United States

Mrs. Nermien Riad

Nermien founded Coptic Orphans in 1988 after a visit to Egypt, her childhood home. She found a country struggling with widespread poverty and decided to make a difference. She began by taking care of 45 girls in a Cairo orphanage with the help of family and friends. She worked as a volunteer for 12 years before becoming the Executive Director in 2000. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, both from Polytechnic Virginia Institute. She worked for the Federal Government for 17 years with the US Department of State and the Internal Revenue Service. In recognition of her work, Nermien was selected by the National Council of Nonprofits as a delegate for the Nonprofit Congress. She is also the recipient of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area Community Human Rights award. Nermien is married with two children who are also committed to the betterment of Egypt.

Mr. Raouf Youssef

Raouf Youssef is currently Managing Partner of Global Development Associates, LLC, a U.S.-based consultancy that focuses on international development and foreign affairs. He is a USAID veteran of 34 years having served in 5 overseas missions and several regional missions.  While at USAID, Mr. Youssef managed the power and telecommunications portfolio ($1.6B) in Egypt and led the effort to privatize the telecommunications sector in Egypt as well as commercializing the power sector.  He served as Mission Director for USAID/Lebanon from 2002 to 2008.  Mr. Youssef retired from the USAID as Senior Development Counselor for Regional Donor coordination in early 2010.  He was also called to serve on the CENTCOM joint strategic assessment team for the Middle East, covering Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, West Bank/Gaza, and Jordan in 2008/9.

Mr. Hany Kadry Dimian

Hany Kadry Dimian was Egypt’s Finance Minister for two years until March 2016, following an outstanding career at the top economic policy spheres in Egypt and lead international institutions.
Mr. Dimian was awarded “The Finance Minister of the Year 2015 for Africa” by the Banker Magazine, a subsidiary of the Financial Times for a series of bold and courageous economic and fiscal reforms.
Mr. Dimian was Alternate Governor at the Arab Monetary Fund, the International Monetary Fund, and the Islamic Development Bank. In 2008, he chaired the Deputies for the highest policy committee at the IMF and represented the Committee at the world leading G20 Deputies meetings.
Mr. Dimian holds a Masters of International Affairs (MIA) from Columbia University in NY; and Bachelors of Accounting from Helwan University in Cairo. Mr. Dimian is now based in Virginia with his family.

Dr. Kamal Ibrahim

Dr. Kamal Ibrahim, M.D., F.R.C.S. (C) is a retired spinal surgeon and a former clinical professor of orthopedics. He is the former Chief of Pediatric and Scoliosis Surgery in the Department of Orthopedics at Loyal University in Chicago. Dr. Ibrahim also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He sits on the board of the Scoliosis Research Society, having formerly been president. Dr. Ibrahim has raised funds to support the Egyptian Christian Heritage chair at the American University in Cairo and has done numerous humanitarian trips to the Middle East, teaching local surgeons modern spinal and pediatric surgery as well as treating patients. Dr. Ibrahim lives in Chicago for last 38 years with his Wife Lucy, a Psychiatrist.

Mr. Andrew Abdalla

Andrew Abdalla is an independent consultant who provides strategic project, programme, and stakeholder management services for investment banking and corporate clients within the Asia/Australia region, with a principal focus on high risk mission critical engineering and technology capital projects. Prior to this, Andrew lived in London for nine years where he had similar roles as an executive director at Goldman Sachs International, in JPMorgan Chase, and in independent consulting. Andrew graduated with a double degree in electrical engineering and medical biophysics. He worked as an electrical design engineer before venturing off to London in 2004. Andrew now resides in Melbourne but spends much of time in Asia servicing his corporate clients. He also serves on the Australia board.

Mrs. Mona Azer

Mona Azer currently serves as the Director of Information Technology at Fluence Energy. In addition to leading the organization’s Information Technology operations, Mona oversees internal Cybersecurity initiatives as well as the ERP implementation for greater adoption and utilization across the various business functions. Prior to Fluence Energy, Mona served as the PMO Lead at the AES Corporation; leading IT assessments of M&A opportunities and on-going IT business processes, this was a natural transition after having worked with the AES team for four years as an independent consultant in the capacity of Program and Project Management lead for key IT Global initiatives.

Canada

Mr. Amgad Bassili

Amgad was born in Egypt and graduated from the University of Alexandria with a Bachelor degree in Computer Science & Automatic Control. He later moved to the USA where he earned his MSc in Computer Science from the University of Arizona, settling in Canada in 1994. He has extensive experience in the Software industry and currently works as a senior software engineer at OpenText. Amgad lives in Waterloo with his wife and two children, Andrew and Angelina, who are blessed by sponsoring children through Coptic Orphans.

Mr. Hani Sharobim

Hani Sharobim is a Sudanese Copt who immigrated to Canada with his young family in 1994.  Trained as a Civil Engineer, he graduated from University of Khartoum and worked in infrastructure-related projects before moving to Canada. Trained in construction management, he acquired the PMP certification in 2009. He worked as an independent consultant managing small to medium projects. He has successfully built a family-owned-and-operated retail business. Passionate about community service, he joined several boards of community and charity-based organizations. Coptic Orphans became increasingly important in his family’s life, starting with sponsorship. He has continued to have a life-long relationship with his sponsored child, who originally developed his desire to make a difference.

Mr. Mark Nakhla


Mark Nakhla a Sudanese-born Copt who holds a special place in his heart for Coptic Orphans since he was orphaned himself at the tender age of 1 year old.  He gives glory to God that he was able to grow up in a loving environment that made him the successful man he is today. He graduated from the University of Khartoum’s School of Management with a Bachelor’s degree in Science. During the same time he also sat on the Board of the Khartoum University Christian Association.  He worked with Citibank as a Treasury and Liability Management department head. He later moved to England where he joined Golden Eagle International when he started his relationship with Coptic Orphans as a sponsor. A few years later, he moved to Canada and started work with the Royal Bank of Canada as a Senior Account Manager. He was approached by Nermien Riad to start the Canada office in 2001 and has been a board member ever since. Mark now has his own real estate business with RE/MAX. He lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife and has two beautiful girls and two handsome boys. 

Australia

Mr. Ben Marcos

Ben Marcos was one of the two members who started the Coptic Orphans Australia office some twenty years ago and has watched the growth and development of the office over the years. Ben has a commercial/financial background and has extensive experience in the corporate world. He holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology Sydney and is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA). He is also currently undertaking a Masters of International and Community Development from Deakin University in Australia. Ben has travelled and worked extensively throughout Africa and has played a major role in the programs and projects developed by the Christian organization “Friends of Africa,” an organization that serves disadvantaged youth in South Africa. Ben has also worked on the ground with Coptic Orphans. In 2005, he was a participant in Coptic Orphans’ Serve to Learn program. Ben is a soccer nut and even more so when his beloved Aussie national team is playing.

Mrs. Rhonda Farag

Rhonda Farag was first introduced to Coptic Orphans after attending a church presentation in Australia. Since then she has been committed to spreading the word about this organization throughout Australia. She was born and raised in Egypt and graduated from Cairo University School of Pharmacy. She moved to Australia in 1996 where she has worked as a Pharmacist. Rhonda is a  member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Pharmacy Board of Australia, and the Australian Association of Hospital Pharmacists. Rhonda and her husband live in Australia and have two beautiful daughters.

Mr. Basem Morris

Basem Morris was born in Egypt and then moved to Australia at a young age. There, he grew up, graduated, and began working. He is a qualified actuary working as a consultant in the field of data analytics. Prior to this, while on a backpacking trip around the world, Basem passed by London, met his beautiful wife, and ended up staying there for the next 10 years. He worked in London as an independent consultant in investment banking specializing in credit risk management and held management positions in Deloitte London, where he played a major role in key engagements with major European and UK banks. From 2002 to 2004, he worked as an actuarial analyst at KPMG Australia, focusing on the Australian insurance market. Basem studied actuarial studies at the Macquarie University of Sydney, and, in 2007, qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries Australia. Outside of work, Basem enjoys playing, watching, and talking about football (soccer).

Mr. Andrew Abdalla

Andrew Abdalla is an independent consultant who provides strategic project, programme, and stakeholder management services for investment banking and corporate clients within the Asia/Australia region, with a principal focus on high risk mission critical engineering and technology capital projects. Prior to this, Andrew lived in London for nine years where he had similar roles as an executive director at Goldman Sachs International, in JPMorgan Chase, and in independent consulting. Andrew graduated with a double degree in electrical engineering and medical biophysics. He worked as an electrical design engineer before venturing off to London in 2004. Andrew now resides in Melbourne but spends much of time in Asia servicing his corporate clients. He also serves on the Australia board.