Nermien Riad

Nermien Riad

Founder and Executive Director

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.

Doris D'Hue

Doris D'Hue

Director of Human Resources

Doris D’Hue is responsible for HR Strategy, in areas of talent management, organization and performance management, compensation and benefits, change management. Prior to joining Coptic Orphans, Doris served as Vice President of HR in the telecom industry. She has over 20 years of HR experience and has served in the role of strategic influence with movement towards innovation, growth and development. She has a Masters degree in HR Management and a Bachelors in Finance minor in Economics.

Suzanne Toma

Suzanne Toma

Director of Communications

Suzanne Toma serves as Communications Director and is responsible for curating content for Coptic Orphans’ outreach across five continents. Suzanne has several years of experience in communications and public relations, with NYU Abu Dhabi, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Charney Research, Columbia University Press, the U.N. Foundation, the Research Foundation CUNY, and Memorial Sloan Kettering. Inspired by the mission of Coptic Orphans, her interests are in the role of women in peace building, with a particular focus on the education of girls as a catalyst for change in emerging democracies. Suzanne holds a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, a Masters in Education (MA) from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and Bachelors Degree in English/Liberal Arts from the College of New Jersey.

Melad Alfred

Melad Alfred

Director of Information Technology and Information Systems

Melad directs and overseas all functions and staff of technology systems across all Coptic Orphans Offices in all countries. Prior to joining us, he was the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Network International, LLC., the largest Payment Processing Company in Africa & Middle East. With a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and over 15 years of Information Technology Management experience in the banking industry. Melad possesses very impressive expertise in diverse technologies as well as management of large teams and projects, he is already well on the way toward taking our technology systems to the next level.

John Ibrahim

John Ibrahim

Australia Office Director

John immigrated with his family to New Zealand and then moved to Australia in 2018 to lead the team there. John has a bachelor’s degree in power mechanical engineering and comes to Coptic Orphans with a long history of senior leadership experience at top multinational corporations. He specialized at SC&P doing process control, strategic planning, organizational restructuring and transformation management. John has always maintained extensive involvement with the Coptic Orthodox Church’s services and development. He has a special passion for working with youth and for tackling unexplored venues of Christian service.

Manal Bedwany

Manal Bedwany

Canada Office Director

Manal came to Canada with her parents from Cairo when she was three years old and though she grew up there, she went to Egypt every year to visit family. Before coming to Coptic Orphans, she had a strong career in sales at a fortune 500 company. She started with Coptic Orphans as the Canada Director in 2005. She has headed Canadian operations since then and has built a strong team. Manal has a professional background in fundraising and an academic background in communications from the University of Montreal. She lives in Laval, Quebec with her husband and son.

Sara salama

Sara salama

Legal Advisor

Sara Salama is an international lawyer with diverse experience across the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Sara currently heads the legal department at Coptic Orphans-an international development organization which focuses on access to education for vulnerable communities in Egypt. She advises on corporate governance, contract negotiations, human rights law, child protection, non-profit law, anticorruption laws and other compliance matters. Sara Salama obtained her Master of Laws (LL.M) from Duke University School of Law with a focus on international human rights law. During this time, she was awarded the Duke Law Clinics Advocacy Award for the research she completed while at Duke and was nominated by Duke Law to be a Salzburg Cutler Law Fellow in 2016. Additionally, Sara has worked with esteemed institutions in the private and public sector such as the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates, Siemens and the United Nations High Commissioner’s Office for Refugees. She holds law degrees from France and the United Kingdom.