Oula A. Alrifai
Oula is a co-founder and executive director at SANAD. She was a political asylee from Syria and received her U.S. citizenship in 2016. Oula is a Middle East and North Africa analyst. She has been involved in the Syrian protest movement. Oula is currently a Master’s candidate at Harvard University.
Mouhanad A. Al-Rifay
Director and Producer
Mouhanad is a writer, documentary filmmaker, and international development professional. He was a political asylee from Syria and received his U.S. citizenship in 2015. Mouhanad is a co-founder and program director at SANAD. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. and travels periodically.
Hawa B. Toure
Editor and Producer
Hawa is a film editor, non-profit and international development professional based in Washington, D.C. She is a board member of Gandhi Brigade Youth Media, a non-profit organization. Hawa is originally from Conakry, Guinea. She speaks French and Susu and enjoys dancing zouk.
Khawla is a Syrian-American author, pro-democracy and human rights activist, and teacher of Arabic language. She is a co-founder and executive director at Tharwa Foundation, a non-profit organization. During the Syrian Revolution she was one of the main liaisons linking U.S. officials with activist networks in Syria. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Photographer and Videographer
John is a Washington, D.C. based photographer. He captures the people and moments that capture him. He doesn’t photograph subjects, instead he photographs how they make him feel. John carries his camera with humor, compassion, and curiosity.
Film Score Composer
Post Production Consultant
Alicia started out her career working on such acclaimed shows as Fantasy Island, Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, Remington Steele. Soon after attending both USC and Pepperdine, she received her MBA and moved from editorial into management.
Now combining her creative side with her MBA, she became the Vice President of Post Production and World Wide Distribution for MTM Studios and was the executive in charge on such shows as Newhart, WKRP in Cincinnati, Evening Shade, The Pretender along with countless MOW’s and Specials.
After MTM was sold, Alicia became Senior Vice President of World Wide Distribution for Television, Technological Services and Special Projects for Universal Studios. She has worked as Co-Producer on Nash Bridges and The District and has consulted with Major Studios in various capacities.
Alicia then joined Fox as Senior Vice President of Post Production for FTVS and Fox 21 Television Studios. Working on Cable shows: Americans, Burn Notice, Damien, Legends, Salem, Marc Maron, Queen of the South, Rocky Horror Picture Show as well as numerous others.
After leaving Fox, Alicia began working as a Post Production Consultant, specializing in assisting small companies and independent productions both domestically and internationally, acting as a liaison between production, post, the creative and legal teams as well as the Network. Creating the post budget at the script level, generating the post calendar, hiring the post staff and vendors and formulating a post workflow.
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And big thanks to everyone who continues to encourage us along the way, including those who donate to the SANAD Education Fund.