SALAM for Democracy and Human Rights Structure

Advisory board:


Tara O’Grady

6Tara O’Grady has an array of knowledge in the fields of human and civil rights, and has a strong and unwavering interest in human rights in Bahrain and the region.

Tara O’Grady is a member of our advisory board and provides SALAM with advice regarding non-violent civil society mobilization, advocacy, and facilitating all-inclusive negotiations.

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Sheikh Maythem Al-Salman

5Sheikh Maytham Al-Salman has a particular expertise in interfaith dialogue and religious networking, and works to protect religious rights and prevent discrimination and sectarianism.

Sheikh Maytham Al-Salman is a member of our advisory board and provides SALAM with expert advice on religious and support initiatives, as well as providing an array of contacts and knowledge.

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Hannah Smith

8Hannah Smith is active in the field of human rights, writing extensively on the indigenous Bahraini population.

Hannah Smith is a member of our advisory board and provides SALAM with expert analysis on religious freedoms and human rights.

 

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Dr. Taha Al-Derazi

11Dr. Taha Al-Derazi is a consultant neurosurgeon, active human rights defender, and member of the Bahrain Human Rights Observatory (BHRO).

Dr. Taha Al-Derazi is a member of our advisory board and provides SALAM with expert advice on human rights violations and injuries.

 

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Philip Belau

fullsizerenderPhilip Belau is a human rights consultant and focus on the Middle East region, and issues relating to democracy, youth opportunities, and displacement.

In addition, Philip Belau is also the CEO of Connecteer, a German organization providing training and job exchanges specifically aimed at people who have had to flee their country, with an aim is to connect German companies with qualified people who, because of their current life circumstances, inherit a still underappreciated potential.

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Executive Committee:

Jawad Fairooz (Chairman)

4Jawad Fairooz is the chairman and one of the founders of SALAM for Democracy and Human Rights. Jawad Fairooz is a human rights defender and advocate of democratic change and reform, and actively seeks reprieve for human rights victims.

Jawad Fairooz was himself a victim of human rights abuse during his arrest after the events of the 2011 Bahraini popular uprising.

Jawad Fairooz also served as a Bahraini Member of Parliament, from 2006 to 2011, chairing the public utilities and the environment committee, and a councillor in the Northern Municipality Council from 2002 to 2006.

In addition, Jawad Fairooz received his Bachelor in Science degree from the University of Texas.

He is currently based in the United Kingdom.

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Sayed Mohammed Baqer (Vice Chairman)


7Sayed Mohammed Baqer is a co-founder and vice chairman of SALAM, coordinating and managing the direction and activities of the organization.

Moreover, Sayed Mohammed Baqer is a qualified financial consultant, and has worked as a senior external auditor and financial controller in a number of international companies.

He is currently based in Sweden.

 

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Sayed Abbas Shubbar (Executive Director and Head of Religious Freedoms Committee)

3Sayed Abbas Shubbar heads the religious freedoms committee of SALAM, with a strong focus on freedoms of belief or religion, as well as religious developments in the Middle East region generally, and in Bahrain in particular.

Parts of the work maintained by Sayed Abbas is to follow-up cases involving religious freedoms and religious scholars, as well as analysing legislation and developments that may influence freedom of belief or religion.

Sayed Abbas Shubbar is also a qualified religious scholar, possessing extensive knowledge, has published books and carried out research on Islam, and has expertise on the religious make-up of Bahrain.

He is currently based in Sweden.

 

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Mohammed Serkal (UN Coordinator)

yk copyTakes lead in strategy, planning, development and implementation of large, complex communications campaigns; works with various partners – UN entities, NGOs, private sector, and affected communities -to implement campaigns and incorporate campaigns by developing strategic partnerships with key state and NGOs members to elicit support.

Drafts communications and advocacy material for SALAM, including, reports, and talking points for senior managers. Evaluates results and impact of communications activities; reports on developments, trends and attitudes regarding the campaigns.

Mohammed Serkal has a Masters’ degree in Diplomatic Studies, has expertise in public relations, and is a passionate human rights advocate.

He is currently based in the United Kingdom.

 

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 Ebtisam Alsaaegh (Networking Officer)

10Ebtisam Alsaaegh is a networking officer at SALAM, documenting violations and preparing and drafting reports and summaries.

Ebtisam Alsaaegh is a passionate human rights defender and civil activist, and also a member of the umbrella human rights organisation, Bahrain Human Rights Observatory (BHRO).

She is based in Bahrain.

 

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Khadeeja Jawad (Networking Officer)

12Khadeeja Jawad is a networking officer at SALAM, documenting and confirming violations as well as being a qualified teacher.

Khadeeja Jawad is an enthusiastic human rights defender, especially relating to rights of teaching. She is a member of the umbrella human rights organisation, Bahrain Human Rights Observatory (BHRO).

She is based in Bahrain.

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Researchers:

Anna Hagberg (Senior Researcher) 

13Anna Hagberg is a researcher at SALAM, carrying out intense research, data gathering, and report drafting.

Anna Hagberg obtained a BA in Human Rights at Malmo University, and concluded her MA on Gender Studies at the School Of Oriental and African Studies. She has also studied international law in Istanbul and worked for the largest human rights organisation in Bulgaria.

Anna has a broad background in education and mental health care and lived in Bahrain from 2009 up until the popular uprising in 2011. She was forcibly deported in April 2012 for sharing a picture of anti-government graffiti on Twitter and meeting with local activists.

Her Masters dissertation focused on women’s groups in Bahrain and their negotiations vis-à-vis the state.

She is currently based in the United Kingdom.