The Sitti International Advisory Board works closely with our executive team to keep track of the big picture and mission of Sitti, while addressing areas of concern and providing strategic insight towards the growth and development of our social enterprise locally and globally. Our advisory board members bring a unique and diverse set of backgrounds and expertise in business development, brand strategy, conscious capitalism, executive leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship, marketing and communications, regional policy and strategic partnerships.
Advisory Board Members (2020-2022)
Samer Abdelnour Samer Abdelnour is a Lecturer in Prosperity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Institute for Global Prosperity, University College London. Most of his research focuses on social enterprise and humanitarian technology interventions in the contexts of Sudan and Southern Sudan. He also served on the board of advisors of the Restart Network, a Rotterdam-based social enterprise providing coding training to refugees, and Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, a think tank he co-founded.
Chelsea Brown is founder & CEO of Millie Inc., a company that offers women transformative experiences through a speaker series, Millie Speaks, and female-focused travel, Millie Travels. Chelsea is also VP Development & Operations at Clarity Management Group, a boutique consulting firm specializing in high net worth risk management in the banking sector. A Toronto native, Chelsea lived in the U.K., USA and Canada as a child. This instilled within her a desire to not only explore the world, but to make a difference in it. From her time as a mentor at Girls E-Mentorship Innovation (GEM), to establishing Millie, to the organizations and innovators she supports: Chelsea's passion has always been championing women to unlock their potential.
Karen Linehan Mroz's career includes both nonprofit and for-profit experience in business, education, philanthropy, with a primary focus on education and woman’s empowerment in the Middle East. She has lead programs serving refugee populations as founding director of UNRWA - USA for Palestine refugees, President of the Middle East Children’s Institute (MECI) for Palestinians in the West Bank, underprivileged Jordanian children and Syrian refugee children in Jordan. Karen has been working with programs for refugees in the Middle East for over four decades. She was a program officer with the Goldman Sachs Foundation and later with the Institute of International Education for the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Program identifying outstanding youth worldwide in leadership and social entrepreneurship. Today Karen is a member of the EastWest Institute’s Board of Directors, chairs the Executive Committee of LIFE@Elon a lifelong learning program at Elon University, and serves on local boards in her North Carolina area. Karen first visited Jerash Camp in Jordan in 1977 and is thrilled to support Sitti Soap establishing much needed entrepreneurship that empowers women and in turn enables them to support their families.
Mohamad Sawwaf is the Co-Founder & CEO of Manzil which offers Shariah-compliant Alternative Financial Products, specializing in Halal Lending, Investments, and Insurance. Mohamad holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management as well as a Masters of Science in Business Management & Research from the Henley Business School (UK) and is currently wrapping up his Doctorate in Islamic Finance. He is considered as one of the leading authorities of Islamic Finance in Canada. He also consults the Dubai & Abu Dhabi Governments on Islamic Finance and just recently, has been asked to Chair the Advisory Council of the UNHCR where his focus will be to lead the council, oversee and mentor the Young Leaders Committee, and build relationships with the private sector to increase refugee employment and financial resources required to assist in their settlement.
Angela Wallace'sconsulting firm, Angela Wallace Impact Agency, builds brave consumer brands for a better world, with a purpose beyond profit. AWIA delivers best in class strategies to maximize company mission, sell with soul, and share stronger stories to make magic happen in the market. A majority of Angela’s partner brands are female founded and women-owned. She currently mentors start-ups on social impact and sustainability design in the globalWeWork Labs network and will be officially certified as aConscious Capitalism Consultantin 2020. Her new podcast and training program, Launch Conscious, will address issues of company culture, authentic leadership, profit, purpose, social impact and sustainability for startups. She is based in Toronto, with her young daughter, where she bakes, cooks, cycles and swims in-between client meetings.
Sudduf Wyne is a business coach & mentor, a Muslim retail expert, and mother of 2 year old triplets. Sudduf helps female entrepreneurs grow an intentional business with clarity and passion, so they can work consistently and confidently towards their business and profit goals. With a six-figure brand, and over 100 members in her Muslim Entrepreneur Association membership group, Sudduf brings real-world experience, an Ivey MBA, and proven strategies to her community. Featured in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and the Canadian House of Commons, Sudduf’s spirituality fuelled business approach combined with her tough love feedback makes her a refreshing alternative to status quo. Sudduf’s community loves her because of her dedication, drive, passionate presence, and unwavering commitment to uplevel the Muslim business community.