ELISA SEDNAOUI FOUNDATION

Team

Elisa Sednaoui

Founder & Director

KATARZYNA “KASIA” SKURATOWICZ

SENIOR EDUCATION DIRECTOR

ABRAHAM MICAEL

FUNDRAISING DIRECTOR

SKYE MICAH YOUNG

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Nada Mobarak

External Consultant – Egypt

ERNESTO LOTITTO

DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR

Elisa Sednaoui

Founder & Director

The life of international actress, model and philanthropist Elisa Sednaoui was shaped by culturally diverse experiences and early exposure to the creative world as she grew up between Egypt, Italy and France. Daughter of an architect who has been working extensively in the Middle East for the past 30 years and a versatile fashion-editor, her life was shaped by the inspiring mélange of people and places. Elisa has starred in advertising campaigns for Chanel, Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Buccelati and Missoni to name a few, and has appeared in more than six feature films, alongside stars like Vincent Gallo, Edgar Ramirez, and Alain Chabat. The Elisa Sednaoui Foundation, created in 2013, is rooted in Elisa’s belief that all children should have access to creative expression and cultural exchange, unlocking opportunities for positive personal development and a better future. In September 2015, Elisa held the position of godmother of the 2015 edition of the Venice Biennale Film Festival, and since December 2015 she acts as an official Supporter of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). ESF is what she dedicates most of her time to, currently serving as the organisation’s acting Executive Director.

KATARZYNA “KASIA” SKURATOWICZ

SENIOR EDUCATION DIRECTOR

Kasia is a sociologist, global education professional, and life learner, with extensive experience in both academic and programmatic work in multi-cultural relations and education. She has conducted and participated in multiple research studies focusing on experiences of ethnic and racial communities, educational inequalities and the importance of diversity and social inclusion, ranging from the United States, Europe, MENA to Sub-Saharan Africa. Her journey of working with youth has taken various shapes – from teaching and mentoring at University of Louisville and University of Maryland, through supporting programs at the University of Maryland, to strategy development and program design, management and implementation of innovative student-centred experiential and expeditionary learning programs developing global competency skills among youth in the Unites States and Brazil and Middle East at Qatar Foundation International. She holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Maryland, an MA in African Studies from Warsaw University, an MA in sociology from the University of Louisville, and a post-graduate degree (DEC) in Anthropology from Universite Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). Kasia grew up in an international environment, especially in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region and currently resides in Brussels. She believes deeply that “education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel” (by Socrates) and thus she maintains her own flame burning and shares it with others, professionally and personally.

ABRAHAM MICAEL

FUNDRAISING DIRECTOR

Abraham joined the ESF Fundraising team, in March of 2016. Prior to ESF, he spent five years in Washington, DC advising Fortune 100 firms on business development, partnerships, market intelligence, and corporate and government relations in the Middle East. Having led and organized several bilateral missions, Abraham is an advocate for joint commercial interests and has been involved in Trade Agreement negotiations. As an advisor to the private sector, he has developed strategy for senior executives in the Energy, Defense, Investments/Real Estate, Education and Commercial Goods sectors.
Having lived in Riyadh and Cairo with brief stints in Doha and Dubai, Abraham has experienced the Middle East first hand and has developed an expert understanding of the region. He holds a B.A. in Marketing and an M.A. in International Commerce and Policy, and is currently continuing his Arabic studies in Cairo.

SKYE MICAH YOUNG

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Skye is an innovative and passionate leader with a proven track record of successful project management and relationship development in a global environment. Fueled by a childhood that included living in Nigeria, Ukraine, and the United States, she attended Johns Hopkins University and pursued a degree in International Studies and Spanish. Skye received her MBA from IE Business School in Spain where she focused her studies on management, leadership and communications. She completed three fellowships during this time: 1. Emzingo: learned leadership practices and designed a commercialization development plan for African Parks in South Africa; 2. Spain Startup Co-Investment Fund: led an extensive due diligence process on over 150 potential global co-investors for €40 million fund sponsored by the Spanish government; and 3. Bain Capital: assisted the London investor relations team with fundraising initiatives to close a $7B fund.
Skye’s early career saw her working in communications consulting and business development in Spain with clients such as Accenture, Philips, Ford and Unilever. She then moved to Boston and joined Bain Capital, where she stayed almost four years as the chief of staff to the Chairman. Most recently Skye served as the owners’ representative of a private international luxury hospitality group expanding in North America, Europe and the Caribbean. There she oversaw all aspects of project negotiation, development and completion; a role which exuded Skye’s adeptness in navigating uncertainty, synthesizing data, solving problems and making decisions. She believes in never settling, learning continuously, and taking risks.

Nada Mobarak

External Consultant – Egypt

Nada joined ESF as an External Consultant in March 2015 with an experience of 20 years working with civil society and NGOs in Egypt. Nada was Egypt’s Program Officer for the Fund for Global Human Rights, working to strengthen the human rights movement in Egypt. Prior to that, she was Middle East Policy Advisor for the Oxfam Regional Hub, working on humanitarian crises areas in the region. She co-founded and was Managing Director of Alfanar, the Arab region’s first venture philanthropy foundation, supporting innovative NGOs and leaders to pursue their social objectives while ensuring financial sustainability of their programs. Nada was also Program Coordinator at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), managing CIDA’s civil society grants-making arm, the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. She holds a BA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo and an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics.

ERNESTO LOTITTO

DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR

With a vast experience in journalism, content, digital strategy and marketing, Ernesto is an entrepreneur and communications professional who has been involved in professional projects on locations as distinctive as Caracas, Los Angeles, London, Spain, Miami and now Egypt. His work has ranged from editorial, to branding & communications strategy and implementation, to business development and digital transformation — all for corporate and personal brands, companies and non-profit organisations. Ernesto is Co-Founder at Akari, a communications & marketing solutions firm and Social Media Strategist at Oceana Europe, an NPO dedicated to protecting and restoring the world’s oceans on a global scale. He holds a BS degree in Communication Sciences and a Masters Degree in Digital Business. He’s also a multi-instrumentalist musician who enjoys playing piano, guitar, percussion, and drums.

Board of Trustees

ALEXANDER DELLAL

MARYEM SÁDER

SORAYA BAHGAT

PABLO ESTEVES

ALEXANDER DELLAL

Alexander is a British-Brazilian entrepreneur. Previously owner and operator of 20 Hoxton Square Projects in London, which focused on contemporary Arts, he is now the managing director of Allied Commercial Exporters, a property company based in London. He is currently developing a hotel project, Loro Hotel, in Rio De Janeiro and is one of the founders and main investors in renowned digital publishing company MeriMedia.

MARYEM SÁDER

Maryem has been involved with the Foundation since it’s beginnings. She is an international PR, branding and communications professional with expertise in the overall development and implementation of Corporate Branding, Media Relations, Content and Marketing Strategies and overall Business Development. She has over 15 years of professional experience, ranging from corporate brands (such as Estee Lauder’s Aveda) to international organizations, like the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID). She has also worked as a Communications and branding consultant for organizations like the Canadian Embassy in Venezuela. Maryem holds a BA in Communications and two Master degrees: one in External Relations and Protocol, and another in International Relations and Communications, where she completed a thesis on Human Rights. She is Co-Founder & Managing Partner at communications firm Akari, and brand manager at Emzingo, a company specializing in leadership development through social impact.

SORAYA BAHGAT

Soraya is an Internationally-certified Egyptian senior HR professional with solid experience in HR Strategy, Organizational Development, Competency Model Design and Development, Performance Management, Talent Management, Training and Development, Compensation and Benefits, Recruitment and Retention, HR Reporting, HRIS systems, Career Path and Succession Planning and Employee Relations. Between 2008 and 2012 she was a board member at the Gezira Youth Center, the largest governmental youth centre in Egypt with over 100,000 memberships. Since that ended, she was fully immersed with the NGO Tahrir Bodyguard. She now continues to support the National Cancer Institute’s Children’s Ward on an independent basis and acts as ESF’s MENA Region Director on a full time basis.

PABLO ESTEVES

Pablo has been involved in entrepreneurial endeavours for over 12 years, as an employee, a founder, a partner, and/or an advisor. By living, working, and studying in five cities across four countries –Mexico, United States, Spain, and South Africa– he developed his cultural awareness and ability to work comfortably in multidisciplinary teams. Upon completion of his MBA at IE Business School in Madrid, he joined Emzingo as Marketing Director, to later become a Managing Partner. Since then, he has helped Emzingo manage over 95 social projects; assist 65 non-profits, social enterprises, and community based organizations in South Africa, Peru, and Brazil; and provide more than 32,000 hours of consulting work, while also delivering more than 1,600 hours of specialized leadership learning and mentoring, always focused on issues related to poverty-alleviation. One of his current interests is the intersection of Social Entrepreneurship as an economic driver and Altruistic Capital as a business strategy.