ELISA SEDNAOUI FOUNDATION

Team

Elisa Sednaoui

Founder & Director

KATARZYNA “KASIA” SKURATOWICZ

SENIOR EDUCATION DIRECTOR

Menna Amr

Program Officer – Egypt

SARA CRAVERO

PROGRAM OFFICER – ITALY

NEVIN TORKY

SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER – EGYPT

TIZZIANA MACCIO

COUNTRY MANAGER – ITALY

Mariana Croft

Coordinator

Emma Sednaoui

Intern

STEFANO MININI

CO-FOUNDER  AND  ITALIAN ONLUS GENERAL SECRETARY

CRISTINA LUCCHINI

ITALY CO-FOUNDER AND VICE PRESIDENT

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.

Menna Amr

Program Officer – Egypt

Menna is a Cairo-based writer, Arabic/English translator and interpreter with a background in journalism and digital arts project management for local and international companies and NGOs. Menna joined ESF as an interpreter in 2015 with Funtasia’s pilot project in Luxor and became fascinated with the programs’ use of arts and multicultural exchange as tools for education, dialogue and civic engagement. In 2016 Menna came on board as Egypt’s Program Officer and is now part of the team developing and implementing art and educational programming across Egypt.

SARA CRAVERO

PROGRAM OFFICER – ITALY

Sara is an environmental engineer with strong experience in technical field,  education and human resources in non-profit sceneries. In the past fifteen years she has participated and managed activities in Italy, United Kingdom besides multi-disciplinary programs in developing countries (mainly Ethiopia and Kenya) dealing with sanitation, education and gender equality issues. In those different contexts she has acquired and experienced skills in eco-sustainable constructions as well as in multi-cultural relations, training for adults and education for children, with tasks concerning management, human resources and training, technical and strategic planning, strategic assessment and monitoring.

NEVIN TORKY

SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER – EGYPT

Nevin Torky has 16 years of experience in nonprofit organizations working in project management and 4 years in profit organizations. Nevin has a Master of Science in Sustainable Development from the American University in Cairo. She has been working in the American University in Cairo for 7 years where she gained experience in Grants

Management. She used to work in the Breast Cancer Foundation in Egyptian for 7 years where she gained experience in program design, project management, fundraising and event management. Nevin has joined ESF in August 2017 as a senior program officer to help with content development, program design and implementation. Throughout her work experience, she used to work with several national and international organisations which allowed her to build and maintain good relations with civil society, sponsors and foundations in Egypt and worldwide.

TIZZIANA MACCIO

COUNTRY MANAGER – ITALY

Tiziana was born in Milan where, after classical studies, starts her professional career in advertising sector, with the multinational enterprise McCannErickson. After 8 years, after the birth of her daughter Marta, she entered  the no-profit sector as Director of Communication and  Fund Raising of WWF Italy Corporate, the most important nature conservation association in Italy and in the world. Here she has been working for over 10 years, contributing to the growth of the association (from 80 thousand to 350 thousand members) and to development of many innovative fundraising and communication activities.
After this experience she went back to the profit world as Director of Public Relations and Communications of “ Grandi Stazioni “, a member of the FS group. Here as before she had countributed to develop and increase many new activities, from major exhibitions in Italian railway stations, to the launch of advertising fundraising campaign for the group. After almost ten years of this business experience she returns to her main passion, the world of non-profit, directing for a few years an organization with 3 families for children victims of abuse and violence and then working as consultant for various NGOs and institutions (Guarantor for childhood, International magazine, Unicef, Intervita, etc, …).  A full career in between the corporate and the social sector,  always lead with the common thread of communication and quality of human relationships.

Mariana Croft

Coordinator

Mariana is currently based between London and Cairo. With a background in Fine Arts, Mariana participated and curated several art exhibitions in Lisbon and Frankfurt. After working for over 3 years in the luxury private & corporate events sector organising worldwide events, she joined the ESF team in the summer of 2016. Since then she has been coordinating the ESF Team and supported the management of two successful fundraising and awareness events for the foundation in Cairo (November 2016) and Milan (March 2017), in September 2017 she lead a Crowdfunding Campaign for ESF which ended up raising substantial funding for the Funtasia programmes.

Emma Sednaoui

Intern

Emma is a french soon-to-be Political Science student in London and intern at the Elisa Sednaoui Foundation.
Her future project is to associate fair trade with humanitarian actions for women all around the world and especially in Egypt, as her different internships and actions in the feminist movement made her determined to pursue her studies in this area.

STEFANO MININI

CO-FOUNDER  AND  ITALIAN ONLUS GENERAL SECRETARY

Stefano is an expert in infrastructure and strategic planning. He’s graduated in Civil Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino, alumnus of the Alta Scuola Politecnica. He developed his professional career in the UK as transport manager for the London 2012 Olympic Games and later as a designer of high-speed railways. He currently works for a multinational strategic business consulting company in Milan.
Stefano has promoted and directed charity events since his youth. He has collaborated  with ISF (Engineering Sans Frontiers) on water supplies development projects in a rural region of Burkina Faso; since 2016 then, he has focused his activities on the refugee crisis, operating in emergency areas in Greece and France and raising funds on behalf of Help Refugees, a UK charity organisation.

CRISTINA LUCCHINI

ITALY CO-FOUNDER AND VICE PRESIDENT

Cristina was born in Milan, attended the G.Parini classical high school, obtained a degree in Philosophy at the University of Milan and she is a professional journalist since 1992. She started working in Condé Nast immediately after graduating in 1987 at “L’Uomo Vogue”.  After having successfully directed “Vogue Gioiello and Vogue Pelle” in 2003 she was nominated co-director of the weekly magazine Vanity Fair, dealing with cover stories, celebrities and fashion for over 7 years.
In 2011 she was called to RCS to redesign the monthly magazine Amica, which she repositioned and directed for almost 2 years.
In April 2013 she returned to Condé Nast to lead Glamour.
Always very sensitive to social issues, has actively contributed to the organization of charity events, and collaborated on various occasions with Anlaids, AmFar, Unicef.

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

ALIA AL-SENUSSI

AMY CHRISTIANSEN SI-AHMED

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.

ALIA AL-SENUSSI

Princess Alia Al-Senussi graduated Brown University Magna Cum Laude in 2003 with a double concentration in International Relations (honors) and Middle East Studies, following the completion of her A-Levels at Aiglon College in 2000.  Alia holds an MA in Political Science from Brown University (2004) and an MSc in Law, Anthropology and Society from the London School of Economics (2005).  Alia is currently studying towards her PhD in Politics with Professor Charles Tripp at SOAS (London) examining the nexus of institutions of power, national identity and art & culture, featuring a case study on patronage in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Alia is an active member of the contemporary art world, with a special focus on patronage and arts and culture in the Middle East, holding a variety of non-profit board and committee positions in London, the US and the Middle East.  Alia served most recently as Chair of the Tate Young Patrons (and representative to the Tate Patrons board) for 5 years, continues to serve as founding International Co-Chair of The Chinati Foundation Contemporaries Council as well as a member of the Committee for the Serpentine Gallery Future Contemporaries group (previously Vice Chair), and was the founding co-chair of the Parasol Future Unit.

Alia is a founding member of the Tate’s Acquisitions Committee for the Middle East and North Africa, the Board of Patrons of Art Dubai (serving an integral role in the founding of the fair itself), the Board of 1:54 The African Art Fair, and the Middle East Circle of the Guggenheim.  Alia served as a member of the board of trustees (the Council) of the Institute of Contemporary Arts London. Alia is a member of the Tate Modern Advisory Council, the Strategic Advisory Panel of Delfina Foundation and the Advisory Board of Ikon Gallery, and the Advisory group of Photo London.

Alia sits on the Board of Trustees for the Global Heritage Fund UK as well as previously their partner organization in the US.  Amongst Alia’s professional commitments, Alia works as the VIP Representative for the United Kingdom as well as the Middle East and North Africa and consultant for Art Basel.

AMY CHRISTIANSEN SI-AHMED

Amy Christiansen Si-Ahmed is the Los Angeles based founder of Sana Jardin, the world’s first socially conscious fragrance house that works to empower women and has been featured in The New York Times, Vogue and The Financial Times. From 2011 to 2014 Amy served as a governing Trustee for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. She worked closely with Cherie Blair to empower women economically by supporting female entrepreneurs in developing countries through mentoring, mobile technology and enterprise development programs. From 2009-2011 she volunteered her services as a Development Advisor for President Clinton’s Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI).

In 2007 Amy assisted in the creation of the Arab Forum for Social Innovation (AFSI) through the Institute for Philanthropy in London.  AFSI increased the impact of charitable giving for philanthropists of Arab descent through donor education and network building.  Before that, she spent three years living in the Kingdom of Bahrain where she advised a number of Bahrain-based non-profit organisations on development and fundraising strategies. From 2001 until 2003, Amy was the Associate Manager of Major Gifts at the New York City-based Robin Hood Foundation, a pioneer in venture philanthropy that was named by Fortune magazine as one of the most innovative and influential philanthropic organisations of our time.

Prior to Amy’s work in development, she spent five years in a direct practice setting in the field of Social Work. Amy provided outpatient psychotherapy to low-income children and families in Chicago, Illinois at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital, Constance Morris Domestic Violence Shelter and Christopher House.  Amy holds a Master of Social Work (summa cum laude) from Loyola University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Social Work (cum laude) from Illinois State University.

Amy currently sits on the Advisory Board of Nest, a New York City based non-profit dedicated to alleviating poverty, empowering women and promoting peace through the successful creation of artisan businesses. She is also a member of the British Fashion Council Fashion Trust which offers business support through financial grants, mentoring and funding to emerging British fashion designers.