Global Citizen Corps Staff
Director, Global Citizen Corps & Director, Gulf Partnerships Initiatives
Sarah Warren works for Mercy Corps as Director of the Global Citizen Corps program and Director of Gulf Partnership Initiatives. She has been based in Doha, Qatar since 2008. Prior to moving to Qatar, Sarah served as Mercy Corps' country director in Lebanon. She has been in the humanitarian aid and development business for 17 years, working in a variety of countries from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Kosovo to the Middle East and Africa.
Sarah made her first overseas trip in 1986 when she travelled to the Soviet Union on an exchange trip in memory of her friend and classmate, Samantha Smith. Sarah has a Master’s in Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of the Arts in Religion and Peace Studies from Haverford.
Web Manager, Global Citizen Corps
I am from San Francisco, California. I have lived in Portland, Oregon for the last five years and still love what this city has to offer, mainly easy access to wild places!
Interests: Here is the list as it stands today: riding my bike, working in the garden, painting, medical anthropology, cooking, real BBQ, surfing, floating on a river, swimming in a lake, jumping off of high places into bodies of water
Global Citizen Corps is the mainline into youth empowerment, action and change, I don’t know what else could match the feeling of helping positive ideas take root and grow in unexpected and wonderful ways. I also love the enthusiasm and kindness that the Global Citizen Corps fosters and celebrates.
Coordinator, GCC International & Program Manager, GCC U.S.
I am originally from the state of Michigan. I moved to Portland, OR to work for Mercy Corps four years ago after completing my Master’s Degree in International Relations at Victoria University in Wellington, NZ. I have spent the last 8 years working on youth development and education programming abroad and in the United States.
My interests are many, from painting to hiking, skiing, biking and rafting. I enjoy exploring new places, new countries and new people whenever I have the chance. Global Citizen Corps is one of my main interests, and my work. The program continually amazes me because of the youth leaders that are involved in GCC, their passion, dedication, interest in one another's cultures and desire to learn more about the world. I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of the GCC program and to have met so many incredible young people.
Jordan: Saif Atari
Program Coordinator, PBYRC Computer Clubhouse
I am Graphic designer who believes in the power of visual expression, and the messages that can be communicated through it, I started as a volunteer mentor back in 2006 at PBYRC computer clubhouse in Amman, Jordan.
I now work as a full time program coordinator, with an increasing passion and belief in the power of this program and the opportunities it provides to empower youth through the use of Visual art and design for education. I have big interests in sports, arts, and as well as living my life as a traveller.
Pakistan: Najeeba Syed
Program Manager, Global citizen Corps and College for youth Activism and Development
I am from Baluchistan (Pakistan). I have done Master’s in English Literature from University of Baluchistan. I am working as Program Manager for Global Citizen’s Corps with College for youth Activism and Development (CYAAD). I like to explore different cultures through travelling, keep myself updated to expand my knowledge on world affairs and read books to have a multi- dimensional approach to life.
UK: Brenna Nyznik
Program Officer, Global Citizen Corps
I am passionate about global issues, and love working with young people. GCC is the ultimate combination of these things and proves that we can connect beyond cultural, social and geographical differences and come together to make real change in the world.
My interests seem to change on a daily basis, but a love of the outdoors, the unexpected, travel, movies, buttered popcorn, horseback riding and my family and friends are always at the top. Originally from Canada, but have been living overseas for almost 15 years, mainly in Scotland, and love it despite the rain.
USA: Gilberto Corral, Jr.
Program Officer, GCC U.S. and GCC International
Originally from Chicago, IL I have lived throughout the Mid-Western United States as well as most recently New York City and Portland, OR. I’m interested in anything athletic. Baseball has always been a passion of mine, leading me to research Major League Baseball recruitment practices and human rights abuses throughout Latin America. In the past couple years I have taken up various martial arts. I am also a big nerd; I enjoy reading as much as possible about international development issues. I have always felt a deep connection with the global community. I feel passionate about what GCC represents and love working with both the incredibly motivated staff and the brilliant GCC leaders from around the world
Iraq: Mohammed Abdul Ameer
Deputy Program Manager, Mercy Corps
Mohammed Abdul Ameer, Industrial engineer, quality control department, University of Technology-Baghdad. I live in Kut city, south Baghdad, born on 24th of June 1981. I worked with MC since 2006, I worked as manager for one of Microsoft Academy training center in Iraq that run by MC, and then I moved to be all-Iraq ICT sector coordinator on 2008 to oversee the ICT projects on four governorates. At the end of 2008 I started working as Global Citizen Corps coordinator, I overseeing the program in four governorates in Iraq where the program exists. My currently job is Managing the program in Iraq
Palestine: Reem Omran
Senior ICT/Youth Program Officer, Mercy Corps
Senior ICT/Youth Program Officer at Mercy Corps office in Gaza, manages iYouth/GCC program which engaged 200 youth, internship program for 90 interns, career counselling and Google Arab Developer Network Initiative Program. Successfully managed internship programs, support TVET apprenticeship program and build the capacity of TVET institutions in Gaza through Mercy Corps. She has coordinated 4 Google visits, activities and meetings in Gaza and has had a successful experience in managing 1200 youth among Global Citizen Corps (GCC) program with Mercy Corps. She has solid business administration background &working on her MBA currently.
Haiti: Ricar Laurore
Psychosocial Support Specialist, Mercy Corps
I am 36 years old. I work for Mercy Corps since October 2010 as psychosocial support specialist. I previously worked as a psychologist for Medecins du Monde Canada. I love television, books and the beach. My favourite food is fish and plantains (banana). I have a degree in psychology, a master's degree in violence reduction and Peace building. I am doing a master certificate in Mental Health: Trauma and recovery with the Harvard Program on Refugee Trauma. My favourite colour is blue, I hate hypocrisy and my greatest weakness is perfectionism. I LOVE people and I love having a crowd around me. My will is to be president of my country in 2020.