Meet SOS Children's Villages Gulf Area Office Team

Jumana Abu-Hannoud
Managing Director

Jumana served as Chief of Staff for HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein where she was involved for five years in regional and international strategies in the fields of health, education, social development, peace and humanitarian aid. She was a board member of the International Humanitarian City and consulted for several international NGO’s. and UN agencies. Jumana is a Founding Partner of Reach, the first non-profit incorporated organization in DIFC, dedicated to female mentoring and professional development in the Middle East. She is also a co-founder and Steering Committee member of the 30% Club GCC chapter, a voluntary business collaboration platform for accelerating the representation of women on boards and in senior executive positions. Throughout her 18+ years of experience in executive management, entrepreneurship, corporate affairs, sustainability, external relations and fundraising she worked for government, United Nations, NGO’s, startups and the private sector. Jumana is a graduate of the University of Jordan, a certified sustainability practitioner and alumni of Wharton Executive Education. She currently heads the Gulf Area Office for SOS Children’s Villages International as Managing Director.
Bana Sogayar
Deputy Managing Director and Director of Philanthropy

Nicole Nassar
Project Director Egypt & GCC  

Nicole has more than 18 years professional working experience in the non-profit sector, working with social nonprofit organizations, civil societies, governments, international development and humanitarian aid.
In the last eight years, Nicole has coordinated various child support and family strengthening programmes in Europe, Africa and the Middle East within SOS Children’s Villages. She has been a board and committee member of national OVC (Orphans and Vulnerable Children) and Civil Society Groups in Austria.
In her new role as Director of the SOS Gulf Area Office that she assumed in 2014, Nicole is responsible for initiating new partnerships in the Gulf for the benefit of orphans and vulnerable children in particular in the in Middle East, but also worldwide. Nicole holds a Master’s degree in International Social Sciences from the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Rula Karahamad
Community Engagement and Communications Manager

Rula Karahamad is the community Engagement and Communications Manager in the Gulf Area Office. Rula previously worked for SOS Children’s Villages Syria from 2007-2011. She gained experience in working with the community to support NGO activities. She also has experience with communication for non-governmental organization. 
Rula has a total of nine years’ work experience, the majority of which has been in the humanitarian sector. She holds two BAs; one in Communications from Chatham University and the other in English Literature from Damascus University.
“Working for an NGO gives me the personal drive and passion. It is such a pleasure to make a difference in the lives of children. Everyone needs to work, but when you work for a good cause this is the ultimate satisfaction.” 

Alice Lorenzon 
Administration Manager

Alice is the Administration Manager for the SOS Children’s Villages International – Gulf Area Office. She holds a BA in International and Diplomatic Science from University of Bologna (Italy), which is considered to be the oldest university in the world.
Throughout her education, she developed a focus in Human Rights, Anthropology, Geo-political interest and Languages. She speaks English and Italian fluently, B1 level of French and A2 level of Arabic. She has gained her work experience working for private companies, including events management.
Alice has recently joined the SOS family in Dubai and happily got back into the humanitarian sector, which has always been her passion. “Working to help children in difficulty is a very rewarding feeling. I strongly believe in helping and donating chances of improvement to other people’s lives for a better common future.