About the Fellowship

Meet next generation changemakers from Arab society ready to share their stories in American Jewish contexts.

Fellows go through extensive training and preparation to share their stories and expertise with American Jewish audiences. Educational programs with IATF Speaker Fellows are designed to foster honest exchange, mutual learning, and meaningful engagement.

The IATF Speaker Fellowship is generously supported by the One8 Foundation, Crown Family Philanthropies, and Edmond de Rothschild Foundation (IL).

Features

In Your Community

Are you looking to bring the perspectives of next-generation Arab/Palestinian leadership to your conference, event, or training? Work with IATF to develop an in-person program.

Virtual Programs

Connect through Zoom. Virtual programs enable you to bring voices from Arab society in Israel into online courses and programs, and when flying in a speaker or travel to Israel isn’t possible.

Connect in Israel

Fellows can can meet groups in Israel for contextualized and in-person learning on the ground.

Meet the Fellows

The inaugural cohort of the IATF Speakers Fellowship includes seven Arab/Palestinian citizens of Israel with rich experiences in journalism, higher education, art and culture, civil society, economic development, and high-tech.

2023/24 Cohort
Saja Kabha

Program Manager and Arab Tech Sector Lead, British Embassy Tel Aviv

Saja Kabaha is a social activist and entrepreneur. In her current role as Program Manager and Arab Tech Sector Lead at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv, she works to advance tech diplomacy. Previously, at Intel, Saja was the Community Manager, spearheading numerous projects and initiatives focused on impact and social good. She championed equal access to STEM education for underrepresented communities. In 2021, she co-founded Seeratech, the first-of-its-kind Arab-speaking, women-led podcast tailored for Arabs interested in the hi-tech and innovation industry. Saja formerly co-led the West Jerusalem Global Shapers Hub, a transformative initiative powered by the World Economic Forum. This experience reflects her ongoing commitment to community leadership and making a meaningful impact on a global scale. Saja earned her BA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in International Affairs and Communication and holds a certificate in global leadership from Georgetown University. She was born and raised in Barataa, a small village in Wadi Ara.

Nour Dassouky

Program Associate, Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues

Nour joined the Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues as Program Associate in 2023. She comes from the social entrepreneurship eco-system where she founded and managed two education-related ventures, Al Hakavati and Baladi. Al Hakavati is a social venture focused on reviving Arab storytelling culture by empowering community members to tell their unique stories stemming from the Arab folklore and culture. Baladi is a social venture leveraging street stunts to
promote youth at risk. Born in Jaffa, Nour completed her education at the Academic College of Tel Aviv–Yaffo, and holds a B.A. in Government and Society and an M.A. Family Studies.

Khitam Abu Bader

Director of the Raidat Leadership Program for Women, Desert Stars

Khitam is the Director of the Raidat Leadership Program for Women at Desert Stars, a nonprofit organization for Bedouin leadership. The Raidat Leadership Program for Women is a post-high school gap-year program that prepares young Bedouin women for ambitious careers, entrepreneurial initiatives, and future leadership roles.

Over the last decade, Khitam has held various positions in the informal education field. Khitam’s work included promoting youth leadership in Negev Bedouin society; directing the Youth and Young Adult Department at the Rahat Community Center; and developing and running leadership and social action programs for youth in Rahat. She founded and directed the Arab sector activities of Krembo Wings, a youth movement for children and youth with and without disabilities. Khitam holds a B.A. in Humanities and Social Sciences from Sapir Academic College and is a graduate of the Mandel Institute leadership program. She lives in the town of Lakiya in Southern Israel.

Hasan Haj

Educator, Mazmichim and Beit HaGefen

Hasan is an educator at Matzmichim, the Israeli Violence Reduction Organization. In this role, he delivers courses for teachers and runs workshops to make the classroom a more comfortable place for everyone. Hasan also works as an educational program partner, guest speaker, and guide for Beit HaGefen, a Jewish-Arab multicultural center in Haifa. He guides and mentors teenagers, educators and visitors, including workshops on living together, art, and tours of Haifa. As a mental
performance coach for athletes, he lectures at a certifying mental performance course for the Arabic society and train athletes on the mental aspects to improving performance.

Previously Hasan worked as a financial data analyst at Thomson Reuters and has 12 years of experience in the financial world. Hasan graduated from Haifa University with a BA in psychology and statistics. He holds an MA in educational leadership from UCLAN University in Cyprus and an MA in Blockchain and Digital currencies from University of Nicosia. Hasan was born and raised in Nahef village in the northern Galilee and for the last 3 years he is married and living in Haifa.

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