerusalem Student Program Coordinator

Ahmad coordinates various aspects of MEET’s Student Program at our Jerusalem hub. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Al Quds University in East Jerusalem. He has extensive background in project and program coordination, including at the Al Quds Charitable Society, Hokkaido Medical Institution, and the Palestinian Child Club. He has a rich record of volunteer work at the Shufat refugee camp. He was also a participant in the Seeds for Peace program, which awarded him the title of Peace Ambassador in the Middle East in 2007.

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Natalie Howard Natalie Howard
Nazareth Student Program Coordinator

Natalie serves as one of the Student Program coordinators at MEET’s Nazareth hub. She has served in various coordination roles at Tevel B’Tzedek, an Israeli organization that fosters Israeli and Jewish leadership engaged in making the world a better place, both locally and globally. Among her other roles at Tevel she volunteered for a year at a village in Nepal, empowering local women. Natalie additionally filled administrative positions at Beit Berl College, as well as educational roles at Tuviyahu High School in Be’er Sheva, Kibbutz Eyal, Yedidim, and HaMahanot HaOlim youth movement. Among her surprising talents: she speaks Nepalese and Thai!

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Rawan Abulafi Rawan Abulafi
Alumni Program Manager

Rawan, who graduated from MEET in 2011, is responsible for devising, implementing and evaluating strategic plans for MEET’s Alumni Network, as well as for financial and content management of alumni programming. Her previous experience at MEET includes organizing an alumni event and mentoring TAs in 2015, and serving as a Coordinator during the 2017 Summer Program. Rawan holds a B.A. in Architecture from the Applied Science University in Jordan.

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Abe Losice Abe Losice
Compliance Officer

Abe manages MEET's compliance for its USAID-funded programming and is liaison to USAID. Abe had been with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for five years where he had oversight for the credit rating agencies compliance with federal statutes and regulations. Prior to joining the SEC, he was with Standard & Poor's serving as an analyst and a manager in Structured Finance. His background includes a BA from City University of New York, the MBA program at NYU, and Executive Education at Columbia University. Abe enjoys running the pathways of Jerusalem and competing in long-distance races.

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Kelsey Chan Kelsey Chan
MISTI-MEET Student Coordinator

Kelsey grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area but has spent the past few years at MIT studying computer science. She spent January 2017 in Jerusalem and Nazareth helping out with the yearlong program and absolutely loved working with the brilliant high school students on their programming projects. Since returning back to MIT, she has taken on the new challenge of spreading the word about MEET at MIT and preparing future instructors for their next great adventure in the Middle East. When she’s not doing MEET-related activities, you can find her teaching middle school girls how to program with MIT CodeIt.

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