Meet our executive team

Hand in Hand for Syria was set up by a group of people in the UK who were becoming increasingly concerned about the effects of the conflict on the people inside Syria. Most of the team were either born in the UK of Syrian parentage or are Syrians living in Britain.

Our executive team has since grown and now co-ordinates an agency which includes a wide network of volunteers in the UK, an office in Turkey, three warehouses in Syria and sizeable teams on the ground in Syria. Some are also trustees of our charity. Let’s meet them:

Faddy Sahloul

A British-born Syrian who founded Hand in Hand for Syria, Faddy is now our chairman and a trustee. He oversees the delivery of projects in Syria and liaises with aid organisations and donors at a strategic level.

Fadi Al-Dairi

Fadi is also a founder of Hand in Hand for Syria, and is our deputy chair as well as our operations director for our Turkish & Syrian teams. He is responsible for logistics and finances, and deals with international NGOs and partner agencies. Before joining us full-time, he worked at the energy firm e-ON.

Omar Abdul Gabbar

Omar is a consultant orthopaedic & spine surgeon at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. He leads our British-based medical team and is a trustee of our charity.

Razan Zehrawi

Razan, who has a BA in decorative arts, designs our merchandise and has responsibilities for banking. She is a trustee and a member of the fundraising and events team in Nottingham.

Talaat Atassi

Talaat is consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon at Salford Royal Foundation NHS Trust in Manchester. He is a member of our British-based medical team, which liaises with doctors in Syria to undertake needs assessments and plan the delivery of medical aid.

Rola Hallam

Rola is a British-Syrian doctor in anaesthesia and intensive care, working in the NHS in London. She was involved in making the BBC Panorama documentary Saving Syria’s Children in her capacity as a volunteer for the charity, and is a signatory to the global Lancet letter “Let us treat patients in Syria”. She is currently our Medical Director, and liaises with doctors in Syria to undertake needs assessments and plan the delivery of medical aid.

Manhal Alnasser

Manhal is Syrian-born with a PhD in Chemical Engineering. He splits his time as a lecturer between Forth Valley College and Aston University. As our representative for Scotland, he handles all of the aid collection and packing in Scotland from his home city of Edinburgh.


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