Saeeda Mousa, Acting Director
Saeeda Mousa is from Tammoun village in the Jenin district of the West Bank. She currently lives in Ramallah. She has a BA in Development Studies with an emphasis in grassroots community development, she is completing her M.A in human development. Previously, she worked with the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees as the general coordinator of the agricultural cooperatives project (2006-2007). She taught a course on Development in the Arab World at the Contemporary Community College (2005-2006), and, at the same time, worked with the Qalandia Association on the Maram Project for the Health of the Palestinian Family. She worked at the Palestinian Hydrology Group on a project to raise environmental awareness, with CHF on a program to improve the environment in Palestine, and at FATEN, the microfinance lender, on an annual loans project. She also worked at Palestinian Medical Relief Committees on a project for rehabilitation of people with handicaps and disabilities.
Email: SaeedaM [at] Dalia.ps
Layla Kaiksow, Philanthropy Development Coordinator
Layla Kaiksow: is an Arab American who has been living and working in Palestine since 2003. She holds a BA in Womyn & Gender Studies and a Masters in Development Studies. She has experience working in various fields of development including agriculture, women, children, and media. Layla was one of the founding members of the Palestine Fair Trade Association and completed her Masters thesis on fair trade in Palestine. Most recently Layla has worked with SOS Children’s Villages and has many years experience in fundraising and program management. Layla is excited to be working with Dalia Association on Philanthropy Development and believes strongly in the grassroots nature of Dalia’s work.
Hala Rafidi, Administrative Assistance
Email: info[at] Dalia.ps
Jan Balliu, Coordinator, Belgium Office (volunteer)
A Belgian national, Jan has almost 20 years of professional experience in the field of philanthropy. He worked for the King Baudouin Foundation Belgium for 14 years during which he developed and coordinated the International Programme. In 2002, Jan moved to London to work as a consultant for European and American foundations, trusts and multinational corporations. Jan has initiated and implemented numerous grantmaking and operational programs for socially disadvantaged populations throughout Central and Eastern Europe and globally. These programs were all geared towards strengthening local organizations to address their own needs, thus focusing on organizational development, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, building partnerships and coalitions, mobilizing local (human) resources and financial management. Among many other examples, Jan was responsible for the creation of the WINGS Global Fund for Community Foundations. In this context he established close contact with Dalia Association. Jan returned to Belgium in 2008 and has gladly taken up the role of coordinator of the Belgium office of Dalia Association.
Nora Lester Murad, (volunteer)
Originally from the US, Nora Lester Murad is an independent researcher/consultant living in East Jerusalem. She works with Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs), and multilateral organizations doing participatory research, strategic planning, community development, organizational change, donor communications, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) capacity assessments, impact evaluations, fundraising, and other projects. Her research interests are issues of dependence on international aid, participatory processes, and patriarchy. Nora has a P.hD. from Fielding Graduate Institute focused on social change and structural inequality; an M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University, with an emphasis in conflict management and training; and a B.A. in Middle East Studies from UCLA during which she studied at the American University in Cairo (1983-4) and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1984-5). Before moving to Palestine, she was assistant professor of cross-cultural understanding at Bentley College in Massachusetts, and she had a thriving consulting practice serving community groups, hospitals, grant-makers, government agencies and corporations. During 1987-1993, she was the US coordinator of the Cambridge-Ramallah/El-Bireh Sister City Campaign.