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Administration & Finance

Sara Sadaka, Director of Administration and Finance 

Sara is currently the Director of the Department of Administration and Finance. She is a Human Resource (HR) professional with experience in both Lebanon and the U.A.E. Prior to joining Hedayah, Sara worked as a HR Manager in a local holding company in Abu Dhabi; where she was responsible of starting up a new department of HR. Her experience covered all aspects of the HR function such as HR Administration, Recruitment, Policies and Procedures, Talent Management, Counseling, Employee Relations, Organizational Development. Alongside her primary HR duties, she was responsible of operational and logistics duties in support to the Chairman.

She holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon.

Stefan Grotenhuis, Finance and Grants Manager

Stefan is a finance professional with over 13 years of experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He started his career working for American multinationals (JonesLangLaSalle, Solectron and Computer Associates) gaining experience in the whole range of duties in the finance department (from data-entry to monthly, quarterly and yearly (USGAAP) reporting)). His specialties are Financial Management, Project Grant Management, Capacity Building and writing Financial Procedures and Processes. Since joining Hedayah at the start of 2017, he has worked on updating Hedayah’s policy & Procedures and managing the Grants of the Canadian, Dutch and UK Government as well as a grant from the U.S Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

Before moving to the UAE he has been living and working in East-Timor, Liberia and Jordan giving Financial Management trainings to local NGO’s and reporting to donors such as USAID, DfID, GIZ, Tearfund and the Dutch Government.

Stefan holds an International Master’s degree in Business Administration, specialization Financial Management from TiasNimbas Business School and also holds a bachelor in Business Economics from Hogeschool Utrecht. 

Zohaib Arif, Assistant Manager Finance and Grants

Zohaib is a finance and audit professional with over 10 years of experience in the field. Prior to Hedayah, Zohaib has worked with Ernst and Young and Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) offices in the U.A.E, U.S.A and Pakistan. His specialties include External and Internal Audits, Financial Reporting and Management, and assessing and designing best practices for Financial Procedures and Processes.

His primary responsibilities at Hedayah include supervising the annual External Audits, management and reporting of various grants, ensuring implementation of policies and procedures and compliance with best practices, as well as advising Management on matters related to Finance and Grants.

Zohaib is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan, and holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of Karachi.

Elaine Ayson, Events and Administration Coordinator

Elaine is an experienced administrative management professional with over ten years of experience. She joined Hedayah as an Administrative Assistant to then become the Events and Administrative Coordinator. She manages all event logistics and operational administration, from planning to execution, such as conferences and workshops both held local and abroad, and high-level meetings hosted at Hedayah Center. She also supports the Deputy Executive Director of Hedayah.

Prior to Hedayah, she was a Team Administrator for Good Harbor Consulting, a Security Risk Management firm based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She has also assisted the Go live MRO project management implementation of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technology (ADAT) as an ERP Administrator. In 2009, her role expanded by joining a Renewable Energy firm, International Power GDF Suez as an Executive Assistant to the Regional Manager that includes project coordination through programs of the Renewable Energy Fund (REF). 

Elaine graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the Holy Angel University and has been a member of Junior Chamber International (Jaycees) since 2003. She is also pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science at the California Coast University.

Masabo Djailani, Logistics Coordinator

Masabo is responsible in managing day-to-day logistics within Hedayah, in addition to coordinating logistical operations and administration during Hedayah activities and conference. 

In 2009, Masabo began working at ARTE CASA, located in Dubai-UAE as a procurement executive. He worked closely on all Procurement jobs, including placing orders and overseeing logistics. Since joining ARTE CASA he has gradually handled most of the procurement tasks and have gained experience in contacting suppliers while inquiring and placing the orders.

Masabo spent ten years completing his education in Al-Azhar Al-Sharif in Egypt. While at Al-Azhar, Masabo completed Arabic, Islamic studies and social studies graduating with a B.A. in the Department of Social Work and Community Development. 

Fadi Hamad, IT Administrator

Fadi has worked as an IT Administrator in several companies in the Middle East, including Aramex and RTS prior to joining Hedayah. Fadi has 8 years of experience and has worked in areas that include Networking, Microsoft Platforms, Servers, IP Networks, and other IT Infrastructures. 

Fadi received a B.E degree in computer engineering from Near East University, Cyprus, in 2007.

 

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