Nida Sinnokrot, Head of the Board and Co-Founder of Sakiya
As an artist, much of Nida Sinnokrot’s work aims to subvert various technologies of control that give rise to shifting social, political and geographic instabilities. Nida Sinnokrot received his BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from Bard College. In 2001 he participated the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Nida Sinnokrot is a 2002 Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellow. His work has received support from Darat al Funun, Akademie Schloss Solitude, the Merz Akademie, the Sharjah Biennial, and the Al Mamal arts centre. His works featured in exhibitions including the Sharjah Biennial (2017 and 2009), Taipei Biennial (2016), Tea with Nefertiti (2012/14), and Biennial Cuvée – World Selection of Contemporary Art (2010). Nida’s work is in various collections including the Sharjah Art Foundation and the Khalid Shoman Foundation. Nida lives and works in Jerusalem and Boston and teaches in the Art Culture and Technology (ACT) program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Sahar Qawasmi, Co-Founder and Director
Worked as an architect restorer, planner, and cultural heritage expert with Riwaq, Center for Engineering and Planning, and other local and private institutions. In 2012, Sahar coordinated the first edition of Qalandiya International, and co-wrote the first of Riwaq’s Re-Walk Heritage Guidebook Series. In 2016, she co-curated the Ramallah Municipality’s exhibition for Qalandiya International III. She was an architecture fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany in 2014-2015. Sahar received her BA in Architecture from Birzeit University and her Master in Architecture from Miami University.
Anan Quzmar, Coordinator
Holds an MSc in Labour Social Movements and Development from SOAS University of London. Anan worked in fields of human rights, communications and international relations for many years at Birzeit University, The Independent Commission for Human Rights, Save the Children, Amnesty International and Olive Co-operative. Anan is interested in the intersection between agricultural heritage and cultural and knowledge production as a way of challenging the demographic divide.
Naji AlSlaibi, Financial Consultant – Part-time
Holds a Master’s in Accounting from Birzeit University, having completed his Bachelor degree in Accounting and a Minor in Business from Bethlehem University.
Naji has an extensive experience in INGO’s and the private sector in Palestine. He is detail-oriented accounting professional specialized in reports review, preparing asset, liability and capital accounts management and analysis. Following his graduation from Bethlehem University he worked as Junior Auditor for a local audit firm for two years before joining the Catholic Relief Services as an Assistant finance Officer. Naji is currently the Finance and Admin Manager at MAP-UK, handling financial monitoring for granted CBO’s and NGO’s.
Mai Al Battat, Intern
Holds a Bachelor degree in Architectural Engineering from Birzeit University. She also completed a course in “Heritage Conservation and Management” which was organized by ICROM and The Welfare Association in 2016. Moreover, she completed a three-month internship in Bethlehem with the “Centre for Cultural Heritage Preservation”, and participated in several tours with the “Urban Sketchers Group” in villages around Ramallah. In addition to this, she has been involved in organizing a number of art exhibitions in Ramallah.
In conjunction with her internship with Sakiya, Mai is a part-time research assistant with UR°BANA’s research project: “Urbanisation, Gender and the Global South: A Transformative Knowledge Network” (GenUrb). In addition to this, Mai is involved in a number of community groups, most notably a youth group called: ‘Nabd’, an agricultural in Ras Karkar and a youth run Café cooperative in Birzeit.
Mai is passionate about conservation and likes to sketch out old structures.
Haifa Zalatimo, Intern
Holds a Bachelor degree in Architectural Engineering from Birzeit University. As part of her education, Haifa completed a 3-month internship at Riwaq focused on preparing site plans and designs for old structures in various villages across the West Bank. Haifa is interested in the relationship between the house and its inhabitants, and social, economic, cultural, demographic, psychological, urban elements.
In addition to this, Haifa participated in designing a number of public structures in Palestinian villages including: a Wooden Pavilion, a Wooden Lobby Area, and a Movie Set Structure. Haifa’s passion for art, drawing and handcrafts led her to study Architectural Engineering which developed her interest in the designs and renovation of old structures particularly, redesigning communal spaces around old structures. In addition to this, Haifa has a great personal attachment to the site as she is the great-granddaughter of Ibrahim Zalatimo (Abu Mohammad) and Mohammad (Abu Nizar) who bought the houses in 1937 and lived on the project’s site.
Haifa is a martial arts trainer in Jerusalem and holds a black belt in Karate.
Hiba G. Isleem, Intern
Graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from An-Najah National University. Since her graduation in 2011, Hiba accumulated impressive experiences as an Architect, Site Engineer and Site Supervisor. She worked on a number of prominent architectural and engineering projects, such as: Rawabi, A.M Qattan Building, Jawwal showrooms, Ramallah cultural palace, Friends School and more.
Hiba’s passion for environmental sustainability led her to be involved in numerous projects and courses in this field. She is LEED green associate member as well as being a member in GEN (Global Ecovillage Network) Palestine. Additionally, Hiba received a number of intensive training course on heritage polices, BIOGAS “Solar C³ITIES IBC bio digester, site management planning, management of conservation projects, wood sections maintenance and ecovillage design education.
In addition to this, Hiba has experience in filmmaking, photography and graphic design.