DWAG TEAM

Niemat Ahmadi

President and Founder

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Leah Hollar

Program Associate

Leah graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science (International Relations emphasis), a major in Global Education Studies and a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. While she was a student, Leah was a Political-Economic intern with the US Department of State at Embassy Lomé (Togo) and a Virtual Intern with AFRICOM at the US Department of Defense. Leah joined DWAG as a Development Intern in October 2020 and began as a Program Associate in March 2021 where she is now responsible for grant writing, fundraising efforts, and oversight of the team in Washington DC. Leah was drawn to DWAG because of its mission to give women survivors of sexual violence the platform they deserve to usher in sustainable peace throughout Sudan and end the genocide in Darfur.

Shayna Kushner

Campaign & Movement Building Intern

Shayna is a Senior at Ursinus College this year and is set to graduate in May with an International Relations major. As the Campaign Coordinator and Movement Building intern, Shayna coordinates with the State Representatives from the 50/50 campaign and follows up with Global Ambassadors with their endeavors in anti-genocide advocacy work. At DWAG, Shayna has helped to plan campaigns such as Girls Empowerment Week and the annual Stars for Darfur event. In the future, she hopes to work at an NGO that focuses on humanitarian assistance for vulnerable refugees fleeing from war, armed conflicts, and political instability.

Rohith Rao

Communications Intern

Rohith is currently pursuing his M.A. in International Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also holds a B.A. in Journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where he worked as a journalist and editor at the university’s student-run newspaper. At DWAG, he intends to build on his communications, journalistic, and media outreach skills when it comes to human rights-related advocacy. Rohith believes effective communication of international humanitarian issues is key to bringing change and he intends to pursue a career in the same.

Claudia Malone

Marketing Intern

Claudia is a recent graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received a B.A. in Sociology and Management. She is certified in content development by UC Berkeley Extension and has experience marketing abroad. She was motivated to join DWAG not only by its mission to protect and empower survivors of the Darfur genocide but also by its diverse and community-focused approach to the issues of violence and human rights abuse. Her focus is creating content and building a strategy that best amplifies DWAG’s philosophies and projects.

Brianna Newman

Campaign & Movement Building Intern

Brianna is a senior at Rutgers University-New Brunswick studying Political Science, Middle Eastern Studies, and Jewish Studies. Brianna is also currently a Middle Eastern Studies research assistant at the Aresty Research Center, working on a project about the sociopolitical status of ethnic and religious minorities in Iran. Following her undergraduate education, Brianna intends to pursue a JD in public law and eventually work as an attorney representing individuals who have suffered human rights abuses. Brianna was inspired to join DWAG due to its commitment to amplifying the voices of the Darfuri people and its work in developing strategies for conflict resolution.

Grace Kim

Policy Intern

Grace is a senior in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, graduating in Spring 2021 with a B.S.F.S. in Culture and Politics and a minor in Spanish. Her academic, work, and research experiences have been focused on human rights, gender rights, and conflict analysis in the Global South. She was inspired to join DWAG because of its important work in empowering survivors of the Darfur genocide and its community-based focus on tackling human rights violations and protracted violence. As a Policy Intern for DWAG, she monitors latest developments in Darfur, the UN, and the ICC to deliver policy statements and blog publications about the ongoing situation in Darfur. She believes strongly in the important work done by organizations like DWAG to transform situations of ongoing conflict, and hopes to pursue a career in this particular realm of human rights and anti-atrocity advocacy.

GLOBAL AMBASSADORS

Jamal Alnour

DWAG Global Ambassador: Germany

About

Jamal Alnour taught English as a second language to non-native English speakers from 2009-2011. Alnour has worked as an interpreter for many years at numerous different organizations. 

Mr. Alnour has been working as a civil rights activist since 2014 and is also a politician. 

Education

Studied at Emperor International Academy: Diploma of teaching English as a second language, English communication literature grammar rules for international English Proficiency (2012).

Currently studying medicine at Studienkolleg Hannover University in Germany.

Skills

Speaks African languages (Fur), Arabic, English, and German.

Elmuez Nur Eldeen

DWAG Global Ambassador: France

About

Elmuez Nur Eldeen currently resides in France where he hopes to obtain a degree in organizational management in order to work with an international organization and to contribute to the development and humanitarian issues around the globe.

Work Experience

Elmuez Nur Eldeen worked as a Project Coordinator at the United Nations Development Programme where he promoted the Rule of Law in Darfur working at the Kabkabiya Paralegals Center. Mr. Eldeen worked as the Executive Manager of the Human Rights Upgraded Association from 2012- 2014.

Mr. Elmuez Nur Eldeen is currently an Operations Officer at Le Relais. Le Relais re-purposes backpacks by providing underprivileged communities in Africa and France with used backpacks left by customers in exchange for a voucher for school supplies.

Skills 

Elmuez Nur Eldeen has six years of experience working with humanitarian organizations in conflict areas in Darfur, Sudan.

Mohamed Hamid

DWAG Global Ambassador: Italy

About

Dr. Mohamed Hamid is an international economist and an expert in trade economics, empirical and policy analysis of international trade, the economics of Brexit and developing countries particularly African Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACPs), and migration.

Education

Dr. Hamid is a PhD candidate at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy: Ph.D. Candidate in Economics and Finance. (2016 to December 2020).

Dr. Hamdi was a visiting fellow at the University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom: Ph.D., (2018).

Dr. Hamid also holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies and International Cooperation, First-class honors with major in Development Economics and International Cooperation, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy: (2013 to 2015).

Sudan University of Science and Technology, Khartoum, Sudan: Bachelor of Science in Business Studies, Major areas: Accounting, Statistics, Economics, and Finance (1998 to 2002).

AL-Neelain University, Khartoum, Sudan: Bachelor of English Language (2000 to 2003).

Skills

Mohamed Hamid speaks Arabic as well as English.

Saddia Mohamed

DWAG Global Ambassador: Australia

About

Saddia Mohamed has lots of experience working as a program coordinator working in community services organization dedicated to advocating for social justice. Saddia Mohamed currently works for The Asylum Seeker Resource Center, an asylum seeker support organization. The ASRC, based in Footscray, provides aid, justice, and empowerment programs to over 1000 asylum seekers living in community seeking refugee protection.

Education

Victoria University, Footscray Nicholson Campus: Diploma of Community Service Work (2017).

Victoria University: Footscray Park Campus: Bachelor of Criminal Justice (2019).

Skills

Saddia Mohamed speaks Arabic as well as English.

Kawaar Mahmoud

DWAG Global Ambassador: Belgium

About

Mahmoud’s goal in life is to contribute to the golden age of international law where the goal is to transition from an international system that favors state sovereignty to one that favors human rights. 

Kawaar Mahmoud is a firm believer that one person can create a very small change that will contribute to a major movement that favors universal human rights.

Education

Kawaar Mahmoud is currently a third-year European and International student at the Institute of European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit van Brussel. 

Skills 

Kawaar Mahmoud is well versed on minority protection in terms of international law.

Alaaeldin Abuelkhirat

DWAG Global Ambassador: United Kingdom

Aadithya Ramesh

DWAG Global Ambassador: Singapore

About

Aadithya has a deep passion for social service and works tirelessly to change the world for the better. He believes every act of service goes a long way and follows this mantra himself.

Education

Aadithya is a high school student who hopes to pursue a degree in economics in the future.

Skills 

Aadithya has event management, fundraising and outreach skills. He has previously led multiple nationwide community projects that have impacted hundreds.