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Meet the Team
Founder & Director
Being Kurdish and growing up in Baghdad, Ammar has was raised in multilingual and multicultural environment, giving him a unique perspective on life throughout Kurdistan and Iraq.
After studying law, Ammar moved to Erbil, and started working in the charity sector. Finding his true passion, he founded the Critical Needs Support Foundation; to provide aid and assistance to those most in need throughout Kurdistan and Iraq.
Ammar’s passion and conviction to help people and the community is inspiring and his resourcefulness and insight into the complex local operating environment has allowed Ammar and his team to achieve results far above and beyond the size of the organization.
Under the guidance of Ammar, CNSF has developed an enviable reputation of being able to manage and safely implement the provision of emergency relief in conflict zones throughout Kurdistan and Iraq.
Brett originally started with CNSF as a volunteer in January, 2017 for what he thought would be a three month term and a hiatus from his previous career. Three months quickly turned into six and now he is planning on spending the next few years in Iraq.
His past is multifaceted with a degree in law, a degree in zoology and several years working in a variety of career paths including diving, construction and sales. Combined with an extensive amount of travel this has enabled Brett to develop a variety of skills and be very flexible when it comes to the challenges faced in the current environment.
Born in Kyrgyzstan and raised in the US, Cholpon learned to navigate different cultures and languages from an early age. Her interest in the MENA region began during her studies at Occidental College, where she received a degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs in 2015. Prior to joining CNSF, Cholpon spent two years in Egypt working primarily in the migration sector.
DR. ALLA M. AENAB
Dr. Allaa M. Aenab, is an Iraqi nationality born in Baghdad City December 19, 1978, completely his B.Sc Environmental Engineering from College of Engineering, Al-Mustansiriya University, Baghdad, Iraq in 2004 then completed M-Tech Hydrology (Surface water) from Indian institute of technology Roorkee, India in 2008. Alla has a diploma in UN Studies from Indian Institute of UN Studies in 2010. Also, a MBA Project Management in 2014, India. Last, he has completed a PhD course in Environmental Engineering from Delhi Technological University in 2016.
Alla has published twelve international articles all about WASH and health affects with thirteen years experience started in Ministry of Environment, Baghdad, Iraq 2004-2009 as Environmental Engineer, working with UNAMID in Darfur Sudan 2009 as Water Analyst. He has also worked in India in private sector as Water Sanitation and HSE Manager 2010-2016 then I came back to Erbil, Iraq to work with Danish Refugee Council (DRC) as Roving WASH Engineer from February 2017 to June 2017.
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