Who we are

President

The Baroness Morris of Bolton OBE DL - Baroness Morris became a life peer in 2004 and has served as the Shadow Minister for Education, Children, Families & Women and as a Shadow Work and Pensions Spokesperson. Since 2007 she has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of UNICEF UK and in 2009 she became the President of World Travel Market. Baroness Morris is the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Jordan, Kuwait and the Palestinian Territories and was Chair of the Conservative Middle East Council.


Senior management team 

Aimee Shalan – Chief Executive

Iain McSeveny – Director of Finance 

Mira Almukarker – Director of Programmes, West Bank

Fikr Shalltoot – Director of Programmes, Gaza

Andrew Ferguson – Director of Programmes, UK

Jo O'Neill – Director of Marketing

Neil Sammonds – Director of Advocacy and Campaigns


Honorary Patrons

Dr Swee Chai Ang FRCS 

The Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws QC 

Isaac Nusseibeh FRCS

Sir Terence English KBE FRCS

The Rt Hon Lord David Steel of Aikwood KT KBE PC 


Board of Trustees

Chairman

Alan Waddams - went to Oxford where he read Persian and Arabic, and later Development Economics.  After working for four years in Nepal and Ethiopia for the Ministry of Overseas Development he moved to Brussels in 1976 and worked for the European Commission in their External Relations Directorates General. His career took him all over the world and in 1994 he became the first EU Head of Delegation and Ambassador to Syria where he saw at first hand many aspects of the complexities of the Middle East. Later he moved back to Brussels where he was in charge of the division dealing with Iran, Iraq and the Persian Gulf. Subsequently he was posted to Central Asia as Ambassador to three former Soviet republics, and finally was Ambassador in Azerbaijan from 2006 to 2009.

Treasurer

Siham Bortcosh - is a qualified accountant with many years experience working in the voluntary sector, in particular with international humanitarian and development organizations as a finance director and in a freelance capacity. Siham is also the independent chair and convenor of a seminar series for the finance directors of large international non-profit agencies. She has a BA (Hons) in Mathematics from St John's College, Oxford, and a BSc (Hons) in horticulture from the University of Essex. She joined as Treasurer for MAP in February 2013.

Trustees

Jean Bowyer DM, FRCPCH – Jean is  a paediatrician who has worked extensively in the Middle East and  East Africa. Her particular interests are in the newborn, disability and global child health, and also in the professional education and training of all types of health worker. She is senior tutor for the Masters programme in Child Health at Al Quds University in Jerusalem. In Uganda and Kenya she has been involved with improving the care of children with HIV and malaria, and with better training and systems for emergency care.

Peter Coleridge - Peter was Oxfam’s Regional Manager with Field Director responsibility for Palestine from 1981 to 1994. Today he is an independent development consultant specialising in disability, working in the Middle East, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. He is also author of ‘Disability, Liberation and Development.' (Oxfam 1993)

Sir Vincent Fean - served as British Consul-General to Jerusalem from 2010 to 2014. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1975, and previously served as HM Ambassador to Libya (2006 – 2010) and British High Commissioner to Malta (2002 – 2006). Now retired, Sir Vincent joined the MAP Board of Trustees in 2015, and is also patron of the Britain-Palestine Friendship and Twinning Association.

Mr Andrew Karney - Andrew has had a long interest in Palestinians, having worked as a teacher for UNRWA in Gaza almost 50 years ago. More recently, he has been an independent director of the Guardian Media Group, chairman of Integrity Action, an international NGO seeking to bring about integrity reforms and chairman of Language Line (a telephone interpreting company). He was for many years an executive director of Logica plc, the international computer systems company. Currently he serves as a director of a venture capital trust.

Mr Leith Masri - Founder and Partner of Foursan Group, a leading Middle Eastern private equity firm investing in the region. He is also an attorney admitted to the New York Bar. He received his Juris Doctorate in Law and his Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University, and he received his Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Harvard University.

Mr Alan Philps - Chairman of the Advocacy Advisory Panel. Author and journalist with long experience of the Middle East, having worked for Reuters in the 1980s in Iran, Lebanon and Tunisia, and then for the Daily Telegraph as Middle East correspondent in the 1990s and finally as foreign editor. He is now a contributing editor for the National newspaper published in Abu Dhabi.

Mr Johnny Rizq - Chair of Fundraising Commitee. Following a 30-year career in journalism and international banking Johnny Rizq now runs his own management consulting business specialising in financial services. His work has taken him to most countries in the Middle East, as well as to parts of Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. He has a degree in Economics from the American University of Beirut. He joined the Board of Trustees, as Treasurer, in 2009.

Dr Phyllis Starkey - Dr Phyllis Starkey was a Labour Member of Parliament (1997-2010) and Chair of the Communities & Local Government Select Committee (2005-2010). During her parliamentary career she took a particular interest in the Middle East, visiting Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan and chairing the All-Party Palestine Group. Dr Starkey is a biochemist and before entering parliament she had a distinguished career in medical research and was Lecturer in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Oxford University.

Prof. Graham Watt MD FRCGP FRSE FMedSci CBE - Emeritus Professor,General Practice and Primary Care, University of Glasgow. Professor Watt is an elected Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He has longstanding links with Palestinian academic colleagues at Birzeit University and the University of Hebron and currently chairs the steering group of the Lancet Palestinian Health Alliance. In the UK he initiated the General Practitioners at the Deep End movement, comprising collective alliances of general practitioners serving very deprived populations. This is his second term as a MAP Trustee, having served previously from 2006-15.

Steven James - Former MAP Chief Executive

Ezzedin Gouta - Neonatal life support specialist 

Lina Nashef - Consultant Neurologist