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Mazalan Kamis, President and Executive Director

Mazalan Kamis
President and Executive Director

Mazalan Kamis is a post-doctoral fellow at Cornell University. He is an educator by profession and enjoys learning from the people that he teaches. He is very passionate about helping to create better awareness and understanding about the world among the people in his community. He has long been interested in community development issues, especially those that relate to education. He developed a special interest in Aceh ever since he learned about the political conflicts in the region. His other project is geared towards educating women in Malaysia about breast cancer. (www.breastcancermalaysia.org)

Saiful Mahdi, Vice President and Community Service Director


Saiful Mahdi
Vice President and Community Service Director

Saiful Mahdi is a Ph.D. student at Cornell University. He is on study-leave from the Syiah Kuala University in Aceh, where he has been a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics since 1993. He has received prestigious scholarships from Fullbright and the Asian Development Bank. He is one of the co-founders of Reading Society Foundation (www.acehkids.org) which is working on literacy projects by providing books and community libraries. He founded and co-chairs the Phi-Beta Learning Center in Banda Aceh, of which with the support from ARF is now a full non-profit organization. His tsunami relief work receive due recognition by a UN agency, UNIFEM, which subsequently appoints him as National Programme Coordinator in Aceh.

Zevi Azzaino, Treasurer, Planning and IT Director


Zevi Azzaino
Treasurer, Planning and IT Director

Zevi Azzaino is a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University, specializing in Combinatorial Optimization and Environmental Modeling. He has been a guest lecturer in Geographic Information System courses at Cornell, and voluntareers his GIS expertise by creating maps and satellite images for ARF. He has received several scholarship awards for academic excellence, including from the Asian Development Bank, Cornell's Institute for Social and Economic Research, Institute for Public Affairs, and Intelligent Information Systems Institute.

Sorayya Khan, Secretary and Executive Secretary

Sorayya Khan
Secretary and Executive Secretary

Sorayya Khan did her graduate work at the University of Denver in International Studies, taking particular interest in development work and issues regarding refugees. She writes fiction and is the author of the novel, Noor. She was a Fulbright Creative Writing Scholar in Pakistan and Bangladesh in 1999-2000 and was the 1995 Malahat Review Novella Prize Winner. Her work has appeared in several literary quarterlies and various anthologies of Pakistani writing. (www.sorayyakhan.com)

Peggy Robinson, Outreach Director


Peggy Robinson
Outreach Director

Peggy Robinson works for the Ithaca schools as an English as a Second Language (ESL) Family Liaison. Her work brings together lifelong interests in the value of cross cultural education and experiences. She holds a BA from Occidental College and a MA from the University of Texas, both in Latin American Studies. For nearly 40 years she has been affiliated with AFS International Scholarships as an exchange student, host sister, and host mother. as a wife and mother, she has participated in study and living experiences in the Andes. Her community service activities include serving on the board of Historic Ithaca (1997-2000). Currently, she enjoys relationships begun as a sponsor of refugees from Cuba, Bosnia, and Burma.

Edited: March 12, 2008.